Exotic Pets: Choosing and Taking Care of the Uncommon
Thu, April 22, 2021

Exotic Pets: Choosing and Taking Care of the Uncommon

Exotic pets can be unpredictable for most people, but their owners find it very interesting when they learn new things about exotic animals / Photo by: Esin Üstün via Flickr

 

Most probably, you and a lot of your friends have pets at home. Usually, we want to have pets so that we can have a companion at home, finding joy in taking care of them and knowing that we are being loved unconditionally in return. Most people choose to have dogs or cats at home mainly because these animals are more likely to let you touch and hug them all the time and, especially in the case of dogs, try to reciprocate it in their own unique way. This can be some form of stress relief for many of us. However, there are others who want to take care of something that is not usually categorized as a pet. A snake, a lizard, frogs, or even spiders could be very scary for some folks, but these are also animals that can be taken care of at home and considered as pets.

There are several reasons why some people choose to have exotic pets rather than cats and dogs or rabbits. The Pet Health Network, a website that provides useful information on pet health and care, gives us some reasons why some people are keener on taking care of them.

 

Learning Experience

Exotic pets can be unpredictable for most people, but their owners find it very interesting when they learn new things about exotic animals. There is a lot of information required for taking care of exotic pets, foremost of which is that they should be kept in very specific environments. It is important for an individual to know the needs of exotic pets first before they get one.

 

Less Space

If you live in a small apartment or a studio, then you’ll be surprised to know that a lot of exotic pets will fit right in as they do not need much space for them to live comfortably. A hamster, a guinea pig, or even a rat can live very well in a small space. Some reptiles can also be kept in a terrarium, which can be placed in one corner of the house. If you have concerns about space, then an exotic pet could be the best animal for you.

If you live in a small apartment or a studio, then you’ll be surprised to know that a lot of exotic pets will fit right in as they do not need much space for them to live comfortably / Photo by: Peter Paplanus via Wikimedia Commons

 

Good for Allergic People

Those with pet allergies, especially to pet fur, can choose an exotic pet instead. A reptile would not have hair, of course. Some rats and guinea pigs can also be hairless. So, if you think you cannot take care of a pet because of an allergy, then an exotic one would be a good choice.

 

Good for the Busy Folk

If you spend your day mostly at work or outside, then you won’t have to worry about your pet being neglected as exotic pets don’t need to be walked or brought outside to poop. You can just leave some toys or other stuff aside from food, of course, inside their cage, and they would be happy and be active on their own while you’re out. Just make sure that you still interact with them whenever you are at home.

 

Longer Lives

Certain exotic animals have life spans of around 20 to 40 years, especially in captivity. So if you have attachment issues or would like a pet that lives for a very long time, then you can choose an exotic pet instead.

Certain exotic animals have life spans of around 20 to 40 years, especially in captivity. So if you have attachment issues or would like a pet that lives for a very long time, then you can choose an exotic pet instead / Photo by: iooioo via Pixabay

 

Choosing the Exotic Pet

Now that you’re convinced that an exotic pet is really what you need, there are certain considerations you’ll have to know. According to The Spruce Pets, a website that offers real-life tips on pet care and training, you have to keep in mind some basic principles when choosing an exotic pet:

- The adoption should never be a hasty decision.

- Prior knowledge and research must be done before getting an exotic pet.

- Make sure all the necessary things such as equipment, habitat, and food for your exotic pet are all ready before you bring the animal home.

Some of the basic things you need to consider are the following:

- Size

- Sociability

- Housing

- Expenses/money factors

- Feeding or food requirements

- Having more than a single pet

- Compatibility with people at home and other pets

- Health concerns

You should have the ability to take care of your pet, both financially and emotionally. You should also make sure that it is legal to keep such an exotic pet in your place of residence. Some regions do not allow certain animals to be kept in captivity mostly because they could be endangered or they can pose a serious threat to the people around or the environment.

Having an exotic pet is not only to make you “cool.” It is a commitment for a very long time. A pet is a responsibility; it is not just something we get because we feel bored or we don’t have anything to do after work. These are live creatures that need the basic necessities in life as well as love and care. If you are seriously thinking of having an exotic pet, make sure that you are ready for the challenges and responsibilities ahead.