Monday, June 30, 2014

Factors to Consider before Buying Marmosets

If you’re looking to get an exotic pet to take care of, you just might love having a little marmoset monkey. These cute creatures are so tiny, they look just about as big as your thumb. Before you go buy one though, quiz yourself on the following:

Costs

Factor in the costs that you’ll be incurring should you buy a marmoset, such as food and sanitation materials. Look for a reliable pet store and ask about pricing. After all, if you are going to adopt a pet, even a little teeny-weeny finger monkey, you might as well give it a decent and comfortable home.

Care Needs

Marmoset monkeys are very needy, and they will constantly ask for your presence and emotional support, so be sure that you can adapt well to these. Neglected monkeys tend to grow up aggressive or depressed. Either way, you’ll have to make sure you can afford the time and attention to care for it, so it would be best to treat it well while still young.

Diet Needs

Unlike most conventional pets, these critters can easily get bored with the food you give them, so you should feed them on a rotating schedule. Their diet should include nutritious food like fruits and vegetables, fish, cereal, and eggs, among others. You can also give them small insects about twice a week as a treat.

What You Need to Know Before Having a Pet Marmoset

Marmosets are downright adorable. These cute little primates—small monkeys that belong to the biological family Callitrichidae—are natives to South America, but are easily found in various parts of the world. Though they’re basically wild animals, marmosets as pets are becoming increasingly common. If you’ve been longing to have a primate as a pet but don’t want to deal with a large-sized pet, delightful little marmosets might be the ideal companion creature for you.

Here are the things you need to know before you take one in as a pet:

  • Confirm with your local authorities that marmosets are allowed as pets in your jurisdiction or if you need to acquire a special ownership license for them.

  • Before purchase, make sure that the seller has an authentic license from the Department of Agriculture to sell primates. Many unscrupulous pet stores sell pygmy marmoset monkeys for sale without the proper documentation, so beware of them.

  • Locate a vet near you that can treat your pet marmoset. In case your community doesn’t have one, get in touch with local animal authorities to get some recommendations.

  • As with any type of pet, marmosets become aggressive once they are sexually mature. Provide your pet with utmost training and always maintain your dominance over him.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tips before Getting a Pet Monkey, Part I

While pet monkeys are cute, cuddly, and fun, they’re also quite the curious creatures at times. Such an inquisitive trait can lead them right into trouble if they’re not looked after properly. This two-part series talks about the most important factors to consider before choosing a primate companion.
Understanding Needs
People should never forget that while they’re practically tame at youth, monkeys are still energetic animals with instincts influenced by the wild. Depriving them of their natural needs, such as socialization and play, can make them either aggressive or utterly depressed. The monkey’s size itself doesn’t matter – they will require immense patience and constant attention.
Owner Commitment
Unlike dogs or cats, monkeys live relatively long – up to 40 years, at most. As time goes by, a lot of potential problems can arise with your pet monkey, and you have to be prepared for them. For instance, when your pet gets sick, you may have a hard time looking for a veterinarian who treats monkeys, so it would be wise to get to know a good vet as soon as you take home your new pet.
Where to Get a Monkey
Buying a pet monkey requires considerable research. Numerous websites on exotic pets, especially those that sell monkeys, are good places to start. Once a prospect is found, you first have to look for pertinent certification to prove a breeder or dealer’s reliability.

Stay tuned for the second and final part of the series. 

Facts about Caring for Marmosets as Pets

If exotic animals for pets sounds like a great idea to you, then you’d surely already know about the growing number of marmoset monkeys being domesticated. If you choose to get a marmoset though, know that behind those adorable eyes and cute little monkey paws is a responsibility you must accept and take seriously. Here are a few helpful tips that should allow you to better care for your pet:
Commitment
Marmoset monkeys are quite social creatures, so they will demand much of your time. In a nutshell, caring for a marmoset is a commitment. If you don’t have enough time to spend with your new pet though, you could always find a mate for it, as long as you don’t just leave him alone in a cage for hours a day.
Play
If there is one thing you absolutely need to have in your marmoset cage, its toys, and lots of it. Give him plenty of things to play and occupy time with, otherwise, he might get aggressive and destructive, or deeply depressed. Aside from this of course, you should regularly clean the cage to keep him from getting ill.
Diet
You should keep your marmoset on a rotating diet. While there are commercially produced marmoset food around, these critters can easily get bored with the same food over and over, so be sure to add some fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as eggs and cooked fish every now and then.