An Exciting Guide to Exotic Pets

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by JR Ulderport

If you are thinking about getting a pet for yourself or for your family, you should know that dogs and cats are not the only animals that make good pets. If you are interested in getting a more unusual and intriguing type of pet, you’ll be glad to know that there are many different, some unexpected, types of pets available to you. You may have come across some of these pets in your life and you may be shocked to learn some of them actually make very good pets to certain households (and could make a good pet to yours).

The type of exotic pet that suits you best will depend on many factors including your lifestyle, budget, personality, tolerance, etc. Some of these types of pets are very low maintenance and easy to take care of, while others may require large amounts of attention and money. No matter what type of rare pet you decide is right for you, cultivating the bond between pet and pet owner will take time and effort.

  • Ferrets
    Ferrets are very amusing pets. They are a lot of fun to watch and play with. A little known fact about ferrets is that they sleep for a large part of the day. Ferrets require a good size cage and plenty of toys. Ferrets also have a high metabolism and require food every 3 to 4 hours. While ferrets are generally very playful and have personalities of their own, they also tend to be very quiet animals.
  • Guinea Pigs
    Guinea pigs are popular pets because they have great attitudes and are playful and amusing. Guinea pigs are social animals that very rarely become aggressive. Guinea pigs do come with some requirements that you may find to be costly. For starters guinea pigs require a large cage and ample room for the cage. In addition to the cage, guinea pigs need plenty of exercise outside of the cage. You will need to invest in wood shavings or saw dust for your guinea pigs’ cage. These furry friends also require a diet rich in vitamin C and roughage.
  • Iguanas
    Iguanas are a very popular type of lizard that people consider exotic pets. Iguanas can sometimes be found at pet stores, especially young ones. Many times young iguanas at the pet store are very small and very cute. They may inadvertently give the false impression of being manageable and easy to take care of. Iguanas, like other reptiles, have very particular cage and feeding requirements. Also, iguanas tend to grow very rapidly and can turn out to be much larger than expected. Growing iguanas can be somewhat aggressive and difficult to tame.
  • Snakes
    There are several types of snakes that make good pets, even for beginners. The best breeds for smaller spaces and for more inexperienced snake owners are king snakes, ball python, milk snakes and corn snakes. Keep in mind that you will need to feed your snake either pre killed or live prey so if you are squeamish, a snake may not be the pet for you. Also, you must be very careful that your snake does not escape its terrarium, as this can lead to a very nervous household!
  • Parrots
    Parrots are popular exotic pets because of their unusual beauty and personality. Most parrots have glossy bright green feathers with colorful patches of red, yellow and blue throughout. Parrots are known for talking. That is, they actually learn to imitate sounds so well that they sound like speech so that the parrot appears to be speaking. The upper half of a parrot’s beak is hinged and movable. Because of this, serious wounds can be inflicted and special care must be taken in dealing with a parrot that is not comfortable around you yet. Many different factors should be considered before adopting a parrot as a pet. Make sure you discuss bird care with a reputable parrot breeder before taking the first step.

Special Considerations

Adopting an exotic or unusual pet carries even more special considerations than adopting a typical pet such as a dog or a cat. As with any pet, you must realize that adopting an animal is a long term commitment and must be taken seriously. You must examine your lifestyle and be honest about whether you will have the time, energy and focus to provide adequate care for your animal. You must ask questions such as Can I afford monthly/weekly groomings? and Who will care for my pet when I travel? If you live in a household with children or other pets, consider how your new animal will fit into the family. Try to think about any possible drawbacks and consider the cons very carefully. If a dog or a cat doesn’t work out in your home, it is not very difficult to find a new owner ready to adopt. With exotic or unusual pets, this is more difficult.

Finding the Perfect Pet

The first place you should contact when looking for an exotic pet is your local Humane Society or SPCA. If your local organization doesn’t have the type of pet you are seeking for adoption, they should be able to refer you to other regional rescue organizations for the type of animal you desire.

Contact the animal rescue organizations that are most likely to come across the pet you want and ask them to contact you if they come across a ferret (or snake, parrot, etc.).

You should also contact local breeders, though this route will prove to be more expensive. The upside of dealing with professional animal breeders is that you will receive accurate information and you will know that your pet has been cared for adequately and so on.

Finally, don’t forget to check your local newspaper and/or online classifieds. You can search through online classifieds in your area by typing the type of pet you’re looking for into the search bar. You may also consider placing a classified yourself, reaching out into the local community for the type of pet you are looking for.


You can find typical pets for sale, such as cats and dogs, or more unusual pets like parrots, ferrets and all kinds of pet gear online at PetLeeg Pet Classifieds.

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About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

4 Comments

  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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    I love the idea of owning an exotic pet and always have. Thanks for this brief guide on the different types of pets and things to consider.

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