Looking For an Unusual Pet? Why Not Consider one of These

Animals and insects are amazing things and make our world that much more special. From elephants to lions, and crabs to sharks, down to worms and beetles, the animal and insect world is truly unique and it’s not a surprise that so many people around the world have a pet at home. The common household pets are cats and dogs, though there are other smaller animals that people have at home such as fish, hamsters and rabbits.

The type of pet that you have is likely connected to the size of your home, as well as any restrictions that you may have. Most buildings will let people keep a cat as a pet in your apartment, but not too many are going to allow you to keep a camel. If you live in a detached house with a garden at the front or back, then there are much more possibilities about which animals you can keep for a pet.

There are a number of different animals that some people have as pets, and in most cases, they are not going to be ones that too many people would like to actually have living in their homes.


a rat

The thought of having a rat in your home is very unappealing to the majority of people around the world. There are far better pets you can have, but there are a lot of people who actually have pet rats. There are a number of pros and cons of pet rats, some of which may surprise you.

One of the main attractions that people have towards them is the fact that they are social. They like to be around people and enjoy playing. Rats are also said to have similar internal clocks to humans, so they are awake during the day and sleep during the night, unlike other rodent pets such as hamsters.


Small cute hedgehog

These are another animal that not many people would consider to be good as a household pet. Their appearance can be somewhat off putting, but hedgehogs are actually very friendly animals. They are not difficult to look after and this is one of their charms. They may not look like it, but they are actually quite athletic animals and are full of life.

One thing to be aware of if you do plan on getting a hedgehog as a pet, is that they are nocturnal animals and come to life at night, so if you live in an apartment block, it might not be the best animal you can keep in the house, especially if it disturbs your neighbours.



Spiders are part of the animal group known as “arachnids”, and are not actually insects as most people believe. Spiders are something that affect people in different ways, with the majority of people being scared or at least a little fearful of them, despite their usually small size.

Giant spiders however are a different story, and most people would freak out if they saw one standing on their kitchen table. A lot of people nonetheless love spiders, especially giant spiders such as tarantulas which are popular pets. There are actually more than 800 different species of this fascinating spider. The fact that their diet generally consists of live insects means that they are not the best choice of pet for someone who might feel a little uncomfortable or squeamish.


Small Spotted Genet

These cute little animals are a relation of the mongoose, but with the appearance of a wild cat. Their long tail is their main characteristic and they can grow to the region of about 20 inches (not including the tail). There are 14 different species and pets are usually the common Genet.

They are easily trainable and friendly around people, but in order for them to live a healthy and active life, they do need to spend time outside each day. If you do not have a garden, and live in an apartment block, then these are not a good idea as a pet.

Prairie dogs

Prairie dog

These are other animals that like to be played with and are very social with people. However, it is not advisable to have one of these as a pet unless you are going to put a couple hours aside each day to play with them. There is also the chance that they can turn aggressive if they are not handled properly. They should probably be avoided if you have small children at home.

They are also described as high maintenance, so they are going to require a lot of work. If you are looking for something that is much more low maintenance, then maybe you should consider getting a goldfish instead. If you are planning on getting a pet, it’s a great idea to look at pet adoption centers, rather than heading out to a pet shop and splashing out hundreds of dollars on a pet.

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