Challenges Of Owning Unusual Exotic Pets

  • 30/01/2020
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“I really want to play with a snake, but how would I ever be able to take care of it?”

How do I make sure that my pet chinchilla is happy and healthy?”

For some people with an acquired taste a more unusual set of animal is better than a cat or dog. The smaller size, fascinating patterns and outright weird appearances of exotic animals attracts kids and adults equally. However, with exotic pets come exotic needs and that is why it is important to be informed about the challenges of owning an exotic pet. Given as below:

1.    Housing

Light, temperature, humidity and bedding are some of the long list of things you need to make sure is provided for the animal. You have to make sure that your pet’s home is comfortable enough so that it can enjoy and not feel trapped.

2.    Exercise

Exercise is as important for your pet as for you, so you need to ensure that. Your exotic animal should have a roomy storage where it can play and run around. These can be a textured track, running wheel, climbing platforms etc.

3.    Diet

Exotic pets eat very differently than your dog or cat. Depending on the animal, which can be a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Therefore, you have to be sure before buying a pet that you can feed it. Providing the pet with the food they love and devour is the way into their hearts.

4.    Behaviour

It is important to understand that your exotic pet will not behave like a conventional pet. While some may be shy, others are social, some exotic pets like to be alone and some stay asleep during the day and are active at night. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to strange behaviour by your exotic pets.

5.    Laws

This is relevant in case of exotic pets only. You have to ensure that your local or federal laws have not banned the purchasing of the pet you want. These are to protect the pet, as they may be vulnerable or even endangered. So if you really care then look it up.

6.    Diseases

This is something to be careful about from the very get go. Exotic pets can be carriers of harmful bacteria and viruses. Once you get a pet take it to the vet and ensure regular check-ups. Like our friends at https://www.unusualpetvets.com.au/ who provide special care for every unique pet that you have.  

7.    Longevity

Most exotic pets live very long lives, up to a 100 years or more. Before making the commitment of caring for an exotic pet, you have to be sure that you will be able to take care of it for a long time.

8.    Expenses

Exotic pets are not a cheap pet to have. If you truly want to provide the best living environment for them, then it will cost you a lot. Food, housing, nutrition and regular vet visits can add up to costing more than a dog would.

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