Birds, Reptiles and Rodents can be great additions to the family. It is important to do your research to make sure your family is ready for the responsibility a new family member will require.
Feathers, Scales & Tails
Talk about CUTE! but they do need a lot of attention and can live for 8-12 years. Rabbits are not like hamsters who live for 2-6 years.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and Geckos are cool pets to own but consider the cage and food they will need to eat. It is important to practice clean cage management as these kind of pets can carry salmonella bacteria so proper handling is important. It might be smarter for families with children under the age of 5 to avoid contact with reptiles because of salmonella. More information from the CDC can be found here.
A Gecko is small affordable and a calm little critter.
Birds such as Macaws live up to 80 years so make sure you have a plan just incase they outlive you. Larger birds require a lot of attention and behavioral enrichment to keep them happy! Did you know Birds can get depressed? We think it is best to leave Macaws in the wild.
Cockatiels are fun and they like to mimic household sounds. These birds normally live for 15-20 years.
Gerbils, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs are great because they are small. It might be smart to get a pocket pet (because they are little) for a child to learn about responsibility. Rodents eat pellets and normally have simple dietary needs. Do your research and make sure you get a friendly rodent as they might bite. These animals might not be the best things to cuddle but if handled enough they are friendly.
Before Getting a New Pet:
1.) Make sure you have a responsible person in charge of the animals care- Who is going to clean the cage? Who is going to feed it?
2.) Cost- Think about how much it is going to cost to own this critter
~ How much is food, toys and a home? Consider Veterinary costs as well to ensure a long healthy life for your Feathers, Scales & Tails
3.) Get A Veterinarian – Some vets won’t handle exotic pets so do your research and make sure you find good care for your Critters in your Area
4.) Consider how long this Animal could Live