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originally posted by: Night Star
I too believe that some pets should not be kept in captivity. One should allow the animal enough space and mimic its natural environment as much as possible. Is the animal content to be alone or should there be two or even a group of them? Can the person financially afford such a pet/pets? There is much to consider before jumping into such a purchase. I hate when I see people buy these snakes that they know will get huge, yet when they reach a certain size, they don't want it anymore. Then why get it in the first place? Some people have let them loose outside. Good grief! They are not even in their natural homeland and environment and are set free to an unfamiliar climate. THINK before ever acquiring any pet, even something as simple as fish.
No matter what pet I ever owned, I researched them before buying them. Do not rely totally on the one selling them, do your own research!
Infection with hantavirus can progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which can be fatal. People become infected through contact with hantavirus-infected rodents or their urine and droppings. The Sin Nombre hantavirus, first recognized in 1993, is one of several New World hantaviruses circulating in the US.
In the United States, deer mice (along with cotton rats and rice rats in the southeastern states and the white-footed mouse in the Northeast) are the reservoir of the virus. The rodents shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva. The virus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus.
When fresh rodent urine, droppings, or nesting materials are stirred up, tiny droplets containing the virus get into the air. This process is known as "airborne transmission".
I know this isn't an exotic pet, but cats having a pet is kind of exotic.