Different Species, Same Characteristics?

We have all heard the saying, ‘birds of a feather flock together.’ They say that ‘like attracts like’, and this could be true not only when speaking of friendships or romantic relationships, but also when looking at our choice of domestic pet.

Of course, when choosing a pet to love, cherish and keep them company, most people first consider their lifestyle, that is, the time they would be able to dedicate to their pet, their living space, whether or not they have a garden/balcony, etc. However, it could also be true to say that when looking for a companion of another species, most people also look for one which mirrors certain of their own traits.

Dog lovers, for example, are often considered to be extrovert, playful, hard-working and loyal. On the other hand, those who prefer cats are more often thought to be independent, creative, shy and curious. Those who love rabbits are usually matched with certain traits as well, in that they are known to be prolific, hot-blooded, scatterbrained, yet loving. Bird-lovers are notorious for having their head in the clouds, being light-hearted and a bit frivolous, while those who prefer spending their time with their aquariums and coloured fish, are usually peaceful, introverted and good listeners. People who prefer lizards, on the other hand, are laid back, calculating and intellectual, while those who have tortoises are usually lonely, wise and down to earth.

Those who live in the countryside or have the appropriate space, can also afford to have larger kinds of pets. Horse lovers are notoriously single-minded, stubborn and competitive, while chimpanzee owners are protective, friendly and communicative.

One’s lifestyle and/or family life could also influence one’s choice of pet. Families with children usually choose to take care of dogs, as these are playful and ready to show affection. On the other hand, single persons or people whose job causes them to be away for long hours, usually opt for cats, as these usually keep themselves occupied without needing that much attention.

If you have never had a pet before or are not sure if you would be able to take care of it properly, better start off by taking care of something easier, like a plant. If, on the other hand, you feel that you have a lot of time on your hands, you might try having multiple pets of different species (this is good for those who have multiple personality types too).

Take a look around you and ask yourself, what are the reasons why you chose your particular pet/s? Is it just for convenience of space and time, for your children / significant other, or because you feel that the animal you have chosen actually mirrors certain aspects of yourself?