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Cats and dogs are great as pets, but sometimes you need something, well, a little less mainstream! The trouble is, all the pet stores seem to focus on supplies that suits â€˜regular’ pets. It can be tricky to know what is best for those animals that don’t quite fit that bill. As with any pet choice, it’s important to do your homework first. Find out what they need, check you have the space, and then figure out what you need to do to accommodate them.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large plot and local permissions, then you might be able to take on more than just goats and horses. Regular stables are great. But if you need to separate one breed from another, then you might need additional outdoor lodgings for your animals. Zebroids are half equine and half zebra. There are several different types. If you’re able to keep one, chances are you’ll want them separated from your other horses.
Regardless of the species or breeds, you will need to make shelters. You can order mobile field shelters that are pre-made to suit your needs. Alternatively, convert an outbuilding or shed that you already own. Animals with hooves do quite well on rubber matting as well. This can help to preserve their feet, and reduce your requirement for hay or straw bedding. While some might be tempted to use shredded newspaper, this is not usually appropriate for large animals.
Large birds like parrots are another weird and wonderful pet that more and more people are interested in keeping. You might not think they are quite so unusual as pets seeing as they have been kept as companions since the 1500s. What is a little odd about them is that they can be far too big to be kept in a house cage. An alternative style of aviary is required, and you’re going to need a fair-sized plot to house it!
Like outdoor cat pens, you need to provide enough space for walking, and in the parrot’s case, flight. Whether your bird can fly or not, spreading the wings without obstruction is essential. The diet of a parrot isn’t too dissimilar to ours although chocolate and avocado must be avoided. This means you are not restricted to sourcing parrot â€˜pellets’ or expensive portions of fruit. Perhaps the weirdest thing about parrots is the difficulty in identifying gender. This can often only be determined by DNA testing a plucked feather.
Generally speaking, any animal you select as a pet will need the same things. They are:
Space – to move around and perform typical â€˜wild’ behaviors
Protection – from the elements and known poisons or other animals
Diet – a healthy selection of foods that match their nutritional requirements
Veterinary Care – a good check up and boosters (some local authorities demand this for exotic species)
Unusual pets can be just as loving as domestic animals. Some may, however, require more care and additional safety precautions. Always check with your local authority that you are best placed to care for your exotic pet. Always check with your veterinarian if you are unsure.