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The Best Pets for Working Women

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While apartment hunting, my roommate made no secret about his desire for a dog. Never mind that we both worked full-time and had limited time to care for a pet. Even still, he really wanted a puppy to cuddle with. Given the many benefits of having a pet, I was ready to get one too. But is it fair to the puppy? The more I thought about it, when you’re out for most of the day for work, taking care of an animal just didn’t seem feasible.

The Best Pets for Working Women

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With careful research and planning, though, it is possible to bring a fuzzy little one into your life. Make sure you’re realistic and aware of the responsibilities for the pets you consider before committing to your animal-loving journey, and you’ll find that having a pet can be a fulfilling addition to your life.

Dogs

Man’s best friend is the classic pet. I’ll admit, I’m pretty biased, since I always had a dog growing up, but there’s nothing quite like coming home to dogs who’ve missed you all day. Of course, you’re also coming home to little living beings who rely on you for love, food, exercise, and care.

Dogs are high maintenance pets—you’ll have to walk him before and after work, and provide plenty of love whenever you’re home. If you work all day, it’s best to adopt adult dogs rather than puppies, since training is time-consuming. And, as is true with any pet, it’s always kinder to have two pets so they can play with each other.

Separation anxiety is a real concern when adopting a dog.

Have toys for your dogs to play with while you’re away, and don’t make a big deal about your departure. It helps if you leave for short amounts of time at first, and build up to a whole day’s absence. I also highly recommend considering doggie daycare or hiring a walker to stop by so your dogs aren’t alone all day.

Dogs thrive on a vegan diet.

Adopting a dog will alter your lifestyle. It’ll mean getting up earlier in the morning for the first walk of the day, and going out for an hour after work with your dog. Unlike your gym routine or diet, there can’t be any “cheat days” when it comes to taking your dog out. Dogs need their outdoor exercise time every day! It’ll also mean having the most loyal, affectionate pet who’ll love you so much he’ll shake with happiness every time you come home.

The Best Pets for Working Women

Any man who doesn’t love animals isn’t a real man at all!

Cats

Cats are the perfect working-owner pets. They don’t need to go outside to do their business, they need less companionship than most dogs, and they’re generally content to sleep the day away in a sunny spot.

The best way to go is to adopt two litter-buddies who are already friends, so that they’ll have someone to play and cuddle with while you’re away for the day. The best apartment cats are adaptable, not highly active, and can tolerate solitude.

Visit your local shelters and look for two bonded cats with calm temperament and an easygoing nature. Keep in mind that, independent as they are, cats need their daily show of affection, too!

Guinea Pig

If you want a pet, but aren’t ready for the huge responsibility of a dog, or you’re allergic to cats, guinea pigs can fulfill your companionship needs. They’re very social animals (so adopting multiple guinea pigs is essential), so though they spend most of the day in their cage, they need cuddle time with you for at least a couple of hours every day.

Since they’re herd animals, it’s best to adopt two (or more), together. Make sure you can give them plenty of companionship every day, as well as exercise time outside their cage and daily grooming.

Birds and Fish

In case you were thinking that a bird or fish would be less work and just as rewarding, please allow me to disillusion you. Keeping birds in cages or fish in tanks is not only cruel and against their natural instincts (since both yearn to migrate great distances), but a lot more work that you’d expect.

Birds are very smart and need a lot of stimulation — more than they can get in a cage, and therefore often get severely depressed when held in captivity. Fish tanks need to be cleaned on a very regular basis, which is a lot less fun than scooping litter, believe me! For that reason, I strongly urge you to stick to dogs, cats or guinea pigs…

Getting a pet is a big decision, but the love between animal and owner is incomparable. Even if you work during the day, it’s something worth considering!

How do you make time for your furry little ones? Share your tips in the comments below!

Born in France but raised all over the place, Auriane has wanted to write ever since she was old enough to spell her name. In her spare time she loves reading, hanging out with her best friends (even when they're not in the same time zone), and spontaneous singing with her Broadway-bound roommate.

16 Comments

  1. Kim Chin

    I have two guinea pigs. One I have for eleven years, the other was adopted. Everyday, I prepare for them two bowls of fresh fruits and vegetable grapes strawberry apples ,carrots, parsley cucumber, and celery. I clean their cages every day. I use guinea pig shampoo, pet wipes, smelling good spray. I also provide for them Vitamin C and other vitamins which I dissolve in clean water. I make sure to groom them once a month.

    Yes, it might sound additional job but I’m telling you, it’s worth it 😉

  2. An interesting read I had and which I want to share in relation to this is an article I found at NY Post: http://nypost.com/2014/04/10/more-young-women-choosing-dogs-over-motherhood/

    It’s interesting that this research discovered “more and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.”

    Can’t help but agree that modern day women are changing society’s nagging: That women are “supposed (more often than not, required)” to get marry and have children.

  3. Anyone familiar with The Ugly Truth? This comedy made owning cats synonymous with old spinsters or with romance-challenged (often career-oriented) women who can’t find a man.

    Do you think I have cats?

  4. I love dogs but I hate cats… Mmmm, not really hate but I’m allergic to cats. Unfortunately, I don’t own (or rather I’d say I opted not to own a pet) because I love traveling and I do not travel just to relax or have a vacation. I’ve lived in various parts of the world and I’m planning to try out living in MORE countries. I think this lifestyle won’t make me a good pet owner.

  5. Charlene Campbell

    Auriane, I love what you write here. It’s in point of fact a nice and useful piece of information. I’m satisfied that you simply shared this useful information with us. I agree that having a pet should be a mutually beneficial relationship. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Jane Sprague

    Thank you for publishing this. I understand the desire of a busy person to have something living around them when they come home. Perhaps a tank with some interesting fish would be a good choice for them. Fish are low-maintenance pets and are a good choice for people with busy lifestyles. I just love you to bits and enjoy everything that I have read so far.

  7. Lucia Pittman

    You have no idea how much a lot of people needed to hear this right now. Workers certainly have dogs and can be wonderful pet owners. I have a friend who works long hours full-time, her dog Lexi goes to daycare every work day. Just please think very carefully about dog ownership.Thank you for posting this today. 🙂

  8. Hazel Collins

    I’m glad you are addressing this issue. I think this is such an important article. I know so many people who have pets like dogs left alone for half day and some of them have become quite destructive. We really should consider if we are compatible with our pets. Your perspective and advice is so helpful and appreciated.

  9. Christina Brown

    I had been thinking about getting a pet bird, but I didn’t think about how hard it would be on the bird to be cooped up in a cage. Thanks for helping me to consider the bird’s feelings. This information has really helped me with my choice of pets, thank you!

  10. Geraldina Lee

    Dog is the best pet in my opinion, because while I walk in the morning he is always in front of me like a guardian. No doubt dogs are a smart pet.

  11. Cody Pierce

    Thanks Urbanette for sharing this Interesting topics today. I love animal. So, I get a lot of information about here. Its helps me a lot to chose the best one identify for me. Then I have a fun with my new PET.

  12. Mary Smith

    Everytime I check this site, I see interesting topics on Urbanette. This time is nothing different. Really — you guys have done a great job. I believe pets should be a part of our life and they are a member in our family too. So, I treat them as I treat my family.

  13. Naomi Linsei

    I have a cat called her Nansy, she is so beautiful and always like to play with me when I arrived at home. I think my friend Jeni should buy a Cat. Am I right Jeni 🙂

  14. Trish

    Cats are the perfect pet or rather animal companion as is the current description used. They don’t need to be walked or go outside multiple times a day which really limit your own mobility. Of course there are doggy daycare services but that expense adds up, so why bother with a dog when there are soooo many benefits to having cats – and yes I did say cats not cat! One should never just have one of any type of animal, it’s not fair to them, they need someone of their own species to relate to, play and snuggle with. It doesn’t mean your cat will be any less affectionate to you if he/she has a cat companion, it just means your cat will be happier. Cats rule!

  15. Delit L'Angelier

    I always wanted to buy a cat, so thank you for sharing tips on owning them ! 🙂 I’ll look into adopting one or two as soon as possible. The thing I like the most about them is how comforting they can be. 🙂

    • Trish

      If you are going to adopt cats, be sure to go to animal rescue shelters to adopt cats in need of a home, and not buy from a pet store or a breeder.

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