For many of us, pet ownership means a dog, a cat, or even both. Others like to get more adventurous and decide to invite an exotic pet into their home. Definitions might vary, but an exotic pet is essentially a pet that is something other than a dog or cat. That can range from something relatively common, like a fish or bird, all the way to reptiles, a wide variety of mammals, and more.
Getting any kind of pet, from a dog or cat to an exotic, requires research and some soul-searching. You have to commit to taking good care of your pet, and that includes providing it with the living space, food, veterinary care, and attention that it needs. Before committing to getting an exotic pet, do some research and talk with your veterinarian. Dr. Lesli Hewitt has extensive experience with exotics and can answer your questions.
As you research the type of animal you would like to get, think about how each animal would fit into your home and lifestyle. In addition to talking with your vet, you can read books or search online to get an idea of what having that animal would be like. Think hard about how you want to interact with your pet. If you want to hold it and pet it, for example, maybe a fish isn’t quite right.
This is another area where research is key. It’s important to adopt from reputable sources who care for their animals’ well-being. You can ask at your veterinary hospital if they know reputable places to buy. You can also search online for reviews, and check out information from animal advocates.
Every species has special needs. The most important resource for the care of your exotic pet is your veterinarian. Ask about care tips before you adopt, and take your pet in for regular visits after you bring it into your family.
Once you find the right fit for your home, your new pet can add tremendous joy to your life.