Information on Alternative Pets


If you have decided you want a pet you need to do your research. There are many different types of pets available that each has their own specific needs and traits. You may be interested in a pet that is a bit more unique than the common dog or cat. Keep reading to find out some of the coolest alternative pets available.

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are cute and small. They are fairly easy to care for and can live up to 7 years. Hedgehogs are not extremely social. They are a good choice for people who will be gone for long periods throughout the day or who travel. Hedgehogs have a very simple diet that is made up of fruits, insects and prepared hedgehog food. They can live in a cage that is properly outfitted with shavings, a water bowl, toys, hiding area, sleeping quarters and food. Their cage needs to be cleaned out regularly to prevent bacteria from spreading. Hedgehogs need to be handled correctly or they may be temperamental. You may need to wear gloves when you first start handling your hedgehog and make sure to pay attention to his or her cues. A hedgehog is a great choice for those who are looking for a quirky and playful companion.

Chinchilla

Chinchillas are soft and cuddly. They are fairly easy to care for and can live up to 15 years, although many have lived past the age of 20. Chinchillas are nocturnal, meaning that they are most active at night. Chinchillas enjoy routine including scheduled feeding and play times. Chinchillas require a roomy cage with a place for eating, sleeping and playing. They also enjoy taking dust baths and need chewing items for their teeth. Chinchillas eat a diet that consists of roughage, pellets and grass hay. A chinchilla can make a great pet, especially if you spend time taming them.

Frog

Frogs are wriggly and endearing. Although they are small, they require a high level of care and the proper environment to thrive. Frogs can live up to 25 years depending on the type of frog that you choose. Frogs absorb substances through their skin so it is very important that you wash your hands before and after handling a frog. Frogs enjoy a diet of crickets, worms, moths and more. They eat their prey while it is still alive. Frogs will require a terrarium that is outfitted with wading pools, clean drinking water, shelter, rocks, substrate materials and more. A frog is a good pet for someone who is looking for a goofy and fun to watch pet.

Ferret

Ferrets are playful and adorable. They require training and play time every day. Ferrets can live up to 10 years, but many have lived past the age of 12. Ferrets are highly social and are better suited in pairs. Ferrets enjoy a diet that is made up of raw meat, pre-packaged ferret food or whole prey. They can live in a specialized enclosure that is properly outfitted with shavings, a water bowl, toys, multiple levels, hiding area, sleeping quarters and food. Their enclosure needs to be cleaned out regularly. A ferret can make a great pet if you put in the required amount of time needed for socializing and training a day.

There are many other alternative pets available including rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles, amphibians, fish and more. You can find the best pet that suits your lifestyle by doing your research, estimating costs and being realistic about your schedule.