Many people hear the word pets and think of golden retrievers or fluffy kitties. But, the world has more variety than just those, and many people think that their pets should reflect more uniqueness than just the common, garden-variety animal friends. Whether they go for the small, furry and adorable, or the big, slimy, downright scary exotics, they want a pet that gets people talking or possibly reconsider visiting at all!
If you are interested in an exotic pet, there are many things to consider. First, what kind of pet owner are you? Are you a hands-on, interactive owner that wants a pet that will give at least some semblance of interest in you? Or, are you more of a watch and observe keeper, more content to allow your pet to live without a lot of physical contacts? Consider the needs of each type of pet and then assess how it will fit into your lifestyle. What kind of habitat does it require? Will you have space for this animal to comfortably live in your home? Will you be able to bear the expense of its needs? And finally, is this type of animal even legal to possess in your area?
Once you have answered all of these questions, you can then start making an informed decision about the pet you want to find, and looking for a likely fit. It is always best to buy your exotic pet from a legal, knowledgeable dealer; make sure that they know the answer to any question that you might have for them, or look elsewhere. Also, before buying an exotic pet, make sure that you yourself have some information about what to expect. Speak to a local veterinarian not only to see if they deal with exotics but for advice and suggestions as well. Some exotics require frequent and expensive care, while others are relatively cheap to keep, another factor you must keep in mind.
Finally, if you have small children in your household, you must consider whether an exotic pet is appropriate. Some are dangerous and some are not very interactive, so consider the pet as well as the makeup of your family before moving one into your household. Fish and other tank dwellers can be a good exotic starter pet for young children, allowing them to observe them and requiring a minimum of care to be happy and healthy. Do not spend huge amounts of money on your tank unless you are committed to the concept, and as with any other pet, know what you are getting into before making that first purchase.