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Q: Do you have an unusual or "exotic" pet?

Calling all unusual pet owners! If you have (or had) some interesting pets, share what kind they are, and how long you've had them. Pictures would be nice too!



I live on about 6 acres in the country. My family has 12 pet chickens. They all have names, and they lay eggs too. There are some Ameraucanas, buff orpingtons, Rhode Island reds, dominique hens, and black Australorps. The Ameraucanas lay these cool blue/green eggs.
They are surprisingly fun, friendly pets. Whenever I drive home and they are in the yard, they run in a big chicken stampede up to me. It's really funny, especially because they're pretty big and fluffy. I hope to video it someday.
Posted 3/19/15
My cat Theodore is pretty unusual.....and crazy.......but no not really. I don't have the time or energy for any kind of unusual pet. Just the basics are fine for me.
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Lol cats alone are a exotic, handful at times.

Only issue with exotic pets are expensive vet bills if they get sick.

I don't have any but would like
A pika if they weren't a wild animal
Chinchilla
Ferret
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I knew this girl that had ferrets. they're kinda nasty to me tho. They act like cats but look like rats
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It's true; cats are pretty exotic pets. My old kitty was a handful. I wish she was still around. :(

Ferrets look and act pretty cute, but they are pretty smelly, like rodents. At first, I thought they were rodents, but it turns out they're part of the weasel family. They just require a lot of care and an owner that's willing to clean a lot.
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Rats are extremely smart and highly affectionate, same goes for chinchillas.

But generally yea ferrets are a handful to take care of, if you don't like the odor you have to get a special shampoo that reduces the odor, I'm fairly sure its not cheap to get either. Then again a cat, dog or any other normal animal can be just of a pain
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Loved holding and petting the ferrets at the pet store. The smell didn't bother me or anything either and they seemed to love my attention. Having them 24/7....not so sure....
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rosebudpony wrote:

It's true; cats are pretty exotic pets. My old kitty was a handful. I wish she was still around. :(

Ferrets look and act pretty cute, but they are pretty smelly, like rodents. At first, I thought they were rodents, but it turns out they're part of the weasel family. They just require a lot of care and an owner that's willing to clean a lot.


I'f I'm not mistaken, ferrets are relatives to the skunk so they have a scent gland you need to get removed if you have one. But I live in California where they're illegal for whatever reason, so I wouldn't know (Though I've wanted a ferret for who knows how long)

As for exotic pets, Back home some peacocks made my yard their home. We don't own them but we feed them and have taken one to the vet when one of the neighbors shot it with a metal bb gun. So while they're wild, they're sort of like pets to my family.
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rosebudpony wrote:

It's true; cats are pretty exotic pets. My old kitty was a handful. I wish she was still around. :(

Ferrets look and act pretty cute, but they are pretty smelly, like rodents. At first, I thought they were rodents, but it turns out they're part of the weasel family. They just require a lot of care and an owner that's willing to clean a lot.


I'f I'm not mistaken, ferrets are relatives to the skunk so they have a scent gland you need to get removed if you have one. But I live in California where they're illegal for whatever reason, so I wouldn't know (Though I've wanted a ferret for who knows how long)

As for exotic pets, Back home some peacocks made my yard their home. We don't own them but we feed them and have taken one to the vet when one of the neighbors shot it with a metal bb gun. So while they're wild, they're sort of like pets to my family.


A vast majority of ferrets sold in the U.S. have their gland removed already. They just still happen to have a noticeable scent to them.
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I have a red footed tortoise named Sam. We've had him since 2000.
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I'f I'm not mistaken, ferrets are relatives to the skunk so they have a scent gland you need to get removed if you have one. But I live in California where they're illegal for whatever reason, so I wouldn't know (Though I've wanted a ferret for who knows how long)


Not sure if skunks are in the weasel family or not. Though i would never have one, even if it can't spray full on.

Ferrets are just a musky scent thats not really that bad if you can get used to it, i think its mainly the females.

If you do get one you definitely have to ferret proof your house and give them lots of activities to do, like cat toys or stuff to play in, they will chew cords and generally be a pest if not given enough freedom. Though i suppose that goes for most animals.
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Giantsgiants wrote:

I have a red footed tortoise named Sam. We've had him since 2000.


Tortoises are so cute, and very smart little guys.


KyotoTofu wrote:

Not sure if skunks are in the weasel family or not. Though i would never have one, even if it can't spray full on.

Ferrets are just a musky scent thats not really that bad if you can get used to it, i think its mainly the females.

If you do get one you definitely have to ferret proof your house and give them lots of activities to do, like cat toys or stuff to play in, they will chew cords and generally be a pest if not given enough freedom. Though i suppose that goes for most animals.


Skunks are related to weasels, it turns out. I don't think they can spray any smelly stuff with the gland removed thankfully.
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I've had nine ferrets and countless snakes.

The thing about ferrets is, the less you bathe them the better they smell. From the way I understood it, the general musk they have is from an oil they produce that coats their skin and fur. I don't know if it's supposed to be for protection or what have you, but the more they're cleaned the more they tend to over produce said oil, and they become very stinky.

One of mine, Mirah, the first little ferret I got, would actually tell me when she wanted a bath. When I'd get home from school, I'd open up their cages and let them roam the house. I always shut the bathroom door because I didn't want them getting in the cabinets with the chemicals and whatnot, but if she wanted a bath, she would head straight for that door and scratch at the carpet. Absolutely adorable. None of the others would do that, though. So typically when she got a bath, so did they.
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I own a pet python, 2 cats, one bearded dragon, and a wild daughter.
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