This is what your pet dog would eat if it were a free-living "wild" animal. The answer may not be what you think.
Where can you find a seller of Russian domesticated foxes, and what is it like to own and care for them? Are they different from other foxes?
This is a list of the vegan, vegetarian, and mostly plant-eating lizards that can be kept as pets.
What is it like to own a bush baby as a pet and are they even available in the pet trade? Read on to find out.
Here's a brief introduction to the many causes of sudden death in pet rabbits that happen without warning.
Here's the natural history of the ball python in the wild, which is a popular pet snake.
If you're in search of the best dog food that is recommended by experts and veterinarians, this is a task both simple and complex.
If your leopard gecko's eyes are closed, have discharge, or have other issues, here are some things that could be wrong and that should be addressed immediately.
Some exotic pets are venomous, but how safe are they to own? Can they cause human fatalities? Here is a list of venomous (not poisonous) species kept as pets.
Here are six animals that resemble cats and are sometimes kept as pets.
This is a complete guide to potential solutions and methods to help green iguanas and other lizards that can’t defecate due to constipation, illness, or spinal injury.
Toucans are not bad pets despite the claims of some; they actually make good pets. Here are ten reasons why.
Who is Carole Baskin? Here's what you need to know about Big Cat Rescue’s CEO.
This article discusses basic care requirements for a pet wallaby. Consider this your go-to exotic pet care sheet for domesticated wallabies.
Is Dog Food Advisor legit, reputable, or a credible source to get information about your dog's food?
Pet owls can make good pets for the right owners. The purpose of this article is to address the influx of misleading information as well as the double standards that people tend to have when discussing alternative exotic pets.
Which exotic pets are legal in the state in Indiana?
What disease, illness, and problems cause a pet hamster to die suddenly and unexpectedly?
How to help your skinny, underweight, or anorexic green iguana gain weight.
This article includes a list of types of pet foxes and a profile of their care, temperament, legality information and what it's like to keep them as pets.
How to get your picky ball python to eat frozen rodents.
What causes pet guinea pigs to die early and unexpectedly? Know the potential causes and warning signs for when your guinea pig's life may be in danger.
Guidelines for the size of your hamster cage, associated research and cage-buying options. We will also take a look at why Critter Trails might not be so terrible.
Why don't you see raccoon dogs, or tanukis, as pets in the United States, and should they be legal?
These pet snakes are great for those new to snake care and who prefer snakes that are small in size.
This is a list of animals that walk or hop on two legs.
Here's a list of exotic pets that are legal in Arizona. Learn about the rules, regulations, and which animals are banned as pets.
These 8 animals look like mice, rats, and other rodents but belong to other groups.
Here are nine domesticated and exotic pets that have long lifespans or live the longest compared to other species.
Review some pro-exotic pet arguments for essays, school debate, or general conversation.
Certain animals resemble dinosaurs and can be owned by people as pets. Discover how these species are related to prehistoric creatures and learn some interesting facts about them.
Which exotic pets smell bad? Why do they stink?
Live feeding of a puppy reveals why you shouldn't feed turtles live prey.
Which exotic pets are legal in Pennsylvania? Can I own a monkey, fox, or a hedgehog in the state?
Learn what steps you should take if your dog eats chocolate. What dose is considered toxic and what symptoms indicate a toxicity? I'll talk about how I managed my dog when she ate chocolate.
Are pet squirrels legal? Can they be kept as pets? Here is a list of squirrel species people can own.
Which exotic pets are the most cuddly and affectionate? Some exotic pets make better companion animals than others.
Learn about the legalities of caring for an exotic pet in the state of Florida. There are both good and bad aspects of the regulations. For the most part, exotic pet ownership is logically regulated.
Are there other pets that are similar to dogs? Let's discover which "exotic" species make wonderful household companions.
These exotic, "wild" pets are smaller versions of larger animals and can live inside your home. These exotic pets are easier to care for than their larger relatives.
Here are 10 exotic animals that are legal to own in the state of Texas.
My review of the new Hey Arnold TV movie.
A comprehensive list of reptiles you can keep as pets that only eat plants or will accept non-living, meaty foods as a substitute for live prey.
Here is a list of Pokemon you can own as pets in real life. There are some pets that look like Pokemon!
What to do if your dog is suddenly having tremors or trembling, shivering, or shaking.
Are there dangerous dog breeds and species of exotic pets? How deadly are they and do they threaten your safety?
Here is a list of alternative exotic animals you didn't know people kept as pets, or, perhaps, you've never heard of them before.
List of foods to help your guinea pig gain weight and supplements.
The price range of exotic pets can vary tremendously, from as low as $5 to thousands of dollars for rare or high-demand species. Here is a list and discussion of inexpensive exotic animals and their prices.
Here is a list of deer that people can own as pets in the exotic pet trade.
People who fantasize about owning their own pet dragon can make their dream come true with these exotic pets that are dragon lookalikes.
This is a discussion of the legality and care of pet owls in the United States.
Here are the reasons why exotic pets are banned in some states, and why I disagree with these laws and regulations.
Many pet birds are extremely long-lived, and not all owners can commit to a pet for that many years. This is a list of pet birds with shorter life spans, along with basic information about them.
How to care for pet Patagonian and Chacoan maras, also known as dwarf cavies.
Spaying and neutering are routine surgeries, and vets often keep dogs and cats overnight during recovery. Is it really necessary? How do you care for your pets at home after the surgery?
Do wild cheetahs attack, kill, or eat human beings? This article answers this question and provides more information about these extraordinary animals.
List of domesticated wolfdog breeds and information about wolfdogs, wolf hybrids, and domestication.
Why you should consider using an electric or battery-powered toothbrush for your dog, and how to train a dog to accept it.
Here are some potential pet names for hedgehogs, porcupines, and tenrecs.
Exotic animals that are considered dangerous and are illegal to own as pets are legal in some situations. In what cases are individuals or organizations allowed to keep banned exotic animals?
Exotic animals that are legal as pets in New Jersey, plus which permits are required to keep them.
These exotic, unique, alternative animals are legal as pets in New York State.
These 5 deaths in animated Disney films get less attention but are quite graphic.
Why owning exotic pets should be legal.
Do the themes in Beauty and the Beast make sense?
Here are some options for people who wish to keep snakes as pets but find feeding frozen and thawed rodents and other mammals unappealing.
This article provides information about pet otters. Are they legal? Where can you buy one? Do they make good pets? What are the husbandry requirements? I will answer these question and more.
A partial list of exotic animals that are legally kept as pets in the state of California.
This guide provides information about which fox species you can own as pets, where it's legal to do so, and what kind of care they need. It will also break down the pros and cons of fox ownership so you can decide whether or not having one as a pet is a good idea for you.
Here’s a list of each unique pet that is legal in each individual state in the United States.
Contrary to the claims of many, exotic pets have reasonable care requirements and can be kept by anyone who cares.
Exotic and unusual animals are becoming increasingly popular in the pet trade. Many websites allow you to shop for exotic or typically wild animals online. This article contains important information for those who are new to the process.
An in-depth look at the science and culture surrounding the topic of cat domestication and wild animals.
SeaWorld has made the wrong decision by ending its orca breeding program and teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States.
The animal rights blog The Dodo writes nonsense about zoos and exotic pet ownership.
Crazy cat people often invent wacky and hypocritical arguments for feral cats and owned pet free-roaming.
What makes an animal a pet and why are people claiming they are not pets?
A deconstruction of the ridiculous CBC documentary, highlighting the dangers of exotic pet ownership.
Clearing up some rampant misinformation about exotic pets perpetuated by animal rights groups and ignorance.
Here are the unadulterated facts about Chuck McGrady's exotic animal/pet ban for the entire state of North Carolina.
All about exotic canines that can be kept as pets, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, and more.
Are pets and zoo animals slaves or prisoners? Projecting the human emotional state upon animals is not necessarily in line with optimal animal welfare.
Should you give your dogs antlers, raw bones, and other hard materials? Bones are commonly used as treats and chews for dogs, but they pose some serious risks to your companion's dental health.
Do dental chews really help clean dogs' teeth? I've been experimenting to try to find the best commercial dental bones and chews, and I've presented by results here. Ingredients, pros, cons, and customer reviews are included with each listing.
The final, irrefutable truth about exotic cat incidences in the United States. Are big cats in captivity a threat to public safety?
Domesticated and wild or exotic animals are not as different as you might think. Find out why saying "wild animals are dangerous" is completely illogical.
The new Nat Geo Wild program features an exotic pet vet in Deerfield Beach who regularly derides exotic pet owners while collecting checks from them. Florida exotic pet owners, find a new vet.
Blackfish induced criticism against SeaWorld, zoos, and keepers of captive wild animals debunked.
The proper way to regulate dangerous and exotic animals.
What exotic pet is right for me? This article will discuss a few 'good' exotic pets to own, and what that actually means.
A book review of Justin Gregg's Are Dolphins Really Smart and how it relates to ethics, animal rights, and science, both good and bad.
Make sure your iguana lives in a suitable environment. Learn what kind of enclosures iguanas need, where to buy commercial iguana cages, and what designs are most appropriate for your pet.
You may be wondering if you should get a mink as a pet. Learn about domesticated pet mink husbandry, behavior, and general care information.
What makes us human? Are there any unique traits to Homo sapiens that do not exist, in any extent, in animals?
How dangerous or severe can the attacks of domesticated cats become? Do cats attack unprovoked?
A list of laughable mistakes in news reporting media involving exotic pets or so-called escaped wild animals. Mistaken identities, erroneous claims about animal behavior, and more.
A list of the top 10 animals that should be adopted, not purchased at pet stores or breeders, due to overpopulation and/or lack of qualified homes.
Learn about pets that have an average life expectancy of approximately no more than five years, plus some common misconceptions about them and not-so-short lived animals.
What are the best arguments for preserving the rights of people to own exotic pets privately?
Captive wild animal attacks often make the news. Find out which exotic pets kept in private homes are the most dangerous.
What do we learn from visiting zoos? Is it ethical to have zoos for education?
What animals can live in 5- and 10-gallon tanks? This article will provide some ideas for these aquarium sizes, both common and unique.
The controversial practice of zoo animal euthanasia has an easy resolution: Other zoos and private exotic pet owners.
A list of current invasive species that have resulted from the trade of exotic, or non-domesticated pet trade.
Profiles of the small and medium-sized exotic or wild cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States.
"Tanked" is a show that gives Animal Planet good ratings, but what message is it sending? I will review the show as well as its potential negative impacts on the aquarium hobby.
Why do people put down wild animals in captivity while being perfectly fine with domesticated animals in human control? Are domesticated animals really that different from exotic animals?
Do animals have better intelligence, more compassion, more environmental awareness, or more spirituality than humans, and other ridiculous claims that people make? Are humans horrible animals?
My review of the hit anti-Seaworld documentary Blackfish, and some thoughts about zoos and captivity in general.
This article will provide some interesting facts about meerkats and break down the legal and logistical complexities of owning one as a pet—and show why that probably isn't a good idea.
Exploring the phenomenon of people thinking animals are "sad" in zoos because of the expression on their faces. Can you read an animal's mind by looking at it?
Salmonella, monkey pox, tuberculosis, and Herpes B? Learn about exotic pet diseases, your likelihood of getting one and if exotic pets should be banned due to the claims of the zoonosis threat.
Learn about desirable unique pets that are unfortunately illegal in the US. The most sought after Exotic Pets include Meerkats, Slow lorises, Cheetahs, and others.
Here's a guide to white servals: where they currently reside, how they were produced, and the controversy about their owners.
A summary of exotic pet laws and discussion on which states prohibit the private possession of specific exotic animal species, including monkeys, tigers, raccoons, birds, wolves, and others.
How to teach children/preschoolers/toddlers about zoo animals before and while attending zoos and aquariums.
A care sheet for the pet sloth. Can you buy a sloth as an exotic pet? Are they easy to care for? Read on to find out.
This is a quick and easy recipe! Learn how to make a birthday celebration cake for your pet cat with healthy coconut flour.
Exotic pets for beginners: A discussion and list of unusual, interesting, unique, or alternative pets that are easy to care for.
Why do people keep cheetahs as pets? Honest information about pet cheetah care, misconceptions, and interesting facts about them.
A descriptive list of some of the animal species that are banned as pets in New York City.
Analyzing the lack of skepticism and common sense regarding the intelligence of dolphins and humans.
The answer to the question: why does someone need to own an exotic pet? Why can't they just get a cat or dog? Read on to find out why.
Coconut flour hosts many nutritional benefits for pets and humans. It's perfect for homemade dog treats and more.
The special interest group Alley Cat Allies are denialism specialists. They have called the latest Smithsonian research "junk science" because it does not conform to their wishful thinking.
This hub addresses the minimal rabies threat that exotic/wild animals pose in the domestic setting in the United States such as in zoos, private pet ownership, and various educational exhibits.
Out of the many types of animals being kept as pets in the United States, domesticated cats take the prize of being the biggest threat to the environment as a carnivorous, invasive species.
Here are 10 exotic pets that are not dangerous, despite the claims of some.
Keeping cetacean species in captivity is controversial. Some activists claim dolphins cannot be kept in captivity because of their intelligence. I believe that basic husbandry needs to be improved.
How to care for bobcats as private pets and what to expect.
Where to buy paintings that were created by non-humans such as great apes, elephants, and others.
Important information for prospective zookeepers and others interested in animal-related work who may be considering volunteering at the popular Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida.
Attractions like Discovery Cove, which offer encounters with dolphins are a very popular tourism draw. Yet recently at SeaWorld, a little girl was filmed being bitten by one of the animals. Should interacting or playing with dolphins in captivity be considered dangerous?
The Seattle Times has released a report stating that zoos are "failing in their efforts" to produce a self-sustaining population of captive elephants, among other overblown and hyperbolic attacks.
A zoo you were planning on visiting or a person who you've learned of is listed on an 'animal abuse' website. Does this mean that they've been convicted of animal cruelty?
After the late Steve Irwin was accused of animal exploitation and even fueling the exotic pet trade, Bindi Irwin is now under fire for becoming an Ambassador for SeaWorld.
Healthy holiday meal ideas for pets, including recipes for pet-friendly cranberry sauce and sweet potato or pumpkin pie.
Are exotic animals being kept as pets dangerous and a threat to public safety? Here are the real, irrefutable statistics to challenge the dogma.
This article provides a reality check on the nearly universally loved and worshiped cetacean species.
Is it feasible to keep the species of various 'Finding Nemo' characters in a real aquarium? Find out more about the fish that this popular movie made famous.
The public's rising sensitivity to dolphins in zoos is a convenient outlet for animal rights groups to sneak in their animal liberation agenda. Are captive animals better off dead than in captivity?
Is it cruel to keep dogs as pets? Many people believe it wrong to keep wild/exotic animals as pets or in captivity, and this satirical (or is it?) article will explore dogs with the same logic.
How should you respond to people who think your pets are ethically unacceptable because they aren't domesticated?
Is coconut oil healthy for animals? Is it even healthy for humans? Let's talk about which facts are backed by science versus those purely backed by anecdotal evidence. Here's the truth about giving coconut oil to pets.
Feeding a natural, raw or BARF diet to dogs and cats seems to be common sense, so why would some owners and vets not be partial to the idea?
The Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act has been passed as a result of the Zanesville, Ohio, "Zoo Massacre." What wild and exotic animals are now banned in the state as pets?
This is a serious guide for inquiring minds about the responsible ownership of big cats. Obviously, it isn't for everyone, but with financial means and experience, it can be done (if it is legal).
This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks of offering canned whole prey such as insects, fish, and crustaceans to pets that typically consume live prey. Canned worms, crickets, and other prey are discussed.
A general beginner's guide to the most cold-hardy palms for planting in USDA zone 5, 6, and 7 gardens. Read on to find out how one can expect the plant to perform after a complete winter.
Avoid factory farms and find dog and cat food that is produced using humane and sustainable farming methods. Learn about the diets and the quality of life of different meat animals and where you can obtain cruelty-free food for your pet.
Is Big Cat Rescue a crusader for captive big cats, or are there be two sides to this story? This article interesting information about BCR's founder Carole Baskin and more.
The popular Animal Planet series features the shocking deaths of exotic pet owners. The 'attractions' that audiences have to these shows are often 'fatal' for the pursuits of alternative pet owners.
This article exists to dispel the myth that animals need, or should be fed, live food for optimum nutrition and psychological wellness.
My experiences with the care of my first small-spotted genet, and general information for people interested in acquiring or learning about their maintenance in captivity.
When people say "wild animals are not pets", which animals are they referring to? What is an exotic or wild pet? It is a much broader category than most people realize.