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6 Outrageous Animals People Keep as Pets

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1. Skunks

You probably associate skunks most with the foul odor they can sometimes give off. And who wants such a stinky pet?! Well, prospective skunk parents need not worry; most skunks sold in the United States and Canada have those scent glands surgically removed. Though skunks are intelligent, curious and can even be house-trained, major drawbacks include a very tricky diet, difficulty in accessing quality veterinary care, and the possibility of the skunk getting rabies. When it comes down to it, not enough is known about the proper care for skunks to make them a good option for a pet.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:14AM PDT on Jul 30, 2015

awesome job

5:12AM PDT on Jul 30, 2015

very nice

10:22AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Wild animals belong in wild. I am for keeping them as pet only if they are sick or something and they can't survive more in nature.

7:12PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you

5:52PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

"But don’t find your own just yet. They’re still wild animals, and they still deserve a life outside and out of a cage."

What a stupid, stupid, article. So does that mean 'domesticated' animals 'deserve' to live in a cage? Wild or not, all they need is proper care. Enough with the religious, dogmatic nonsense of all non-domesticated animals 'deserving' to live free.

9:01AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:58AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

Ok, pet skunks are super tame and comparable to cats. People who keep them don't just pick one up off the street, they get one from a breeder. They even have different coat colors, just like cats and dogs. They're not for everyone, but skunks aren't a terrible pet.

Sloths are difficult. I volunteer at a zoo and we have a sloth there named Sid. He requires a very specific cage and diet, and also only pees once every couple of months so when he does its TERRIBLE! They're also pretty hard to come by.

Big cats make bad pets for most people, but some people do care about them and can keep them properly. This is why there should be regulation on big cats so that some idiot can't just go and buy one. Also, Big Cat Rescue is a bad organisation. Most of the animals they have were either bought or bred by Baskin, but she makes up false back stories to get money. ASA and AZA won't accredit her because she doesn't meet their standards. Do some research, it's bad.

Lastly, any animal that require a large water habitat is just really hard to care for. Hippos are huge and super rare, capybaras aren't too common, but alligators are kept. If the owner can provide a big enough cage, then capys and alligators can make good pets. Again, there should be regulation, but they're happy in captivity if cared for correctly.

8:23PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Thanks for the post. Cute pix.

8:28PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

they are salvage, they are not a pet...
GO shelter and save some dog's or cat's... you will spend less money and you be save.

10:14AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Totally agree..... Having these type of pets should be illegal everywhere.

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