According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore (SPCA), common pets in Singapore include (animals are not arranged according to popularity or ownership numbers):
DOGS & CATS: expected lifespan of up to 18 years
Dogs and cats have different needs and characteristics, so the choice of either one for a pet will have to depend on personal characteristics and lifestyle. Energetic people with keen interests in the outdoors and activities may be well-suited to have a dog. Dogs require adequate stimulation, attention, walks, fresh air, grooming and training, and are innately and highly sociable creatures. Cats on the other hand are more quiet, solitary, self-sufficient, and relaxing animals, although they will still thrive on social interaction. The felines are more suitable for people with limited home space, busy lifestyles, or with a preference for a more independent pet.
RABBITS: expected lifespan of up to 12 years
Rabbits are social animals that can make wonderful indoor pets. They require social interaction with owners, adequate exercises and enrichment activities. Despite its small size, supervision is necessary when these curious and persistent animals are allowed to roam around the house. Rabbits can be affectionate although most do not really enjoy being carried. Its long lifespan also indicate a long-term commitment to care for it by potential pet owners.
HAMSTERS: expected lifespan of 2-3 years
Hamsters are small and inquisitive, but more importantly, also nocturnal creatures that are suitable for pet owners who are ‘night owls’. Hamsters require gentle touches, of which sudden movements or loud noises may startle the delicate animal. Potential owners are encouraged to take this factor into consideration.
GERBILS: expected lifespan of 2-4 years
Gerbils are highly sociable animals and do not enjoy being alone, hence potential owners are encouraged to get at least two. Companions are vital for any gerbil, but since fights are more likely to break out in larger groups there should not be any more than two at one time. Solitary gerbils tend to live shorter and unhealthier lives, overweight and unhappy.
MICE: expected lifespan of 2 years
Mice are also nocturnal creatures. They have a keen sense of hearing and smell, which helps to make up for their poor eyesight. Many people deemed mice to be small, dirty, and quick, but they cannot be entirely seen as without any positive qualities. They are cheap to buy, house and feed, and has the capacity for adaptability – which means they can very quickly and easily adapt to any environment. However, pet owners who do not enjoy the idea of mouse pups should not place the males and females together… they reproduce immensely!
GUINEA PIGS: expected lifespan of 5-7 years
Guinea pigs are affectionate and gentle animals that serve as ideal pets for families with children. They do not climb nor jump high as well. Occupying the lower end of the food chain as pure herbivores, however, this animal has to be kept away from predators such as dogs, cats and mice. Exercise for guinea pigs in terms of running around on cleared flooring, rather than exercise wheels, will suffice. In fact, exercise wheels may result in injured backs and feet.
TERRAPINS: expected lifespan of up to 50 years
Terrapins need homes arranged with special necessities – for instance, warm water to swim in and dry land to rest on. Meat is also part of their dietary, therefore highlighting the obligation for regular water-cleaning regime to maintain water cleanliness and hygiene for healthy pet growth. With optimal conditions they can also actually grow rapidly.