While most people think a family pet should be a cat or dog, some people prefer more unusual companions. These could include creatures such as snakes, lizards and bearded dragons as well as tortoises and stick insects. Far from being an ‘easy’ option, these unusual animals have specific needs and require very particular habitats in order to be kept as pets. Here we look at things to consider before deciding to keep an unusual animal as a pet.
According to the BBC, at the end of 2014 there were one million households keeping animals such as snakes and lizards as pets. A consequence of this is the increase in the risk to human health. However as long as the usual hygiene rules are followed there is no reason why such creatures cannot be kept as pets.
Choosing your pet
There are several important things to consider when choosing an unusual creature. It is vital to gather as much information as possible about the pet you want, including things such as how big it is likely to grow and whether it is suitable if you have children. It is also important to know whether your chosen pet is happy to be alone or needs a companion.
Looking after your new pet
When you have made your choice and you are ready to start looking after your unusual pet, make sure you know what type of habitat it needs as well as the sort of food they might eat and the quantity. It is also important to make sure that they have enough light, or darkness and if there are vets nearby who could help if necessary. The RSPCA has also published some useful guidance on looking after exotic animals as pets.
All animals deserve respect and should be treated well. If you want to give your dog that extra touch you could get them groomed, it’s a great experience and businesses like blossoms dog grooming in Cheltenham can offer an array of services.
Buying an unusual pet is not something you should rush into. Take into account issues such as the size of housing needed and how much it will cost to both buy and properly care for your chosen pet.