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Let's Get Exotic!

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Goldfish, dog, cat, parakeet. These are the typical animals you think of when you think pet. Have you ever considered owning a stick bug? Or how about a donkey? Depending on where you live, owning a more exotic pet is as easy as adopting a cat. 

Hedgehog

The popularity of owning a hedgehog sprouted from the "Sonic the Hedgehog" video games. They are relatively easy to care for, eating mostly insects. Although they are simple creatures, hedgehogs do require exercise. Cages must be big enough to accommodate exercise wheels, according to the Hedgehog Welfare Society. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals that need a lot of one on one bonding with their owner. 
These tiny guys are not allowed in some states, nor are they accepted in Washington D.C. or New York City. If you do think about getting a hedgehog as a pet, make sure you find a vet nearby that can care for them!

Skunk

Yes, I said it. Skunks have been kept as pets for centuries. They are sweet natured and curious, making them great companions! The younger a skunk gets adopted, the better. They require handling time with humans and training. Skunks can even be litter-trained!
Skunks eat mainly dry foods and vegetables. They require vaccines and regular vet trips. Skunks can have their scent glands removed as well, ensuring you will not have an issue with a smelly house! A domesticated skunk cannot be released back into the wild, so make sure you are willing to care for your pet for life!

Cockroach

It may seem crazy to bring a creature most try to avoid, purposefully into your house. Cockroaches may seem gross, but they are an insect that does not bite or sting. They mostly crawl around and even talk! Cockroach hissing is their version of sounding the alarm. 
Cockroaches can live off of vegetables and dog food. Easy right? These insects like to have an escape from the light so an enclosure with hiding spots is key. Include sticks for them to climb on. To ensure they do not escape their space, place petroleum jelly around the rim!
Exotic pets are fun, but do not understate the responsibility! Make sure there is a vet in your area to care for them and that you are ready to take on the commitment!

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