Top 5 Bizzare Pet Choices for Kids

Out of the Normal Animals for Kids:

1.) Rats

As a rat owner I know a few things about them. They are super smart, very loving, playful, and need things to chew on. But here are a few basic instructions for caring for a rat.

  • The Basics: (All info came from Exoticpets.about.com)
    • Average life span of 2-3 years.
    • Length: body 9-11 inches; tail 7-9 inches.
    • Nocturnal, so will be most active at night.
    • Males are called bucks, females are does, and babies are pups or kittens.
    • Rats are social so do best if kept with another rat (or group of rats).
    • Rats reach puberty very young – at 6-8 weeks of age. They shouldn’t be bred this young, though, so make sure males and females are separated before this age.
    • Females go into heat every 4-5 days (for about 24 hours) and may seem agitated or restless during this time.
    • Wide range of markings, as well as varieties (e.g. standard/smooth, rex, hairless, tailless).
    • Rats are intelligent, social animals that can make wonderful pets.
    • Easily tamed.
    • Relatively easy to care for, but are not low maintenance pets.
    • Require a fair amount of attention and exercise time outside of thier cages (at least an hour a day is ideal).
    • Rats are very social and do best if kept with other rats. Same sex pairs or groups are ideal. Males usually get along fine with other males especially if introduced at a young age or they are littermates. Keeping rats in groups does not make them more difficult to tame if they are handled from a young age.
    • Rats are very curious.
    • Many owners compare the companionship of a rat to that of a dog.
    • As a rule, males are larger and somewhat lazier than females, and have a coarser coat. Females are smaller and tend to be more active and playful.
    • Love fruit, fresh veggies, insects, and some meat.
    • Water dish is best for them but they also like the water dispenser.

2.) Stick Insect

  • The Basics: (All info came from Exoticpets.about.com)
    • Tall Housing (10-15 gallon aquarium but the bigger the better).
    • Hand with EXTREME care they are very fragile.
    • Keep fairly warm 70-75 degrees.
    • Want to mimic their environment so have lots of plants and dirt to make sure they will be happy in their environment.
    • Bramble (blackberry) is generally considered an appropriate diet for many stick insects. Other options include raspberry, privet, hawthorn, oak, rose, and ivy. Fresh cut branches of these plants can be placed in water in the cage and changed once they dry out (or are consumed). Make sure the plants don’t have pesticides!
    • Small very shallow dish of water. They drown easily

3.) Hedgehog

  • The Basics: (All Info comes from Hedgehogs As Pets.com)
    • Very easy to take care of
    • Wash with a tooth brush
    • feeding them dry cat and dog food is good because they get the nutrients they need but adding insects will really help them thrive. Also they like fruit but its not an everyday thing use it as a treat.
    • As far as housing goes they are like hamsters.
    • Water dispenser.

4.) Goat

My friend has goats so I know a lot about them!

  • The Basics:
    • Larger yard or pasture is good for these animals
    • Very gentle and loving
    • Feeding them grain, hay, hops, grass and sweets is what they like.
    • They not only make a good pets but if you have a female they make a good milk and cheese.
    • Housing: barns or a small building is good. If you want them in the house they work well there too but watch out for goat pellets!

5.) Bearded Dragon

  • The Basics:
    • Tank should be a minimum of 50 gallons.
    • Rocks, sticks, and dirt in tank
    • Keep it as warm as possible! 80-85 degrees in the cool spot. In the basking spot 95-100 degrees. And at night 65-79 degrees.
    • Shallow water dish.
    • Omnivores so mix of fresh veggies and bugs is a good diet. They love crickets.

Answer to Fun Fact!:

A.) True

Alligators may not be able to walk backwards but they can turn around pretty fast!

Fun Fact!: Hippo’s sweat is what color?

A.) Clear

B.) Pink

C.) Green

Find out in the next blog!

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