Although dogs are irreplaceable pets, you can add a marmoset to the list of animals you can take home for the holidays. This small species of monkey is just as adorable and loving as other pets but will give you an entirely different pet-caring experience. Before acquiring a pygmy marmoset, it’s crucial to understand the legal process to avoid violating animal ownership laws.
Once local animal control authorities give the go-ahead, pet owners need to have the animal’s future home inspected by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA. When the representative schedules a visit to the habitat, you will be required to turn over all veterinary records before you are granted a license to own, breed, or sell a marmoset. Given the playful nature of primates, their enclosures should be large (around 200 cubic feet) and be kept sanitary at all times.
Your pet’s best vet
Marmoset owners are required to have a qualified veterinarian nearby for the animal’s annual vaccinations and check-ups. If the local veterinarian isn’t equipped to care for primates, he should be able to refer you to one who is. Owners should keep the animal’s medical records handy as APHIS personnel do conduct surprise inspections.
The right breeder
With these many guidelines to follow, you can’t take a chance with a breeder that has a doubtful history. Patronize accredited breeders that specialize in exotic pets and can provide the necessary paperwork for the animals they sell.