There is a wealth of knowledge available about owning cats and dogs. You can easily find articles on everything from DIY pet toys to the top 27 foods that are dangerous to dogs. Of course this is no surprise, considering these are the most commonly owned pets. But what about the unusual animals available? It can be hard to break from the crowd when there’s not much information to guide you on your journey. There are plenty of unique pets out there that can be just as satisfying to own.
It’s important to bear in mind various factors before investing in a less popular household pet. You may be picking a pet that a regular vet won’t be able to treat. Most of the pets on this list need a specialist vet, who understands their needs. Most need specialist care too. If you’re willing to put in a little more effort, you’re sure to find much satisfaction from your new family member. Here are a list of some animals you may not have considered.
Rabbits can be a fantastic pet to own. There’s a common misconception of a rabbit in a hutch at the bottom of the garden who won’t give you much love. That couldn’t be further from the truth! House rabbits have been soaring in popularity in recent years. This development has revealed that rabbits are much more satisfying pets than previously thought. A rabbit is capable of giving you as much affection as a dog would. The key is ensuring they’re in an environment with plenty of space. It’s also key, with these skittish animals, to develop trust slowly. Understanding your rabbit’s boundaries makes it easy to build an unbreakable bond.
Ferrets are another pet that are forever increasing in popularity. These adorable creatures are happiest living in small groups. They are inquisitive and can be a lot of fun. They offer lots of owner satisfaction. It’s probably not the best idea to keep these in the house, though. The rumours about their smell aren’t far off the mark. A ferret proof shed would be the perfect environment. Imagine the attention these guys would attract if you took them for a walk!
Snakes are another unusual pet that could be the perfect match. These are an entirely different type of pet. While unlikely to snuggle up with you on the sofa, a pet snake can offer a different kind of satisfaction. If the idea of a huge snake doesn’t appeal to you, you can start small. There are many species to choose from, lots of which don’t grow big at all. Once you’ve mastered the basic set-up, snakes are relatively low maintenance pets. Owning one of these guys is a fantastic way to observe, up close, the behaviour of a creature you might not otherwise see.
This is just a drop in the water of the unusual pet world. Doing a little research will lead you to pets you may never have even considered. Don’t think you have to settle for a dog, just because everybody else does. It’s always refreshing to break from the crowd!