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Pets You Can Have That Are Not Dogs

05 Jun 2014 | by Shoumitro Roy | Posted in: Wag Wiki

A dog or a cat might not be the best option for you, your family or your household when it comes to having a pet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have pets at all. Everybody needs the love of an animal. There are many animals that you can have as pets other than dogs or cats. So we took 5 animals that make common pets. Read on and see what will be best for you.

1. Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

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Brief info

Guinea Pigs are adorable, furry and small sized. They are easy to take care of. They naturally have a good temperament and have no problem with being carried around in your hands. They almost never bite.

Lifespan

5 - 10 Years

Care And Maintenance

Guinea Pigs can’t jump or climb and so they can be housed in very simple cages. However, they do require exercise and should be let out of their cages so they can move around more. They also don’t fall ill as easily as other small animals. Grooming is very easy and doesn’t require a lot of effort.

Food

Guinea Pigs have quite a varied diet. They mostly love and need green vegetables, carrots also work as an extra. There’s guinea pig food available in the form of pellets (do read the instructions at the back of the packet). Give them hay and grass from time to time. Water should be available at all times. Guinea Pigs eat their droppings, it is natural for them to do so.   

Amount Of Human Interaction Required

Guinea Pigs respond to humans to a great degree as compared to other animals in the rodent family. They like being petted and develop attachment with their owners. Do not leave them unattended for a long duration.

 

2. Rabbits

Rabbits

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Brief Info

Rabbits are very popular pets and come in various shapes and sizes. They have extremely soft fur and are loved by kids. With their characteristic long ears and tiny tail, they are cute to look at. They don’t make noise at all, the only sounds they make (low decibel grunts) are when they are agitated or angry. They can be quite social on one hand and completely indifferent on the other, depending on the conditions in which they grew up.

Lifespan

5 - 10 Years

Care And Maintenance

Rabbits create a large amount of droppings, so you should keep that in mind before getting one. They need a lot of exercise and space, another thing to keep in mind. They are burrowing animals, so make sure they can’t dig deep enough; a little digging is okay and necessary as it keeps their nails short. Rabbits groom themselves quite well and look very adorable while doing so. Rabbits are generally healthy but should be kept away from extreme heat.

Food

Rabbits do well on commercial pellets and fresh, green vegetables. Give them grass or hay from time to time as it helps in their digestion. Water should be given in gravity driven bottles.  

Amount Of Human Interaction Required

Rabbits can become very social and even attention seeking but they’d rather be left alone. Unlike guinea pigs, they do not require human interaction as such. Socially inept rabbits can get aggressive and even bite, especially when it’s their feeding time.

 

3. Birds

Birds

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Brief Info

Birds make very rewarding pets and there’s a plethora of species that you can choose from. They are intelligent, playful, affectionate and like interacting with humans. We all know how well parrots can be taught to imitate words; they are very responsive.

Lifespan

With so many species to choose from it is hard to pinpoint the average lifespan of birds. It can range from 8 to 80 years.

Care And Maintenance

Bird cages can get messy. You need to clean them out as and when required. Cages should be wide enough for the birds to stretch out their wings fully (preferably twice in width as the wingspan of the bird) . Make sure there are perches and toys in the cage. Remember, they are intelligent and need to keep their minds busy.

Food

Birds' diets vary greatly. You need to research their diet according to the species. Common bird food is seeds and nuts. But they will also enjoy green leafy veggies and fruits. 

Amount of Human Interaction Required

Birds can become destructive if not enough attention is given to them. They are highly social and need to constantly communicate. A secluded bird is not a happy bird. All types of birds need sufficient human interaction.

 

4. Geckos

 

Geckos

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Brief info

Geckos are harmless lizards. They’re small in size and make good pets. They have patterns all over their bodies and are interesting to look at.

Lifespan

Up to 20 years

Care and Maintenance

It is easy to maintain a gecko terrarium. A terrarium is small indoor garden. Have small rocks and pieces of wood around. They can keep themselves busy and don’t require much exercise.

Food

Worms and small insects like crickets. Water should be kept all the time.

Amount of Human Interaction Required

Geckos are generally shy animals. They need time to gain your trust, after which they will happily climb on to your hand and explore. Take note that they are most active during night time and like to sleep during the day.

 

5. Turtles

 

Turtles

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Brief info

Turtles are common pets. There are 2 main types of turtles that are kept as pets - Box Turtle and Red-Eared Slider. Box Turtles have intricate patterns on their backs. Box Turtles and Sliders are quite mellow and easy to handle.

Lifespan

Turtles live for very long. Average lifespan is 40-50 years. Keep this in mind before investing in one.

Care and Maintenance

Turtles require an environment that mimics their natural habitat. So you need to invest in water filtration systems, water heaters, plants, thermometers and appropriate food. Turtles like tubs more than aquariums. They need water and also a flat, dry rock to bask in.

Food

Turtles’ natural diet consists of worms, small insects, fruits, mushrooms, etc. Turtle food is also available. They have a varied diet.

Amount of human interaction required

Turtles don’t like being picked up too often but do enjoy human company. Spending time with them has a calming effect on both the turtle and you. They do not require as much human interaction as other pets.

 

This information is only to provide background information about various pets. If you choose to have one, then thorough research must be done. What other alternative pets would you suggest?

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