At a certain point, some ordinary people decide that a cat, a dog or a hamster are rather banal pets. So the idea comes that you can try something more interesting. Below we will analyze what exotic and unusual pets people buy for their houses and apartments.
Content pros and cons
First of all, you should know that an unusual pet in the house is a huge responsibility. Features of his nutrition, certain conditions of detention and care options can be very specific.
- It is worth calculating exactly how much money and time you will be able to allocate daily for an unusual pet that will settle in your home for a long time. Some of them will not need much attention or search for special food. But there are many more species that should be looked after all the time, otherwise this pet will begin to wither and eventually die.
- Determine how dangerous your pet is to others. If there is a child in your home, it is better not to bring poisonous or aggressive individuals home.
- Exotic animals cannot be bought by hand. It is better to do this in a pet store or a specialized nursery.
- When your new pet has already been purchased, you will have to make a lot of efforts to create the most acceptable living conditions for him in your home. Exotics need natural-level habitat, so you will have to recreate a new home that is very close to their usual lifestyle. Rodents, like birds, will appreciate cages that are spacious in size, in which elements of branches or logs will be placed. Reptiles, as well as snails and exotic species of insects, will do well in a special terrarium, where they will be provided with the right level of humidity and temperature.
- It is worth knowing in advance what exactly this pet likes to eat. Buy this food and replenish it often. Rodents may be content with ordinary fruits or cereals, but unusual birds or insects may need special food. This nuance is especially true for large predators.
- Any, even minor bites or scratches on your pet should be washed and carefully treated as soon as possible. It is worth carefully observing the rules of personal hygiene: wash your hands with soap before each contact with your pet, as well as after it.
- Do not forget that exotic pets are almost not attached to their owner and are rarely trainable, so do not have any illusions about the animal’s love for you.
- It is also worth studying special literature in order to take good care of your pet.
And it’s better to immediately find a veterinary clinic where your “exotic” will be able to provide quick medical assistance.
The smallest exotic animals for the home
If you are going to have an unusual pet in your home, you should familiarize yourself with the TOP of small exotic pets that can be kept in an ordinary apartment or residential building.
A very beautiful looking lizard. Iguanas are extremely slow, so there will be no unnecessary fuss and clutter in your home. These pets will be able to amuse and sometimes even touch, if they are strongly attached to their owner. Minus – the habit of iguanas to bite if they do not like something. It is also worth knowing that iguanas are cold all the time: the temperature of our apartments is not suitable for them, so it is worth additionally heating the room in the cold season so that the iguana does not get sick.
A very cute and nimble animal that is quickly tamed. Ferrets are extremely smart and love to play with their owner.
The disadvantage of its breeding is that the mating of a ferret is very problematic. Without frequent mating, these animals can experience a severe hormonal shock, which can cause the ferret to get sick and even die.
Any list of exotic animals necessarily includes at least one of the subspecies of snakes.
Snakes are not distinguished by intelligence, they cannot show warm feelings, they cannot be trained. Most often, snakes are held to contemplate their leisurely and smooth movements, as well as for extreme sensations. At the same time, snakes in an ordinary house freeze all the time and need a high temperature of the room where their terrarium stands.
Very often in residential buildings you can find a tarantula. It must be kept in a confined space and not allowed to roam freely around the dwelling, since spiders are very fragile individuals. In addition, a provoked spider can bite: Tarantula venom is not dangerous to humans, but is very unpleasant. Tarantulas can live up to 30 years. When molting, you will need to help your favorite spider get rid of the chitinous shell, otherwise the tarantula will die.
A beautiful predator, very charming, he has a gorgeous body and an active temperament. Ocelot is energetic and cunning. Its dimensions are very suitable for home keeping – it is slightly larger than a domestic cat.
The flying squirrel can fly a distance of almost 45 meters. This cute animal leads a completely nocturnal lifestyle, so you obviously won’t be able to play with it during the day, and at night it will disturb your sleep.
The habitat of the squirrel should contain more branches to mimic trees and be quite spacious.
cute and friendly animal. It feeds on fruits and various insects. However, when frightened or preparing to attack, he can be quite angry and even able to bite. The bite will not be fatal, but it is quite painful. Kinkajou live for about 40 years.
This breed is the result of crossing a domestic ordinary cat and a wild cat. The noble appearance of the Bengal, along with the sweetest character, make him a very popular pet.
Many inhabitants keep ordinary hedgehogs at home, considering them cute pets. Hedgehogs are unpretentious in food, their thorns are not as sharp as it might seem, you can walk with them on the street, but at night their activity increases. The animals begin to run fast and stomp loudly, so they can interfere with sleep.
Omnivorous pets, they do not have to walk. A huge plus of their breeding is that these snails without food and care will be able to fall asleep and hibernate for more than a month. They are able to recognize their owner and can even get used to his actions. Such individuals live up to 10 years.
Chinchilla will be able to live in decent conditions up to 20 years. You can feed it with herbaceous plants, moss, certain types of cacti, bark, insects. Soft to the touch and pleasant chinchillas very active at night.
This pet can only be kept in a warm room. Despite rather large ears, the parameters of the fox itself are small: 30-40 cm in length, up to 22 cm in height and no more than one and a half kg of weight.
Keeping small pets can be compared to keeping domestic cats and dogs, although it will have certain characteristics: a more unpleasant smell, problems in order for the animal to skillfully use the toilet. When living with an exotic pet, always remember that he is actually only half tamed.
Large unusual pets
Quite often, ordinary people keep predators as pets, for example, wolves, foxes and even lynxes. But if the hedgehog, due to its small parameters, cannot do significant harm to anyone, then even professional trainers will be wary of large predators.
Many types of monkeys are very easy to tame and easy to train. Keeping these pets in the house is interesting, but rather troublesome.
They eat basically the same as a person, and they are also able to experience the same emotions.
All modern crocodiles are half aquatic predators. Crocodiles are very dangerous, some of their species can attack a person. Keeping this predator at home is very problematic and will require space, but these barriers do not stop some admirers of thrills.
Very active at night. They feed on mammals. The python will swallow the prey whole, and then it will digest it for a long time. Some of their species are quite popular and can even breed in captivity. In such conditions, they can live up to 20 years.
Many monitor lizards are terrestrial, but there are also species that live in the water and in trees. These animals are most active during the daytime. Monitor lizards are predators that feed on fish, mollusks, insects and small lizards, various snakes and small birds, so their maintenance can be expensive in terms of nutrition.
Kama is a small camel that was bred in the late 1980s. The llama and 1 hump camel crossbreed quickly became popular in many countries of the world due to its amazing endurance, special complaisance and incredibly beautiful coat. It is not surprising that many prefer to keep such an individual in their home, if its size allows it.
Other strange pets
In addition to the already described types of animals, there are others that are no less non-standard for the home.
One of the cleanest and funniest animals, not very whimsical in food. They do not cause concern to their owners. The anteater is said to have grown in popularity in many countries since newspapers printed a picture of Salvador Dali walking around the city with his pet anteater on a leash.
An easily tamed animal that can be safely kept in captivity. Extremely hardy and omnivorous animal. By nature, he is very active, very curious, pugnacious, and at the same time bold and cunning. Raccoons live for about 20 years and become very attached to their owner.
Breeding of these pets began in Germany 50 years ago, but they began to acquire them as pets not so long ago. The weight of an adult individual does not exceed 30 kg, and the length is 1 meter.
Exotic mini-pigs are highly trainable and can be easily educated and trained to be neat.
Today in China you can rent a panda. You can make this bear your best friend for just 10 years, while paying a rent of 10 million dollars. So some Chinese people will be able to afford a panda as their favorite pet.
Beavers are no less popular. In principle, the meaning of having a beaver in your home is still not very clear, but beavers are also found as pets. A special enclosure is built for them, which includes part of a stream or river. This provides the animal with conditions that are completely identical to natural ones.
A hippopotamus can also be a pet. This animal will need to be given a lot of space in the house, in addition, an unpleasant smell may come from it. The hippopotamus is very quiet and does not need much attention. Hippopotamuses love grass and should have a roomy bathing area, as they need up to 18 hours a day in warm water.
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