Which animals make it to the list of the most popular pets in the United States? Check this gallery to find out! (not in order)
Domesticated mice have been kept as pets since the ancient times. They are descendants of the house mouse (Mus musculus). Unlike their sewage counterparts, pet mice are docile and clean, plus they get along with humans quite well. They are also intelligent and can be taught a few tricks!
Iguanas make surprisingly popular pets. While you’re not required to walk them or have them potty-trained, there are some important things to consider when taking care of iguanas — from the feeding down to the proper housing, and even the temperature. Iguanas love the sun, so if you can’t set your iguana terrarium under a sunlight, purchase an artificial UV light instead.
These adorable little fellows were descendants of the hamster found in the Syrian desert during the early 19th century. Today, there are several breeds of pet hamsters, including the Syrian or golden hamsters, dwarf hamsters and the Roborovski hamsters. Aside from being pets, hamsters are also being used for scientific research.
Guinea pigs were originally raised by the Incas mostly for food. When the European traders brought these guinea pigs from South America, they became popular pets. Even Queen Elizabeth I owned one!
Guinea pigs are adorable and docile, and they do not bite at all! Plus they are also easy to breed. Like hamsters, guinea pigs are also used for scientific research.
Whether they keep a lone goldfish in a small fishbowl or a giant aquarium full of colorful fancy tropical fish, pet owners will always have an enthusiasm towards pet fish. Just watching them swim in the water makes you relaxed and free from stress. There are even a lot of American pet owners who consider collecting exotic fish a serious hobby.
Do you know that ferrets have been around as pets since the ancient Egyptian era? They are the domesticated relatives of the European polecat. Ferrets have long been trained to hunt for vermin such as rabbits and mice. But aside from being working animals, ferrets also make great companions. They are playful, highly sociable, and somewhat trainable, but also independent at the same time. So you can say that a ferret’s personality is like a little bit of a dog and a cat.
Could we say anything more about man’s best friend? To date there are 78 million pet pooches in the United States. A playmate, a protector, a loyal and faithful friend — these are the qualities that make dogs so popular in the country.
While dogs are a man’s best friend, cats otherwise have bested them in the list of the most popular US pets in terms of numbers. So far there are more than 86 million pet cats in the country. Cats have been domesticated since a long time ago, and even ancient Egyptians considered them as sacred. Cats are known to be fussy, but can take care of themselves most of the time. Plus they are also helpful in keeping out rodents. Recently they are the stars of those funny videos you find on the Internet!
So far there are 16 million pet birds in the United States. They are popular mainly because of their fascinating visual beauty. Some birds like parrots and macaws delight people with their strikingly colorful plumage as well as their talking and mimicking abilities. While other birds such as canaries are known for their singing.
Snakes surprisingly make it to the list of the most popular animals here in the US. Even their frightening reputation won’t prevent a lot of pet owners from keeping them. But fear not, most of the pet snakes are quite docile. Pythons and corn snakes make the most popular pet snakes here in the US. If you’re interested in keeping a snake as a pet, better obtain one that is bred in captivity, rather than caught straight from the wild — captive snakes will make better pets.