Every single day I receive questions like: “Where can I buy an otter?” or "Do you breed otters so I can have one as a pet?"
I can go on for hours about telling you the reasons why otters aren't pets. I'll try to give an explanation up here that will be make things clear.
This list will never be completed, because of the many reasons why.
Otters are animals that live in family groups.
It's totally sad to keep an otter that’s raised by other otters without some of their own species.
Asian small clawed otters are semi-aquatic, which means they spend a lot of time in the water, but they also come onto land. That's not only for fun, for the health of their body's and because
they have a very fast metabolism and need to drink a lot during the day, but also for hunt! Otters are predatory animals. That means that they eat other animals.
Animals that live in captivity, most of the time only get their 'meat food' already dead.
Otters do have lots of energy, and need their hunt moments to make work off that energy.
Otherwise they are going to get bored soon.
So that means, you have to give them also living animals to eat.
Except for their own room in our home we created for them, there is no other space I let her hang around on her own.
Without nobody around who keeps an eye on her, the whole room is a mess and disaster when I'll return.
Otters are very destructive, there’s not much in a human's home that is otter proof. We changed a lot in our home for her and need to do that in the future too. Otters are very smart, if you
block their way, they will find an other way to get what they want!
If you like it or not.