For every 1000 households in the USA, there are approximately 7,738 pet fish, and that isn’t really surprising because fish make the perfect pets for so many reasons. If you’re looking for a pet that’s fairly low-maintenance, interesting to be around and which will fit in with your busy lifestyle, then fish fit the bill.
Here are just a few reasons why, if you’re looking to bring another living being into your life, you should make it a fish:
Fish are Calming
Fish have a calming effect on the mind as anyone who has ever sat and watched them swimming around in their little aquariums will know. So, if you’re leading a fast-paced, stressful lifestyle, fish are your friends.
Aquariums are Pretty
On a superficial level, the combination of water, corals, beautiful tropical fish and aqua illumination. When combined, make for a pretty piece of decoration in the home. Of course, you shouldn’t invest in an aquarium unless you actually want fish and you’re prepared to care for them, but it’s a nice little bonus that you don’t get with a lot of other animals.
You can get started with freshwater fish for a little more than $66 if you go for a basic starter kit, then once you’ve added up all the extra expenses you’ll need over the course of the year, from food to bulbs and cleaning products, you’re looking at just a little over $600 annually. You could pay more than that just for pet insurance if you were to get a dog or cat, who are also much more expensive to feed and look after too. They’re pretty cost-effective when you weight up your expenses and the amount of happiness they bring into your life.
Dogs, cats, rabbits, and various other popular pets all have hair, and they need to be ‘potty-trained- which means they can make your home messier than you would like. If you aren’t the keenest cleaner on the planet, but you do like having a clean, tidy and pleasant smelling home, then fish are the natural option.
Fish are extremely quiet. They don’t bark when the neighbors are being loud, or there’s a knock on the door, they don’t bound around causing more noise, and they certainly don’t cause your neighbors to get mad at you for waking their baby. They are quiet, calm and serene which is yet another plus point for them.
Fish are Surprisingly Friendly
Many people get pets because they want to have interaction with another living thing, so they think that fish are a no-go. However, there are many species of fish who do enjoy interacting with their owners and will even play with them and do tricks if they are taught. You’ll need to do some research, but fish, like dogs, can be woman’s best friend if that’s what you’re looking for.
As you can see, there are so many good reasons to choose fish as your next pet, especially if you’re busy, you enjoy beauty, and you want to find yourself a new best friend.