All of us have been there or still are where only dogs or cats emerge in our heads while thinking about a pet. The west has already opened its arms for peculiar, out of the box pets though we still struggle to think beyond the conventional choices. Lizards, wolf-dogs, hippos and even giraffes are being domesticated in various parts of the work and it is time for us to advance in the same. Here is a brief list of some peculiar potential pets suitable for Indian aspirants with some efforts.
Have always looked up to Duma with an aww? A Bengal cat shall satisfy you well then. No, it is not a tiger but the result of crossing regular domesticated cat with an Asian leopard. The resulting kitten may look wild with its majestic spotted coat and physical traits tending towards its parentage but a Bengal cat is of gentle domestic cat temperament and can form an adorable playmate posing no threat to your throat. In fact their behaviour tends a lot more towards that of a domestic cat.
Rats have usually been synonymous with dumpsters, found scaring the living soul out of by standers at Indian railway stations. With such memories it becomes unimaginable to think of a rat as a potential pet for many of us. To break through these stereotypes, no one asks you to pick up a rat from filthy alleys, that will probably get you sick. Fancy domesticated rats can be obtained from a reputed pet shop and they do have their pros too!
Once you are able to get over the stigma about rats and diseases, you can find a great range of fancy rats varying in colour, spots, coat or body type. Rats do come in adorable kinds and can charm you or your kid with their loyalty and intelligence. Being brainy means that you can train your pet rat some tricks worth flaunting. Their adorably compact size enable you to take one with you wherever you go. Playing with them does not require vigorous activity. Hence, it does give them an edge over the larger options out there.
The greatest downside of having a pet rat is their life span. With their playful personality and affectionate temperament, 2-3 years can never be enough with them. Don’t let that stop you and get your kid his own Stuart Little.
Just like rats, guinea pigs too can be the ideal mate for your kids! They are small, adorable and delicate ball of fur which are fun to play with. Though these traits also make them susceptible to rough hands of preteens. Just like rats the intellect of guinea pigs make them a quick learner. Build them a hamster like play station and enjoy limitless amusement for both you and your pet.
It was about queer pets, wasn’t it? Treat your gothic side with a pet scorpion. Scorpions are feared to be fatal which does stand true but certain relatively calm and non-lethal species of scorpions can be the part of your decorations. Cuddling is not a viable option with them but you can surely device a fancy home, replicating their desert like habitat in a glass casing. Emperor Scorpions though non-lethal can sting like a bee or even send a person with venom allergies into anaphylactic shock!
These little cute pets come heavily guarded with spines to protect themselves from overly attached pet-owners! Weighing less than half a kilogram they are of a gentle temperament holding no high demands. Their nocturnal nature makes them a perfect mate for those of us who spend their nights in front of a screen and the engineering students. Hedgehogs live for about 10 years can definitely contribute in your pleasant memories.
This pet needs no introduction. We all have seen it, felt it and most of us have even tasted it and its time for some special pet owners to realise that a potato is probably the best pet for them. Who are those special chosen ones? Those who lock their pets out to get baked and suffocate in a car under scorching heat with windows rolled up, those who leave their pets for days alone and locked playing ignorant of their needs, those who buy because they have money but no time, those who place their pet in a cage barely fitting their size, those who think their kids have the right to mangle a delicate life, those who see their pet as investment and not as a living soul. Those of us who want to own a pet yet not live with one, should forget all the other options and get themselves a potato to own and play their will on.
The world of pets is vast and magnificent and picking up one’s companion should require certain considerations. Temperament, diet, care and lifespan are few of the key categories to see if the pet fits you. It is also on your shoulders to evaluate your means, available time and preferences etc. to see if you are fit enough for your desired pet. Go on, find your match!