As an exotic pet owner, you have the responsibility of making sure you, your family, your local community and your pet are safe. Therefore you need to know all about your pet including its temperament and habits so no harm is done to anybody. Here are four safety tips to be aware of.
There are many exotic pets and they vary in the degree of handling required of them. Some pets are easier to tame than others.You need to respect the pet you own. If it does not like being touched or carried, then don’t. A pet will probably bite you to tell you its feelings. If you pick a pet up and it struggles to get away, then do not pick the pet up. Exotic pets can be dangerous, poisonous or harbour dangerous germs that can make you very ill. You will know your pet and what amount of handling is appropriate and safe. However they can sometimes be very unpredictable and may not give you any warning before they lash out and strike you. Therefore you need to be very cautious when allowing younger children to handle your pet.
So if you are handling your exotic pet it is a great idea to do it appropriate moments where the atmosphere is calm and focused. Holding your interesting friend during your child’s 6th birthday is not really that suitable for you or the pet. Or bringing them out of their cage to show someone who is afraid of your pet. It is wise not to bring out the pet tarantula if this someone has arachnophobia. There is plenty of time to have an enjoyable interaction once the phobic person or people leave. When you handle your pet all you need to do is keep an eye out for any signs of problems and then end the interaction immediately should one arise.
2. Escape Proof Cage:
You need to make sure that the cage of your wonderful being is properly secured and that the creature can not escape.
~ snakes or creepy crawly creatures do not come when called upon. So if they escape then it is not a pleasant experience to capture them
~ rats and other rodents are very capable of escaping from their “nest”. So you need to keep a careful watch out of them as they are very destructive away from home.
~ hamsters can be intelligent enough to find props to escape from captivity eg climbing up neighbouring curtains which have been pulled though the cage bars by them, to the top of the cage and out, never to be seen again!
3. Wash Your Hands:
After handling a pet, make sure you and your families hands are washed thoroughly as exotic pets can habour germs on their fur or skin. Do not allow any person to eat while handling an exotic pet.
As an owner of an exotic pet or two you need to make sure that they get human food as some items are highly toxic for some species. There is an exception though. Guinea pigs need vitamin C to help prevent them getting scurvy which they are prone to getting and so they get vitamin C from fruits and vegetables which humans eat.
So if you can feed your pet the correct food, handle it to its requirements, check it frequently for no Houdini escape artist action and wash your hands lots, then you are obviously owning the right pet. But always keep the four safety tips for the pet owner on file for reference in case you have a memory lapse or want to add an extra pet to your family