Animals are much more emotional and sensitive than we usually think. Anyone who’s ever had a pet knows this. Animals can sense how we are feeling and have a surprising ability to cheer us up when we are feeling low. Usually people think that dogs are good at this and other animals are not but you’d be surprised to know how many animals can get extremely emotionally attached to their owners. It’s just that we are used to dogs and understand when they are expressing their happiness and communicating with us. But almost all animals can get emotionally connected when kept as pets. Scroll down to know about them.
10. Miniature Horse:
Miniature horses were developed to be kept as house pets in royal families in the 17th century. They are found mostly in Europe and the Americas. They are very friendly and interact well with humans, which is why they are kept as pets. They can also be trained to work and assist disabled humans. They can be kept indoors but it’s better for them if they are treated like normal horses and kept outside the house with enough space for them to run around freely.
9. Guinea Pig:
The guinea pig are neither pigs nor from Guinea. They are a species of rodents that has been domesticated especially in South America. Today they are very popular as house pets for small children. They are easy to take care of and are docile and respond well to human interaction. They might not be the most emotional of pets but they do get attached to their handlers and caregivers.
Hamsters are rodents that have been used for research and also as house pets. Hamsters that are bred to be pets have good behavior while interacting with humans. They show emotional attachment with their owners. They are solitary animals and don’t like to be kept with other hamsters. If two hamsters are kept together they’ll fight with each other and develop stress related problems. Russian hamsters form close monogamous bonds with females and even get depressed if they are depressed.
Ferrets are very curious animals and belong to the weasel family. When kept as pets they like to explore the complete house and make it their own. They also get very attached to the family members and don’t like visitors. They’ll nip visitors if mishandled as they get temperamental and protective towards their family. They are also high maintenance pets and not recommended for those who can’t take proper care of them.
Mice are great pets and can be very social. They can develop strong bonds with humans and other mice. Usually they are kept in same sex pairs. It is easiest to handle a pair of two females. Two males should be kept only if they are littermates and have never been separated. If you keep a male and a female together, be ready to have a litter of mice running around your house soon.
Rabbits have been domesticated since the middle ages but their use as house pets increased in western countries in the 19th century. They make good pets and get connected with humans once they get comfortable with that person. They are timid and don’t like to meet strangers. Taking care of rabbits is not too hard as long as their fur is kept clean.
4. Potbellied Pig:
Potbellied pigs are a variety of pigs that are much smaller and have been used as house pets. These animals can be very clean and hygienic if they are properly cared for. If they are raised by one person they’ll develop a very strong bond with that person. This bond can be so strong that they might aggressive towards strangers or new members of the family. They need a strict regime to stay healthy and need proper attention most of the time.
Cats are thought of as independent and detached but they can develop a very strong bond with their owners. It is true that they do like to stay independent and don’t like forced interactions. But from time to time cats will cuddle up with their owners willingly. The trick to having a good relationship with a pet cat is to let it come to you willingly instead of forcing it. Cats can be really cool pets and wonderful companions.
Parrots are highly intelligent birds and make great pets. They are very playful and with the ability to mimic voices and sounds make for very interesting pets. They want a lot of attention and have been known to become jealous of people who try to get close to their owner. They live as long as humans and make wonderful life long pets.
Dogs of course have to be on the top of the list. Dogs are very affectionate and will form a very close bond with the entire family. They’ll think of the family as their pack and protect the family and the house as their territory. They are also very receptive to how you are feeling and will cheer you up when you are sad. They need regular walks as a bonding exercise to stay physically and mentally healthy.