The following advice is provided by the Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group:
What should you consider before getting an exotic pet?
Many exotic pets have highly demanding care requirements. Unfortunately a cute picture of a chinchilla, hedgehog or other exotic pet encourages people to buy without any knowledge of how to care for a specific animal.
Buying an exotic animal requires extensive research for you to learn how to provide the correct lighting, heating, humidity, diet and other needs in order to keep the pet healthy.
Some exotic species can grow extremely large. Others can live for 50 years or more. More still are only suitable being raised by experienced keepers.
Before buying an exotic pet, consider whether you can commit to providing care throughout the animal’s entire life.
As with all animals, exotic pets have welfare needs and owners have a legal duty to make sure their pet has these five basic needs:
- A suitable living environment
- An acceptable diet
- Ability to act according to natural behaviour
- Companionship if necessary
- To be healthy and protected from pain, injury or disease