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Be Prepared for Pets!

One of our zoo interns, Natalie, has been learning a whole lot about different ways to care for animals. She is so passionate about it, she wrote a blog to help aspiring pet owners get started. Let’s see what Natalie has to say about pet ownership…

rabbit and gecko
No matter the pet, it’s always a good idea to look into what you need and what you need to do to take care of that pet.  I know, this is said a lot, but it really is true. Even for a pet as common for people to have, like a dog! To take a care for a pet and be a great pet owner you need to be able to give them everything they need to thrive.  Every animal has very specific needs from what they eat to the space they need, which could be hard to satisfy if you’re caught unprepared. So be prepared!

yellow-footed tortoise
You really don’t want to be the one who gets a really cute little tortoise only to say in a few years, “What am I going to do? He’s too big for my house!” And yes this could happen to you if you’re not careful. All pets, not just tortoises, grow up and some can get really large! When thinking about getting a pet you need to know how big they'll be when they’re all grown up. You need to consider your family’s pet needs. A good fit for you as an adult might not be a good fit for your child.

However, size isn’t the only thing to consider when deciding if you’re ready to be a pet parent because personality, social structure, diet, and so much more can effect who’s a good fit for your family and home.

Though it may sound like a drag to have do research, not only do you learn if you’re ready to be a pet parent, but you can help the environment! That might sound like a big jump, but hear me out!

box turtle

Not only does research help you learn how to take care of an animal, it can help you set up the perfect environment for your new companion, too. An imperfect environment can lead to pets getting out of their homes and finding their way into the wild! And some people who weren’t prepared to take care of a pet released them into the wild. But even if the pet in question has wild counterparts, they themselves are not wild and thus are not capable of surviving on their own. Being cared for by humans means their hunting instincts are dulled, and they are more likely to be injured because the animals are unable to properly assess dangers.

cat
These actions can affect the environment. The released pets affect the ecosystem badly because they are often released in areas where they are not native. This skews the natural order of things. (See I told you to hear me out!)  Areas with large numbers of free-roaming domestic cats often see a population decline of native birds. This doesn’t just happen with cats or other carnivorous pets who love eating meat. Vegetation can be overgrazed by herbivores.

So next time you’re thinking about getting a pet, do some research on what is needed to care for that animal. This way you know how to best care for your new family member and be the best pet parent you can be!

Posted: 6/11/2018 9:47:03 AM by


Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.

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