The Exotic Pet

Exotic Animals As Pets

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What Is An Exotic Pet?

You may hear the phrase "exotic pets" and think many different things when someone says they like them. You may think of monkeys and tigers, or just birds and rabbits, or perhaps raccoons and ferrets. But if you are confused as to what is considered an exotic pet, you aren't alone.

Typically anything that isn't a dog, cat, or domesticated farm animal like a cow or horse is considered exotic. Some governments consider anything that isn't native to the state and anything that isn't a dog, cat, fish, or other animal that is typically thought of or widely agreed to be domesticated as exotic. But again, this isn't a black and white answer.

How Can I Tell If Exotic Pets Are Legal Where I Live?

If you are trying to figure out whether or not exotic pets are legal to keep where you live, check with your state and when in doubt, call them up and ask. Each state considers different animals to be exotic pets. Some states prohibit ferrets, some only native species, and some are very specific as to what kinds of exotic pets are not allowed.

What Do Vets Consider To Be Exotic Pets?

If it isn't a farm animal, dog, or cat, your vet probably considers it to be an exotic pet. The phrase "pocket pets" may also be used to describe your hamster, rat, mouse, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, or other common pet shop pet.