Julian Omidi is an advocate for animal welfare, the global fight against poverty and several other causes. In the following post, he discusses the world’s most beloved pets.
Why are some pets so popular and others are not? That’s a mystery that likely will never be solved. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the world’s most popular pets and examine a few of the more obvious reasons they are beloved by millions.
Try this: ask your friends if they know the third, fourth and fifth most popular pets, according to most statistical surveys. Chances are, they will be able to name dogs and cats as the top two, but will struggle to come up with anything after that, or possibly (and incorrectly) list fish or guinea pigs among the top five.
For dozens of reasons, dogs and cats have been the two most popular pets for years, perhaps centuries. Rounding out the top five are hamsters, fish and mice, in that order. Hamsters at number three? Yes, it is unexpected but true.
Hamsters have been popular pets all over the world for centuries! They are relatively disease-free, easy to care for, appear to enjoy human company, and breed quite quickly. The authoritative resource, Hamster Hideout notes two other striking facts about our furry little friends: their cardiovascular system is amazingly similar to the human heart-lung arrangement, and a single hamster living in the wild can stow away more than 60 pounds of food for the lean winter months.
Fish come in at number four on the list for very different reasons. They are one of the few pets that can also serve as a decoration (in a bowl, please, but not on the wall). They are usually inexpensive, are simple to care for, take up very little space, and are apartment-friendly. Plus, kids love them. They can be a good starter pet if you want to teach your children how to take care of an animal.
Mice are another inexpensive, easy-to-care-for pet that are popular with kids the world over. They are, like hamsters, low-maintenance critters, keep their space clean and are fun to watch (as long as they are in a cage and not running around in your kitchen at night!). Mice cost practically nothing to keep and feed, which is why they have been popular pets among impoverished children throughout history.
Pets really do enrich our lives. Learn how to care for an animal and you will learn lessons about kindness and compassion. Let’s hear it for pets!
Be good to each other,
The Omidi brothers, Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, along with their mother, Cindy Omidi, are co-founders of Animal Support as well as numerous other nonprofit organizations that strive to promote better living conditions for all living creatures.