Exotic pets are fun, wild, and sometimes dangerous. There are many activities that highly recommend against having any exotic or wild animal in any home in the world. But there are animals that are considered exotic but are completely safe to share living space with. These exotic pets deserve to have a loving home, and people to play with. While exotic or non-domesticated animals have their own set of needs, they are still animals that can be cute and cuddly or special and unique.
Some of these exotic animals require special veterinarian services, specialized food and housing or cause more damage than a domesticated animal. Not all wild and exotic animals are made to be pets, and frankly there are some that a rational person would never even consider. But there are some very special wild exotic animals that make amazing pets for a family that is ready for a new pet challenge. Here are the top six picks for exotic, safe pets that would add a flare and specialness to any home.
The savannah cat is a hybrid of African servals and domesticated house cats. The mix of these breeds creates a cat that is all growl, but none of the bite. They are known for having more of a ‘dog’ like personality, are able to be trained to walk with on a harness. They do not have to be “outside” animals. These cats are a newer breed of animal, making them rare. For now these are costly cats to purchase.
There are several variations on this cat, since each generation changes levels of behavior difficulty. When it comes to breeding these cats, the predictably is easier. It is easier to figure out size and personality of the cat. The size of the cat depends on their parents. The largest savannah cats can be two and a half times larger than a house cat. It takes three years for savannah cats to reach their full size.
Savannah cats are adaptive, well-behaved respectful animals. They can be maintained with a diet of high quality cat food, and receive all the same shots as a domesticated house cat. They have loving and outgoing personalities. These cats are very intelligent and can be trained quickly. If a family is entering a savannah cat into their home, they have no reason to worry. The cat will be a special part of their family and will be involved with the family, not hiding from it. They are a rare and exotic breed of cats that should loved.
Hedgehogs are thought to be a rodent, but this exotic animal is not a rodent, is not a member of the porcupine family like some would believe. But an African pygmy Hedgehog, and is its own mammal family. Hedgehogs are ideal for young people who are not looking for a life-long pet commitment, since they only have a five to seven year life span. The hedgehog is not a social animal. They don’t get along with others of their kind. So, if a person is going to have more than one hedgehog, each will need its own enclosure. The only except is if the owner has two females and they are in a large cage with many different hiding places. The live off a diet that consist of hard kibble, vitamins, dried fruits, mealworms, insects. The are small and an adult hedgehog can weigh only one pound, fitting in the palm of a person’s hand.
For having a back covered with prickly spines, the hedgehogs are a very cute little starter exotic animal. They make an ideal started exotic pet since they are easy to care for. They are easy to tame, and when the hedgehog feels secure, their quills feel like a hairbrush. These small creatures are easy going, and non-aggressive who enjoy exploring. While the hedgehog’s sense of sight is poor, they have excellent and very well developed hearing, smell and taste senses.
Having a hedgehog in a home, is similar to having a hamster or guinea pig, since they are also extremely small, quiet, and are simple to maintain. The rarely bit, and do not need to be handled every day. This would be a great exotic pet to start out with, for the whole family.
This adorable little exotic animal is cute, and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Sugar gliders, like all pets require specialized care. While some will have people believe that caring for a sugar glider is like rocket science, it really isn’t. Someone who wants to introduce this exotic animal as a pet in their own just needs to take the time to study what care the little guys need.
Their cage should be large enough for the little creatures to jump and glide around. The bigger the cage, and the more hanging toys the better. Sugar gliders like to be able to move around and play. Sugar gliders have a diet that requires its owner to feed it fruits, veggies, proteins and a dry food to leave in the cage for snacks. There is an array of information about feeding sugar glider, but as long as an owner sticks with 50% fruits and veggies and 50% of proteins, then the owner is set.
The sugar gliders are very social, and will connect with the owner and form a special bond. Much like a puppy, there is a bonding time, and at first it will require a ton of attention as it fusses and tries to accumulate to its’ new surroundings. Gliders are great for pets because they will love all those in the family and home. It will be kind and devoted to everyone, and will be fun to have around.
This is a small desert fox that is popular for exotic pets, because it is an easily domesticated pet. The Fennec Fox has a ton of energy, meaning that the owner needs to be able to spend the time with them. These little adorable balls of energy are non-aggressive and acts similar to a dog. They are able to be enjoyed by the whole family, since they are sweet and snuggly.
The Fennec Fox does not have any smell unless they are suddenly frightened. When they are free they release a sharp musk odor from their tail. It only last a moment and isn’t all that noticeable. The only other smells that come with the fennec fox is the odor from their litter box.
The fennec fox does get noisy at night, have them in a crate/cage at night is for the best. They have a muffled bark, but also a purr growl sound. The fennec fox loves to be petted and held. They are pets that like to spend time in their owners lap and snuggling with them.
Their diet depends on them; some fennec foxes are very picky while others are willing to try any food. That will depend on them, but overall they love fruit and breakfast cereals, since they have a sweet tooth. They can be trained to sit, fetch and chase. The fennec fox can even respond to its name. This sweet animal will make a great addition to any families home.
A nocturnal rain forest creature is very friendly and affectionate animal. They are easy to domesticate. If an owner raises these creatures, they can be taught to be tamed. The kinkajou looks like it is a member of the monkey family, but in actually they are members of the family that houses raccoon.
In nature they are tree dwellers, so their cages need to be large and tall, so they can more around. But they are very active, curious animals that enjoy rifling through things. They are most active at night-time since they are nocturnal creatures.
The kinkajous eat mostly fruits and nectar. They will eat plant blooms and insects. They will also eat monkey biscuits. But when feeding the kinkajou in their cages, the owner needs to do so out of ceramic bowls or a bowls that is attached to the cage. They are very messy when they feed.
A Kinkajou can be various sizes, but their usual body length is between 16 and 25 inches with a tail that can be between 15 and 20 inches. They will weight around eight pounds. Kinkajous live between 20 and 25 years. There have been cases of kinkajous that have lived 40 years.
The Bengal cat is a hybrid between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic house cat. These cats are super sweet and have adoring personalities, sometimes even mocking the personality of their owner. This is a good exotic pet because this is a cat because it is all the exoticness without the worry of a large wild cat. The Bengal cat is sweet, gentle and mild mannered.
The diet of a bengal cat is that of a house cat, high quality food. Cats are meat eaters, so food making sure that the bengal cat has a well balanced diet is key. But overall, any well balanced protein enriched cat food will be good for the bengal cat.
The Bengal cat can be trained to be walked on a leash. The leash will help with training the bengal cat to jump, walk, run, glide and even sit.
The owner of a bengal cat can expect a wild ride. They require a lot of attention, and the owner will have to kitty proof their house. Since the bengal cat will find every nook and cranny of a home. But the bengal cat will be a kitty that everyone in the home can enjoy. Since the bengal cat is intelligent their presence in a home is a special one.
While this is not a complete list of potential exotic pets a person can buy, it is a great starting place.
Obtaining a Pet
Before a potential owner buys an exotic pet they should keep in mind what it means to be a pet owner. Having an exotic pet isn’t for everyone either, the potential owner should conduct research on the pet they are considering and think about their lifestyles. Just because you want an exotic pet doesn’t mean you should. Once the owner has completed their research, and has decided which exotic pet is best for them, their lives will be changed as a new creature is brought into their home.
The potential owner needs to make sure there are no laws in the area prohibiting the ownership of the exotic animal that the person has selected. City and state laws are different for each case, so the owner needs to make sure and check with officials.
Research, research, research. The buyer should talk to other pet owners through online forums. They need to make sure the exotic pet what they are purchasing is going to be a right fit for the home and the family. Asking questions is key for any new purchase, so ask questions to everyone involved so that the buyer knows if the exotic pet is the right choice.
The owner needs to ensure there is a veterinarian nearby that will be able to treat the pet if needed. To give the pet the proper vaccinations and for general care.
If possible, the buyer needs to go to a local shop or vendor to purchase the animal. Shipping an animal can be very costly and traumatic for the animal. But the buyer should research and make arrangements to bring the new pet into the home.
Bring a new pet into the home is a different experience for everyone, but making the transition smooth is a very important part of getting a new exotic pet.
Buying the exotic pet of their choice makes take time like all other things, but in the end it will be worth it. They will have a fun animal in their home. A creature to show off and love.