We are used to hearing about people’s love for their cats and dogs. The endless battle of which is better, smarter and more affectionate. Then there are another group of pet owners who decide to mix things up and choose an animal that most would never even consider sharing their home with. Here are some crazy critter choices for those who decide that cats and dogs are just too tame!
Did this pet become popular thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog? What is clear is that this trend doesn’t appear to be dying out. The small hedgehog makes a cute pet, if you can stay away from those spikes! They range in weight from about 0.5 pounds to 2 pounds and are gentle creatures. If you’re considering one of these sweet animals then be sure to handle it lots when its young so it gets used to human contact. Check your state’s restrictions as owning a hedgehog is illegal in some states.
You’ll need a lot of dedication if you choose to own a serval as they can live for up to 19 years. It will have some pretty strong hunting instincts too as servals are the most successful hunters of all wild cats. Whilst not your usual house cat, many people choose to domesticate them but ownership is restricted and sometimes requires a special license. They can weigh up to 50 pounds and like to mark their territory so will undoubtedly pee on your furniture and you! They also need large areas in which to run, hunt and swim so this is one high maintenance pet choice.
#3 Potbelly Pig
Smaller than your average pig, the potbelly has tons of charm. This variety of hog is non-smelly, smart and easy to train with even some police departments using them to sniff out drugs! Owning a potbelly means strict diet regulation as they are prone to putting on weight so a balanced diet and lots of exercise is recommended. You can even take your pig for a walk on a leash! They are affectionate but be prepared for a ruined lawn and carpet as they adore rooting. This little pig has a big personality so can become aggressive if not the center of attention.
#4 Horned Frog
This is the frog with the huge mouth like Pacman who is native to South America. It needs to be housed alone but is easy to care for as it’s fairly inactive and isn’t a fussy eater. It might not be the most interesting pet as it doesn’t take to handling and doesn’t get up to much but if you want a low maintenance pet with a difference then the horned frog could be your ideal companion.
#5 Hissing Cockroach
Yuck! Why would anybody home a cockroach on purpose? Surprisingly, they actually make great pets. They don’t bite or fly and make a great hissing noise so could be the ideal first pet for kids fascinated by bugs. All they need is a shady place to live with some branches to climb but beware as they are such good climbers, they regularly escape! You can even feed them dog food.
#6 Sugar Gliders
These cute little guys are becoming quite the celebrities in America right now. Part of the possum family, they can extend a special membrane and glide around the house! They only weigh 3 ounces and enjoy living as a pair but are capable of bonding with owners if they are handled often when small. They can bite, have sharp claws and are mainly nocturnal which are all things to consider when it comes to owning one.
#7 Hyacinth Macaw
Beautiful, majestic but highly demanding so might not be the best pet for everyone. These birds are very intelligent and can live up to a staggering 60 years! They are affectionate birds who are easily trained and can make a variety of vocalizations. They seem to take great interest in human companionship so if you can spare the time, cost and room for a macaw then you’re sure to reap the benefits of a long-lasting friendship.
#8 Fennec Fox
Whilst you wouldn’t normally home a normal fox, the Fennec fox makes a great pet. As small as a chihuahua, this gorgeous desert animal can be trained to use a litterbox like a cat. They are affectionate, incredibly playful and needs tons of exercise. The only downside is that the fox is nocturnal and might choose to make its presence felt in the middle of the night!
#9 Ball Python
If you’re not squeamish about slithery snakes then the Ball Python could be for you. With a lifespan of up to 30 years, you could be roomies for some time. It’s gets its name from a defensive movement where it coils up into a ball. Smaller than other constrictors, it makes a good first snake for owners as it’s docile and easy to handle.
Most of us will shiver at this suggestion but some spiders make great pets. Fed on live insects, this might be an issue for those who are squeamish and you’ll need to know if the tarantula you’re buying can be handled or must be kept in a tank. The Mexican Red Knee is one of the easiest and calmest spiders to own but be prepared for a sudden decrease in visitors!