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Farm Animals for Pets – Which One Is Right For You?

Are you an animal lover? Not interested in the dog or cat scene? If you’re looking for a more unorthodox pet, how about a visit to the farm? A cow or horse may not be suitable for most living situations, there are lots of other pets that are! Check out our quick list below for some ideas! Remember that unorthodox pets may have unique needs. Research your new pet variety before you commit to ensure you can meet their standards. Some farm animals need more than a barn!

Pets From The Farm

  •  Miniature Goat – Miniature goats are a unique alternative to a dog. They fit perfectly in dog crates and dog beds. Their temperaments are docile, loving, and easy going. Be sure to get males neutered as they can become aggressive. Maintenance requires hoove trimming a few times each year and horn removal is recommended.

  • Chicken – Chicken’s may seem too simple to be much of a pet but they can actually be rather affectionate! Chickens can learn to come when called, will sit in your lap, and even snuggle. Like most animals, the more time you spend with them when they are young the more domesticated they will be.

  • Rabbit – Rabbits have already largely bridged the gap between farm animal and pet. They can make very affectionate and fun little companions, they are a fragile creature and need owners who understand their unique personalities and needs. Be sure to talk to pet rabbit owners and a vet before being lured by their cute fuzziness!

  • Miniature pig – “Miniature” can be a bit misleading… Many full grown mini-pigs will be the size of a medium dog. These pets have long lifespans (think 20 years) and are a great pet for those who are truly committed and have stable housing. They are easy to train like a dog, but can be expensive to care for.

Whatever unique pet you decide on, make sure your local pet nanny knows how to care for them!

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