Top 5 Most Popular Pets that Aren’t Cats or Dogs

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Which pet do you have at home? According to statistics, 62% of households in the US have a pet. Pets can lower your stress levels, make sure you are never lonely, keep you fit by increasing the opportunity for exercise and outdoor activities, increase your social interactions, and they are also entertaining to have them around.

Cats and dogs are the most popular pets in the world. They even have a huge following on Instagram. Did you know that there are other popular pets that you can keep at home that aren’t cats or dogs? Here is a list of the top five most popular.


Fish is another popular pet in America. About 12.5 million households have an average of 12 fish at their home. Fish makes an attractive home décor when in an aquarium. Watching them swim around, whether in an aquarium or freshwater, is therapeutic and calming.

Also, maintaining fish is such an easy and fun hobby to do. Freshwater fish are more popular than the saltwater fish because the cost of maintaining them is lower. Also, certain breeds are more popular than others because people prefer to pet fish with beautiful colors.


After fish, rabbits are the next popular pets. Around 6.2 million rabbits are kept as pets in the UK. Rabbits are very intelligent, inquisitive, quiet animals that make them great apartment pets. They come in a variety of needs, breeds, shapes, and sizes.

Cute and cuddly rabbits require proper attention, and each rabbit has a unique personality. Rabbits live for 8-12 years, and they make affectionate and entertaining pets.


Poultry is another popular pet option for many homeowners. They include chicken, turkeys, ducks, geese, and others. Many households own multiple poultry pets.  Maintaining poultry pets is not costly and it does not have much work too. Poultry makes a home lively, and the good thing is that they can be a source of food and a source of income.

Indoor Birds

Birds have a striking visual beauty, and they also provide entertainment for their singing and talking. From the small budgies to large parrots, birds of all sizes can be your pet and are very rewarding to keep.

They are fun to watch and are an interesting conversation piece. The most common bird pets are the cockatiels and parrots. Birds form bonds with their humans, and they are delicate, meaning they require special care.

Species like parrots have a lifespan of 60 years or longer, meaning owning one is a long-term commitment.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are another popular choice for many homeowners. Their small size and ready availability in pet stores make them a top pick for many people. Guinea pigs can live indoors or outdoors and have a lifespan of 4-8 years.

Apart from cats and dogs, some of the other pets you can keep at home. Other less popular options include snakes, lizards, tortoise and turtles, and horses.

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