Ever considered a pet a little more unusual than the typical cat, dog, guinea pig or pet mouse? For some pet owners, exotic pets are the only way to go but they do require specific care and maintenance and, in some countries and states, many are illegal. An exotic animal in Australia is any animal that is non-native.
Here are some tips on keeping exotic animals as pets, from Kevin Davies, the Pet Lover Guy…
If you’ve moved past the typical household pets and are thinking of taking a step toward getting something quite different, an unusual pet could be the perfect fit for you. An exotic pet is a rare or strange animal kept within a human household that’s not ordinarily considered as a pet. Commonly living in jungles, swamps and wildernesses around the world, exotic pets can be incredibly fascinating, but also dangerous to ignorant owners. Subsequently if you want to move beyond the typical house cat or dog it’s a good idea to perform some research to better understand just what it is that you’re getting into. Therefore, let’s examine several critical considerations that you need to make when considering an exotic pet.
The Amount of Care Necessary for Your Exotic
As an accountable pet owner you’re answerable for the health and well being of your pet, so you should start the selection process by first understanding your own limitations in the care a maintenance of a pet. When there are a lot of components that can affect the type of exotic that might be the best match for you, some of the more basic include: Who will be touching the pet? If the pet will be looked after by a child, then creatures that are more combative or poisonous are not a good choice. Can I easily afford adequate care for my animal? is another good question, because you must be able to buy food, supplies and medical treatment to keep your pet healthy. Ultimately, Will I have the capacity to provide proper care? is another huge question. Exactly like a dog should be walked every day, you must be able to perform the essential duties to ensure that your pet is well cared for. So you need to ensure that care and maintenance is thought about when choosing an exotic pet.
Suitable Maintenance: Can You House Your New Exotic?
Exotic pets can be found in all shapes and sizes, so it’s crucial that you thoroughly determine if you have the capability to adequately house & keep your pet. Clearly if you have restricted space, then a large animal may not be the best choice for you. But over and above size, there are several more considerations that must be made. For instance, reptiles are cold blooded animals that utilize the ambient temperature in their environment to manage their internal temperature, so this requirement must be met. Another example is the availability of unique foods, since some exotic animals may require items that are not easily available in your location. Lastly, many exotics require special housing to allow them to roam without escaping; a perfect example might be anything from an exotic bird to a larger carnivore, such as a tiger. Therefore, anytime an exotic pet is under consideration, you’re capacity to accommodate the animal should be thoroughly evaluated.
Local Laws Limiting Exotic Pets
Even though there are numerous exotic pets that are perfectly appropriate, you should consult your local laws to make certain the type of pet under consideration is allowed in your area. Generally, many aspiring exotic pet owners find that their preferred type of pet requires paperwork and licensure required to keep the animal in a residential setting. An unexpected example is one of roosters, because normally these birds crow early in the early morning and can easily bother everyone within earshot. For some exotic pets that may be harmful to humans, some local governments might require specific vaccinations or even the removal of teeth or a body part to avoid injury to other people within the community. Lastly, it’s not uncommon to hear of potential owners of large animals being forced to post a bond, so ensure that you’re cognizant of any additional requirements. With good reason, ensure that you understand the local laws before you bring home an exotic animal.
Impact of an Exotic on Your Current Pets
If you currently possess one or more domestic pets, then you should consider how the addition of a new exotic pet will impact them. In a perfect world there would not be an effect, however this seldom occurs in reality. First, existing pets often exhibit an emotional reaction that can manifest itself in various ways including irregular behavior, change in eating habits and related issues. Second, segregating your existing and new pets may be needed depending upon the probability of conflict. Naturally mixing a boa constrictor with a small mammal like a cat may mean that kitty will eventually go missing. With such considerable potential effects, it’s no wonder that you need to comprehend how a new exotic pet will impact your existing animals.
Moving past the standard household pets can be an easy transition, however by using these tips you should avoid making a bad choice.