According to a recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, dogs are statistically the most common household pet in the United States with a whopping 54.4 million homes, followed by cats with 42.9 million homes nationwide.
While dogs and cats are easily the favorites, there are many other small pets that may not immediately come to mind.
Small mammals such as bunnies, guinea pigs, and hamsters are fifth on the list and found in 5.4 million homes across the country. With even less popularity, reptiles occupy 4.9 million American homes with their owners.
So why do animals such as guinea pigs and lizards get overshadowed? Quite frankly, many of us enjoy the interaction of owning a dog or cat. But we must not forget about the little guys that need some loving too! There are millions of small mammals that are in need of a home and that would also make great pets. Bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils are filled with personality and come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Because they are more independent than dogs or cats, this can be a huge perk for many prospective owners. Additionally, they require less clean up as well. After you take your little buddies out to play, you can return them to a designated area where they eat, sleep and do their business all in one place.
Not to be forgotten are reptiles which include interesting creatures such as iguanas, geckos, and chameleons. Their intricate patterns and long, powerful tails make them quite a sight for their owners and guests alike. With a well maintained and properly cared for terrarium, owners can use their own decorating ideas to create a reptile oasis for their companion. They are also low maintenance as many reptile feedings can be as little as a couple of times a month. Reptiles would make the perfect pet for someone who may not have a large amount of spare time, but is interested in having a fascinating roommate to share his/her home with.