12 Animals We All Want To Cuddle

Cuddly Animals

When we see cute and fluffy animals, we want to cuddle them. Some of these animals make great pets. You may already own one or a few of them. Here are my top twelve picks for the most cuddly animals:

1. Kittens

Cuddly Kittens

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Even though kittens bite, scratch, hiss and ruin our rolls of toilet paper, we still love them. These meowing little balls of fluffy stuff love to sleep and don’t need a lot of attention, thus making them great pets to have. They can be litter box trained and will hunt down any bugs or rodents they find in or around your house. These guys all have unique personalities. They love to play and a balled up roll of aluminum foil can keep them busy for quite a while. It’s cheap and easy to make toys to amuse them. I’ve had two different cats who would actually play fetch. Though it is more difficult to train a cat than it is to train a dog, it can still be done.

2. Ducklings

Cuddly Ducklings

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Did you know that ducks have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years? These cute and cuddly creatures are sure to warm your heart. If you have the space for them, build them a pond to swim in. That will light them all up with glee!

3. Piglets

Cuddly Piglet

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Didn’t everyone want a pig after they saw Babe, Gordy or Charlotte’s Web? Pigs are highly social and intelligent animals. When food is involved, they can be trained very easily.

4. Bunnies

Cuddle Bunnies

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Bunnies are one of the most lovable creatures in the world!

5. Lemurs

Cuddly Lemur

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Lemurs are silly and constantly look like they have consumed way too much caffeine. I love these little guys!

6. Ferrets

Cuddly Ferrets

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Even though they tend to make terrible pets and are like cats but crazier and can be meaner, I still think these guys are pretty cute. Having owned five different ones, I have had a bit of experience with them. They will use the toilet all over the house, if not properly trained. Also, when ferrets get excited, they perform the “ferret war dance” which is pretty endearing. These guys need a lot of patience, but they are cute and cuddly.

7. Raccoons

Cuddly Raccoon

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Even though raccoons are pesky little tricksters, I’ve always wanted to have one as a pet. Unfortunately, raccoons carry a lot of diseases and they are wild animals.

8. Fennec Foxes

Foxes

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These tiny foxes originate in Africa and shiver if it gets colder than 68 degrees Fahrenheit. They also purr like cats when they’re happy.

9. Seals

Cuddly Baby Seal

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A thick coat of blubber insulates its body and provides energy when food is scarce or during fasting. Blubber also streamlines its body for more efficient swimming. Flippers act as heat exchangers, warming or cooling the seal as needed. On ice, the seal can press its fore-flippers to its body and its hind-flippers together to reduce heat loss. These cuties are really cuddly. It’s just too bad they can’t be kept as pets.

10. Sloths

Cuddly Sloth

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These slow-moving animals are super adorable. Sloths have short, flat heads, big eyes; short snouts, long legs, and tiny ears. What’s not to love?

11. Squirrel Monkies

Cuddly Squirrel Monkey

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These little guys chatter and roughhouse with each other. They are the smallest and most peaceful of all primates. They weigh about two pounds.

12. Baby Sheep

Cuddly Sheep

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Sheep are incredibly docile creatures. They make great pets, if you have the space and time for them.

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Are you curious which zoo made the #6 slot on our 2017 Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants list and why?

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Elephants are highly social animals who naturally live in large, complex social networks and develop relationships that last a lifetime. Bubbles should be retired to an accredited sanctuary where she can socialize with others of her own kind. Her 34 years of cruel exploitation must come to an end.

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