Think outside the litter box and get the scoop on these uncommon companions.By Woman's Day Staff
Sure, dogs and cats are adorable, but if your family yearns for a different kind of critter, they're in luck. The four that follow are just as loveable as their more common counterparts and surprisingly low-maintenance to boot. Read on to see your other pet possibilities and learn what it takes to care for them. Photo by Shutterstock.
Cost to adopt or buy: $129-$169
Setup cost: $300
Annual cost: $500
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
These incredibly soft rodents are nocturnal and have a lot of energy, so a large multitiered habitat (placed out of direct sunlight) is ideal. Chinchillas should not be exposed to temperatures over 80°F. They rarely need baths, yet have little to no odor. You can train them to do simple tricks, like giving you a quick kiss in exchange for a treat.
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Cost to buy: $30
Setup cost: $100-$150
Annual cost: $260