Exotic Pets On The Rise In The UK
Keeping exotic pets in the UK is becoming much more popular. Indeed, whilst traditional pets such as dogs and cats will always remain very popular amongst many people; it is also not surprising to learn that many are also turning to creatures that may be deemed to be exciting and different.
As a result, reptiles are becoming common pets in the UK and such species as tarantula spiders, snakes and iguanas are amongst the plethora of exotic pets residing in over one million British households. Other species that can be termed ‘exotic’ include various tropical birds, including parrots, tropical fish and other small mammals such as chipmunks and rare Asian mice.
Looking after exotic animals can involve activities that one wouldn’t normally associate with owning regular domesticated pets. For example, exotic pets such as reptiles and spiders feed on locusts and live or frozen mice. However, to some potential owners fodder like this may prove too distasteful to handle and therefore they may feel too uncomfortable with such feeding habits.
There are also definite hazards involved with owning some exotic pets, such as the potential to be bitten or stung, which can sometimes threaten the life of the owner. Snakes, poisonous spiders and scorpions are the most obvious pets that come with a bites and stings, and some species need to be handled extremely carefully if injury is to be avoided.
Of course, as with all pets anyone keeping exotic animals should be prepared in the event of them becoming ill or injured at some point during their lives. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the animal is protected by having the adequate pet insurance in place. However, it is possible for some pet insurers to specifically offer exotic pet insurance as an option. It may also be worth speaking to a vet before committing to buy an exotic pet, and finding out which are the most common ailments associated with such a pet and how to treat them.
Also, ensure that you perform the necessary research, whether at the library or on the web. Confirm that you can afford any or all specialist equipment required for keeping such exotic pets, and also for subsequently feeding and housing the pet.
Finally, only buy exotic pets from recognised pet retailers; do not be tempted to buy exotic pets from anywhere else. Apart from the fact that you may be breaching legislation by keeping a species that is outlawed as a pet in the UK, you also cannot be sure of its health or whether it is carrying disease.
James Cave is a dedicated pet lover and writes for a digital marketing agency. This article is not intended as either advice or as a promotion but should be considered professional content.