Originally Posted by AyalaCookiejar
I think dogs are easier than betta fish. Fish require a lot of knowledge and time to care for properly such as temp - they need a certain consistent temp, dogs do not. They need a varied diet - dogs need one type of food that is not changed or they can get sick. Fish need consistent water changes - dogs need to be let outside to potty and play. About the most time consuming thing you need for a dog is to take them for walks but many of them can just have a large fenced in yard and a lot of room inside depending on their size. I take my dog with me when I walk places and I don't really go out of my way to walk him. Also, dogs and cats you can take to a vet when they get sick. Most of the time, you can't take a fish to a vet and fish medications aren't as widely available as dog and cat medications.
Cats are slightly more difficult because of litter boxes. I volunteer at a cat shelter... Try taking care of 100 of them at once, lol. (Actually, a lot of time goes into both the dogs and the cats at the shelter, but then again, a lot more time would probably go into fish if you had 100 of them.) All the litter boxes at the shelter need cleaned twice a day, the water bowls and food bowls need cleaned with soap twice a day to prevent spreading infection, the floors need mopped every day, also to prevent spreading infection, and the cats have to be cared for in a certain order - the ones in isolation are cared for last because they have sicknesses that they need treated for.
I don't think any animal is "easy to care for". Oh my god, if you want a pet that you have to put little time into caring for, get a freakin' pet rock.
Fish, dogs, cats, hermit crabs... They've all been domesticated. When they are brought into a home, they rely on YOU to take care of them. They cannot survive in a closed system like they can in the wild. Although many (such as my blind fish) cannot survive in either the wild or a tank that is not properly cared for.
No offense but I think that is outrageous to say a dog is easier than a betta fish. Dogs require so much more care, equipment, and space. If one thinks that a dog is less work than a betta; they are neglecting and abusing their dog horribly.
That being said, I think you may have misunderstood me. I measure easiness by how much work the animal requires. Also the amount of research that needs to be done about the animal, space needed for the animal, and equipment needed for the animal.
If you are caring for a dog properly, daily care typically includes:
letting out to go to the bathroom
reinforcement of basic training
washing water/food bowls
picking up poop in yard(if any)
Administer flea medication
Administer heartworm medication
Betta fish daily:
Again, no offence, but it drives me completely nuts when someone says a dog is easier to care for than a betta fish. And I am not talking about other fish or community tanks or sororities, I am talking about just one betta and just one dog.