When most folks consider pets, cats and dogs are probably the first to come to mind. But without a lifetime supply of antihistamines, they just aren’t an option for those with certain animal allergies. Thankfully, someone hoping to discover a new hairless friend can look no further than their local pet store to get an exciting new addition to the family. Here are five awesome allergy-friendly picks.
This is a particularly exciting choice for families with children, as they are fun to watch and easy to keep safe from little ones. Saltwater fish differ greatly in size, temperament, and space requirements, so it is important to ask at the pet shop about specific maintenance. One relatively easier option is the Ocellaris Clownfish (believe Nemo), which does well in pairs and requires little space. Want to upsize? Consider a larger tank and add a Pacific Blue Tang (Nemo’s buddy Dory). Kids would love showing off their real-life Finding Nemo aquarium right in their living room!
While not entirely hairless, these adorable little critters are more prickly than fuzzy. Human allergies to hedgehogs are possible, but they are very rare. Owners who have the time and desire to socialize hedgehogs have the best experiences with them, as they often require plenty of attention and love to become comfortable but certainly reciprocate with cuddles and interaction.
Another one that is great for families, the leopard gecko is a docile breed that loves being treated. While the most common are yellow with brown or black spots, some also sport fully black, albino, orange, or purple skin, which despite its appearance, is actually quite soft. Children and adults alike love this hypoallergenic pet store anchor.
Potentially among the easiest pets on the current market, hermit crabs are fascinating creatures that live around 10 years! Sure, they are slow moving and they do not say much, but these land crustaceans can be lightly treated and given colorful”homes” to reside in; they alter shells as they molt and grow, so giving them pretty, pearly, or even painted empty shells to move into makes it enjoyable for owners, too.
If furry isn’t an option, why not try feathery? Exotic birds make some of the most beautiful pets, and while all of them require research and practice, there are birds for all different levels of expertise. Want a talker? Check out the chatty Eclectus parrot. Prefer a quieter bird that’s striking in color? Budgies are great for beginners and even apartment living. Talking to an exotic bird specialist in a pet store can help potential owners find the breed that’s best for them.
The most frequent allergies may prevent some people from owning cats or dogs, but there is no need to go completely pet-free. Hairless options provide the satisfaction and entertainment of animal companionship without the suffering.