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A pet is a domesticated animal that lives with people, but is not forced to work and is not eaten, in most instances. In most cases, a pet is kept to entertain people or for companionship. Some pets such as dogs and cats are placed in an animal shelter if there is no one willing to take care of it. If no one adopts it or the pet is too old/sick, the pet may be killed.

Dogs, cats, fish, birds are the most common pets in North America. Horses, elephants, oxen, and donkeys are usually made to work, so they are not usually called pets. Some dogs also do work for people, and it was once common for some birds (like falcons and carrier pigeons) to work for humans.

Rodents are also very popular pets. The most common are guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters (especially Syrian and dwarf hamsters), mice and rats.

The cap'tchi tribe in Sudan is known for the ritual burning of domesticated animals that are considered too sacred to eat.

Image Name
Long-haired Dachshund Portrait.jpg Dog (member of Canines)
Junger schwarzer Hauskater im liegen 4.jpg Cat (member of Felines)
Goldfish (3230447522).jpg Goldfish (member of Fishes)
Brown mouse.jpg Mouse (member of Rodents)
Wild rabbit us.jpg Rabbit (member of Hares)
Photo of Roborovski Hamster.jpg Hamster (member of Rodents)
Guinea pig Lucas.JPG Guinea pig (member of Rodents)
Pet parrot named Alexander (Amazona aestiva).jpg Parrot (member of Birds)