Cats and dogs can be expensive to take care of, they come with house restrictions, require a lot of commitment, and have a destructive personality. If that’s not enough, many people are allergic to them. These should not be reasons why you can’t bring a cute little, or big, critter home.
Exotic and wild animals are children of nature; that means that special care is often required if they are domesticated, which is not always recommended. Their sale and possession is regulated by several federal, state and local laws that generally vary by community and by species.
Born Free USA, a nonprofit organization working to end the ownership of wild animals, has documented some 1,500 attacks, including 75 human deaths, escapes and other incidents involving exotic pets since 1990.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Department of Agriculture, and the CDC have all expressed opposition to the ownership of certain wild animals by individuals. That doesn’t stop a growing number of people from taking some home and caring for them.
The kind that will better suit you depends a lot on your personality and level of patience and energy.