Kangaroo

 

Kangaroo Care and Facts: 

Average Lifespan: 20 years 

Diet: Kangaroo/wallaby pellet diet, alfalfa and fresh grass.

Size at Adulthood: The length from the red kangaroo's head to its rump is 3.25 to 5.25 feet long. Its tail adds another 35.5 to 43.5 inches to its length and its entire body weighs around 200 lbs.

Minimum Cage size:  20'L by 12'W by 8'H. 

 

What is a Kangaroo?

Kangaroos are the largest marsupials located in grasslands, plains, deserts, and forested areas in most of Australia. They are identified by their muscular tails, strong back legs, large feet, short fur and long, pointed ears. Like all marsupials, a sub-type of mammal, females have pouches that contain mammary glands, where their young live until they are old enough to emerge. They are herbivores which means they eat vegetation. 

General Personality

Kangaroos are very fun and love to hop around! They are extremely outgoing and love attention. They are extremely affectionate and loving pets if cared for properly and acquired at the right age. Each Kangaroo will develop their own specific personalities and quirks but generally they are a fun pet. They spend most of the day exploring and eating. Being outdoors is great for them because they have more things "to do". They should always be in an fenced in area outside.

 

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. They can lean back on their tails and hind feet to "box" and use their claws to scratch and teeth to bite.

Costs for a Kangaroo:
*Fencing and Enclosure….......………$400-$4000
*Food (monthly cost)………………………$45
*Misc. toys & accessories……………….…..$50-$200


Preparing for a Kangaroo

 Before you bring your kangaroo home, you should have its enclosure ready. You will want o have plenty of grass your your kangaroos enclosure. Also the essential needs, such as water and shelter.

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 Kangaroo require?

   The first few weeks it is critical to spend as much time as possible with your baby so your baby gets familiar with you. Feed it by hand, spend time playing and relaxing. Once your baby is familiar with you, he will be much easier to work with once he reaches adult age. 


Coati Diet

 We portion our adult coatis meals as follows: 50% Protein 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, raisins,  corn on cob, etc.

Exercise: 

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 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.

 

Caring for a Coati in Captivity

 

Habitat: Coatis need a good amount of space and a rather large enclosure and they require a great deal of space. Recommended 6'x6'x6'x is the minimum for a coati cage. It is also good to make sure you have a proper latch, Coatis are very smart and you should not underestimate the ingenuity of your Coati as they can unlatch their cage door and escape. It is not recommended to have a Coati unsupervised around the house as it can easily wreak havoc on a household and chew up almost everything is can get its hands on. They will get into food and literally climb walls and curtains and destroy most paper products. 

 

Toys and enrichment: 

Providing your coati with toys will help prevent him from getting bored and unruly.  Toddler and baby toys are great choices, as are more complex dog toys.  Spending time playing with your coati will help in burning off excess energy.  A bored coati will not only get into trouble, but will be more prone to real problematic behavior such as biting. Coati can also climb very well and swim very well, they always need to be supervised when they are doing these activities to ensure safety. 

Neutering and spaying Coatimundi

Male coatis can become very aggressive once they are sexually mature.

Neutering can be performed by an exotics veterinarian and is recommended before the coati reaches 6 months of age. Females can become aggressive when they are in heat so spaying them is recommended for a more even tempered coati.

 

Handling:  Coatis are very sweet when they are raised with plenty of interaction and with proper handling and love and care. When this does not happen they can be aggressive and for interaction with a unruly Coati it is recommended that proper gloves are used to avoid biting. 

Ideal outdoors enclosure

Inappropriate coati enclosure 

Do they have scent glands or a smell?

Coati do not have a body odor when spayed or neutered except for a very faint skunk odor. When cared for properly and kept clean and in a proper enclosure Coati smell very faintly. 

Do they require any vaccinations?

Coatis generally need both dog and cat vaccines for distemper and many other diseases such as rabies vaccine. They do need monthly flea and tick treatment much like a dog and will need regular deforming. Many veterinarians are OK with vaccinated these exotic pets but always double check with them before bringing one in. 

What is their general personality?

Extremely playful, spunky, lovable, cuddly, will go to strangers and are described as being very puppy like. 

How are they with other pets?

They will play with friendly dogs, but may also attack small animals like a hamster. If you have other small pets, even cats it is not recommended for a Coati. If it is raised properly and given chances to interact when young with the pets it could be safe but we still caution. Coatis can be very rough when they play and can get irritated easily and will accidentally injure other animals 

Can I take my coati outside?

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. We highly recommend you training them to come when called when they are little. This is not a guarantee they wont run up a tree and wont come down but it is helpful, they can also be harness trained. 

Will my coati bond only to one person?

Your Coati will bond very strongly with you and your family. It will also be very accepting of visitors and will go to them easily as they are very curious and will be very interested in them. 

Are Coatis legal to own where I live?

Since every state, city, country and even certain home owner 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 they are allowed to have them as a pet in your home. 

** We will NOT knowingly ship animals into illegal states or countries**

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