(written by: Kelsey)
(trish_clare)member of sybil's Message board)
Are they legal
in my state?
Before deciding to get any exotic animal, it is
important to check whether or not they are legal where
You should check with your Fish and Wildlife Division,
Department of Natural Resources, and your local animal
Some counties and cities also have their own ordinances
for the ownership of exotic pets, meaning that an "okay"
by the state doesn't necessarily mean it's allowed by
It is important to cover all of your bases before making
the decision to own an exotic animal, as failure to do
so could result in your animal being seized and possibly
The adoption price of your animal is only the starting
point - keep in mind that you will be spending a large
sum of money on cages/enclosures, food, toys, veterinary
care and other factors. Veterinarians often charge more
expensive prices for exotic animals.
Is there a
knowledgeable vet who has agreed to treat your animal?
Before placing down a deposit you must make sure that
there is a vet in your area that is not only willing to
treat your animal but knows how to do so. Many vets do
not know that exotics cannot be given live vaccinations
like domestic cats and dogs can as it will kill them.
You should also acquire a back up vet in the case that
you have an emergency.
Do you have the
Most exotics require a large amount of time spent with
them. They won't do well in a home where they are left
alone for long periods of time - most require constant
attention to keep them from reverting back to wild
tendencies. If you have a busy life and are not at home
a lot, an exotic animal is probably not the best animal
Do you have the
next 10-20 years of your life planned out?
Many exotics bond with only one person and dislike
changes, such as additions to a family (including new
pets, marriages, or children) or new environments (such
as moving to a new house).
Are you ready
to give up vacations?
Impulse buyers oftentimes don't think of the fact that
they may, potentially, have to give up their vacations
add an exotic animal to their home. Even if you
manage to find someone who is fine with dealing with a
potentially dangerous animal or tasks such as feeding
them live food, exotics generally dislike and feel
uncomfortable around strangers. Also, do you trust this
person with the care of your animal? What would they do
if he or she became injured and refused to get into a
crate? What if they escaped?
landlords and family on board?
While you will be the primary care giver, it is
important to make sure everyone around you is on board
too. Firstly, if you do not own your house, you should
get it in writing that your landlord is okay with your
animal living there. It is unfair to not only the animal
but your landlord to bring in a pet you know you are not
allowed to keep. Will your neighbors feel uncomfortable
with you having this animal, even if you are a
responsible owner? Will your family pressure you to get
rid of him or her in the case that you have a child, or
negative habits emerge?
something happens to you?
No one likes to think about it, but it is always a
possibility and thus should be thought out. Where would
your animal go if something happens to you? You should
make plans for them to live with friends, family, or
even a sanctuary.
Are you ready
to handle negative outcomes?
Unlike domesticated animals, exotics usually bond with
their owners and do not re-home well. If your exotic
performs negative behaviors you must be ready to handle
it, even if it means building an outdoor enclosure where
he or she can live the rest of their life. Problems may
range from inappropriate peeing, biting or hissing, a
sudden dislike of animals they grew up with, etc.
Have you fully
researched this animal and its needs?
This is an extremely important step to consider. Before
placing down a deposit or adopting any animal, you
should know everything from its diet to its eventual
size. Make sure you are aware of any negative behaviors
your animal may exhibit - and be prepared for them.
Why do you want
This is a question that is oftentimes overlooked by
future owners, but it is still very important. Make sure
you are not adopting for the wrong reasons, such as the
fact that a certain animal looks cool or cute.
|Many thanks to Kelsey for writing
(trish_clare, member of sybil's Message board)