Marmosets are one of the smallest monkeys in the world and can make amazing pets. As adorable as they are, they have very specific needs and care to remain a desireable companion.
They are terribly cute and its very difficult to let each baby go to their new homes, I wish we could keep them all!
Marmoset Care and Facts:
Average Lifespan: Up to 20 Years.
Diet: Marmoset canned food, fruits, and a source of protein like insects or mealworms. They must also have calcium added to their diet by giving them a slice of orange 3 times a week.
Size at Adulthood : Under a pound.
Minimum Cage size: You can have a relatively small cage for your marmoset as long as they get time outside of the cage for exercise. The bigger the better as far as cage size goes.
What is a Marmoset?
Marmosets are a member of the primate family and are one of the smallest monkeys. These monkeys are semi messy animals and can be somewhat trained to defecate in a given area. Their urine has a strong odor, and some people will use special monkey diapers. They scent their areas by rubbing their perineums over everything: toys, food dishes, bedding, stuffed animals, furniture, rugs and caging.
They are intelligent and need stimulation. Interaction can be supplemented with toys, but if a marmoset is kept as a pet by themselves, it will rely on the human family to become its family group.
Monkeys cannot be expected to be “well-behaved”. They will become bored and unhappy if confined to a small cage all day long with little to no interaction. It is a must to provide a play area or a tall outdoor enclosure in which they can climb high, the way they would in the wild.
Monkeys are happy only when they can fulfill their social and emotional needs. They need other social animals like them, they need to feel loved and protected and generally long for genuine affection. It is a mistake to think of them as cats, dogs or hamsters.
Monkeys have complex emotional needs, a high level of intelligence and are likely to live a long life.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q:Do they have scent glands or a smell?
A: Yes they do have scent glands and they should be spayed or neutered or the scent and urine can be very foul especially if kept indoors.
Q: Do they require any vaccinations?
A: No vaccinations are needed however your vet may want to give vaccinations. Please be sure they have experience with primates before they treat them.
Q: What is their general personality?
A: Very affectionate, curious, loves attention and to play, very playful. They also have a humerous personality and are extremely intelligent.
Q: How are they with other pets?
A: Playful with ferrets and dogs, will get along with most cats. Keep an eye for playful fighting as marmosets are very small and dogs can get carried away and may hurt them accidentally.
Q: Will my marmoset bond to only one person?
A: Generally the marmoset will bond with everyone in the house that handles it regularly. It is usually not severely agitated by strangers and may go to them freely, some are more shy but not generally aggressive.
Q: Can I let my marmoset run free in my home?
A: Many marmoset owners do not even have a cage for them and let them run around loose like a dog. I would reccommend that you baby proof your house and provide a safe environment for them to run free. This can be done all day long.
Negative Aspects of Owning a Marmoset:
Although the dont throw their poop, Marmosets will hang on the side of the cage and pee out of the cage, marmoset urine STINKS.
A pet marmoset can easily contract human diseases, such as the common cold. A human virus can be transmitted to the marmoset when it licks a plate or spoon, previously used by a human, or by close contact with the owner.
Captive marmosets will become territorial around the most dominant person, so they may attack and bite other people.
When they becomes sexually active, some marmosets can be really nasty and aggressive.
It is very important that a marmoset should never be kept in isolation, because it is an extremely social animal.
They require special marmoset foods that must be special ordered online or found at a specialty store.
Living with a Marmoset
When hand raised from infancy, marmosets can make fun and enjoyable pets. They have the cutest faces and have huge personalities even as babies. Keeping them loose in the house is a very good option as long as you have marmie-proofed your house. They will want your attention and do silly things to make sure you are watching.
They do not require a very large cage, but I reccommend a cage for them to sleep in at night to keep them from getting into any danger.
I generally prefer to sell marmies to experienced owners as these guys are very particular and have many special needs and care. Vet care is very important and they need to have an experienced vet on hand in case of illness. This is NOT an impulse buy animal. Screening process is significant for any primates.
Costs for keeping a Pet Marmoset:
*Canned Marmoset Diet…….....................$3
Diaper and covers........................................$5-$20
* Items Available in our Pet Supplies Page
Preparing for your Marmoset
Before you bring your Marmie home, you should have its habitat and cage ready before you get it, you also need to baby proof you house. Marmoset food 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.
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