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7 Things to Consider Before Adopting an Exotic Cat
February 15, 2021

Have you alwa ys dreamed of having an exotic cat, such as a lion or tiger, as a pet? Th i s sounds great in theory, but in practice, it can be quite different. While you can find exotic cats for sale in many places, you should definitely think twice before buying one. A local vet lists some things to think about below. 


Laws

It may not even be legal for you to keep one of these cats, depending on where you are. The laws on owning exotic pets vary wildly, depending on where you are. For example, Savannah cats are illegal in several states, but not in others. If you have an HOA or landlord, you will also need to look at their regulations. This is also something to consider if you may eventually move to another area. 


Price

Exotic cats are quite expensive. In fact, they can cost thousands of dollars. The exact price will vary on the type of kitty you are getting. Ocelots can go for as much as $15,000, while tiger cubs (which are now illegal in many places) can cost $7500. Mid-sized felines, like Servals, range from about $1700 to $3000.


Space

Your typical housecat will get along just fine in a smaller home, such as an apartment. Exotic cats, however, are bigger and more energetic, and require a lot of room. You may need to build a fairly sizable enclosure for your pet. Keep in mind that a large kitty won’t be happy in a bare pen or cage. You’ll need to provide plenty of furniture and toys.


Veterinary Care

Another thing that is crucial is finding a good veterinarian that is experienced with exotic cats. Most—if not all—veterinarians are well-trained when it comes to providing care for the typical cat. Exotic cats, however, have different needs. 


Ethics

We understand the appeal for exotic pets: they are beautiful, unique, and fascinating. Unfortunately, many of them just aren’t well-suited to being pets. This goes for large kitties, too. Consider donating to a reputable rescue instead.


Behavior

If you’re thinking that an exotic cat will act like a giant housecat, think again. Some don’t take to litterboxes, while others dislike being handled. Many cats, such as ocelots really don’t enjoy domestication, and tend to ignore commands even more than the average housecat does.


Compromise

You may want to consider a Bengal. While these adorable, energetic kitties are considered exotic, they’re really no bigger than the average housecat, and they have tons of charisma. They even like water!


Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us today!  

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