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How to Care for Monkey

Caring for monkeys within the confines of a house can require the full use of your abilities and resources at hand. An important point to remember is that monkeys are not exactly good pets for every person. But if you believe that you can vibe with a pet monkey and can genuinely care for it and look after its needs, then perhaps adopting a monkey can be very rewarding for you.
One of the main points to note is that monkeys are far more evolved than regular pets such as dogs or cats, which makes them highly intelligent as an animal. Dogs and cats have developed special bonds with humans over the years, but monkeys continue to remain wild, which is why it takes more than just courage to adopt and maintain a monkey as a pet. Monkey pet health care is way different than regular pet keeping as monkeys have a wild streak in them. Very few monkeys adapt to home environment and due to their whimsical, capricious and irritable nature, monkey bites are far more common than dog or cat bites. One of the most important monkey care tips include, never to leave it alone by itself. Since monkeys are highly social animals and have evolved to live in a group rather than in isolation, a lone monkey can easily get depressed and physically sick, leading to their untimely death.

If you intend keeping the monkey in a cage, make sure it is large, spacious and secure. Never ever underestimate the strength and agility of a monkey, nor must their intelligence be taken for granted. Monkeys thrive in sunlight, so if you plan to enclose your pet in a cage ensure that it is either kept outdoors or that the cage is supplied with natural light replicates. It helps to know that monkeys need natural sunlight for the development of their bones and skeleton.

Given their intelligent nature, monkeys get bored with monotony and love variety in play. Do not make use of artificial plants or branches that maybe toxic to monkeys, as they love to chew leaves and twigs of young plants. With regards to diet, an important key to good primate health is variety in fresh produce. A monkey's diet must be supplemented with fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and dried fruits, tender vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, edible seeds, whole grain breads, and boiled eggs. Monkeys also get their nutrition from insects such as orthopterous insects, short-horned grasshoppers and larvae.

 
  Submitted on July 14, 2010  
 
 
 
 
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