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Pet Tip of the Week: Exotic Pets (


Dawn Watson

BoarFor many years people have been purchasing ‘exotic’ animals in the hopes of keeping them as household pets. Many of these animals have been successfully incorporated into the family, but some of these exotics become front page news when they are mistreated, neglected, or when they hurt family members or pets.

Here is a list of animals that can usually be enjoyed by an entire family if handled Bannerproperly:Ferrets are in the weasel family. As long as they are kept in a large cage or “condo” and are safely away from other family pets during exercise periods, they may even enjoy the company of some domestic cats.

  • Guinea pigs, gerbils, and hamsters require minimal care. Some owners claim they even develop their own personalities after a few months of careful handling.
  • Rats are extremely intelligent and seem to recognize and respond to their caretakers.

Here is a list of animals that are difficult to integrate into a family situation and often die in captivity:

  • Sugar Gliders
  • Bob cats or other non-domestic cats
  • Prairie dogs
  • “Big cats” such as lions and tigers

Hybrids, such as wolf dogs and coyote dogs, are often brought into a home and treated like domestic dogs. They are not domestic dogs and great care must be taken to protect family pets and humans in case the animal turns aggressive.

If you have any questions please email me at or call me at 856-981-8957. As always, Cleary’s Notebook encourages comments so please feel free to do so.

Wado udohiyu (Thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner and Lead Trainer, Brother of the Wolf, LLC