How to Own a Pet Leopard

snow-leopardLeopard cubs are cuddly and beautiful right? Well, the process of owning a leopard can be a stressing one if you don’t have the right information. A leopard is a cute and wonderful animal if it is well handled and cared for properly. Before owning a leopard, consider the following factors.

Before buying a leopard pet, make sure that your state allows exotic and big cats pets. Currently, 21 states in the United States ban all dangerous exotic pets. Five states do not have laws on keeping dangerous wild animals. If you live in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Nevada and Wisconsin, then you can get a wild pet without any restrictions. If your state doesn’t have a ban, you need to check the states regulations before buying the pet.

Leopard Housing

According to USDA, a mature leopard’s cage must be big enough to allow the animal to stand up and turn around. The cage must be not less than eight feet in height with a perimeter fence no closer than 3 feet to the cage. For younger leopard’s, the cage must be surrounded by a six-foot perimeter fence.

Laws to petting a cub

Before buying a leopard’s cub, you must understand the rules. Firstly, cubs cannot be handled by the public if they are younger than eight weeks. Cubs need to be vaccinated at the 8th, 10th, and 12th week so before buying a cub ensure that it has undergone all the three vaccinations. Secondly, the cub must be above 25lbs before purchasing it.

Leopard Costs

clouded-leopardBefore buying a leopard pet, you need to consider the cost of the pet. The cost involves the initial buying price and all recurring costs during all its life. Be ready to part with about $2,500 for a leopard cub when purchasing. You will have to buy a stainless cage to transport the leopard. A small stainless cage for a leopard cub with cost you $250 while a larger cage for a large leopard with cost up to $2000.

You will need to have a veterinarian on call who has agreed to take care of your leopard pet. Remember to include the annual charges of sending your pet to the vet for vaccinations, checkups, and boo boos. You will need a small van that the leopard can fit into. You will also need to abide by the states regulations on the leopard’s cage. This will cost you $8,000 with a 5-acre land where the leopard can move.

Some costs such as food and vitamins will reoccur every year. For a mid-sized leopard, you will need about $750 per year while a big leopard will cost you $2,000 per year. Also, you will state and federal permits. The licenses will cost you about 200 per year. In general, a mid-sized leopard will cost you about $24,300 during your first year and $102,000 for a big leopard.

If you can meet all the requirements for owning a leopard pet, it’s time to educate your family on the pros and cons of owning a pet leopard. Find someone who already own a pet and learn the leopard’s behavior, diet, reproductive rituals and general information about owning a leopard. Commit yourself to taking care of the leopard since most of them can live up to 22 years.