Top 10 Worst Animals to Have as a Pet

The Top Ten
1 Skunks Skunks are mammals known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown or cream colored, but all have warning coloration.

What is wrong with people? Skunks CAN be pets. The pet skunks can't spray because their scent glands are removed. "I should tell my uncle to get rid of his" and what, get him to chop the poor skunk's head off?

It's only because they stink. If skunks could be fixed to where they can't spray -- similar to how dogs and cats are fixed so they can't make babies -- then they probably wouldn't be too bad to have.

I believe they are cool animals, but if you really liked them you'd let them live happily in the wild.

I live in Wisconsin and here skunks make awesome pets I do not believe that but all of my damn neighbors have em!

2 Sharks Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Sharks have been around before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees.

Yeah, I agree with those who love sharks. But as a pet? I'm not a huge "look at don't touch pet" fan. I'm all in for exotic. And the pets that can be tamed easily. A shark, for instance, is not a hands-on pet, for sure. For starters, they can fatally bite, and they're aquatic. Plus, they're not meant to be housed in a somewhat small enclosure. They belong in their natural habitat- the wild! That's how God designed them. They, in general, no matter how much you LOVE them, don't make good pets. As Wild Kratts would put it, "Living free and in the wild!" lol.

Sure you won't swim with it! You don't swim with betta fish or goldfish right? Why the hell would you swim with it? Question is, why is it the "worst animal" if it's not a danger to you or anyone unless you plan to kill someone by throwing him in the water or accidentally falling to the water while feeding it? Either way, only very rich people can afford it. It would be an awesome exhibition pet!

Actually, there are smaller breeds of shark that can be kept as pets that are harmless and sweet. This definitely shouldn't be number 1. Because there are many small breeds of shark and I've had one as a pet. You keep them in a large aquarium tank. They are really sweet and it never acted violent towards me ever.

Don't keep Great White Sharks, they are majestic beasts that don't deserve captivity! Keep a happy, friendly epaulette shark, they are calm and are great for tanks!

3 Dogs The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore. It is active all around the world, and is one of the most popular domestic pets as of 2021. They come in more than 350 breeds.

I hate dogs. They bark at everything, they slobber all over you, they jump on you every time you enter the house, they smell REALLY bad and they lick your face and, worse, your MOUTH (SERIOUSLY, WHO LIKES THAT? THAT'S DISGUSTING!). They're WAY too overrated, but the owners are worst of all... They'll do strange things with these animals like try to mimic their behaviors. They'll bark at them and think they're "communicating with them" and some owners don't even care that their mangy mutts kill people. I mean, SERIOUSLY, someone in my neighborhood had their dog shot by the police because it was out of control and they said they were "only trying to play." It's super creepy.

Dogs are the worst pets! They seem to come preloaded with a plethora of behavioral problems like leg humping, robobarking, destroying shoes and anything else they can reach, eating feces, underwear, rocks, garbage, etc... They're destructive and filthy, they smell and require almost constant maintenance, attention, and behavior correction. Want to go out of town for the weekend? If you have a dog forget it! They're also very expensive. Many bite their owners and others, most aren't trustworthy. And yes I have a dog.

Dogs! They are loud, sometimes they can't stop barking, and guess what? My sister got bitten by one, and I had to run for me life because one almost bit me. Cats don't do such a thing, they are gentle and understand us. Dogs really don't. I'm sorry if I made you sad dog lovers, but that is how I feel.

Don't see why dogs are on this list, same as cats. The only bad things about dogs I suppose is that they smell bad, bark really loud, are disgusting to guests, too dumb to go to the toilet, take a lot of your time because they are not independent, but apart from that they are great pets.

4 Lions The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

They'll kill you, and probably not even eat the corpse. Lions are very wasteful.

They'll kill you. How is this lower than perfectly normal animals.

Where the heck are you gonna get one of these? The Black Market?

How are they below dogs? What's with the cats' fangirls?

5 Elephants Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Two species are traditionally recognized, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species.

Elephants are great animals. But who would want to keep one Absurd! The survival case would be 36% for the human. By the way what are dogs doing at 5 higher than elephants. They should go down to, like 126th

There are a lot many people in my place (Kerala, India) who keep elephants as pets. They think of it as a prestige to own an elephant.

Elephants need to be left alone. Many people kill them for only their tusks, for the ivory black market trade. Leave these gentle beasts alone

They are illegal to keep like who would even want one of these in their house? They are huge and they belong in the wild

6 Tigers

The survival chance with a human and a tiger is 30 percent for the human. Who in the right mind would have a tiger as a pet? According to me, a tiger would be the worst pet to have.

In other words, I saw dogs up there at #11, and I think you should demote dogs to like #452. They are the best pets.

What are you TALKING about? Tigers make WONDERFUL pets! I found a baby tiger cub on my porch and I left it there. But then my daughter went outside and TOOK it inside my house. She named the tiger Teego. And up to this day, we still have Teego. And guess what, instead of KILLING my daughter Taylor. Teego actually PROTECTS HER! Along with following her around!

This is awful for the person and the cat. Dangerous for the person and absolutely depressing for the cat, would you want to live in a metal box your whole life? God no! Leave em in the jungle and stop cutting down the forest and well all be just fine.

Tigers are definitely more dangerous than sharks since they can actually rip you apart while still on land (it wants to). But that is a risk you will have to take if you want the cutest, fluffiest, prettiest and the most exotic pet in the world!

7 Cats The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colors and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated. They are highly intelligent and good at problem solving.

They are the worst pets to ever have! Dogs have been domesticated way longer than cats (well... Maybe not, but I like to say that). They are mean and vicious little things. Their relatives are way scarier than dog's relatives. They bite more than dogs and they look a lot more intimidating. They come in only 2 different shapes and very few different colors, while there are a ton of different dog breeds. All they want is food, not your love and friendship. They don't look up to you for anything but food and are more likely to run away than dogs. This is only my opinion. Your opinion counts too, so you can dislike or like my comment. I only spoke because I wanted to say something. Honestly, I didn't need to say it.

Cats are NOT bad or mean. It is a myth that they are always aloof.

They don't just want food. Most will wait for you to get home from work or school. They're easy to care for and they are NOT vicious and mean. If you know a cat's body language, you can coexist with these clean and smart animals.

They are hilarious at times. They do NOT come in only a few colors and breeds. They come in MANY different colors, shapes, and sizes packed into this wonderful carnivore.

You'll never get tired of watching them. They are easy to care for. Feed them, water them, clean their litter box, love them (Pet them, play with them, etc.) and they'll be perfectly happy. And so will you.

I love dogs. I think they make wonderful companions and that they are great animals. I love both of these animals. But cats don't need walks. Some dog breeds need a lot of socialization. Cats don't. They are trainable. Train them to sit,stay, etc. Some can even play fetch! Cats are awesome, ...more

Cats are cute, but they leave hair everywhere, some of them are antisocial and hiss and bite you if you get close, some are grumpy, they piss everywhere, they have a litterbox which is a pain to clean, some are snooty, and they make your house stink. Plus, you can't bathe them because they don't get in the water. Sorry, but I think dogs are cuter, cleaner, and overall an easier pet experience.

Cats are disgusting and vile creatures. All they do is mooch around, hiss, claw everything, and climb on everything and get their nasty fur everywhere. They cause nothing but trouble. All they ever do is act like they should be treated like a god. I hate cats. All of them. At least China's doing something about it.

8 Birds

Birds are one of the best pets. They can cuddle like a cat, play fetch like a dog, and they love people. Some are destroyers like cockatiels and lovebirds and some aren't like canaries and finches. Some will need more space like a scarlet macaw or amazons. I have a cockatiel and a conure and they are beautiful. A great starter bird is a cockatiel, lovebird, parakeet/budgies, African greys, and canaries/finches. You can't hold some but I love birds. They can do many things dogs and cats can do and more. If you keep your bird clean then they shouldn't be a hassle, if you don't play with your bird (besides a canary/finch) it can lead to feather picking which is terrible. To have a hawk or a falcon you need to be 14+ and have a permit, lastly you can't have a owl as a pet Harry Potter fans.

I truly disagree with birds being one of the worst pets! Birds are one of the best! Cockatiels are the best birds you will ever! They don't hurt you, they are easy to take care of, and they are great companions. They sing and whistle all day long and it really makes the house seem cheerful. They can live up to 60 years and are so cute, they even jump up on your finger and will sit on your shoulder all day. I really don't know how it is possible for you people who don't like birds to be thinking that way!

Birds are awful. Little asses will fly away from you and bite (is it still "biting" if it's a bird? ) you for no reason. The amount of time you need to waste just to get one of those ungrateful bags to let you pet them is ridiculous. Why would I want a pet that doesn't let me pet them? Moral of the story: get a dog instead.

What! What are birds even doing here? After reading this list: Alligators, Sharks, Rhinoceroses wolves, and piranhas are way better and safer than birds. Heck no. This feathery friend is AMAZING. I demand this to be removed.

9 Lizards

Dangerous! I wouldn't trust one in my home. They are capable of killing a human. They can't be tamed and are a danger to society. They are carnivorous and can grow to great sizes! I would never reccomend buying one, especially considering they're illegal in many states.

What!? They are...!? What? Noo if this not so little guy got angry and bit you you would be dead within the hour, and not because of venom! Because of bacteria and guess what there isn't a cure for bacterial infection of the body! Jesus no! Don't even conciter it!

I have a leopard gecko! I named it lightning. she is very cute and lizards should not be on this list! It will make lightning feel terrible! Geckos have feelings too! If you don't take it off the list you will die!

I disagree completely, I have a bearded dragon and it is an amazing pet. Lizards should not be on this list at all.

10 Blue Ringed Octopus The Blue Ringed Octopuses (Hapalochlaena) are the four strongly venomous species that are found on the coral reefs and tidal pools in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, particularly from Australia to Japan. It is known as one of the most poisonous and deadliest sea creatures. It can kill a human body by more.

Enough Venom to kill something like 16 adult men! They have them at my local store and off a website called discountfish. Co. Uk in the marine section. You must be beeping crazy to get one of these bad boys

Most of this list isn't even pets!

They are very dangerous

Yeah this is a no-no.

The Contenders
11 Rhinoceros A rhinoceros, often abbreviated to rhino, is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species.

Nobody keeps a Rhino

You can't keep any of these animals besides cats dogs and raccoons

12 Fish

It's cool if you dig a pond and purchase a proper heating system for winter and a nice filter. You can put goldfish or koi in it. They can be hard to spot, so me and my little bro have fish finding contests. They have a big place to swim in and they can eat algae when you are out of fish flakes. People who say they're boring obviously hasn't had a pond.


They have a really short lifespan. I used to have a bunch them when I was little (I'm Asian) and they all died within 1-2 weeks of being purchased. They are also very boring. They don't do much and you can't actually do anything with them, and Asian people mainly treat them more of a house decoration than an actual pet.

Are you kidding? I love fish! And no, whoever said it, goldfish don't grow to the size of the tank, it has to do with water quality. Also, many fish are NOT easy to keep. I like keeping fish due to interesting behaviors and instincts, not just for decoration.

Fish are great pets. I have a beta fish named blue. You aren't supposed to stroke bubbles the goldfish. With a koi fish you can. They are meant to be looked at not to play fetch or to cuddle with.

13 Mosquitos Spanish for "small fly," mosquitoes are insects that have been known to cause various diseases. A sample of diseases caused by mosquitoes: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus.

Why would you have that as a pet?

They can sting you

That's not a pet.

14 Monkeys Monkeys are haplorhine primates, a paraphyletic group generally possessing tails and consisting of approximately 260 known living species.

Cute, but should never be kept as pets. I'm going to be honest, monkeys are a lot like humans and deserve the same amount of attention and care as a baby does, except for a lifetime. Most people don't have that kinda money and time to devote the proper care it takes to take care of a monkey. Plus, they live as long as humans. Plus, it's very abusive to treat a monkey as a pet because they are almost human so it's very slave-like and degrading to treat them as pets when they are so much more.

They are so cute and I wish I could have one. They would be fun to play with. I just LOVE monkeys! They are one of my favorite animals. I hope everyone else loves monkeys! It shouldn't be on BEST pets to have! So you should vote for monkeys and comment!

And for some stupid ass strange reason, Flint Lockwood keeps a monkey as a pet. The monkey is all rambunctious and even made him cry once.

They are unpredictable wild animals. Probably harder than taking care of 8 toddlers at a time. They can maim and kill you if they are mad.

15 Raccoons The raccoon, sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America.

I have 2 raccoons. They are great. They use a litter box, eat dog food, and walk around the house like cats. They're not very much upkeep and you can use a ferret cage to keep them in.

Raccoons make good pets if you willing to devote the money and time it takes to care for them. Pocahontas had a pet raccoon Meeko.

I don't agree. My friend has a raccoon as a pet, and he (the raccoon) is just an angel to her!

My grandmother had two raccoons. Ya see, you raise them for a while then donate 'em to a zoo

16 Alligators An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains.

An alligator is dangerous. You can't provide a good habitat for one, and it could EAT you.

They can grow up to 6 feet long and they are pretty dangerous!

You wouldn't be living very long after that.

Pro- Tastes good, he thinks you do too.

17 Hornets Hornets are the largest of the eusocial wasps, and are similar in appearance to their close relatives yellowjackets. Some species can reach up to 5.5 cm in length.
18 Tasmanian Devils

I heard of a woman who had a cat and a Tasmanian Devil. After a day, she had a skeleton and a Tasmanian Devil.

They'll spin like tornadoes if you have one.

That's not a pet either

19 Snakes Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears.

I mean if you make them trust you they won't hurt (depending on the species). Like bees, they don't hurt unless you actually threaten them.

Snakes are very docile and calm... I have a ball python, and it's a great snake, it doesn't lay feces often which is great, not a lot of maintenance. He is not aggressive. The ball python was the #2 best snake to have in America as a pet. That goes for all snakes. They are great pets to have if they are being cared for and loved.

Snakes should NOT be considered pets, let alone good pets. Snakes are very important animals functioning in their native habitats and should be admired. A picture on wall or video of snake is more logical choice than a living snake in an enclosure - that someone considered their "pet".

Snakes are great pets. How did these wonderful pets get on this list now I have officially lost my faith in homo Sapiens. This is sick that anyone would vote snakes bad without any experience with them because anyone who has a pet snake has a wonderful entertaining pet for life

20 Centipedes
21 Hippos The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.

Don't be stupid it is a bad pet.

Who has a hippo as a pet

22 Scorpions

Of Course They are not great pets because they have a poisonous sting At the back of their tail.

23 Spiders

I think spiders and tarantulas are very neat due to the fact that most are very colorful. Like the Cobalt Blue Tarantula or the Brazilian White Knee Tarantula. Most are easy to maintain aside from the aggressive personalities some have like the Orange Baboon Tarantula. But otherwise very interesting.

I really love my spiders! They are so interesting and not hard to care for. I just recently got a Cobalt Blue and she is beautiful! I can't wait for her to become an adult but the best fun will be to watch it happen!

Some spiders like Tarantulas make good pets.

Spiders are cool but some are bad pets like black widows and brown recluse and those deadly spiders. I like spiders like tarantulas they are cool. I always wanted one! X3

24 Worms

You can keep them as pets.

25 Wolves Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

Wolves are wild animals but they can be kept as pets. They can act aggressively towards younger children and smaller pets, and they have a nasty bite. They poop all over your house and are illegal. How's that for a pet, wolfaboos?

They would eat you or just eat a hole in your wallet, due to how ridiculously expensive they would be. Really, they would just be a highly-dangerous and expensive "pet".

Wolf dog mixes have become too popular. They are not afraid of people and are known to attack people. Wolves are more scared of us than we are of them.

I hate how wolfaboos always want one for a pet, they will kill anything without thinking and kill purely for fun and sport.

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