Things to Consider When Buying an Exotic Pet


Exotic pets can be extremely fun to own. You have the opportunity to bond with an animal that is unlike any other pet. It can also be tremendously challenging, educational and ultimately rewarding. However, the success of your exotic pet experience rests with a very important decision – what kind of pet are you going to own? Here are a few things to consider when buying an exotic pet.

  • Health problems – Exotic pets have unique health problems. The health of your exotic pet is important and it poses two challenges for pet owners.

The first is that you may not have a veterinarian nearby that is experienced in treating your particular animal. You may find that the closest expert for your particular pet is hundreds of miles away. In a medical or health emergency this can present a real problem.

Secondly, you may not be aware of the potential health problems and common issues for your exotic pet. You can educate yourself; however, there may be a lot to know and it’s important to have an expert to rely on.

  • Vacations – It may be quite difficult to find a pet sitter who is ready, willing and able to watch your pet while you’re out of town. And most hotels and vacation homes do not allow exotic pets. This may be okay if you don’t ever go out of town. But if you ever intend to take a vacation then you’ll need to consider your pet-sitting option.
  • Salmonella – Many birds and reptiles carry salmonella and a number of exotic pets do too. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause some pretty serious and uncomfortable symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Safety – Many exotic pets are perfectly safe. However, many others can be quite dangerous. Teeth, claws and other defense mechanisms are natural for animals in the wild. And because exotic pets are not domesticated, meaning they’re unaccustomed to being around humans, they don’t understand our behaviors and may react by defending themselves. This poses a real risk to you, your friends and family.
  • Food – Finally, how are you going to feed your new pet? Many exotic pets have very specialized diets and it may be extremely expensive to feed them. It’s also possible that finding their specialized food will be extremely difficult.

Before you run out and buy an exotic pet, make sure your bases are covered. Make sure you’re making a smart choice in a pet. Double-check sitting and pet care options. Make sure you’re educated on their needs and behaviors. And investigate feeding options before you buy. Then you can rest easy knowing you have found a pet you can take care of for a long time.