What is the Ideal College Pet?
Everyone loves them, everyone wants one — who could resist the idea of a pet? However, the added responsibility can be difficult to manage in college as we often struggle to take care of ourselves. With this in mind, what is the ideal pet for you? Let’s go through some of the options.
Dogs are adorable, playful, a man’s best friend; who wouldn’t want one? Well as you might’ve learned in Marley and Me, dogs aren’t all fun and games. Dogs are arguably one of the most demanding pets and may be hard to take care of without some responsible roommates (which many of us lack). Since dogs aren’t allowed in most on-campus dormitories, raising a dog in college poses even more of a challenge. While it might give you an excuse to go to Zilker Park every weekend, brace yourself before you invest in one of these bundles of joy.
Compared to dogs, cats are generally more independent. If you are lucky enough to live in a cat-friendly residence, make sure you have enough space for these curious little creatures. If you don’t have much free time or are just flat-out lazy, don’t worry because cats don’t need to be walked. While they might be a bit easier to take care of than dogs, cats still require some attention that the average college student may not be willing to provide. If you don’t want to deal with the occasional hairball or scratch, you may want to try getting one of the successive pets.
A Betta FIsh
Betta fish are pets fit for the only semi-responsible young adult. Betta fish are allowed in most college residences, and you can assure they won’t break any of your belongings, unlike the former pets. If you are looking for a companion, a betta fish might not be the one for you. However, betta fish are easy to care for, and can exude beauty in even the messiest of rooms. Don’t overlook a beta fish though, because if you leave its tank or bowl uncleaned, its stench will come back to haunt you.
Succulents run rampant around college campuses, and they always sell out in club fundraisers for a reason! Succulents were made for college students who have almost no time or willingness to care for an actual pet. Succulents need to be watered every couple of weeks… and that’s it! If you can’t manage to keep your succulents alive, a pet rock might be the most suitable pet for you.