SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Non-traditional Species (Exotic Animals) as Companion Animals

SPCA advocates that non-traditional species are not suitable to be kept as companion animals because it is difficult to meet their physical, health, and behavioural needs.

Non-traditional species do not make suitable companion animals because, in most cases, their welfare needs cannot be met in captivity. Non-traditional species routinely suffer from malnutrition, inadequate husbandry, insufficient companionship, poor environmental enrichment, and lack of appropriate veterinary care when they are kept in domestic situations.

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