Mammal pets beyond dogs and cats

Mammal pets beyond dogs and cats

Many Lowcountry residents are enamored by exotic pets and rightfully so — they’re fascinating. For those who live in cramped apartments, have pet allergies or just like to march to the beat of their own drum, traditional pets, like a dog or a cat, aren’t an option. Exotic mammals, however, can still provide owners the same love, companionship and satisfaction that any other pet could offer.

From hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs to sugar gliders, chinchillas and potbellied pigs — there’s no shortage of exotic pets to choose from. With their unique behaviors and amusing social interactions, both with each other and their human companions, there’s a lot to be learned from these exotic mammals.

Like any other household pet, exotic pets have very specific needs when it comes to socialization and their environment. Before you jump in with both feet into pet ownership, you should learn about the specific needs for the species you are considering so you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

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