note: i'm using fish as the key example here because they seem to commonly be bought and thrown into a tank without much thought, but what i'm saying applies to all captive species.
the amount of animals that are bought without much thought or research beforehand is too high. before you get an animal, it's incredibly important to research how to take care of them for weeks before getting them. you can't google for a few hours and then go out and buy an animal.
let's take two common examples of how not doing your research can ultimately shorten the lifespan of your pets:
goldfish and betta fish.
what's the key thing they have in common?
well, other than both of them being fish, there's a widespread myth that they can happily live in bowls.
this is not true.
here's a quick break down on why bowls are bad for *any* fish, according to pethelpful:
-"the shape of the bowl minimizes the surface-to-air ratio"
-"the size of the bowl makes it virtually impossible to keep a regulated temperature, as it's too small to fit a heater (unless you want an overheated tank)"
-"the curved glass makes the fish's view distorted, stressing out the animal."
-"the size of a fish bowl cannot accommodate a filter."
many use the excuse of "wild bettas live in puddles, so bowls are fine!" but wild bettas DO NOT live in puddles!
wild betta fish live in giant rice paddies that stretch on for miles. they might be shallow, but it's much deeper than your average aquarium, let alone a bowl!
some keep their bettas in vases with a plant and expect them to just eat the plant! they dont put in pellets, or flakes, or live food - nothing!
but they're carnivores/insectivores!
bettas can't survive in a vase with just a plant! this is beyond cruel and will shorten the lifespan of the fish.
the other example, the goldfish, is something i'll be less detailed about as i don't know as much about goldfish.
however, the most important thing here that should be noted is that
goldfish grow very large and produce a great deal of waste.
these two things combined mean that there is no way that little goldfish you got at the pet store should be living in a bowl. they DON'T just ''stop growing'' if they're in a small environment. the outside stops growing, but the inside keep getting larger, eventually leading to the death of the fish. they also release a lot of waste. a filter isn't going to fit in the average bowl, meaning that your fish will basically be swimming in poop and ammonia.
in addition, both of the minimum tank requirements for these species (tank requirements vary for goldfish species but none of them should be in a bowl or vase!) are above what your average bowl is going to be.
you booed when harry potter was kept in a small cupboard, so why do you think it's okay to do it to real, living creatures?
don't pick out a random fish just because it's pretty. do your research beforehand, even if you think you know enough based on common knowledge. (as has been proven in the last few paragraphs, some of that common knowledge is just common myths.)
this applies to all animals!
get a butterfly?
get a dog?
another important thing is...
if you won't buy $30 medicine for a $2 fish, don't get that fish.
if you wont pay for the medicine or vet care an animal needs, don't get that animal.
consider that the $15 parakeet (budgie) you got is going to require you to frequently replace toys they've destroyed, buy fresh veggies and fruits, high quality food ... these all build up to more than $15 in just under a month.
consider that the small bird you got will need vet visits and may need medicine at some point in their lives.
please please please consider these things before buying an animal. please make sure everyone in your household knows what to do / what not to do around the animal, and please make sure you've done extensive research before getting said animal.
and, please, if you already have an animal you didn't research for, make up for that now. its not too late to improve their life! look up their proper care and do the research you should have done right now.
and if you have a fish in a bowl, or an animal in something too small for them, save up money to get them the proper sized habitat! if your parents need convincing, look at reliable sources and show them! offer to work jobs or do extra chores! save up your allowance instead of buying that new shirt or game you wanted. the animal is your responsibility and should come first
this isn't me shaming you. we've all made mistakes. i wrote this to show you that it's not too late to recognize the mistake and to fix it.
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