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Top 10 Alternative Pets You Should Own Today



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#10 Skunk

#10 Skunk

Skunks are known chiefly for one thing - they stink. Or rather, they spray a stink on you as a defense mechanism if they feel threatened. That's why when we see a skunk shamble by, we give it a wide berth. Though, they are admittedly less on the rape-y side, which makes them one of the coolest alternatives to dogs or cats out there. Well, that and the fact that their stink glands are removed surgically when they are young.

#9 Prairie Dog

#9 Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. The five different species of prairie dogs are: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison's, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs. They are a type of ground squirrel, found in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Prairie dogs exist because someone once bet God that he couldn't crossbreed a puppy and a rat and make it look absolutely adorable. That man obviously lost, while the prairie dog continues to roam the Earth and living rooms of some of the luckiest pet owners on the planet.

#8 Sugar Glider

#8 Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders are popular pets with some owners because they're super cute and relatively easy to care for. Sugar Gliders are still exotic animals, which tend to be more expensive than regular animals (a rule which also applies to dancers). They're also known to be quite chatty, and since they're mostly nocturnal, that means they'll be up all night, making noise.

#7 Pygmy Goat

#7 Pygmy Goat

Do you have a yard? Tired of dogs but still sort of want something similar to help you stave off the inevitable realization that nobody loves you? Then let the tiny wonder of the pygmy goat fill the sadness center of the brain with pure, sugary cuteness. A pygmy goat is a breed of miniature domestic goat. Pygmy goats tend to be kept as pets primarily, though also work well as milk producers and working animals.

#6 Long-eared Hedgehog

#6 Long-eared Hedgehog

The long-eared (or Egyptian) hedgehog is not only one of the cutest alternative pets out there but also the favored candidate for the title of "Most Likely To Be Accused of Being a Lazy Photoshop Job." Hedgehogs are active creatures and appreciate the extra room. It's also important to note that hedgehogs are illegal as pets in several states, so check your local laws. If it's legal, find a reputable breeder from whom to adopt. And take lots of pictures!

#5 Emperor Scorpion

#5 Emperor Scorpion

You can go out and buy one today because of some reasons.

To be fair, Emperor Scorpions are actually very gentle creatures which basically makes them the Michael Clarke Duncan of the animal world. These natives of African rainforests are large for scorpions, one of the largest species of scorpion in the world. so if you've ever wanted to own a miniature embodiment of fear designed by Mother Nature itself, the Emperor Scorpion is probably your best option.

#4 Mini Pig

#4 Mini Pig

The mini pig is also known as the teacup, miniature or micro pig, but its name is hardly important. What's important is that they are cuter than 5 puppies hugging a teddy bear at the same time and one of the best arguments for going vegetarian. Mini Pigs are one of the cutest pets in the world. But far from being just an adowably pretty face, these real-life Piglets are also reportedly smarter than dogs and bond just as easily with humans.

#3 Fancy Rats

#3 Fancy Rats

As with snakes, the idea of owning a rat is repellent to some (maybe even most) people. Humanity tends to regard the rat as one of the lowest, filthiest, most objectionable creatures on Earth. This is one of the greatest injustices in the world of pets. Fancy rats have such wonderful personalities and may bond so closely with their humans that their relatively short lifespan of 2–3 years may mean too soon a goodbye for some owners.

#2 Long-tailed Chinchillas

#2 Long-tailed Chinchillas

Chinchillas are unique, adorable and increasingly popular rodent pets. Before you make the leap and bring home a chinchilla of your own, you need to know about their very specific care requirements. Chinchillas are active, and they like a lot of room to play and a lot of attention. It's a good idea to have two chinchillas instead of one, especially if you can't personally provide a lot of your own time for keeping your chinchilla company. Depending on your perspective, this can be a fun part of owning a chinchilla, or a hassle to clean up after.

#1 Fox

#1 Fox

Do you want a pet fox? Yes? Well then, good news: You can have one, and it's all thanks to the Soviets (what a bunch of swell guys). So the question is: why can't we domesticate foxes as well? Because "it would take hundreds, possibly thousands of years"? Please, you're clearly underestimating the Soviets and their inability to give a single, solitary crap about "facts" or "logic." Just take the Soviet geneticist Dmitry K. Belyaev who has been furiously trying to domesticate foxes in the Siberia since 1959... and reportedly succeeded recently.



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