A small rainforest little creature some call the honey bear. Its coat is plush, velvety, soft and dense. Kinkajous are one of our favorite animals. If bottle-fed and handled properly they are very sweet and good natured. Even when bonded to their owner(s) they will go from person to person without hesitation, interacting with strangers just as if they were its owner. They are very quiet clean and inoffensive animals. They are nocturnal and are very active at night. They have a prehensile tail that allows them to hang from trees and branches in the wild.
Diet: Kinkajous eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily along with Zupreem monkey biscuits. Treats may be given daily which include graham cracker, fig Newton, raisins or dates.
Size at Adulthood : 4- 7 pounds and roughly the size of a small house cat.
Minimum Cage size: Minimum size enclosure is 4’x 8’x6’. If you live in a milder climate you may keep your kinkajou outdoors all year round providing heat in the winter. If you plan to keep it in a smaller parrot size cage you should give the kinkajou several hours per evening to get out and play.
What is a Kinkajou?
Kinkajous naturally live in the rainforest and are related to raccoons and coatimundi. They are not related to monkeys at all. They have fully prehensile grasping tails, which can be used like an extra "hand" when climbing. The tail can be almost as long as the body and is also used for balance when moving from one tree limb to another.
Kinkajous are very mellow-mannered which makes them a delicate and cuddly pet. Kinkajous are by far the best large exotic I have ever dealt with. They have velvety soft fur and their palms have bare skin.
Being nocturnal, Kinkajous are primarily active at night, with peak activity between about 7:00pm and midnight, and again an hour before dawn.
Kinkajous are generally quiet and docile, and they have no noticeable odor. Because they are slow , especially just after being wakened from a nap, they do not particularly like quick sudden movements. As a rule, Kinkajous are gentle and nonaggressive most of the time, although they can get wound up and become quite playful, and like to "dive bomb" and pounce on you from high places.
Kinkajous are nocturnal. Some people want to "train" them to be awake during the day, but you are asking for trouble when you do this. They are not daytime animals, and this can cause them to become tired and exhausted, stressed and may cause behavior issues. If having a nocturnal animal doesn't work for your lifestyle- don't get a kinkajou.
It is difficult and unlikely that a kinkajou will be litter trained. Generally, kinkajous climb to a high place and "just go", However, they seem to go in the same locations, so after a while, you learn where to place mats to catch the droppings
Living with a Kink: Let me start off by saying that kinkajous are NOT for everyone. They require time and space and are not well suited for someone who wants to keep them in a cage all thier lives or for someone who wants to treat it as a human baby. Bottle raised babies are very sweet and know no aggression, they are similar to puppies and will wrestle with your hand. They will bond with the entire family, and should be let out of their cage for several hours to play.
We do not recommend harnesses or diapers for kinks. Diapers can lead to infection and can be more mess than they are worth and harness with a leash is unnecessary as they are not "roamers" and will stay with you most of the time. They can be food protective when they get older so always hand feed them as often as you can. They can play and interact with dogs and cats that they are familiar with.
You need to have your pet kink spayed or neutered to avoid becoming sexually mature and bad behaviors.
Their habitat needs to be a large strong cage, yes they do need a cage to have to themselves. The larger the better and filled with hammocks, branches, toys and entertaining things. Enrichment is important for them, they needs activities to do at night while you are asleep.
At the end of the day kinkajous are wild animals- no matter how tame they are. They should not be treated like a human or your child or they will treat you like another kinkajou including fighting with you over territory, food or to establish dominance. Even spayed/neutered kinks will do this. Although they do require a lot of time and exceptional care, they cannot be treated as an equal, and must know their boundaries. Simple things like teaching a baby not to play bite, or always having them eat INSIDE their cage are beneficial to good behaviors. A kinkajou can live for up to 25 years, a good foundation and care will establish a long and healthy life for your kinkajou and an enjoyable one for both of you.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q:Do they have scent glands or a smell? A: Yes they do have scent glands but the odor is not detectable by humans.
Q: Do they require any vaccinations? A: No vaccinations are needed.
Q: What is their general personality? A: Very affectionate, curious, loves attention and to play, attention seeker, very playful.
Q: How are they with other pets? A: Kinkajous generally get along with all animals, like dogs and cats, but I would not introduce them to anything very small, they can play rough and may injure a small animal like a hamster.
Q: Can I take my kinkajou outside? A: Yes, when trained to be outside the kinks will run around normally staying within a few feet of you. They will climb up trees and come down when they are called. They do not have the urge to “run away”. They can also be harness trained which I recommend.
Q: Will my kinkajou bond to only one person? A: Generally the kinkajou will bond with everyone in the house that handles it regularly. It is usually not agitated by strangers and will go to them freely.
Q: Can I let my kinkajou run free in my home? A: Many kinkajou owners do not even have a cage for their kinkajou and let them run around loose like a dog. I would not recommend this unless you have baby proofed your house and are certain they will not get into any harm if they accidentally got into something. However, your kinkajou will enjoy hours of outside the cage time, provided that you are semi-supervising them.
Negative Aspects of Owning a Kinkajou:
At times your kinkajou can become very, very loud shrieking at high pitched octaves. This generally occurs when they are in a small space like transporting them in a kennel, when they are hungry or when they want to get out of their cage. This also is done out of boredom.
Proper socialization and lifelong proper care requires that you spend time with your baby everyday for several hours, this is a big commitment.
I recommend that pet owners have their kinkajou spayed/neutered to avoid health problems and behavioral problems later in life. This can be expensive and unless the vet has experience with kinkajous, the surgery can be fatal.
The kinkajou has extremely sharp claws that need to be trimmed at least once a week. I have found several vets who will declaw them which can also be an expensive and potentially fatal surgery. This is also considered unethical to many people and is not something I personally agree with. If you cannot handle an animal with claws, get one without them.
The kinkajou’s diet consist of fresh fruits that will need to be prepared and cut for them each night. This can get expensive and time consuming.
Some kinkajous are known to have mood swings and can get territorial. Scratches can be bloody and bites can be severe.
Preparing for your Kinkajou Before you bring your kinky home, you should have its habitat and cage ready before you get it, you also need to baby proof you house. The primaet biscuits almost always has to be ordered online so you should have all of their food pre-ordered and ready by the time you get them. Be prepared to spend several hours per day the first few weeks to get accustomed to your marmie and let them get comfortable with you.
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. Kinkajous specifically may need periodic teeth cleaning and will need to be spayed or neutered between 6-12 months old.
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