When it comes to exotic pets, there are a variety of options available. From rodents to primates, hybrid cats to llamas, and even bears, there is something for everyone. However, it is important to do your research before deciding on an exotic pet, as some require more maintenance than others. The rodent family is one of the most common and suitable options for the whole family.
Squirrels, degu, spiny mice and prairie dogs are all popular choices. Squirrels are particularly active and require plenty of space to climb and search for food. Animal advocates are fighting laws that allow private citizens to keep kangaroos as pets due to inhumane conditions that have caused many deaths. Hedgehogs require a diet of fruits, insects and ready-made food, which can be found at most pet stores.
Llamas are loyal, affectionate and clean, but they need plenty of outdoor space and a furry companion as they are pack animals. Carnivorous pets such as tigers require a personalized enclosure with simulated tropical conditions and a diet of rats and mice euthanized weekly or monthly. It is important to read up on housing for exotic pets, as well as the care requirements for your chosen pet. Primates require extreme maintenance and adaptations, so they may not be suitable for everyone.
African millipedes make excellent pets as they require very little care. Tigers can be exciting but taking care of them can be a great challenge. Bears can be kept as pets in more than a dozen states, although this may not be the case for long if the Humane Society has its way. Hybrid cats may be the perfect choice for those looking for an exotic pet that isn't a small furry rodent or arthropod.
Savannah cats have a strong hunting instinct so they may not be suitable for homes with other pets such as fish, birds or rodents.