Owning and Choosing an Exotic Pet

There are many factors to take into account when you are trying to decide on an exotic pet. The first and most important factor to consider is if it is even legal in your state of residence. Many states have laws restricted and regulating the care and transportation of wild animals. Call your local law enforcement agency and animal control to find out if you are legally allowed to keep an exotic pet.

The second thing you should consider when thinking about adopting an exotic pet is veterinary care. Not all vets treat exotic pets and depending upon the type of animal you get you may have to find a specialist that is fully trained in dealing with that specific animal. Proper veterinary care is important for the health and happiness of your new pet.

Other things you should consider include: the size of the pet, the amount of food he/she will eat and the cost, how much care and attention they will need, the type of enclosure you will need and the temperament of the animal.

Exotic pets are wild. They are not domesticated so they can be aggressive, destructive and dangerous especially if not taken care of properly. You are responsible for their actions and, in most cases, will be held liable for any damage they do.

Be sure you are financially, physically and emotionally able to care for your new companion before you adopt. Avoid pet-store-rescues and impulse buys. Take your time when deciding on a new pet for the family.

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