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fish, birds and other pets

This guide focuses on the selection, care and management of dogs and cats; they are certainly the most popular pets, regardless of whether people live in high, medium or low-density housing. However, our pet owning survey respondents did keep other pets, with 15% keeping fish, 10% keeping birds and 4% keeping “other” pets. Fish and birds have long been popular in Australia, but a wide range of other pets are also available – mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets can all be kept successfully with limited space. More recently, reptiles and some native animals are permitted to be kept; some species require licences.

Remember that while all pets need consistent care and attention, some species have very specific care requirements, requiring a high level of expertise, and are really more suited to enthusiasts.

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