It has become fashionable to have exotic pets these days – no longer are cats and dogs the only pets you keep at home. These pets include monkeys or other primates, lizards and other reptiles, and other non-traditional pets usually found in the wild. While these pets may make you look trendy and exotic, there are some points you should consider before buying an exotic pet.
Exotic pets, as the name implies, are for the most part, wild animals. They rely on instinct to make decisions, and are not familiar with human interaction and needs. It will take a lot of patience if you wish to domesticate an exotic pet. They are also impossible to train – a definite problem when it comes to house training.
Ask yourself several times over whether your home could be feasible for housing an exotic pet, or where you would place it if not inside your house. You will want to make sure your new pet does not escape back into the wild, so a regular cage or pet home will not do – your exotic pet’s enclosure needs to closely resemble its natural habitat. Another useful tip is to find out how your pet functions in normal, non-domesticated situations. Monkeys, for instance, live in large groups and are used to being social animals. Locking a monkey in a cage on its own all day is going to make it unhappy, angry and possibly aggressive.
Feeding exotic pets is much different from feeding conventional pets. This is because of two things – first, their food may be difficult to find in local stores and second, may cost way more than conventional pet food. Find out about the availability of food before you buy the pet – you don’t want to be shipping expensive food from another state for twenty years.
If you are a pet owner with kids, then an exotic pet may not always be suitable when considering your children’s safety. As you may well know, children are a curious lot, so if they are left free and accidentally let out your pet python, they could be in grave danger. Exotic pets also carry exotic diseases, and because many of them do not arrive in the country legally, they are not always properly checked out by a veterinarian.
Exotic pets are quite interesting without a doubt, and can be surprisingly amiable in the right situation. There is much debate about whether it is appropriate to take a wild animal out of its natural habitat and force it to become domesticated in a foreign and unfamiliar place. If these pets appeal to you, make sure you have carefully decided before buying one and trying to domesticate it.