There are several concerns that must be addressed if you want to get an exotic caged pet. Some of them are cited here:
Impulsive buying- Exotic animals are often bought for their novelty and the common mistake of impulsive buyers is that they ride on the novelty factor these animals project. What most people do not realize is that caring for exotic caged pets can sometimes last for several years, several months at least. This duration requires dedication and careful attention to the needs of the pet. It is therefore imperative that long term commitment is a must when owning an exotic pet.
Health concerns- Animals have diseases that are transferable to humans. There are also those human diseases that can affect animals. Either way, your health or your pet’s health is jeopardized. While the incidence of zoonosis is quite rare, the scientific term for animal diseases that are transferable to humans, you should still know the risks that an animal disease can pose against you.
Legalities and the laws- Needless to say, different states have different laws that govern the domestic care of exotic pets. The last thing you would want to get involved with is breaking the laws that protect animal rights. Prior to buying, be sure that you are well-informed with the laws. Also, refrain from thinking that you can get away with them, you can’t. For all you know, PETA might go after you.
Sociability of the animal- While domestic exotic pets have been trained to live among humans, their instinct cannot be totally eradicated. On top of that, these animals have temperaments that might not fit your own. Some caged exotic pets are sociable, some are not. Your choice of a pet is dependent on whether you would like to have a pet that you can handle any time you want and one that wants to be handled regularly or one that wants to be left alone.
Expenses- Caring for a pet, exotic or otherwise, requires regular maintenance which is inclusive of food, visits to the veterinarian, supplies, housing and others. Like normal pets, they are quite costly to maintain and they cost extra since most of their medicines, food and supplies are rare and have much higher prices than the common ones.
Potential harm the pet can cause- There are some exotic pets that are aggressive, dangerous and sometimes even lethal. Your best choice is one that is beyond these characteristics.