The Seven Types Of Pets You'll Own In Your Lifetime

Unless you grew up with parents who didn't allow animals in the house, or you're severely allergic to animals, you've probably gone through multiple stages of pet ownership during your life.

We usually start out small with a hamster, hermit crab or goldfish, a barely-a-pet pet purchased because our parents don't have faith in our abilities to care for an actual pet.

But we show them when we help keep The Immortal animal alive for a large chunk of our lives.

By that point we're officially hooked on having a pet, and we've matured so much as pet owners that we're able to overlook our animals perturbing and peculiar habits.

Let experienced pet owner and illustrator Sarah Andersen walk you through all the pets you'll own in your life, so you can either see where you've been or where you're headed as a pet owner.

Currently I'm on number 6 but the cute little guy is quickly becoming a number 7.

See The 7 Types of Pets You'll Own In Your Lifetime here (contains NSFW language)

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This is How You Get Raccoons

Hey, I know! Let’s give the raccoons something else to eat, and maybe they’ll stay out of our bird feeders! You can see what this leads to- more raccoons, as they invite their siblings and cousins to the nightly smorgasbord.

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Then with a regular food supply, the raccoons have plenty of free time to produce litters of more raccoons! The homeowner who recorded this says they’ve been doing it for a few years now, and he lives in a secluded area where there are no neighbors to annoy. -via Arbroath 

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Teen Boy Becomes Best Friends With A Deer He Named Money

Deer don't typically choose to become best friends with humans, especially when that human is a teenage boy, but Money the deer is different than the rest, and so is his human pal Kelvin.

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Kelvin first met Money when he was out in his yard shooting hoops, and he was immediately struck by how odd it was that the deer wasn't afraid of him.

Thinking the deer might be hungry he fed it some crackers, donuts and marshmallows, which the short sighted people online gave him hell for doing, and that kind gesture was all Money needed to stick around.

Money was so happy with the provisions being provided he brought the rest of his deer posse down to Kelvin's house for some human hospitality.

And Kelvin started buying healthy snacks for his deer fam so the haters would stop riding his back about his choice of snacks for Money and his honey Lola.

-Via Motherboard

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Alaskan Moose Family Plays In The Sprinklers

The dog days of summer can really get you down, even if you're a moose, and we all want to find a fun and refreshing way to beat the heat.

Pools and water parks are great, and hanging out in the frozen foods section of your grocery store will keep you cool for a while.

But take it from the moose family in this video- running through the sprinklers is the most fun way to stay cool and go wild at the same time!

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This fun moose footage was captured by Eagle River, Alaska resident Candice Helm, who was kind enough to turn on the sprinklers so that adorable moose family could cool off.

Just don't put out any Moose Chow, Candice, or your summer visitors will never leave!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Batman the Cat is the Pet The Internet Deserves -And the One It Needs

Batman was born with four ears -two in front and two in back. He was recently brought into the Western PA Humane Society and his unique looks ensured he was adopted only a few hours after that. Adorably, his new owner is a little girl obsessed with superheroes -fitting not only due to his name, but also because he is a mutant so he could potentialy become the next member of the X-Men. He'll be a super family member, that's for sure.

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Siberian Miners Unearth Creepy Mummified Critter

When Siberian miners uncovered a horrific-looking mummified critter corpse in the diamondiferous sands in Udachny they didn't freak out and cry “monster!” - because they thought they'd found a dinosaur.

But most people with a rudimentary understanding of animal anatomy instantly recognized it as the corpse of a mammal, so the dinosaur angle was ruled out with a glance.

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As commenters argued about what it could be they determined it was probably a marten or weasel, possibly a badger, and definitely no big deal much to the miners' dismay.

The creature is currently being transported to the regional capital Yakutsk for examination, where experts will determine whether it's an important find or an elaborate prank.

-Via Gizmodo

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Two Goats and a Couch

This is why we can’t have nice things. Someone let the goats in the house. They found the green velvet couch.

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Now, goats, especially young goats, are curious. These two had to jump on it, climb over it, climb under it, and ultimately they decided to eat it. -via Arbroath

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Iriss and Abyss

Look at these two beautiful cats! They are Iriss and Abyss, 9-month-old sisters with heterochromia. They live in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they’ve become quite well known. They belong to a family of Star Trek fans.

50 years ago the favorite universe of our parents appeared. The Universe of Star Trek. Its creator Ugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry believed in the bright future of mankind and always emphasized it in the show. Everybody was equal on board of Enterprise. White, African-Americans, Russians, Japanese, Americans, men, women, aliens and humans - they all work together. The ideal world without money, without violence is the world we all want to live in one day. A couple days ago another Star Trek movie was premiered. It is a dedication! Dedication to a person who was significant to this Universe. Without him Star Trek would have never been the way we know it. It was a dedication to Leonard Nimoy. A year and a half passed since he crossed the final frontier where no man has gone before. Live! Rest in peace Leonard...and Anton. -------------------------------------------- #startrek #startrekmovie #startrekart #startrek50art #startrekbeyond #catloversclub #cutepetclub #cats_of_world #bestmeow #instacatsrussia #инстаграмзверят #meow_beauties #animalsco #Showmeyourkittiez #ilovemycat #we_love_cats #catsoftheday #lovecats #weeklyfuff #catsofinstagram #7catdays #bestcats_oftheworld #instacat_meows #awesomecatfacts #excellent_kittens #cat_features #excellent_cats #catsofworld #bestmeow #my_loving_pet

A photo posted by Iriss&Abyss (@sis.twins) on Jul 23, 2016 at 3:13am PDT

Live long and paws-per! You can see more pictures of the cat sisters at Instagram. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Duchess Managed to Turn a Broken Jaw Into an Epic Smile

Duchess was a stray cat that was hit by a car in Texas and brought into the Adobe Animal Hospital. Her broken jaw and status as a stray would have been enough to make most shelters put her down, but this compassionate clinic decided to do surgery despite her slim chances of survival.

And their kindness paid off -Duchess survived and is doing better day by day. She even got a new owner -clinic worker Crystal Tate. 

Duchess might have a crooked jaw and have lost some of her teeth for the surgery, but she has an unforgettable smile and a loving home so her future's looking pretty good now.

Via Hi Homer

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A Squirrel’s Eye View

Have you ever wondered what a squirrel sees as he is running through the trees? Here ya go! This squirrel picked up a GoPro camera and took off with it, with the lens fortunately pointed forward.

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What’s even better, the squirrel eventually decided it was too heavy and inedible besides, so he dropped it. And that’s how we get to see what a squirrel sees as he jumps from limb to limb and tree to tree, high above the ground. -via Cynical-C

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Cockatoo Lectures Cats

Mom always said it’s a good idea to learn a second language. This cockatoo did, and now he’s bossing around a clowder of cats. The kittens look a bit confused. He sounds like a cat, but he looks like food. But he’s big, and he’s bossy, so they aren’t going to talk back.

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You have to wonder how long this bird has been listening and gathering intelligence on cats before he made his big move to take over. -via reddit

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Horrifying Shark Encounters Caught On GoPro Cameras

Scientific research has revealed sharks aren't the killing machines movies like Jaws and Sharknado make them put to be, but you should still keep your limbs inside the boat at all times.

Sharks are unpredictable by nature, and have been known to use their teeth to investigate stuff they come across in the water, like that boat keeping your butt out of the water.

Which is why you should always make sure you have a GoPro camera on hand you when you head into shark infested waters!

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-Via Top Fishing Video

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27 Ways to Call a Cat

When an American calls a cat, he usually says “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty!” and the cat will come if 1. he recognizes the voice, and 2. if he believes that responding will be worth the effort. That’s true all over the world, but other countries call cats using different words and sounds. While cats have no trouble learning those languages (again, if they consider it worth their time), I’d like to hear about any cases of cats being transplanted to a different culture and having to learn the local lingo a second time. Bored Panda has a list of 27 countries and the words they use to call cats, accompanied by cute cat pictures, many made into visual puns. -via the Presurfer

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Stray Dog Adopts Human While He's Running In A 155-Mile Long Race

Dogs can be extremely strong willed animals, and sometimes they randomly choose a human to be their master and won't take no for an answer- even if that human is in the middle of running a marathon.

But when little Gobi set her sights on runner Dion Leonard while he competed in the 155-mile 4 Deserts Gobi March China she showed her allegiance by running the rest of the race with Dion.

“On Day 2, I was at the start line for the race stage and she was standing next to me looking up at me,” Leonard told The Dodo. “I thought to myself this little dog isn’t going to last very long at my side as we raced off, but she ended up running the whole day and 23 miles distance.”

Gobi continued to run with Dion when she could, and rode in style with the race organizers when weather conditions got too bad, but through it all she proved that her mind was made up.

So of course Dion had to adopt her, even though it was a royal pain in the neck to bring a Chinese dog into Scotland, but as he said "Gobi picked me to be her pal for life".

-Via Bored Panda

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Cat Olympics 2016

You may have thought you’ve seen enough Olympic games for today, but you haven’t seen anything until you see athletic feats performed by cats! These cats have been training all their lives to compete in boxing, ping pong, whack-a-mole, the high jump, and other events.

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The competition was fierce, but the most important thing was that everyone had fun.

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Can You See the Cat Hidden in this Picture?

People are freaking out right now, smashing their phones, tablets and computers trying to see the cat in this pile of logs. It is surprisingly hard to see, but I assure you, it is there. So can you see it?

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Conversation With a Cat

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A woman has a little talk with her cat. She’s speaking Japanese and he’s speaking cat. But they have no problem understanding each other. She’s got subtitles; the cat does not. He apparently prefers fish to chicken. And he’s sleepy. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Bears in Lake Tahoe

A mama bear took her two cubs down to the beach to play and maybe give them a swimming lesson. What’s strange is that this is Lake Tahoe, on a public beach, where many humans were also enjoying the water.

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These are black bears, which are less aggressive than brown bears, grizzlies, or polar bears, but a mother with cubs can still be dangerous if you get too close. -via reddit

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Meet Rowdy

Rowdy is a dog with unusual markings that he wasn’t born with, but developed over time. It’s the result of vitiligo, a condition that affects the pigmentation of skin.

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Because of his look, and even more because of his friendly attitude and popularity, Rowdy has become the mascot of the the American Vitiligo Foundation. -via Tastefully Offensive

PS: Rowdy is also the subject of a recent reddit Photoshop battle.

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The Hilarious Pet Contract One Dad Put Together for His Kids

Kids love pets, but parents aren't always on board -especially if they think they'll get stuck having to take care of the animal. That's why many families write up pet contracts to help make the children understand all the responsibilities associated with owning a dog or cat. The thing is though, usually they aren't as damn hilarious as this contract. I just hope they don't actually surgically remove its paws. 

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Nine Otters and a Butterfly

A family of otters are fascinated with a butterfly. It appears that the butterfly is fascinated with the otters, too, as it hangs around long enough to make a game out of it!

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Someone should take this footage and make one of those web toys where the otters’ gazes follow your cursor. Surely the butterfly has existed in enough of the screen area to do that. -via Pleated-Jeans

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Dog Warns Girl in Horror Movie That She's in Mortal Peril

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Khaleesi, a 4-year old English Bulldog, loves to watch TV. Recently, she watched Guillermo del Toro's 2015 horror film Crimson Peak. She became alarmed when a supernatural menace approached and attacked a young girl.

"Run, run!" she barks. But the girl foolishly ignored Khaleesi.

The pup is really too young to be watching such scary movies. 

-via Laughing Squid

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Star Trek: Into Barkness

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We know that cosplay can make humans happy and even bring them together, but can it do the same for pets? You wouldn't think that could possibly work unless you watch this adorable Paws Play video where a Star Trek cosplay helped this kitty and doggy mend their differences. They may not be as close as Spock and Kirk, but they're building a friendship that could be that tight one day -no matter how illogical it sounds.

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No Dogs Allowed On NYC Subway Unless In A Carrier...Does A Tote Bag Count?

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New Yorkers are constantly coming up with clever ways to improve their lives, and since many of them take the subway to get around town their life hacks often involve finding easier ways to carry stuff around town.

But when it became illegal to bring a dog on the subway unless locked in a carrier a guy went all NYC and figured out a way to bring his husky on the train with him- inside a giant tote bag.

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He makes those yappy little purse dogs look even wimpier, doesn't he?!

As you can tell from the image at the top of the post this happy husky isn't the first tote bag dog to be smuggled onto the subway, and given how much NYC residents respect the law he won't be the last.

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-Via Bored Panda

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When Animals Nip At Humans- The Compilation Video

Animals don't know how to use their words to express their disapproval, fear or anger, which is why preschool teachers never give animals any gold stars for properly sharing their feelings.

But they do know how to express themselves in one very impactful way- the warning nip.

This scary quick moment of lashing out tends to make humans stop pestering them and go away, and while it's not always funny when you're on the receiving end it's always funny to watch someone else get nipped.

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Man, I wish I could nip at people who are annoying me without winding up in jail...

-Via Boing Boing

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A Hamster Powered Machine That Draws Pictures Of Hamsters

Hamsters are fairly useless as pets, but they do excel at one thing- running in their wheel for hours at a time. So how does a hamster owner turn wheel running into cold hard cash?

That's where this wondrous machine created by Neil Mendoza comes in- the hamster running in the wheel powers the drawing arm which scratches out a sketch of a hamster running in a wheel.

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Now those little furballs can earn their keep by creating sketches which can be sold on the sidewalk as animal created fine art, a favorite among the trust fund hipster set.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Missing Cat Emerges in Paris Eight Years Later

Marna Gillian and Sean Purdy had a cat named Moon Unit, until she disappeared from her home in London as they hosted a New year’s Eve party in 2007. They searched for her, and posted notices, but after a few months decided that Moon Unit was not coming home. Fast forward to 2016, and Gillian received an email from a French animal rescue group that they had identified Moon Unit from her microchip!  

"She was found in Essonne, a suburb south of Paris," Gillian explained. "We have no idea how she got there. Our best guesses are that she stowed away, or found a new family, was brought over by them, and then ran away? The stowaway theory seems the most likely i think.

"She didn't get there legally, we do know, because her microchip would have been checked in that case."  

Gillian and Purdy are no longer a couple, but they took a train together to collect Moon Unit in Paris. They say she is adjusting well, and will soon be introduced to one of her adult kittens. -via Uproxx

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Sleepy Horse Uses Woman's Head as Pillow

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Jimmy the horse wanted a nap. His human's head was handy, so he leaned over to use her for support. The human, Lisa Brown, explains:

I was out in the fields early one morning, and Jimmy lay down to snooze, which he does often. I took my cup of coffee and went to sit with him. I was scratching and stroking him, and he began to lean on me and then pushed me gently back until I was basically his human pillow! Jimmy has a very peaceful nature, but he's also a comic genius!

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Parrot Becomes Squeaky Toy

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Believe it or not, this is a live parrot, and not a squeeze toy! Kanji has not only learned how to make the exact sound of a squeaky toy, he also knows the appropriate time to use that talent. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Instagram Account Shows What It's Like To Go Camping With Your Cat

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For some reason I've never been able to get my pet cats to stay in the house, let alone stay in my yard, and yet there are cat whisperers out there who take their kitty with them wherever they go.

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These lucky humans can travel halfway around the world and their little kittie pal will stay right by their side, exploring the world with their owners by day then setting up camp right next to them at night.

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And when the two (or more) intrepid travelers encounter strange and scary sounds outside their tent at night they can look to each other for comfort and protection.

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Some cats have gotten so used to traveling with their humans they've started shooting photos and footage of the trip for posterity, and thanks to Ryan Carter of "Camping With Dogs" fame they can share their fun pics with the world via Instagram.

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See "Camping With Cats" Instagram Will Inspire You To Go Hiking With Your Cat here

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