You need to go into exotic pet ownership with complete awareness and fully committed Ė with eyes wide open. Know what the animal is like. Know everything you will need to know to properly care for the exotic pet; care, diet, habitat, medical needs, and social needs. They have very different needs than common pets and different requirements among the various different exotic pets.
Find a knowledgeable exotic pet veterinarian before you acquire your pet. Not just an exotic pet veterinarian but also one that is well-informed about the specific pet in which you are interested. Have the habitat set up and in place before bringing home the animal.
Find out what the animal has been eating. If you donít think the previous food is healthy enough, gradually change the diet. You donít want to drastically change the diet, do so over a period of time. Quick changes is very rough on the digestive system, some pets are very sensitive to such changes.
Know what the legalities are concerning the potential pet including all state, county, city, and local ordinances that may concern your pet. Make sure your permits are in order before purchasing a pet.
Donít lie to a breeder and tell them you live in a "legal area" sneaking an animal into your home is terribly irresponsible. Your recklessness could be a death sentence for your pet.
Understand your reason for wanting a pet, why do you want a particular pet? If it is a "fashion statement" please donít get the pet. Go into exotic pet ownership realistically. It is not a popularity contest it is a deep love of an animal; a living being that saturates your heart and your soul.
Pets are not something to dispose of if you should no longer want to care for the animal, or if it smells, causes destruction to your home, or many of the potential inconveniences that comes with living with an animal. Having a pet is a commitment that will last the pet's lifetime.
If possible find a place to volunteer, a rescue, zoo, breeder, or sanctuary. Spending time caring for an animal may help you determine if the particular animal is realistically what you expected.
Often with exotic pet ownership it is a lifestyle change. It is difficult to find people you can trust to care for your pet while you go on vacation. What will happen to your pet if you are hospitalized? Think seriously about these things before acquiring a pet. Know what your options are and make arrangements beforehand.
What if you die suddenly? Have you thought about what will happen to your pet both short term and long term? Will someone know this animal is in your house if you should suddenly not be there? Have you made arrangements for permanent care if something should happen to you?
If you have gone into exotic pet ownership honestly and realistically and decide to acquire your pet enjoy him or her with all your heart. Exotic Pets Ė Be Realistic
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