If you’re losing out on cool points at work, just get an exotic pet. Honestly, get an albino snake and tell your colleagues, you’ll be cool for a whole 5 minutes before they find their next distraction. In all seriousness, if you have the right home for an exotic pet and love animals, why not? In the UK dogs and cats are by far the most common domesticated pets that you can actually interactive with, who wants a goldfish post 6 years old?
The word “exotic” is often associated with something risqué, uncertain and where pets are concerned we assume something big and green with fangs. The exotic pets sold legally within the UK are safe, you won’t catch them plotting your death, unless you forget to feed them perhaps.
We’ve listed our top 3 exotic pets that you can pretty much make an addition to your family in a matter of days.
Capybara’s look like beavers mixed with guinea pigs with a permanent “I don’t give a fuck” expression BUT they make good pets, who knew. They’re also interactive pets too. They get quite big so you won’t be losing them under your floorboards anytime soon (old hamster horrors, still recovering). How big do they get? We’re talking 35-66kg big! They’re the largest living rodents in the world. A capybara needs lots of room to move around, at least 20ft square of space. Capybaras are very sociable creatures, so if you have the space for it, we’d recommend getting two. Oh and your capybara must have access to a swimming pool because it is a semi-aquatic animal. Yeah that part’s a bit long, Argos blow up pool maybe?
- Savannah Cat
Can we be a little bit shallow right now? Savannah Cats above all just look cool. That alone is a good enough reason to get one. It’s like having a mini leopard running around in your front room, but not, because if that were the case you’d be dead. If you like animals of the feline kind, but you’re looking for a friendlier, more exotic cat, a Savannah Cat is probably the right choice. This regal looking feline is a hybrid cat breed – a cross between an African Serval with a domestic cat. The higher the Serval in its blood, the more money you’ll have to cough up so to own a Savannah Cat you’ll need to save up. They are active creatures and require lots of playtime and are very loyal to their owners so if you work from home this pet would be perfect for you.
Kinkajous are rainforest mammals closely related raccoons. If you’re a night person,this medium sized pet will keep you company. They are very sociable, just at night, so don’t bother them during the day. If you’re not a night person it might be best to get him/her a companion. It’s worth adding they need lots of space and activities for the night so spoil them with safe toys. Consistently interacting with them will make them even more wonderful pets to have around so you get out what you put in.
Ready for your own exotic pet?
Remember, if you plan on owning an exotic pet in the UK, you should make sure to get a licence from your local council first. Not everyone will be granted a licence to own an exotic pet, but once you do receive a licence, you are in an exclusive club.
Which exotic pet would you like to have as part of your family? Let us know in the comments below.