Cute pets: When buying a new pet, you should be aware that you are taking on a lot of responsibility. Animals, although they look funny and cute – are not toys. They need special care. If you do not comply with all the requirements, the pet may get sick and die.
Before you go to the pet store, you should study books about animals, buy everything you need for pets, and chat on forums with more experienced people. Then your choice will be conscious, you will be ready for all surprises, and you will not injure your pet and family members by returning it back to the pet store.
These are the 10 cute pets that you should know about in advance
1. Large parrots
Some large parrots (jacko, cockatoo) in large quantities secrete powder, which may be allergic. It is advisable to find out whether family members have an allergic reaction before buying a pet.
Bird lovers will have to get used to the constant noise. Parrots call, rustle, play with bells and other toys. It is constantly dirty around their cages, as they like to throw food around.
You will clean up every day. Releasing them to fly, you risk being left without your favorite books, wallpapers and even important documents, because they love to taste everything that surrounds them. Birds are very attached to their owners and miss them. You will have to forget about long business trips or vacations, because any separation is stressful for the bird.
They are still better to admire in photos. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, so you won’t be able to retrain them. At night, they will go about their own business, disturbing everyone’s sleep. They do not tolerate sudden movements and loud noises, so you should not buy a hedgehog for a child who may be injured by its spines or suffer from its sharp teeth.
It needs a spacious cage, as well as special nutrition. You can not feed the hedgehog only dry food, because this will cause diseases of the digestive system and liver. You will have to buy insects regularly. If you are afraid of cockroaches and mealworms, caterpillars, hedgehogs, it is better not to own a hedgehog.
Like all pets, the chinchilla needs care, but in this case the costs will be significant: a spacious cage, special food, sand, etc. Taking sand baths, they raise a cloud of dust.
Chinchillas do not like to be stroked or picked up, i.e. you will have to admire them from afar. They are afraid of sharp sounds, movements, do not tolerate temperature changes and increased humidity. Chinchillas like to stay awake at night, and you will have to accept that at this time they will start gnawing, jumping, making noise, i.e. you will not be able to sleep next to them.
Cute, charming pets are affectionate, kind. But they are almost impossible to get used to the toilet. They will urinate wherever they feel comfortable, including on the couch or chairs. If you let the rabbit out of the cage, it will gnaw on everything that gets in the way: wires, wallpaper, damage furniture. Some rabbits like to bite.
Adorable piglets can impress you with their intelligence, because they are not inferior in development to dolphins or chimpanzees. They can be trained to execute commands. They are very friendly and sociable. But mini-piggies require daily walks on the street and constant communication with the owner. Without this, it will be a hooligan: spoil furniture, gnaw wires.
Like any pig, they like to dig the ground, so they can ruin the floor in the apartment. This is their genetic trait. A piglet, even a miniature one, can smell unpleasant. You’ll have to sterilize it and get it used to the tray.
They are friendly creatures that are rarely aggressive. They do not require special conditions of detention. But they also have their drawbacks. Rats are rodents, so don’t be surprised to find traces of their teeth on wood or skin.
These animals are prone to hereditary diseases. Sudden changes in temperature, high humidity, or a draft can kill them. But even if you provide them with good care, in 2-3 years you will have to bury your pet. Unfortunately, they do not live long, with a maximum of 5 years.
They are very intelligent, quick-witted animals, sociable and curious, who are always ready to play with the owner. But it is still a wild animal, some of the habits of which cannot be eradicated. They are happy to rinse everything that comes to hand in the water, including expensive equipment.
A raccoon can bite or scratch painfully. They become especially aggressive during puberty. They are very stubborn and will always do only what they want. They can enjoy eating other small animals, spoiling indoor plants.
8. Red-eared slider
It requires a large aquarium, about 80-100 liters, so that it can swim freely after it grows up a little. You would also have to spend money on a UV lamp to keep it warm in the winter.
The water in the aquarium will have to be changed regularly, otherwise your pet will get sick. And this is a lot of work, given its size. If you have 2 males or 2 turtles of different sizes, they will fight. This is an additional stress that can lead to diseases.
9. Sugar glider
Before you get this exotic pet, think about whether you can provide it with proper care. They will need a spacious cage-aviary with devices for climbing. They do not like bright light, the temperature in the room should not be less than 20 degrees. At night, these animals do not sleep, but rattle the bars, make various sounds and jump, i.e. you will not be able to sleep next to them.
Do not let them near children, because it can bite the child. In addition, Sugar glider likes to run over the owner, as if on a tree trunk, leaving scratches. They mark the territory, and to wash this odorous liquid from clothes will not work. In nature, Sugar glider go to the toilet directly on the tree, on the fly. In the house, they will not change their habits, and can spoil the furniture, wallpaper, everything that is located nearby.
They are playful, active and sociable animals that become attached to their owner. But, if you decide to buy a ferret, remember that they can cause a lot of trouble. Ferrets like to hide anything you forget to put away. Leftover food, including pieces of meat, will rot in the corners. They will be happy to dig up the ground in pots of flowers. They can damage clothing, furniture, and other items.
Ferrets have special perinatal glands, so they can emit an unpleasant smell. Like cats, they like to mark the territory, i.e. not only the pet itself will smell, but also the entire apartment. And, if you decide to buy a ferret, be prepared for significant costs. They need special food, and it is expensive. Another expense item is sterilization.