What to Know Before Buying an Exotic Pet

A pet, or domesticated animal, is usually kept for the enjoyment of the owner or household and not primarily as a work animal, laboratory animal, or Livestock. Pets may be dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds, fish, rodents, or other animals. The word "pet" in the English language generally refers to any living creature capable of interacting with humans. In the UK and other parts of Europe, Australia, and North America, the word "pet" is commonly used to refer to domestic animals. In Australia, the word pet is often used interchangeably with "companion animal."

In general, a pet animal is defined as an animal that is kept by people as a companion or an outdoor pet. Some examples of domestic pets are dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, lizards, hamsters, rats, mice, and reptiles. Many exotic animals, such as snakes, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, hippos, dogs, and cats are kept as pets or zoo animals. Some other types of pets are dogs, horses, donkeys, llamas, cats, dolphins, and other marine animals.

Most common types of pets are usually domesticated and brought into human households as loving members of the family. Examples of domesticated animals include dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, rabbits, hamsters, rats, mice, and other domesticated mammals. A few examples of exotic pets are snakes, elephants, cheetahs, hippos, dogs, and cats.

Some countries issue a CITES certification which certifies that an individual or institution has an import permit to bring wildlife into that country. However, a CITES certification is not always necessary to import animals from other countries. Animals that have been cleared for importation may still be imported if the documentation complies with the specific requirements set out by the importing country. An individual who desires to import exotic animals should check with the local government or embassy of the country to determine if the documentation complies with their laws.

Exotic pets are very popular today. However, the illegal pet trade continues to affect the conservation status of many wild species. There continue to be cases of people trading in exotic pets for profit or other illegitimate reasons.

One such example is primates. Primate pets are extremely rare and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes seizures of primates each year. In some cases, primates are being sold at prices much lower than their market value. In other cases, people in Asia are buying primates in South America where they are being mistreated and then selling them for significantly lower costs to unsuspecting owners in the United States.

The best way to avoid this is to purchase an exotic pet from a reputable breeder. Breeders with experience in breeding and caring for primates are able to provide information on the right diet, the correct equipment for long and healthy life, and how to handle primate care. Buyers should look for a breeder who specializes in dealing with these exotic pets. A reputable breeder will usually be listed in the American Society of Mammalogists' directory and can be found by searching on the internet.

Pet animals are a wonderful addition to any household. Whether purchased for a pet or as an investment, there are many factors to consider before making a purchase. Those interested in purchasing primates and other non-human primates should take their time and carefully research the animals they desire. Only those who are knowledgeable about exotic pets and their care can make smart and informed decisions.

Primate care is important and can be as simple or complicated as desired. Buyers should understand that it is extremely important to keep the animal properly refrigerated. Buyers should also understand that many of these exotic animals come from very poor conditions and are likely to require special care. Buyers should do a great deal of research before making the purchase. Those who are new to exotic animal ownership should seek advice from more experienced and knowledgeable pet owners.

Buyers should know that some of the primates being resold in the pet trade are suffering from serious medical problems. For example, Orangutans (orangutans) are often subject to serious diseases, including cancers and heart problems. Buyers who are considering exotic pets and non-human primates should research the animals' medical history and be aware of the potential health risks. Buyers should also be aware that some primates are only sold if they are purebred. This means that buyers may be required to submit to genetic testing and proof of ancestry. Those who are looking to buy primates for exotic purposes should be prepared to submit documentation proving their claim to the source of the animals.

Buyers should also be cautious about purchasing non-human primates from unscrupulous sources. Those who have researched the source of the animals will be less likely to become victims of unscrupulous sellers. Buyers should check the source of the animals through reputable dealers. It is also advisable to buy from established private businesses that are reputable in the trade. Buyers should also be wary of some breeders who breed rarer non-human primates in captivity in order to make a quick buck.

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