Animal Lovers Are Opting for Non-Traditional Pets

Whatever the animal, they’re all among the non-traditional pets that a growing number of people are opting to share their lives with instead of old favourites like dogs or cats.

Louis McCann, executive director of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), says the increased interest in non-traditional pets can be attributed to “alternate choice” due to lifestyle and health considerations

“For example, non-traditional pets like reptiles are hypoallergenic,” says McCann from PIJAC’s Canadian headquarters in Orleans.

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Non-Traditional Pets

Whatever the animal, they’re all among the non-traditional pets that a growing number of people are opting to share their lives with instead of old favourites like dogs or cats.

Nelson says she’s successfully placed rats with families; with a Vietnam war medic; as well as at Douglas Hospital, a mental health institute in Montreal where they’re used in pet therapy.

“They’re just really cute, and they’re the cleanest and most intelligent of all rodents,” says Nelson. “They’re all my little ratscals.”

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