The Affectionate Iguana

A lot of people won’t believe you if you tell them an iguana can make a very nice and affectionate pet; but I’m here–along with this video–to tell you that they’re wrong. Indeed, this iguana looks very much like mine, although mine was older and a little bigger. I had him for 17 years.

If you get your iguana as a baby and take the trouble to raise him not as a curiosity but as a real pet, you’ll get a real pet. My iguana had dog and cat friends that he liked to cuddle up with if it was a cold day. His cage was always left open; he always went back in when he had to do his business. Even my mother loved him.

Sometimes you don’t have to be warm-blooded to have a warm heart.

2 comments on “The Affectionate Iguana

  1. How do you housebreak an iguana to use the (ahem) indoor facilities? And do you use a litter box as you would for a cat, or what?

    1. I was just a boy when this happened, and I didn’t purposely do anything. Over time, my iguana taught himself to do his business only in his cage. If he had the urge to go, he made a beeline for that cage. He was very fastidious. At one house we lived in, there was a cat who used to go into people’s rooms and poo on their beds. My iguana would not allow this cat into our room! You should’ve seen him chase her out. But the other cat, and the dog, could come in any time.

      They’re really surprisingly adaptable animals.

      P.S.–In a warm cage, iguana poo dries up in a hurry and can be removed with just a piece of toilet paper.

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