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When you fall in love with your darling puppy, the unreasonable and unspoken expectation is that you'll be together forever. It is unfortunate that our pets' life spans aren't as long as ours. Not all dogs have the same life expectancy and different factors influence how long a dog can live.
Ferrets typically have longer life expectancies than many other small pets. Rats, for instance, generally stay alive for between 2 and 3 years. Pet hamsters have even briefer life expectancies than rats -- in the range of 1 and 2 years. Chinchillas, similarly to ferrets, can live for a maximum of around 10 years. Ferrets have much shorter life expectancies than larger domestic animals such as dogs and cats, however.
Long Living Pets Research Projects - Dogs and Cats with Cancer
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All kinds of animals can be our pets. People love their dogs, cats, fish, mice, guinea pigs, frogs…even snakes and tarantulas. Some pets are fluffy and fuzzy, some are smart, some can freak out your friends. But what if you just want a pet that will live a long time? There are some exciting choices. Both the bowhead whale and rougheye rockfish can live . The Greenland shark can live 400 years. But some choices are more slimy than exciting. Tubeworms can live for 250 years, and the winner is the clam — yes, that two-shelled ball of goop from the sea. It can live for 500 years! If you want a pet than can also do tricks, the whale and shark might be a better bet.These social animals are one of the most popular pets which provide a good balance between intelligence and independence. They are litter trainable animals that make exceptional companions without being too demanding. Cats, like the dog or any domesticated animal for that matter, can live longer with the proper environment, healthcare and food provided. Indoor cats tend to live longer than outdoor cats due to limited exposure to predators and disease. The average cat lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years with some reaching into their twenties!What other pets live the longest? You can bet a long life has something to do with environment, the animal's stress level, happiness, and nutrition but some categories of animals are just blessed with the right genes allowing them to live almost as long or longer than a human!Other popular pet turtle species, like African Sideneck Turtles and Map Turtles, are generally expected to live 25 years or more. Meanwhile, terrestrial box turtles, which are illegal to breed or keep as pets in more than 20 states, have a potential lifespan of up to 100 years, and an average longevity of 40 to 50 years in captivity.These fairly small, highly intelligent animals make popular pets and can live very long with some parrot species reaching the hundred year mark and beyond (so get that will ready!) Keep in mind, if you hate noise, chirping or even talking, a bird may not be for you. The lifespans vary largely from species to species with lovebirds reaching 10 years, the Parakeet ten to 15 years, the Cockatoo 30 to 40 years and the Macaw 30 to 50 years!Store-bought rats, also commonly referred to as "feeder" rats, are sold both as pets and as food for predator reptiles such as snakes. In general, store-bought rats come from weak genetic lines, are susceptible to illness and cancers and are not expected to live as long as fancy rats. Most store-bought rats will live 12 to 24 months. Some pet stores will receive lines from local fancy rat breeders, and your store-bought rat could live up to 36 months with great care, a stimulating environment and nutritious food.