February 25, 2022
Cats and dogs aren’t the only game in town when it comes to choosing an animal companion. Walk into your local pet store, and you’ll probably find fascinating reptiles, endearing parakeets, and adorable hamsters too. But what if those pets weren’t your only choices? What if you could own an animal that you’d normally think of as an unusual or ‘untamed’ pet?
In some cases, yes! Many states in the U.S. have a list of exotic pets you can legally own without an issue. While each state is technically different, these animals are legal in most of them right now. the results might surprise you.
Foxes are not fully domesticated yet, but they might be someday! These cunning creatures have the same kind of intelligence as dogs. Breeders have begun to work with foxes, and some species like the Silver Fox are tamer than others. The cute Fennec Fox is quickly growing in popularity.
Chickens are common livestock in American farms everywhere, but do they make good pets too? Absolutely. Chickens are simple to care for and budget-friendly to feed. Some chicken breeds are even cuddly. And the best part? Free eggs for breakfast!
Yes, you really can own a pet emu! In fact, emu experts recommend having more than one emu if you plan to keep them as pets. They are very social and will flock together. Emu owners tout that their birds act tamer if they are hand-hatched and fed rather than raised by other Emus. They will also need space to race around in the yard for at least 30 minutes!
While the green peafowl is an endangered species and not recommended to own, the blue peafowl is a more docile (and beautiful!) alternative. Blue peacocks enjoy roaming in yards with at least 80 square feet. You will need a wooden roost to give them warmth and shelter from predators. They certainly make a colorful addition to your life!
That’s right, cows aren’t just for producing milk anymore. If you have ample space and accommodations, there is nothing stopping you from having a cow as a companion. What can you do with a pet cow? Many things! Male bovines can pull carts or help you plow the soil in your backyard garden. Some cows can be trained to ride in a similar manner as a horse. And of course, females can produce milk that’s better than money can ever buy at a grocery store.
Seaside Art Gallery’s Animals and Art Show is still going strong! Did you know that from now through February 28, 2022, you can help local pets in need when you buy art featuring an animal? Take a look at the show right now to see all kinds of animals! From there, you can shop conveniently online and also in person at the Gallery. Enjoy the rest of the Show.
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