Stress is the number one result of keeping your pets in enclosures that do not provide the ideal environment. This is very common in reptiles, amphibians, and many small mammals due to being environmentally sensitive. Owning an animal that is stressed out can lead to a bundle of other long term issues. Some enclosures may be too small to allow your pets to get the proper exercise or carry out any movements as desired.
You always want to create a habitat that represents their natural habitat as much as possible. For reptiles, certain case accessories are extremely important to help them feel secure and not appear to be easy targets. The ability for an enclosure to hold consistent temperatures is very important as well and cannot be stressed enough. There are many animals that depend on certain temperatures to regulate certain habits that are essential to their survival.
Health issues is the next result of keeping pets in improper enclosures. This usually come in conjunction with long periods of stress. Just like humans, many animals can develop many health issues from stress such as respiratory infections, eating disorders, and problems with mobility. Being the owner, you are responsible for the size, sanitation, and many other variables for your animals’ enclosures. Horrible conditions in some animal enclosures may cause many pets to refuse food such as many species of snakes. Many health issues can contribute to your pets’ untimely death if left untreated. Most conditions can easily be linked towards the living quarters of your pet.
Odd behavior is the last main problem associated with pets living in improper enclosures. This can consist of aggression, bar-biting, excessive chewing, licking, feather plucking, and other means of self mutilation. Aggressive behavior poses great danger to the animal itself along with anyone that come in contact with it. Many species of reptiles such as Green Iguanas are known to attack and inflict serious injuries when they are not happy. Animals with cage mates in a small enclosure can become extremely territorial and harm anything living with it.
Odd behavior is also a sign of having little or no activities in the enclosure. In the wild, many animals have the opportunity to hunt, forage, dig, peck, or climb. The lack of activity has been proven to cause stress, depression, and health issues that are just as painful in humans. Every need for a potential pet needs to be addressed and considered before acquiring the animal.
In conclusion, keeping certain animals in captivity requires patients, proper knowledge, and a strong commitment towards making them as happy as possible. Happy pets usually mean less trips to the vet and more money left in your wallet. When it comes to exotic animals such as many reptiles, amphibians, and birds, their enclosure must allow them adequate room to move around and engage in activities that they would normally carry out in their natural environment.