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And by “witchy pet” I mean a pet that is commonly associated with witches. First and foremost, I must tell you that if you plan on getting a witchy pet, you have to make sure owning this pet is legal where you live, paying for it and owning it is ethical, and that you will take all of the proper steps to taking care of the pet to provide a happy and healthy home for your little creature. First, please consider going to a shelter and adopting the animals that have had trouble getting adopted (elderly, disabled, etc.) before considering going to a pet store. You should also look up if any potential pet is a social animal or not. If you can’t afford to buy or take care of more than one of a social creature, you shouldn’t get just one and isolate them. Now let’s get started.

Black Cat

These little felines have had a history of bad luck because of, well, people associating them with bad luck. Black cats are one of the least adopted cat breeds because of the air of superstition that surrounds them, poor babies. If you’re willing to overlook this old belief, then you may want to look into these breeds: American Bobtail, American Curl, American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Bombay, British Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Exotic, Japanese Bobtail, LaPerm, Maine Coon, Manx, Norwegian Forest Cat, Oriental, Persian, RagaMuffin, Scottish Fold, Selkirk Rex, Siberian, Sphynx, Turkish Angora – all of which can come in a lovely black coat and their own set of responsibilities that must be undertaken to ensure them a happy and healthy life with their new owner.

Corvus Genus Bird

Corvus is the genus of birds that includes crows, ravens, rooks, and jackdaws. You may recall Charles Dickens’s pet raven, Grip, who inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. The Corvus genus is a very intelligent one, being compared to the intelligence levels of primates and dolphins. Keep in mind that there are laws that keep a person from owning certain birds, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (United States), and the only way you’d be able to adopt such a bird is if you adopted one that does not migrate to any part of the United States. Species of this genus that are legal and ethical to adopt include: the white-necked raven and the pied crow. These babies aren’t very commonly bred so it will cost you at least $2,000 after finding a reputable breeder. Crows and ravens have also been known to wreck people’s house and can learn to pick locks, so keep an eye on them. And like I said with the cats, these birds require much care.


Owning these creatures as pets is highly unethical. Though they may be considered witchy pets, owning one is not a good idea, in fact it is a very bad idea. If one were to adopt one of these poor creatures, they would feel helpless, alone, and scared. Bats in captivity rarely live more than a year as opposed to bats in the wild that can live up to 25 years. If you need any more reason not to adopt a bat, please read this article on Bat World. Apart from it being unethical, it would also cost you at least $800. Please do not adopt these wild creatures.


You may be thinking of Hedwig from Harry Potter, and to be honest, that’s where I got the idea for this section of witchy pets. Guess what, adopting one is illegal in most countries. If you really, really, really want an owl as a pet despite that, you’ll need to get a permit. But, even if you do go the extra mile and get that permit, you’ll have to take a lot of things into perspective when you decide to add this nocturnal birdie into your family, such as: predatory nature, all-night noise, resistance to affection, regular need for flight, long-term commitment (larger owls can live up to 30 years, smaller owls can live up to 10 years), sharp beaks and talons, specialized care, and food necessary for this rarely owned pet. Though it is possible to adopt them, I really do not recommend it.


Though many people unfortunately have an aversion to these slithery babies, snakes can be a lovely new member to your family, if you can provide them with the care they need. Snakes need you to make a long-term commitment to them because they live about 20 years. You also need to be willing to feed them prey animals such as mice, but if that isn’t for you, worms and fish are perfectly acceptable. If you are considering getting snake as a witchy pet, I recommend getting one that is tame, healthy, and safe to own. About.com recommends that beginners start with these snakes: Corn Snakes, King Snakes, or Milk Snakes. They also recommend that you avoid these snakes: Boa Constrictors, Burmese Pythons, Tree Boas, Tree Pythons, Water Snakes, Green Snakes, Reticulated Pythons, Anacondas, and any venomous snakes. Be safe!


Though I personally would not want to have one of these eight-legged babies as a pet, you totally can if you do! Some advantages that come with getting one of these creepy crawlies as a pet include: low cost when it comes to adopting and feeding (unless you want a rare spider), low maintenance when it comes to taking care of your spider, and watching your new arachnid family member can provide a good source of entertainment as well as education. Some disadvantages include: the risk of the spider escaping it’s habitat (don’t get a spider you wouldn’t be comfortable with crawling around your house), difficulty in handling as some spiders can be fragile, and the risk if your spider bites and causes pain, swelling and – worst case scenario – an allergic reaction (that is the worst case scenario if you are absolutely positive that your spider is not poisonous). Be careful what species you choose; for beginners chaco golden knees or curlyhair tarantulas are recommended, as any member of the arboreal species are not. Again, be safe.


First, find out whether it is legal to keep a toad as a pet where you live. If yes, then you might have to find a reliable breeder online, as many pet shops do not offer them for adoption. Do not capture them. You must also provide a habitat for the toad complete with a small pool of water and a stable temperature. A good source of food for these warty creatures are store-bought crickets, but you may also catch some insects for them after making sure they are safe for your toad to eat. Toads are fairly simple to care for if you are willing to provide proper maintenance and food.


If you are thinking about adding one of these fluffy babies to your family, make sure you are 100% ready to make the commitment as rabbits are the third-most surrendered animal to shelters and they require much maintenance, such as exercise and weekly cage cleanings. I also highly recommend getting your bunny neutered/spayed because those who are not are prone to cancers. Google how to care for rabbits and ask the shelter/pet store you adopt from how best to care for your new rabbit.


Raising chickens as pets is becoming a much more mainstream form of pet ownership nowadays. I recommend if you do end up getting a chicken that you have a large gated area for them to get their exercise. Some good breeds to choose from include: Chinese Silkies, Pekin Bantams, Barnevelders, Brahmas, Dorkings, Faverolles, Orpingtons, Plymouth Rocks, Sussexes, and Welsummers. There are a lot of resources online for taking care of your new quirky feathered friend.


As cute as they are and as domesticated as they may appear, adopting a fox is not a good idea and may be illegal where you live. No fox is completely domesticated, they will always be wild animals. Adopting a fox is also quite unethical as the fox is a species in danger of becoming extinct. Long story short, do not attempt to adopt a fox.


Adopting these furry little rodents is as completely legal and ethical as adopting a fish, as long as you have the proper means of providing them a comfortable and healthy home. Rats require at least one companion and a good cage which can be at least $100. They also require bedding (shavings or fleece) which will cost you periodically and unfortunately rats are very prone to tumors and respiratory health issues so you will need a vet fund.

Sources: Cat Channel, Wild About Wildlife, Wikipedia, Bat World, Witchcraft and Witches, International Owl Center, About.com, Mom.me, Pet Helpful,WikiHow, Care.com, National Wildlife Federation, Small Farm Permaculture and Sustainable Living, Popular Science, Government of Prince Edward Island, @theratwitch, @bunny-witch, @it-was-justified, @the-scale-pup, @sisspirit, @littlerunewitch, @akarah-sommah

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