Growing up with a four-legged friend is a common dream for many kids. Having a pet can be a great way to teach kids about responsibility and compassion from a very early age. With the right training, some pets can even help children with anxiety, depression, or even mobility-related disabilities. However, a furry friend isn’t always a possibility for all families. If you or your children suffer from severe allergies, a cat or dog likely won’t be in the cards for you. Luckily, there are plenty of other breeds and species that will make just as wonderful an addition to your family. Below are some of the best pets for people who are allergic to cats and dogs.
Bunnies are the perfect alternative for people who want to welcome a furry friend into their life but are allergic to cat and dog dander. Due to their small size and calm nature, bunnies make the perfect pet for a smaller living space. They can be quite content to live indoors but also enjoy frolicking in the sun every now and then. Building an outdoor pen for your bunnies is a great way to give them the best of both worlds. If you or a family member suffers from extreme allergies, you may need to be a bit more careful about the breed you select. Long-haired bunnies, such as those of the Angora species, may stir up allergy symptoms a bit more than a shorter-haired bunny.
If you’d prefer your family pet to be of the two-legged type, chickens are the way to go. Though it may come as a surprise to many people, chickens are indeed some of the best pets for people who are allergic to cats and dogs. Chickens do not have the same type of pet dander as more common house pets, yet they will provide you the same amount of love and companionship. In fact, chickens can develop their own personalities that will make them an even more charming addition to your family. As a bonus, you may even get a few free eggs out of the deal. Chickens are most content in an outdoor pen and should remain on a strict feeding schedule to ensure their health and happiness.
Introducing a pig into your home may seem like a recipe for disaster, but they can actually be very fun, intelligent, and loving additions to your family. Indeed, pigs are very smart creatures that, with training, can respond to many of the same commands as dogs do. Some pigs are so smart that they can even paint or dance, with the right training. Additionally, pigs have hair rather than fur. This negates any pet dander that may cause an allergy flare-up. Pigs also tend to be quite friendly and sociable and will get along well with young children and even other pets. Bear in mind that pigs can grow to be quite large—even those that start out smaller than a teacup. Be sure that your home can accommodate your growing pig, and consider building an outdoor area for their recreation as well.