The Upside

Depending on the type of exotic animal that one would wish to keep and care for, they can bring in different (and novel) benefits for various potential pet owners. However, before one purchase such an animal to be kept as a companion pet at home, the individual has to carefully think through not only the resulting plus points, but all the risks and consequences (even governmental regulations) as well. While caring for an exotic pet supposedly would bring the pet-owner relationship to a whole new level, it requires an abundance of dedication and effort, sometimes even more than what a typical domesticated pet requires.


Incredible Learning Experience

Exotic pets can be fascinating and different from the typical pets that people commonly keep, so owning one would indeed actually provide a novel learning experience. This is also a reason that people give as part of why do they want to keep exotic pets. These animals can instil all sorts of new or less-known knowledge about that species, and also provide a whole new perspective to pet-keeping in general.


Some exotic pets do not need a large space

Small exotic pets like the bearded dragon and hedgehog are suitable for city dwellers who live in tiny apartments, where there is not enough space for a dog or other animals to roam about. Give them a small cage or tank and they are good to go, especially for those pets that do not really grow significantly larger with time!


Combating typical pet allergies

A typical concern for potential pet owners, or parents with children who are thinking of getting an animal companion, is the allergy to dog or cat fur. All is not lost for these people, however, for there are other choices such as a wide range of small mammals (like the hedgehogs for the exotic enthusiasts), birds (even exotic ones, if they are keen and/or not allergic to feathers) or reptiles (such as a lizard, tarantula, or even snake) from which they can choose from.


Forget the walks!

A plus point of exotic pets is that many do not need to be walked, so pet owners do not need to painstakingly squeeze out time from their busy life, fork out extra expenses to hire a pet-sitter, or even go the extra mile to help their pets meet their daily walk requirements. Most birds, small mammals, and reptiles can adapt to humans’ busy and ever-changing schedules as long as they are given their necessary, minimal daily interaction with owners.


Long Live the Pet!

The death of a pet can be devastating and life-changing. Pets such as the dog, cat, small mammal or even birds generally have a short life, and for people who have went through pet loss, the idea of having a long-lived pet can be very appealing. Long-lived animals (when kept in captivity) are usually the more exotic and non-domesticated ones such as large birds and reptiles. Of course, this longevity has to be maintained with hard work by providing these exotic animals with the appropriate diet, a habitat to which they are comfortable in and where needs can be met etc. Financial stability to support these efforts thereby maintaining the longevity is also something that potential pet owners have to consider.

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