I don't like to say that I like any of my animals more than the other, but the coatimundi definitely wins the most fun and playful award! They are extremely affectionate, and attention seeking. Coatis are a larger exotic that is diurnal, meaning awake during the day and have very outgoing personaities.
Coatimundi Care and Facts:
Average Lifespan: 15 Years
Diet: We feed our coatis fresh fruit, cooked chicken, eggs, bread, Purina puppy chow and primate monkey biscuits.
Size at Adulthood: average about 10 pounds, males are larger & bulkier than females
Minimum Cage size: Outdoor cage size can be around 5'x10' or larger, Indoor cage size can be somewhere around 3'x4'x8'. They seem to prefer the outdoor cages because it is roomier and they get to be in the sun. The bigger the better in either instance.
Bonding: It is important to acquire your baby as early as possible and that they were hand fed or bottle raised. They bond easily and want all your attention, they are puppy-like at the beginning and its all about pleasing you! Purchasing from an experienced licensed breeder almost always ensures this.
What is a Coatimundi?
Coatis are mammals found in central and north america, and are related to the raccoon. Coatis have strong limbs to climb and dig, and they are extremely intelligent like their fellow procyonid, the raccoon. They prefer to sleep or rest in elevated places and sleeping nests. Coatis are active day and night. But ours have acclimated to our schedule and will even sleep in bed with us all night.
Coatis are energetic and very fun! They are extremely outgoing and cannot get enough of your attention. They are extremely affectionate and loving pets if cared for properly and acquired at the right age. It is relatively easy to bond with a new baby but is very challenging if you receive an older adult who is not bonded to you. Each coati will develop their own specific personalities and quirks but generally they are a fun pet. They spend most of the day exploring, smelling around and eating. Being outdoors is great for them because they have more things "to do". They should always be in an enclosure or outside supervised.
Do they bite?
My answer to this question is simple, anything with teeth can bite. Anything handled from a young age and generally domesticated and treated as a pet more than likely will not bite. I would rate Coatis as 80% bite free. They will "play bite" a lot, especially if you allow them to do this as a baby. It doesn't break the skin usually but it can hurt some people. They are not doing this out of aggression.
Costs for a Coatimundi: *Wire cage and accessories….......………$400-$4000 *Food (monthly cost)………………………$45 *Sleeping hammocks (replace yearly).…..$30-$100 *Misc. toys & accessories……………….…..$50-$200
Preparing for a Coatimundi
Before you bring your coati home, you should have its cage(s) ready. Fill it will hammocks, fun jingle bell toys, noisey dog toys and branches or levels to roam around on. Baby proof your house! They will get into cabinets, toilets, pantries, and even will raid your dog food bags. Designate areas that your coati is allowed to be and areas they are not allowed to be in. Keep these rules enforced from the beginning and your coati will learn which areas and rooms are off limits.
Remember to locate a vet experienced with exotics and that is willing to see your baby BEFORE you get your baby. Before the big day, schedule an appointment for your baby be seen within 72 hours for our health warranty. Have your vet give a general examination and let them get familiar with you and your baby in case of an emergency or routine visits in the future. You should take your baby in yearly for annual checkups.
How much time does a Coati require?
The first few weeks it is critical to spend as much time as possible with your baby to bond with it. Feed it by hand, spend time playing and relaxing. Let it out of the cage as much as possible and allow it to familiarize and get comfortable with you and its new surroundings. After the bond has been formed, a well behaved coati could/should be let out of the cage for several hours per day, or evening. One on one bonding time is not needed after the bond has been established but they will still want your attention and will CRAVE play time long after they are considered babies.
We portion our adult coatis meals as follows: 50% Protien such as boiled chicken, eggs, small portions of dog and ferret food; 40% Fruit such as cantaloupe, banana, papaya, apples, grapes, etc; 10% Miscellaneous treats and veggies such as sweet potato, honey sandwich, raisens, corn on cob, etc.
Coatis are high energy animals and CANNOT be left in a small cage all day and night with no outside time. Give them things to do, toys to play with and if you have dogs they will certainly play with any smaller friendly dogs. If you have a larger outdoor cage for them that is large enough for them to exercise, run around, jump and play that is the best option if you plan on housing them outdoors.
Living with a coati: Coatis are very gregarious pets that WILL get into alot of trouble- no doubt. If you have a collection of 100 crystal figurines that are accessable to your coati, you wont have them all intact for long. They don't necessarily chew or break things on purpose but they will walk around, jump on things and poke their noses insistantly on everything they come across. They can learn simple commmands and words like "no" , "dinner" or "treat". They are truly lovers.
Coatimundi as pets- REAL owners perspectives and stories:
Ashley Duncan- Our coati, Severis, is a spoiled baby. He plays very hard all day and sleeps all night. He will even sleep in bed with me when my husband is at work. When he was little we let him play bite, and now he play bites harder than he should. He will also bite me in the face, but NONE of the bites are in an aggressive manner. He is only playing and gets a little carried away. I can correct him easily by firmly telling him no and ignoring him for a few seconds. He is my snuggle bunny to the core and he is among one of my top 3 favorite pets that we own.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q:Do they have scent glands or a smell? A: They dont have a very foul odor, however even coatis that I have been neutered have a very faint skunk odor.
Q: Do they require any vaccinations? A: Coatis generally need both dog and cat vaccines for distemper and many other diseases and a killed rabies vaccine. They do need monthly flea/tick treatments and regular dewormings. Q: What is their general personality? A: Extremely playful, spunky, loveable, cuddley, will go to strangers. Puppy like.
Q: How are they with other pets? A: They will play with friendly dogs, but may attack small animals like a hamster. If you have other small pets, even cats, I would not reccommend a coati. Even if they are not aggressive towards a specific animal they play rough and can irritate or even accidently injure the other animal.
Q: Can I take my coati outside? A: Yes, when trained to be outside from a young age the coati will run around normally staying within a few feet of you. They will climb up trees and come down when they are called. You really should train them to come when called when they are little- there is no guarantee they wont run up a tree and wont come down. They can also be harness trained.
Q: Will my coati bond only to one person? A: Your coati will bond to you and your family, it will also be very accepting of visitors and will go to them very easily and will be very interested in them.
Q: Are Coatis legal to own where I live? A: Since every state, city, county and even certain home owners associations all have different laws and guidelines for owning pets there is no way for us to know the laws in your area. It is your responsibility to find out if you need a permit or if you are allowed to have the animals in your home. A good place to check is your state USDA office which can be found here, just follow the link and click on your state: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/ ** We will NOT knowingly ship animals into illegal states or countries**
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