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Should I get one?
Should you purchase an exotic pet? Some exotic pets, like parrots, will be very happy with a proper human companion. However many should NEVER be purchased by an indivdual to keep as a "pet". Tigers and lions are not pets. These are wild and dangerous animals.
How do you know if an exotic is right for you? Research the animal. Exotics require a lot of research before your purchase. There are several questions you should ask yourself before a purchase:
How big will the animal get? Can you house it?
Is it legal?
Is there a vet?
Will my kids and other pets be safe? Will my exotic be safe with my dog?
Some exotics are unsafe for children as they have sharp claws and/or teeth, nervous tendancies and agression and are prone to bite. Kids often press pets past their breaking points. You don't want an animal that is quick to attack around your five-year-old son, especially if that animal can do some real damage. Don't trust, "My child will isten to me and leave the pet alone." It's not worth hurting your child to test his curiosity levels.
You should also consider that some exotics carry disease. Reptiles, for example, are often carriers of salmonella. Be sure you know the proper disinfective measure and teach your kids to respect that! A turtle is a perfectly safe pet and you won't get anything from it if you disinfect.
Do you have the time?
Is information available?
An experienced animal caregiver can monitor the diet and the animal and perhaps find out more about the species's requirements however I would highly recommend that someone just starting in exotic pets (and I assue you are or you wouldn't be reading this article) start with a well documented pet where you have a chance for success!
Can I afford it?
If you follow this adive and you still want an exotic, you're more than likely off to a beautiful relationship. Be sure you pick a reptuable breeder and ask any questions you might have. Information is the key to keeping a happy, healthy exotic.
Choosing an Exotic | Exotic Pet Info (from the Austin Zoo) | National Alternative Pet Association | Exotic Pet Links
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Content on this site is for information purposes only and not meant to replace veterinary care. Please consult your veterinarian for specific advice concerning the care and treatment of your pet.
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