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Exotic Pet Dangers

Friday, April 9th, 2010

In light of a trainer’s tragic death from interacting with a supposedly trained killer whale, it is interesting to note that this is not first, and not even the second, but the third death caused by this powerful animal. Even though the trainers realized that this was still a fairly wild animal, they trusted the creature enough to be in the water with him. Although the killer whale was less than a pet, this incident still highlights the dangers of interacting with exotic animals. When comparing domestic animals to exotic ones that are kept as house pets, you must realize that humans have been in the process of domesticating cats and dogs for thousands of years. Puppies and kittens are able to get used to humans from the second that they are born, which helps adapt them to the presence of people. On the other hand, exotic animals may have been living in the wild for years, only to be yanked out of their natural habitat.

There are a wide variety of exotic pets kept as animals. While some people choose to keep tigers, lions, bears, and wolves for their pleasure, even non-human primates and some reptiles count as exotic pets. Some of these animals need a larger amount of habitat than you can provide in just your yard. Still others rely on exotic foodstuffs that cannot be found in your neighborhood pet store. This can result in suffering for the animal. With this suffering, exotic pets can become agitated and dangerous. Some people choose to put their animals through processes such as declawing and tooth removal in order to make them less able to cause injury if they decided to attack. However, this can make an exotic pet still more frustrated and angry.

Many people do not realize the strength of exotic animals. In fact, chimpanzees, a common exotic pet, have been estimated to have five times the arm strength of a human male. This can result in deadly disasters if they become panicked around a human. Besides strength, chimps also have strong, sharp canine teeth that can rip and tear. Some people and places work hard to keep exotic animals in as natural of a habitat as possible, such as zoos and wildlife preserves. However, keeping an exotic animal as a house pet can be very dangerous for you and those you love.

What To Find In An Exotic Pet Store

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

If you decide that an exotic pet is the right choice for you, and you do not want to go with the traditional cat or dog, then you are probably wondering where you can go to find the best exotic pet store that carries a variety and best types of exotic pets. The breed and type of an exotic pet can make a big difference. Wherever you choose to look for your exotic pet, make sure that they know the breeders and where the pets came from. A good exotic pet store will have documentation of the origin of your pet and know enough about them to make you feel comfortable leaving the store and bringing your new exotic pet home.

Exotic pets can call for a lot of different kinds of care from traditional pets and different kinds of supplies and food, and buying your pet from a trustworthy and educated source is critical for your success in creating the right environment for your new pet at home. You also need to keep in mind what kind of food your exotic pet requires and where you will be able to attain it from. For instance, different species and breeds of snakes require different kinds of rodents or fish to live off of. Some are allowed to eat frozen animals that you could buy online if you had to, but others survive best off of live animals.

Other things to consider when choosing your exotic pet store is how the animals are kept there that are being sold. A good pet store will be exhibiting the exotic pet in his ideal environment and habitat and give him the proper space. If you enter an exotic pet store and see that the animals look too close, or not in the environment you think is right for them, you could be bringing home an unhealthy exotic pet. That could mean a lot of unnecessary costs and obligations for you.

It is important for you to do your own research before you buy an exotic pet. Know exactly what you are getting yourself into before you go in and pick out a new pet to bring home. Some people are unaware of the level of care that it takes to tend to the needs of an exotic pet and are not prepared for what to expect when they get them home. Choose a pet that fits best with your lifestyle and habits. If you are away from home a lot, you do not want to get certain kinds of exotic pets that require special care every day. Some are more independent than others, and it is important that you find out all of the information that you can prior to buying one.

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