10 Cool Pets that Aren’t Dogs

Animal shelters emptied during the quarantine. The phenomenon proves that the only thing stopping people from adopting furry best friends was the 40-hour workweek. But plenty of people have allergies or don’t have space for a dog or cat. But bringing a pet (any pet) into your life has a ton of benefits. You get a best friend, unconditional love, companionship, and a roommate who will listen to you complain about your day and won’t hoard all the coffee mugs in their room. 

10 Cool Pets That Aren’t Dogs



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If you want a best friend for life, consider getting a tortoise–their lives can reach well over 80 years. They require plenty of space to explore and do better in hot climates where they can live outdoors. 


Betta Fish

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Beloved by college students everywhere, betta fish are some of the most beautiful domesticated freshwater fish. However, they need more than just a bowl. Vets recommend a five-gallon tank with a heater and plenty of places for them to hide. 



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These super-soft rodents require lots of space to play and explore. They need regular dust-baths to keep their fur soft and luscious. Since they’re nocturnal, they require a quiet place in the house during the day to rest. 


Sugar Glider

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Sugar gliders are new-ish to the pet world, recently domesticated and often misunderstood. They live for up to 15 years and are around six-inches big when full-grown. They’re social creatures that live in colonies in the wild, so vets recommend owning two or more at a time. 



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While a giant spider might be sound like a nightmare for arachnophobes, they’re low-maintenance pets with long lifespans. The females in some species can live over 30 years, and most live at least 10. 



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Looking for a shortcut to Internet fame? A hedgehog just might be your ticket. They’re nocturnal busy-bodies best suited for night owls and insomniacs looking for a companion. 


Bearded Dragon

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If you watched Khaleesi on Game of Thrones and thought to yourself, that could be me–the bearded dragon is for you. These almost-dragons grow to two feet long and can live for up to 10 years. That’s a lot of GoT marathons with a proper dragon by your side.



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Those small furry animals packed into pet store tanks are just waiting for a home. They require daily attention and maintenance but only live a few years–not a long-term commitment. Also, ask your local pet store about adoptable animals, they’re not on display, but most have returned pets that come with a habitat if you want a best friend on a budget. 


Ant Farm

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If you’re looking to add a little whimsy to your home office decor, try an ant farm. They’re self-contained pet habitats and watching ants works is a perfect way to procrastinate. 



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If you love low-maintenance, you’ll love having butterflies as a pet. Butterfly houses range from birdhouse-size to whole gardens. Thanks to the Internet’s magic, you can buy larva or live caterpillars online and release them once they go through metamorphosis.