Keeping a monkey as a pet can be challenging as well as dangerous but these loveable and adorable creatures usually make all of the hard work worth it in the end.
There are dozens of species of money that one could adopt. Doing research on each species is highly recommended because they are very different. Some species of primate can live up to 40 years so this is truly a life-long commitment. Each species of monkey including chimpanzee, marmoset and capuchin has its own personality and health concerns. You should be financially, physically and mentally prepared for the challenge before adopting a pet monkey.
Monkeys need an abundance of care and attention or they will, without a doubt, become destructive and aggressive. If your new companion is allowed to roam around the house then they need constant supervision. They may swing from curtains or climb on the furniture. Supervising a monkey is nothing short of watching a toddler.
Moneys are intelligent and the larger can open doors. That means the front door, the back door, even the refrigerator door.
To keep your monkey happy he/she will need a large enclosure to play around in. Regular bird cages just won’t do. There should be plenty of foliage, hammocks, ropes and other toys as well as a heating element. Keeping lots of play things in the enclosure will keep your monkey busy and happy. Outdoor enclosures can be especially comforting to monkey’s. However, with outdoor enclosures, there may be legal ramifications if the enclosure is not inspected first. Also, keep in mind the weather of your location as well as the climate of your monkey’s natural habitat. Your monkey’s enclosure should be cleaned daily with disinfectant. They are highly susceptible to diseases that we carry so proper cleaning and sanitation is a must.
Commercial primate food is available and can be purchased for your new pet. Monkeys like a lot of variety and are naturally omnivorous feeding on small insects as well as fruits and vegetables. If you choose to make fresh food for your primate friend then go with a mixture of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and wheat bread as well as pet store bought crickets and grasshoppers.
If you are considering owning any species of monkey be sure you will legally be allowed to keep one. Legal requirements vary by jurisdiction but always check with local law enforcement as well as animal control to find out the specifics of exotic pets. You will need to find a veterinarian who specializes in monkeys. They are considered an exotic pet and not all veterinarians will treat them. They will require yearly checkups as well as vaccinations. Monkeys are highly susceptible to the diseases that we carry, cold sores can be fatal for monkeys so finding a proper veterinarian before adopting is very important.