Reality Check for Potential Owners of Exotic Pets

Owning an exotic pet is a big decision for anybody and should be given a deep thought before it’s taken. There are many constraints which should be considered like expenditure, permit, laws, care, time devotion, etc. The owner should not take a step forward unless he is able to make a lifetime commitment. There are chances that the owner might simply get bored of taking care of the pet and even the animal can develop behavioral patterns which are dislikeable later on. If the pet is adopted very late, it would be difficult for it to accept the new owner. If the owner is tired, it would be really difficult to find a new owner and setting them free is also not advisable as it is dangerous and will put the animal’s life to risk.

Firstly, what species of exotic animals you want to adopt as pet should be decided upon. Then, understand the qualities, needs, and problems related to the particular animal like humans are different from the other, so are animals. A brochure or a website might give a generalized view. But only when an in-depth study of the individual animal is done its true personality can be determined. The owner should also understand that some animals even after perfect training grow up to be more aggressive and undisciplined and on the other hand sometimes abused animals grow up to be perfect pets.

The owner and family members must question themselves whether they will become responsible owners or not. The size of the animal, when it is young and when it is fully grown should also be considered, as this is important factor deciding upon the environment to be provided to the animal. Initially potential owners portray a picture of cuddling and playing with the pet. This sure is feasible only if the exotic animals do not grow very big. If a household exotic pet is desired, its fully grown weight should range from eighteen to forty pounds to be adopted as a pet. Some exotic animals become more of a threat when they grow and the owners decide to confine them to a cage due to this reason. This results in pet missing sleeping with the family members and also missing the freedom of moving around the place. The problem with the smaller animals is that when they grow up they begin to spray on everything in the house.

When a potential owner does research before buying the pet, he will surely come across conflicting views. On one hand there will be animal rights activities who will sound completely in love with the animal and will go on and on and paint a beautiful picture. But on the other hand, there will be testimonials of owners who write down about the problems they had faced with the animal. The potential owner should choose the more realistic information. If time permits, potential owner should work voluntarily with some organizations which deals with the animals you want to have as a pet. This real time experience will be a true lesson.

Owning an exotic animal is very costly. Costs such as buying, legal work, feeding, habitat building, and veterinary costs should be jotted down before adopting a pet. The smaller the animal the more affordable it is. Bigger animal grow more rapidly and so will the cost associated with it. They will become more dangerous also by the day. This doesn’t exactly mean that the animal will attack the family members, but it can cause harm for instance while playing. The pet like relation will no longer remain after they grow up. They will simple become captive animals locked up in a cage for the rest of their life.

After the decision is being taken, next step is the law regarding the adoption of the pet. The potential owner must study the federal, county, city and state laws about the ownership of that particular species. The regulations are heavy and many requirements are usually have to be met. The endangered species status should also be checked for the desired pet because of legal issues. Additional permits if necessary would have to be taken. Also the laws and legislations change from time to time, which should be kept track of. If situation arises, the owner should also be ready to fight for the custody of the pet. In many places, owing an exotic animal is banned.