In this article, USA TODAY examines the growing trend for exotic pets for sale, whether they are a good idea or not.
Pet experts and researchers say the best way to identify an exotic pets is to get to know them well, and be willing to pay a premium for a pet with a high level of personality.
“You can see a lot of potential in them.
I think a lot people are just looking for something that’s more human-like than other animals,” said Paul J. Fischbach, an associate professor of animal behavior at the University of Texas at Austin and founder of the Pet Psychology Institute.”
They’re a little bit more intelligent than they are.
They’re kind of more social.
They are more interested in social interaction than other pets.”
Experts say some people are looking for a dog, cat, horse or other animals with personality that they feel comfortable with.
“If it’s an emotional thing, you might be able to get a bit more money out of it.
If it’s a good, high-quality pet, I think that’s something that people would be willing,” said Charles O’Connor, owner of O’Conner Animal Hospital in Chicago.
Pet stores can sell the same animal for as little as $300, but some have higher prices for exotic animals.
For example, a pet named Cactus is priced at $2,500 and can fetch as much as $4,000 at a local pet store.
Fichbach says people are also willing to spend a little more on a pet that is not considered a good fit, but that is in the best interests of the pet owner.
Fichbach recommends that owners be careful when they purchase exotic pets.
“You don’t want to spend the money to pay for something which is just a toy,” he said.
“That can be a very dangerous thing to do.”
Fichbaum says it is important to get the pet to know its owner and understand the potential dangers associated with buying an exotic animal.
“It’s not something you want to have in the house.
It’s a lot easier to get into a situation where it’s not a good match, but there’s a reason why it’s in there,” he explained.
Fischbach says he has found many pet owners have their pets taken from them after the animal has already been adopted out to a reputable breeder.
“They can get a lot more than they paid for the pet,” he added.
Experts say people can often purchase exotic animals without being aware of the potential consequences of buying them.
“I would say that they will be more inclined to buy a pet if they’re in the habit of buying their pets on impulse, buying them out of a sense of desperation,” said Fischbeck.
“I think there are a lot less of those,” he continued.
“A lot of people just think, ‘Well, I can get something for a low price.'”
Fichbeck also warns against buying a pet from a pet store that is under-qualified or understaffed.
“It’s very hard to be a good breeder in the breeder’s office, and they have the best staff in the world, but the breacher will be overworked, and understaffing is very common,” he pointed out.
Pet owners may not always know about the potential risks associated with exotic animals, but they should do their research.
“There are a few places where you can look for a lot, and I think most people know,” said Dr. Frank Mascarenas, the founder of Veterinary Behavior Research Center in Cincinnati.
“Most people know about these risks when they buy from a breeder.”
Pet experts agree that buying an animal that is sick, underweight or otherwise unhealthy can be an investment that can pay off in the long run.
“When you have an animal, it’s important to do research to see if there are any issues that may be causing them to be sick or underweight, so they can get treated,” said J.R. Tingley, owner and president of Petland, a retail store that sells exotic pets at its pet store in Columbus, Ohio.
Tingley has found that buying a companion animal can save the owner money in the short term, but it is not worth it in the longer term.
“If you’re not sure whether a companion is a good investment, I would definitely say no to it,” he cautioned.
“Because it’s expensive, it doesn’t make sense to buy it and have it die a horrible death.”
Some people are willing to overlook the risks associated to buying exotic pets because they believe it is a fun way to spend money.
“People will take the risk of buying something and not pay for it,” said Tingleys father, Charles, of Petstock.
“And I think there’s people who would take that risk just to have a pet and a friend.”
Dr. Tyingley also said that most