Some areas don’t allow pet monkeys but if you do live in a region that allows you to have a pet monkey and you’re about to get yourself a pet monkey, then perhaps you’ll want to know some of these tips for taking care of a pet monkey.
Below are the best tips to help you keep a monkey happy as a pet. Please remember that a pet monkey is a difficult pet to have and they’re not always the friendliest of pets. Check with your local region to see if you can even have a pet monkey before thinking about getting this furry creature as a pet.
Pet monkeys need a large enclosure. This enclosure must very secure as monkeys are pretty smart. They can figure out a basic lock, so you’ll need to have the cage tested for monkey safety to ensure they’re not able to get out.
A monkey needs a large space, as well. The enclosure must include some outdoor space and plenty of toys that can be interchanged for the monkeys to stay active.
Monkeys are not clean and tidy animals and are unable to be toilet trained. This is why most pet monkeys you see have a diaper on. Consider a pet monkey some form of a toddler that never gets potty trained.
This means your pet monkey will need ample diapers and forever need you to tend to their toiletry needs. Their cage is going to need cleaning often, as well, because they are not clean pets.
Beware of Behavioral Issues
No matter how much you think that you can raise a pet monkey to be tamer, it’s impossible. Monkeys, even those raised from baby years, will turn into the wild creatures they were meant to be. There is no way to domesticate pet monkeys; they will grow up to have the same disposition as a wild monkeys.
This means you’ll need to be prepared for this as you take in a baby monkey and raise it to adulthood. The adult monkey will be unlike your little baby monkey version, for sure!
Diseases Passed to Humans
Lastly, monkeys can pass diseases to humans which makes having pet monkeys even scarier. There are some diseases that you can contract from a pet monkey, no matter how long you’ve had it as a pet. These diseases include zoonotic disease, which is a very serious illness that can lead to death in humans.
Finding a vet in the local area that’s willing to treat or handle a monkey’s regular healthcare needs may be tricky, too!
These are just some of the various tips for taking care of a pet monkey. These are not your typical pets that come with adorable personalities and easy care guides, monkeys are a difficult pet to have and even more difficult to care for when they reach adulthood.