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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
Active RetireesTM | 31 owninG an exotic pet snakes pros • Content keeping to themselves. • Can be left alone for extended periods. • Quiet and won’t damage your furniture. cons: • Cost of upkeep can be high. • Safety. It may be fascinating to own a pet with fangs, but playtime could end painfully. Macaw pros • Can be very affectionate, especially when hand-fed. • Very intelligent and the best talkers in the parrot order. cons • Can be loud, especially when bored. • Can be destructive and demanding. Ferret pros • Engaging, playful and friendly. • Easily trained. • Small and quiet. cons • Require a lot of attention. • Tend to burrow and can get lost in your home. ‘Ferret- proofing’ is essential. axolotl pros • Unique and nice to look at. • Regenerative – if they ever lose a limb, they just grow it back. • Easy to keep and cheap to feed. cons • Need to make sure their environment is to the exact specifications – they need a medium sized tank with filtered water and not too much gravel. • Not much personality. • Can be cannibalistic so watch out for aggressive tendencies. – dogs and cats successfully live in highly urbanised areas – and making sure you care for and manage it well in the space that you have. “If you’re living in a unit, you could get a small dog, a cat or a budgie,” Dr Higgins advises. There are also certain expenses that accompany a pet and the initial purchase is probably going to be the least amount of money you pay. “The cost of a pet is ongoing for its entire life, so you need to be able to factor that in. You have to get pet food, there’s medical attention with veterinarians, bedding, there’s ongoing care,” Dr Higgins says. You need to be able to care for your pet financially for an extended period of time. Another consideration is how much time you have to commit to your pet. A dog, for example, requires lots of attention and activity. You need to be there to feed your dog, walk it frequently and keep it entertained. A cat, on the other hand, is usually quite content to keep itself amused. If you don’t have much time to spare, you may also want to consider the bird, reptile or fish option. These pets provide companionship, just in a different way. They are mostly dependent on you for their livelihood and they need your love and care. Bringing your pet home There are so many places to find a pet that it can be hard to know where to start. Buying a dog or cat from a reputable, registered breeder gives you the opportunity to visit the facility and gather all relevant information including where your pet comes from and what the future holds. » Breed-specific rescues will be able to provide pedigree details of some surrendered dogs.
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