Ever walked into a friend’s house and saw they had a snake or a bunch of spiders and thought “Those are your pets?!” ? We sure have. Gets you thinking of exactly what animals us Malaysians keep as pets, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, though. Some may be more adventurous when it comes to keeping pets, but we assure you that the most popular pets here in Malaysia are sweet little four-pawed, cute-nosed puppies and kitties. Don’t be fooled though, there are other happy owners with other pets as well. Here’s a list of 5 most popular pets in Malaysia.
Cats in general are pretty popular here in Malaysia. Some pet owners even have up to 5-20 cats in their household! However, the most popular are the shorthair cats, specifically American and British ones. It is easy to mistaken one for the other as they both have a similar, compact build. Surprisingly enough, they have pretty striking differences. This includes colours. A British Shorthair is grey while an American Shorthair comes in so many different colours and patterns. American Shorthairs are true to the name “American”. These cats are energetic and love having company around, unlike the British Shorthair that loves your attention but will never demand for it. They like their alone time too. So if you prefer to sit back with a cup of tea reading a good book with a kitty purring away on your lap, the British Shorthair is the breed for you. For those of you fun-loving party goers, the American awaits.
AAWWOOO! Dogs are almost as common as cats here in Malaysia. Some of the most popular breeds here include the poodle, Pomeranian, German Shepherd and Rottweiler. Poodles and Pomeranians are small sweet pups that can easily get along with other people and pets. They are fun loving, smart and clever creatures. German Shepherds and Rottweilers on the other hand, are sweet, but far from little. They serve as excellent guard dogs and are very active. So exercise like walks are very important for them! Fluffy dogs are pretty popular here as well, so if you’re planning on getting such a pooch, remember that extra care goes into extra fur. We advise that you do your homework on grooming before deciding on a certain breed (we got you covered on that too!).
Be honest, the first thing to come to mind was Bugs Bunny’s “What’s up, Doc?”, wasn’t it? Same. Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits have a slightly more complex procedure to keep as a pet in Malaysia, particularly to register them for a passport. There are about 30 rabbit species around the world, all of different colours and sizes. Some can be about the size of the cat and some can even grow to the size of a small child. Malaysians’ favourite rabbit breeds are the Netherland Dwarf, Dwarf Hotot, Mini Rex and Holland Lop. Even the names are so cute! Holland Lops are one of the smallest floppy eared rabbit breeds and they weigh up to 1.8 kg at most. The Mini Rex are a mutated breed of rabbits and weigh between 1.6 to 2 kg when fully grown. The Netherland Dwarf if one of the teeniest rabbit breeds there is, giving it a plush-toy kind of look. They weigh only 1.1kg at most. Say it with us; aawww. Finally the Dwarf Hotot. This little dude is the most easily recognised out of the four. It’s small and has an entirely white coat except for the circle of another colour (most commonly black or grey) enveloping each eye. Rabbits are no doubt adorable creatures and to be around one brings and indescribable amount of joy. We wish you that sort of bliss, but we must emphasise that though they may look like plushies, they most certainly are not.
In tanks, in little ponds, in fish bowls, fish are kept as pets in so many different ways. And there are so many different types of fishes too. Malaysia’s favourites? Guppies, Arowana and Koi fish. Guppies are beautiful fishes that come in so many beautiful patterns and colours, earning them the name “rainbow fish”. They are probably the most popular fresh water tropical fish and are really small in size. They get along particularly well with Molly and Platy fish. Arowana: These majestic fish are usually seen swimming solo in tanks. They are almost rectangular in shape and feed on meaty foods like shrimp and crickets, usually from the upper parts of the water column as they are surface eaters. Koi Fish are peaceful in nature. In some cultures, they are even believed to bring luck. They come in various colours and patterns including gold, white and spotted. These fish live for 25-35 years and grow to be about 30.5-38.1 cm. They are commonly kept in ponds for decoration purposes, especially ponds in outside gardens or patios.
They’re pretty small in size and can almost surely fit in your hands. This is why getting them a cage is the best idea, the last thing anyone needs is to be wary of where they step while searching for a missing hamster. A hamster ball or wheel is advised for the little fur balls to get good exercise. Also, getting them a ball can allow them to safely roam about outside their cages. Hamsters feed on nuts and seeds. Did we mention they are absolutely adorable eaters?
So, which pet do you have?