If you think you are settled for a lifetime commitment that will cost you time and financial investment, then perhaps it is time to start… having a pet or even pets.

Having pets at home is hard work but rest assured, it is worth all of the effort. Pets, by nature, provide us flows of positive energy. There are a lot of benefits that we can have by having pets at home. With the spread of COVID-19, being healthy is very important. Not just physically but also mentally. Pets are good for your mental health. So it’s not just a matter of hobby or interest, it is so much more than that.

Below are the benefits of having pets that are good for your mental health:

  1. Pets are the best companion. No matter what you’re going through, your pet will be by your side to help you get through it.
  2. Stress reduction. Playing with your pets or take them for a walk will take a load off after a stressful day.
  3. Having something that you care for will help your mental state by giving you a sense of responsibility and making you feel needed and important. Pets need attention constantly. Like dogs, for instance, they always need to be walked, fed, and played with. Even smaller pets like fish or gecko also need constant care; they need food, tank or aquarium cleanings, and even great care when handling. Your pets will rely on you for everything, this can give your life an added sense of meaning.

Nonetheless, all pets are cute! It depends on your preference be it a cute furry pet or exotic ones like reptiles.

Now here are 5 Fantastic Pets to and where to find them!

  1. Dwarf Galago (Bush Babies)
Image courtesy: Pinterest

A small nocturnal saucer-eye primate, a miniature of lemur. The name “bush baby” comes from either the animal’s cries or its appearance. Bushbabies are omnivores that eat fruit, insects, and the gum that oozes out of certain tree species. Not only they’re petite and cute, their big ebony eyes are adorable too!

2. Caracal Cat

The caracal is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India. It is characterized by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears, and long canine teeth. Its weight can reach up to 13 kg to 18 kg for the male and 11 kg for the female. No matter what species a cat is, snuggling with the owner is still a cat best at!

Image Courtesy: Hendrico Andrian

3. Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra is one of the world’s largest land tortoises. They are native to Aldabra Island, one of the Seychelles northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Aldabra tortoises can get very large and live a very long time. They need lots of space, special habitat setups, and a bit of care. They make very rewarding pets as long as you have the time and space to dedicate to their needs.

4. Iguana

Iguana is a herbivore lizard, native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. There are three species which are marine, green, and the largest; the blue iguana.

Image Courtesy: Gubuk Torto

5. Betta Fish

The Siamese fighting fish is also known and marketed in the global aquarium trade as the “betta”. It is a freshwater fish native to Thailand (formerly Siam). These species of fish can also be found in neighboring Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Having your me time by enjoying their colorful fins dancing under the right set of lights will kick your stress away or join the bidding market which is hosted by some celebrity profiles! Somehow, taking care of these fishes is not easy and needs constant and very committed treatment. Betta fishes are not starter pets.

Take a sneak peek at the below list of fantastic and exotic pet curators’ Instagram accounts and message them should you be interested.

@hendricoandrian

@gubuk_torto

@wijayabetta