PET OPTIONS: Pets That You Can Have If You’re Allergic To Cats & Dogs

Here is a list of pet options if you’re allergic to cats and dogs

PET OPTIONS – Cats and dogs are the most common pets but if you are allergic to them, you can try these equally adorable animals to be your pets.

According to the article from Reader’s Digest, almost 10 to 20 percent of the world’s population is allergic to cats and dogs. This is despite the fact that these animals are the most common pets that pet lovers have. On the other hand, pet lovers can also choose from hypoallergenic breeds of cats and dogs.

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For hypoallergenic dogs, you can choose from poodles, Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Standard and Giant Schnauzers, and Irish water spaniels while for cats, you can have Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, as well as hairless breeds, including Sphynx, Donskoy, and Elf Cat.

For wider pet options, here are some of the animals that you can consider as your pet except cats and dogs.


Pigs can be the perfect house pet for you even though they tend to be little messy, gruff, and perhaps even smelly. However, they are also considered as smart, kind, and gentle. Even if they’re marketed as micro or teacup, they can still get very large. With this, you might need a large indoor and outdoor space. You can feed them with leftover and they will need plenty of social interaction with their owners.


According to the Washington Post, hedgehogs have become increasingly popular “exotic pet” alternative. They are quite active and so they require a large cage to roam around in. Since they are nocturnal, pet lovers who always comes home at night would love them. However, there are certain places that require a permit to have a hedgehog as a pet.


Rabbits or bunnies bond quickly with their owners. They have unique personalities, and they can even learn tricks and commands within their 8 to 12-year lifespan. The breeds that are more suitable for those with allergies are the Rex and Mini Rex.


Although guinea pigs are not totally hypoallergenic the allergens they do produce tend to stay in their living quarters. This is unlike cats and dogs that roam around the house. These pets need high-quality food, fresh water, and a large, clean cage with activities that keep them mentally and physically stimulated, according to PetCo.


Birds like parakeets (budgies) and parrots actually enjoy human companionship. They need very large cages so they don’t feel confined. You can also let them flutter through the house because this is important. Parakeets can live from five to 15 years while parrots can live between 50 and 100 years.


PetMd stated that each species will have its own dietary and living requirements. However, pet owners should remember that turtles can carry salmonella so be sure to wash your hands well after every time you touch them. Like birds, turtles and tortoise have a very long lifespan. Turtles can live for 10 and 80 years while an average tortoise can live up to 80 to 120 years.

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