Owning exotic animals/birds as pets are undoubtedly more exciting than having a dog or a cat. When choosing a new pet, people most often go for common pet animals but something about exotic animals such as chinchillas or scorpions is fascinating, and they are too intriguing to own. However, people tend to think that having a caged animal is more comfortable than petting a dog, which is definitely not the case. Most exotic animals are kept in cages, but that doesn’t mean they are easy to take care of. As with any pet, when owning an exotic animal/bird, you must have enough time and energy to deal with it. Caged exotic animals cannot live in the cage for 24 hours. They must be let out at least two or three times throughout the day, to balance out their natural needs.
Exotic birds are exciting pets to own, as you can have a lot of fun with them. They are intelligent and capable of learning words, sentences and impressive moves. However, you must be careful when owning exotic birds because they need frequent interaction. Otherwise, they will develop emotional issues and show signs of depression, which is absolutely not what you want for your pet. Birds are also quite easy to train, and they will pick up your words quickly and start repeating what you say. Be careful around your birds because they tend to memorize words outside training as well. Don’t be surprised if you hear the bird repeating something you never taught it because they are able to learn without the training you provide them.
Birds are generally inexpensive to feed; however, some exotic species, especially the large ones, require higher quality food in their diet. These types of food are a bit more expensive but, when it comes to owning a pet, you must be ready for such costs. Speaking of expenses, every exotic animal, just like all common pet animals, requires regular medical checks. Take your exotic pet to the vet every few months to make sure they are in good health. This also requires investing money, but at the end of the day, it is worth it to ensure that your pet is healthy and well taken care of. Last but not least, regarding finances, most landlords don’t collect pet deposits for exotic animals the same way they do for dogs and cats. If you own a smaller bird or any type of small, caged animal, it is likely that you won’t have to pay the pet deposits, which will save you some budget to invest into their food.
Even though the thrill of owning an exotic pet may carry you away, make sure your pet is legal to own. As much as it is essential to keep your exotic pet safe, you must keep yourself and others around you safe as well. Make sure the pet has a proper home, be it a cage or an aquarium. If your animal is usually in pen and requires to be let out few times a day, keep a close eye on it until it is back in the cage. If you have kids, you might want to consider getting a more apartment friendly and kid friendly pet, such as a small dog or a cat.
Owning exotic animals as pets is a thrill like no other. Imagine meeting new people and when
they ask you “Do you have a pet?” and you respond with “yeah, my tarantula is my pet“, the
look on their face would be priceless! If you thought owning a dog is a responsibility, owning an exotic animal as a pet doubles it. If you decide to get one of the cooler pets you can find, make sure you are able to take care of it properly and to keep yourself safe while you’re doing it. Do some research on what the specific pet requires and what you need to do to provide it with a good life. Most of all, enjoy the time you spend with your pet and the look on people’s faces when they see it!