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The Top Reasons Why It's Great To Be An Exotic Pet!

The Top Reasons Why It's Great To Be An Exotic Pet!


Dr. Laurie Hess discusses all of the reasons why it's great to be an exotic pet!

Exotic pets are all those animals – birds, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and some more unusual species, like sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, and some others – that fall in the realm of “exotic” because they are not dogs and cats but can make great pets if kept properly. While some people may argue that some of these species should not be kept as pets, owners who take the time to learn about these animals and their needs before getting them can actually be great pet parents to these animals. We all know how much dog and cat owners dote on their pets and how lucky pampered pooches and coddled kitties can be to have great homes, but most of us don’t realize that exotic animals can be kept happily in households, as well.

In fact, being a well- cared for exotic pet can be great because:

  1. Since you are, by definition, an “exotic” animal, you are, without a doubt, more interesting than your average dog or cat.
  2. As a (bird, ferret, rabbit, rodent, reptile, etc.) with very specific lifestyle and nutritional requirements, your family will stop at nothing to ensure that your environment looks better than any other (bird, ferret, rabbit, rodent, reptile, etc.) on the block.
  3. You can poop/pee/vomit on the floor, and even after cleaning up after you, your family still thinks you’re cute.
  4. If you refuse to eat your regular meal, everyone freaks out and offers you a dozen different delicious treats to try to entice you to eat.
  5. You can sleep 17 hours a day if you like, and no one minds. Additionally, if you’re nocturnal, and you make noise all night long digging in your cage or running in a wheel, your family doesn’t complain – you’re supposed to do that!
  6. No matter what the time of year, the climate of your family’s house is set to whatever is comfortable for you, regardless of what everyone else in the house needs.
  7. Whenever you do something silly or smart, even if it’s unintentional, everyone “oohs and aahs” and comments that you are the brightest animal of your species, ever, anywhere…
  8. Every time your family has to go out of the house for a prolonged period, they feel guilty leaving you alone, so they shower you with treats and toys when they return.
  9. Your family constantly takes photos of you while you are performing your run of the mill daily functions like eating, bathing, grooming and sleeping that are really no big deal but that they and their friends think are just adorable.
  10. Your family members are so concerned that you’ll be bored in your cage that they get you all the latest and greatest exotic pet paraphernalia - new toys, hideaways, hammocks, bedding, etc.; it’s like your birthday all year round.
  11. Your family is so concerned that you’re spending too much time alone in your cage that once they get home, you come out, run around, wreak havoc, get into trouble, and they still love you!

Do you own a pampered exotic pet? Is so, what kind, and how exactly do you spoil him/her? Please share your story!

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.


14 Reasons Why Pit Bulls Are Great Pets

Are you planning to get a Pit Bull as a pet? If yes, then you are absolutely making the right decision.

Pit Bulls are one of the most loved dogs in the USA. They not only have a great physique but they are also very intelligent and powerful. They are also very good at following instructions. They can be trained to follow any command that you want them to.

All that they need from their master is genuine love, care and understanding. However, there is a popular misconception that Pit Bulls are very dangerous pets. In fact, some people recommend that you should not keep Pit Bulls as a pet because they are very aggressive and bad-tempered.

However, that is not true. Pit Bull are among the most loving pets.

Although big, these dogs are very friendly and tolerant if well trained. If you are looking for a pet that will be 100% loyal to you then you won’t go wrong if you choose a Pit Bull. In this article, we are going to give you 14 reasons why Pit Bull are great pets.


A Taste Of The Unusual

By their very nature exotic pets are unusual animals. After all, how many people do you know who keep a praying mantis or a gecko? Not half as many as have a dog or a cat I’m sure.

One popular reason for keeping exotic pets is that there are people (like me!) who appreciate the unusual and the exotic. Everyday pets have their place but to me they can be quite boring if I’m honest. I love the thrill of something new.

Equally I think this is why many people don’t like exotic pets because most people are afraid of anything unusual and anything they don’t understand. These are the people who scream if they see a tarantula in a pet store. Exotic pet keepers love this variety though – it’s all part of the fun.


The Pledge:

As a steward of the Earth's inhabitants and a friend to all species who make their home here, I pledge to keep exotic animals in their natural habitats.

  1. I will not support the exotic animal trade or businesses that profit off the sales of exotic animals
  2. I will honor the lives of exotic animals by enjoying their beauty from a safe distance
  3. I will never chase, harm, or intentionally harass an exotic animal
  4. I will never feed or touch an exotic animal unless as part of an official conservation program
  5. I will do my best to "Leave No Trace" in places where exotic animals live

I recognize the vital importance of our wildlife, and will share this pledge with others to ensure a healthier, safer future for all species.


Why is the Leopard Gecko such a great pet? 5 good reasons

Until recent years it’s fair to say that the Leopard Gecko was the most commonly kept lizard in the UK. Although it may have been overtaken in popularity by the Bearded Dragon, Leopard Geckos still make fantastic pets.
But what is it about the Leopard Gecko that makes it one of my all time favourite reptiles? And why should you consider caring for one as your next reptile pet?

1. They’re incredibly easy to care for.

All reptiles need specialist care and we should always do everything we can to keep them in the best health possible. But, Leopard Geckos are not very demanding and it’s easy to create the perfect home for them. During the day, we recreate the sun, and heat the air with a light bulb. At night, we recreate heat that is retained in the ground by using a thermostatically controlled heat mat.

Leopard Geckos not fussy eaters and will eat a variety of insects that have been dusted in vitamin and mineral powder. They’ll just drink water from their water bowl too, no need to mist the vivarium. For more detailed information, click here to view our care sheet.

2. They’re a family pet.

Due to their docile, placid nature, Leopard Geckos really are a pet for all members of the family. They’re happy to be held by children of all ages and will slowly walk across gentle hands. They’re not aggressive by nature but like all animals should be treated with respect. I have never seen a Leopard Gecko get upset or try to bite somebody, ever.

3. They’re extremely pretty.

Big doey eyes, leopard spots and a smile from ear to ear. These guys really are good looking animals. I don’t mean they’re good looking in the same way a Boa constrictor is good looking. I mean they are good looking in a cute, adorable way. Always guaranteed to make you say “Arhhhhh”.

As well as the common ‘leopard’ variety (which are still my favourite) you can now get Leopard Geckos in a variety of different colour morphs. Pure white ‘blizzards’ to bright orange ‘tangerines’ are on sale, all have the lovely Leopard Gecko temperament but if you like something a bit different they offer you some choice.

4. They’re long lived lizards.

A Leopard Gecko can easily live for over 20 years if cared for properly. If you don’t want to explain to your kids why Hammy the hamster has gone to the big cage in the sky, get a Leopard Gecko instead!

5. They’re very easy to breed.

In the right conditions, your Leopard Geckos will usually breed, on their own, without you needing to do anything. A lot of the time you will literally find a couple of unexpected eggs in their nesting box without even knowing your girl was gravid. Adult males will not get along but you can keep a harem of females together with one male. It’s very satisfying breeding your own animals so this is a big plus with Leopard Geckos.

Do you already have Leopard Geckos?

If you already have a leopard gecko you’ll already know what fantastic pets they are. Please feel free to leave a comment on our blog and share your experiences with your Leopard Geckos. If you are reading this on our facebook or in an email please click here to visit the blog and have your say.


Watch the video: 10 Exotic Animals You Can Keep as Pets at Home