If you look into any random Filipino household, I am sure you’ll find a non-human resident that is very much part of the family. No, I am not talking about those that the homeowner would rather chase with a broom or a can of insecticide but those that she (or he) would proudly introduce to fist-time visitors.
Yes, the world-renowned Filipino hospitality is not only limited to people from a different ethnicity but also to creatures from a different species. If you are thinking of owning one, allow me to give you a run-down of the pets that you are most likely to encounter inside an average Filipino household.
Native, Purebred, or mixed-bred dogs all serve the same purpose: companionship. After a day's work, we all love to go home to a canine friend waggling his tail like crazy in order to catch our attention. And isn't a nuzzling dog the sweetest thing ever?
Owning a cat is a lot more convenient than owning a dog, especially for those that live alone. You can leave a cat alone (though better if with another cat for companion) with a toy, water and food dish, and a good litter box. Cat-owning families usually let their cats wander around the house, and wait for them to come back before sunset expecting food. Well, maybe that's just my cat. Anyway. They don’t require much attention, but when they do, they can be very sweet. Until you begin to bore them.
Cats breed faster than dogs. If you have no intentions of breeding it, always have your pet cat spayed. Changing the litter box regularly is the most challenging part of keeping a house cat, however it’s the key to keeping a cat healthy.
Keeping a pet fish is very ideal for most professionals that live alone in condominiums not only because it is very relaxing but also because most condominiums do not allow dogs and cats in the building.
Other rodent pets include, the guinea pig, those ICR mice (yes, the lab mouse), and even the Sprague-Dawley rats (yes, the lab rat). Special care must be undertaken if one chooses to keep the last two species as pets.
5. Exotic Pets
Usually, those who own these exotic pets are those who have some money to burn. Apart from the expensive permits, these animals usually require special diets and other needs that one might not readily find in the neighborhood pet shop. Also, it is of utmost importance to thoroughly research and seek the opinion of wildlife specialists before attempting to own an exotic pet.