Descendants of giant South American rodents, the guinea pig is now a sweet, cuddly critter that is perfect, even for a small child. Just make sure they have good pellets to eat and their bedding is kept clean.
Some talk, some sing, and some only screech but parrots are super intelligent pets that can be very demanding. Be prepared if you want a parrot.
If you're not squeamish, geckos are a cool and exotic pet that is neither fuzzy or feathery. But, you do have to feed them live insects.
Capybaras are really giant rodents! It sounds a little daunting, but they are very loyal and as long as you have a place for them to swim they stay extremely happy.
Curious, energetic, and mischievous, the ferret is considered the clown of the animal world and they were even kept as pets by royalty.
Soft, fluffy, with a twitchy nose, rabbits make great companions. They are interactive and playful. They can even be trained to use a litter-box.
Cute, fuzzy, and small enough to fit in your pocket, the hamster makes a great first pet.