What's the difference between "minha" and "meus?"
"Minha" is used when the object of the phrase is female and singular. "Meu" is the male singular counterpart.
In this case, "animals" is both male and plural, so you use "Meus".
How do you know if the animals are male? Or did you mean animais is masculine, therefore it's Meus instead of Minhas
There is also the singular/plural point:
Why not: "Os meus animais"? I don't understand when I must put article before the possessive.
It is also right since possessive adjectives are opitional.
I think "animais" can be translated into pets, couldn't it ?
pet is animal de estimação, but, being smaller, cooler and modern, pet is also being used more and more in Brazil, as many other english words. But brazilians pronounce /patch/.
So when a word ends in 's', and you are trying to use the plural form of the word, it changes to an -is ending?
Yes! When the word in portuguese ends in 'l' you change to 'is' for the plural form. Ex:
Why isn't it "Os meus animais" insted of "Meus animais", I don't get it
Both of them are right.