The future of pets doesn’t include dogs or cats

Are people too narrow-minded when it comes to pets? A new study believes so. When you compare how long humans

Are people too narrow-minded when it comes to pets? A new study believes so.

When you compare how long humans and animals have lived side by side, the fact that we only started domesticating some animals roughly 15,000 years ago is a minuscule amount of time. Your ancestors are to thank for the pets that we all have now. Sure the mighty wolf became the small yappy dog that gets carried around in a handbag, and the sleek and powerful cat got turned into an internet celebrity, but there are better pets to have.

A new study took into consideration 90 species of animals and put them to the test to see which ones were more suitable as pets. While many of the animals that topped the list are not available for adoption from your local shelter, they would make the pet park a lot more interesting.

Topping the list of animals that make more suitable pets that dogs or cats were the Sika deer, Agile wallaby, Tamar Wallaby, llama and Asian palm civet.

Asian Palm Civet
Asian Palm Civet

There have been many that thought about having a Wallaby for a pet, and now it has the backing of scientific research. However, that’s about as far as it goes. It’s still not allowed to have these animals without permits and permission. The research was theoretical.

The research was done to combat a growing problem in the Netherlands with many people there keeping exotic animals. The Dutch animal welfare policy says that people can own “production animals” such as pigs or gerbils, or they can own “suitable” pets that can be kept by a person without any particular skill or knowledge. The aim of the study was to show what animals could fit under the guidelines for “suitable” pets.

To conduct the research a list was made of all the animals that Dutch people were keeping as pets, the researchers removed dogs, cats, and production animals from the list and conducted an extensive survey of the remaining animals. The study looked for suitability by looking at key criterias; how freely available is food for the animal, do they require particular shelter, what is their reproductive cycle, and how dangerous are they to humans or other animals.

While the researchers agree that the animals that topped the list are not going to be walking the streets on leads anytime soon, it did raise the important question on what any government views as a suitable pet might need to be rethought.

The dog and cat are safe from the wallaby…for now.

What type of animal would you have as a pet if you could? Would you choose a wallaby over a cat or a dog?

  1. Gemma  

    A beautiful Andalusian horse.

    Give me a cat to rescue, as I’ve currently done.
    If had a bigger yard, would have a de-sexed female Welsh Pembroke Corgi dog.

    Not interested in any of the ones’ mentioned in article.

  2. Ian  

    I am a PET PERSON
    Over the years I have had dogs cats birds and several roos and wallabies as pets after rescuing them from road kill or cats. even had a young Koala while it recovered from a cat attack .(Yes it was a cat I saw the cat drag it from the tree) they have made wonderful pets but as they grew, of course, they had to be released back into the wild or taken to a sanctuary . Releasing to the wild was really not an option and those that I took to sanctuaries only seemed to live 3-6 months .they pined for the attention they had from me and died . The Koala was successfully returned to the wild in an area with NO DOMESTIC CATS
    For 6 months I looked after some chooks for a friend while house sitting for them I treated them as pets they would sit on my lap while I stroked them .one would frequently lay an egg on my lap .
    Afte my friends returned I didn’t go back to visit for almost 3 months . When the chooks heard my voice they all came running to greet me . I never knew chooks were that smart .
    As for cats :.I was scratched by one while playing with it 2 months later I almost died from CAT SCRATCH DISEASE I t took the doctors several weeks to diagnose it. It took a smart lady specialist who twigged what it was . she told me ” people usually die from this because it isn’t diagnosed unless we specifically test for it . about 50 people in Australia die from it each year ” . It was almost 5 years before I fully recovered I lost 20 KG in weight before it was diagnosed .They even tested for HIV but didn’t think of car scratch . NO MORE CATS FOR ME .
    I now have a dog I found as a puppy on a roadside a mongrel, the vet tells me is mostly dingo. but she is a wonderful companion a great watchdog and I wouldn’t part with her for anything .

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