FYI…Thinking of Getting an Exotic Pet?

The OPets team works diligently to care, feed, clean, and maintain the outstanding health of all of our animals.  We work to promote the awareness of all animals, especially the ones in our care.  Our goal is to educate individuals as to the responsibility involved in owning and caring for an exotic animal during its natural life span.  This is especially true when one is considering an exotic animal as a pet for the family.  It is a commitment that cannot be ignored, once the allure is gone.  Some of our pets have been rescued from situations where the reality of owning an exotic animal that has grown up, grown too large, become too much work, etc. initiates a reality check.  Animals require 24/7 attention, and the OPets’ team provides this care for all of our animals.

Do any of OPets animals make good pets?
Most of the animals at Outragehisss…Pets DO NOT make good pets, but there are a few that do. If you truly are interested in owning an exotic animal, the first question that needs to be answered is:

What are the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the animals in your state and/or country?

You need to be very thorough in this investigation and research state, county, municipal, and local zoning regulations. If you violate any of these regulations you risk having your animal taken from you. We have received many animals this way.

After you have found out what the laws are, consider the facts related to what makes “a good pet.” There are specific questions to think about, and then to  evaluate your responses:

  • First, establish how much time you have to spend with your new pet.
  • What are the costs involved in the care and feeding of your new pet?
  • Who will take care of the pet?
  • What does the pet eat, and is the person feeding it afraid of what it eats?
  • How much room will the pet need?
  • How big will it get?
  • How much can the pet be handled?
  • Who will clean up the area for the pet?
  • What are the veterinary requirements, if any?
  • Who will take care of your pet when you are not home?
  • What will you do with your pet if you move, and are not allowed to have it where you are moving to?
  • Where will you keep your pet at home?
  • Does the animal have any cautions attached to its care and feeding?
  • Will you be committed to this pet for all of its natural lifespan?

It is very important to do your research prior to an exotic pet purchase. A full understanding of the commitment involved in the care and feeding of an animal is vital for the well-being of the pet and your family.