The incidence of exotic pet ownership in the United States is 6.9%. Among exotic pet owners, reptiles are the most popular choice, with 51% of owners having at least one reptile as a pet. Birds come in second, with 26% of owners having at least one bird. Arachnids and mammals (excluding non-domesticated cats and dogs) are the least popular, with only 3% of exotic pet owners owning one of these species.
Another option for exotic pets is the rodent family. The most common and suitable for the whole family are squirrels, degu, spiny mice and prairie dogs. Squirrels are closely related to the squirrel family and require the most space for their size, as they are very active. They need space to climb and search for food, and it is legal to have them in many places, making them a great choice for a family pet. Savannah cats have a strong hunting instinct and may not be the ideal pet for a home with other pets such as fish, birds or rodents.
In other words, an exotic pet is anything other than a dog, a cat, or a farm animal that you keep as a household pet. Having a pet can be beneficial in many ways; it can help you get in shape, make new friends, relieve stress, and laugh daily. However, it is important to remember that in some parts of the world it is illegal to keep certain animals as pets. Giant land crabs look a lot like millipedes and are an excellent pet if you want to get rid of kitchen scraps. They can be kept as pets in cozy environments but can weigh up to 600 pounds! Hedgehogs have a diet consisting of fruits, insects and prefabricated food which is available in most pet stores.
Having one as a pet means you'll have to spend several hours a day grooming and caring for your little prairie dog. If you are considering getting an exotic pet, it is important to do your research first. You should understand local laws regarding exotic pets, find an accredited breeder for adoption, and ensure that your habitat is right for your new pet. Whether you have a traditional or more exotic pet, Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital is ready to take care of your furry (or scaly!) friend.