Keeping a pet can be very rewarding, especially when you develop a special bond with your animal. Caring and providing to the needs of your pet is very important, no matter what species they might be- big or small!
It is important to remember that every species of animal is unique- so they might think, act and perceive the world differently to you. As an owner, trying your best to cater to the animals needs from their perspective, can really help you to develop a better understanding of how your animal lives its life. You can grasp a sense of what drives them, and why they behave in certain ways (which is great for improving their welfare). A happier pet = A happier owner!
Choosing A Pet
There are so many species kept as pets, that it can be difficult to choose what is right for you. It is important to make careful considerations before buying any animal, as once purchased, they depend on your care. It would be unfair on the animal, and irresponsible, to buy a pet without researching first. If you are unsure on what pet suits you best, take our quiz to gain some helpful advice! Our pet pages also provide information on the most common pet species, in order to help owners learn more about their animals.
There are endless companies, pet shops and breeders that you can purchase a pet from, no matter what animal you are looking for.
Its important to think carefully about where you source your animal from, as there are many opportunities for problems to arise.
Pet shops have to meet legal health and safety requirements in order to sell pets. However, some factors are not always monitored; are the animals overcrowded? Do they get handled? How long have they been stuck in the shop? Are the staff knowledgeable? Am I being given false details about the animals age/ gender/ health? Whereas breeders operate on a more personal level, so they animals are more likely to be handled and monitored. However, not all breeders are honest; Is this person selling animals JUST for profit? How can I be sure they have been kept in good conditions? Are the breeding animals healthy?
Whatever way you choose to find your pet, there will always be pros and cons. This is why it is encouraged that pet owners strongly consider adopting! There is nothing more rewarding than giving an animal a second chance to live its life in a loving home, with an owner who puts their pet first. So many abused and abandoned animals are just waiting for this opportunity. Many people worry they will automatically take on problems by adopting an animal, but most individuals settle in their new homes without an issue, and develop into loveable personalities. Rescue centres across the country need the support of animal lovers in order to carry on and extend their good work!
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Domestic or Exotic?
Not all pets are domestic species, just because they are kept as ‘pets’. A ‘Domestic’ animal actually means a species that has been genetically altered by human intervention, over hundreds or thousands of years. It begins with a wild animals being kept in captivity, with humans selecting the tamest individuals to breed (as they are easiest to keep). Through generation after generation of breeding tamer animals, the behavioural and physical traits begin to change (genetics) until the animal has almost completely split away from its wild-type into a new domesticated species. Some animals, such as the domestic (pet) dog, have been around humans for so long, that they actually co-evolved with us during domestication- which is why many people experience the strongest animal bonds with this species. Dogs are the oldest domesticates, but other species include; cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, chickens, horses and other cattle/ livestock species.
Exotic species include all wild animal species that are kept in zoos or larger private collections that are not domesticated. Exotic species are exactly the same in captivity, as they would be found in the wild; and do not vary in genetics. This does not mean that exotic animals do not do well in captivity, as many species including hamsters and tortoises are kept and bred very successfully as pets, coping well with human interaction. Other species like snakes are considered harder to care for, but are still kept as successful pets. However, not all exotic species make good pets, and it is strongly debated as to where you draw the line as to what an ‘acceptable pet’ is. A rising trend in keeping weird and wonderful pets has resulted in a huge rise in the illegal pet trade capturing wild animals and shipping them to countries in popular demand. Many are mistreated or mis-cared for, many die of illness or stress, with many species population numbers are being drastically affected.
Are You a Pet-Pro?
We are looking for pet professionals to get involved in adding more information to our pet pages! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic pet owners can send us information about specific species that may be added to our pages! We aim to keep our pages up to date with the latest information- the more detail the better.
We have rough guidelines for anyone who wishes to write sections of a page, or an entire article, that can be posted with reference to the author!
Pets are important! Did you know that keeping pets is known to boost well-being? It can increase happiness and positivity, encourage healthy activity and emotional attachment, and is even known to make you live longer! Children can also benefit from pets; by developing better communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and greater emotional development such as care and empathy for others. There are thousands of animals in need of a new home across the country! The top three most popular pets in the UK are: Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits!
Please Note: Whilst this website provides basic information and care guides for exotic species kept as pets, it does not in any way encourage anyone to purchase animals that are known to struggle in captive environments, or individuals of any species that have been wild-caught. The care guides and advise available on this website regarding exotic species is with best interest to promote better care and welfare standards for captive animals. However, some information may be subject to change due to new sources of information being discovered, about levels of care requirements needed for specific species.