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Thoughts To Consider Before Selecting An Exotic Pet

By Lee Peterson

An exotic pet certainly seems to suit some people, and you may feel that it would be the ideal accessory to go with your designer labels and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Think it through before you rush out to find your exotic pet.

An exotic pet is a wild animal, generally not domesticated or found living in people’s homes. The broad definition includes birds, rodents and reptiles as well as other species. Unlike domesticated animals, your home is not their natural environment.

To some, this type of animal may sound like the perfect accessory to your stylish home, but they are also living beings that can be difficult to manage and maintain. In some instances, they can even attack their owners or others with whom they come into contact.

How to Feed and Care for your Exotic Pet

A typical diet for a common house pet is easily satisfied by a trip to the supermarket. This is not the case for exotic animals that are bred in the wild and feed off whatever they can find or capture that day. Many wild animals eat a great deal more food than a typical house pet. They eat to survive in the wilderness so the amount of food that you consider to be reasonable, may not nourish your new pet.

Your local veterinarian probably has little experience with exotic pets, who often have exotic illnesses. Finding a specialist who can treat a sick exotic pet may involve travel and considerable expense.

The Legalities of Keeping Exotic Pets

Depending upon the location that you reside, you may be breaking the law if you have an exotic pet in your home. Before making the investment, do some research regarding the law of exotic pet ownership in your area. You may need to purchase a special license or obtain a permit.

Local regulations will probably require that you make sure the exotic animal is secured on your property. This is to prevent possible injury to neighbors and their pets, as an animal in unfamiliar surroundings may react aggressively due to stress and fear. This is your responsibility, and you will have to buy or build an appropriate enclosure. Before you get an exotic pet, consider whether it is the right step for you – and for the animal. Exotic pets are a lucrative business as long as there is a demand for them, but just because they are available does not make it the right thing to do – for you or for the animal.

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