They See, They Do: Keeping Monkeys as Pets

When it comes to pets, the first animals that come to mind are dogs and cats. On the other hand, some may think of hamsters, rabbits, fish, or turtles. What about monkeys? Yes, it is possible to own a monkey and keep as a pet, and why not? They’re intelligent, human-like, and cuddly, even.

Buying a pet monkey isn’t as simple as going to the nearest pet shop and picking one off, however. The type of monkey that is in consideration should first be studied so that you know what you are getting. The most common types of monkeys being bought and kept as pets are marmosets, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, and spider monkeys.

When buying a monkey, it is important to be aware that unlike a dog or a cat, you are taking home a primate. They have a much different behavior and, furthermore, each type of monkey has their own tendencies and requirements for care. This is why much research must be done on the particular type of monkey that you are looking; you must know its behavior, temperaments, characteristics, needs, and what it eats.

Monkeys are a unique pet, and can bring about a different feeling to being a pet owner. As with other types of pets, though, keep in mind that bringing them home entails commitment and dedicated care.



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