Do Exotic Animals Make Good Pets
Many people own exotic pets. So many that the exotic pet trade is booming. Unfortunately that leads to many breeders and dealers acquiring animals through illegal means and many pet owners rushing into a decision they later regret. Before you buy an exotic animal to keep as a pet, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions.
#1 Why do I want an exotic animal as a pet? What is your motivation? Many people want an exotic animal as a pet because they want something different. They want an animal that is unique. That’s fine; however, just because an animal is different doesn’t make it a good pet.
A good pet is a pet that you can accommodate into your life and vice versa. It can easily accommodate you into its life. An animal that is accustomed to being out of doors, for example, generally doesn’t make a good pet. They want to be outside and can be destructive indoors.
#2 What do you want from a pet? Do you want love? Cuddling? Loyalty? Affection? If this is why you want a pet, then most exotic animals will not meet your needs. If you want to be able to train your pet, again an exotic animal may not be the best decision.
#3 Are you prepared for the responsibility? Generally, an exotic animal can make a fine pet if the owner is 100% prepared to take care of it. This means being knowledgeable about the animal’s behavior, care giving needs, and habitat. In addition to being knowledgeable about behavior, health, habitat and food, you also need to be prepared to provide these things.
In addition to being a good exotic animal owner, it’s important to be prepared for the financial responsibility. Owning an exotic pet is expensive. Perhaps that’s why it has become such a status symbol. Regardless, it’s important to be prepared for the care, feeding, housing and maintenance of an exotic animal.
#4 Are you prepared for the risks? Exotic animals are not going to live by your rules. They will bite, destroy, scratch and behave as if they are in the wild. In fact, if they’re not cared for properly they’ll behave much worse than they would in the wild. This can leave you with a disaster, injuries and heartache.
So do exotic animals make good pets? Yes, they can make fine pets if you’re prepared for the risks and responsibilities. Before you make a decision to buy an exotic animal and keep it as a pet, educate yourself. Talk to your veterinarian. Talk to other people who own this type of animal. Read books and communicate with experts. Analyze your motivations and expectations – what do you want from a pet. Finally, make sure you go into exotic pet ownership fully committed and ready to take whatever challenges come your way.