Story by Casey Laughter, Daily Flipz Staff Writer
Dogs are great, but they are a lot of work and pose as a time-consuming obstacle. Many college students advise against it, as do parents. Instead, students suggest the easier, smaller smaller animals who often are associated with less attention.
“Get a cat. Most cats are affectionate, so if you are stressed or feeling down, you can play with it or maybe even cuddle. You can also leave them alone as long as they have a litter box and they won't make messes like a dog would,” said Kaitlin Free, a student at Hocking College.
Also, while cats can demand a bit of attention, other pets can demand little to no attention, but need your memory to be there, hoping you won’t forget to feed, water, or change the bedding in their cage.
Morgan Lafferty attends Delaware Valley University and she has a little gecko who keeps her company.
“He's super easy and fun! They don’t require too much maintenance, don't smell at all, and they're fun to bring out and play with when you have time!”
Other animals easy to care for are fish and small rodents, such as guinea pig, hamster, and gerbils. However, before taking on any pet, make sure the funding and the drive to take care of another life, other than your own, is there. Getting that hamster might be fun now, but what happens when they want to run on their wheel while you are trying to study for that upcoming exam? Make sure you are ready for a pet.
STORY EDITED BY SPORTS EDITOR CHRIS POUNDS
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Best Pets for College Students
"Get a cat. Most cats are affectionate, so if you are stressed or feeling down, you can play with it or maybe even cuddle."