While individuals and families have traditionally tended to adopt dogs and cats when choosing a new pet, more and more people are opting to add non-traditional pets to their households in recent years.

Adopting a non-traditional pet poses its own unique challenges to owners, of course, and new owners should be aware of any special medical needs their new pet may have, but the rewards of adopting an unconventional pet can be great. Here are just a few unique animals to consider if you are looking to adopt a new furry friend, and why doing so can be a life-changing experience for everyone involved.

Extremely popular among pet devotees in recent years, chinchillas are adorable animals that make wonderful companions. Due to their small size, chinchillas can make great pets for people who live in small apartments. For people looking for the perfect non-traditional pet, chinchillas are a wonderful option!

Potbellied Pigs
It is no secret that pigs make great pets. And if you have ever wanted a pet pig to call your own, now is the perfect time to adopt one. Because of their small size and friendliness, potbellied pigs are a great option for people looking for a non-traditional option when adopting a new pet. Moreover, potbellied pigs are highly intelligent and emotional animals, so their owners tend to form an especially strong connection to them.

For people who want a perfect pet for small children, rabbits can be a great choice, but they are fun pets for adults also. Rabbits are easy to care for and make wonderfully charming companions; moreover, their gentle nature makes them great choices for owners who like the calming effect that laid-back pets can provide.

Raising a pet rabbit is different than caring for a dog or cat, so potential owners should make sure that they are in contact with a good veterinarian before they adopt one; otherwise, rabbits make truly wonderful pets!

Like rabbits, hamsters make great pets for people with small children. They are also great choices for people who live in an apartment or want a pet that is easy to care for. Many shelters have hamsters up for adoption, and new owners will greatly enjoy the company that these delightful animals can provide.

For these reasons, adopting a non-traditional pet can be a life-changing experience for the better, and by contacting local animal shelters and exotic animal sanctuaries, individuals can discover some wonderful new additions to their homes. Truly, that is pet adoption at its very best!

About The Author
Anatoly Vanetik is a Businessman and Oil and Gas Expert residing in Orange County, California. He brings over 30 years of professional experience working as an entrepreneur, and remains active as the President and Chairman for his company, Vanetik & Associates. Anatoly Vanetik is also passionate about art history and animal welfare, and has been an active supporter of animal organizations around California. He maintains an active monthly blog on animal welfare, providing helpful tips on giving back, as well as highlighting great animal organizations. 

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