-823호, 발행일 : 2014년 5월 28일(수) –
Like most Americans, I can’t imagine life without a pet of some kind. Friends and family are important, of course, but animals don’t yell at you, break up with you, move away, or tell you to clean your room. Really, they’re better than people! Even if you don’t have time or space for the most popular pet, a dog, there are still plenty of options.
Cheap and Easy
Do you not have a lot of money, time, or apartment space? You need a pet that’s cheap and easy. Beta fish are the perfect solution. You don’t have to buy an expensive aquarium system for a beta fish, just a big bowl, some colorful gravel, and a little fish food. Snails are another good choice. You can buy snails very cheaply at any store, and they need only a medium-sized cage, some dirt, and plenty of lettuce. The advantage of snails is that you can take them out of the cage and hold them, so long as you are cautious with their fragile shells. They will gently lick the salt off your hands with their rough tongues. It’s a very funny feeling!
If you’d like a pet that’s entertaining to watch, you might want to buy a fish aquarium. A big aquarium filled with colorful fish is the perfect decoration for any apartment, and watching the fish swim can be soothing. The same is true for lizards. Lizards need large cages with lots of branches and decorations, which can be very pretty. They don’t move around much, but they’re quite attractive even when standing still.
Do you dream of an animal that will sit quietly in your lap, keeping you company while you read or do homework? Snakes don’t seem very cuddly, but actually they are perfect work companions. They enjoy the heat from your body and will lie in your lap or across your shoulders for long periods. A tame snake is not dangerous, as long as you are careful to handle it correctly. They can be quite pleasant to hold–when a snake slides down your arm or across your back, it’s like getting a massage! If you’d prefer an animal that’s more warm and fuzzy, many cats also make good homework buddies. A cat can sleep in your lap for hours at a time, or sit on your desk and “help” you with your studying. Not all cats have that kind of personality–some are shy, and others are very energetic–but it’s not hard to find the perfect cat for you, especially if you adopt an adult cat instead of a kitten. There are many adult cats looking for good homes at http://www.animalrescuekorea.org.
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