If your pet is well cared for, with the right diet, exercise, vet check-ups and lots of love and affection, you can expect to share many wonderful years with your pet.
Here's an estimated lifespan of the various pets:
- Dogs and cats - up to 18 years
- Rabbits - 5 to 10 years
- Hamsters - 2 years
- Gerbils - 2 to 4 years
- Mice - 2 years
- Guinea Pigs - 4 to 8 years
- Red-eared Sliders (commonly known as Terrapins) - over 20 years
Remember, a pet is a lifetime of commitment. Do not get a pet on impulse.