Common 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 desirable 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! As with any animal, these are lifelong commitment and NOT easy to keep. Do as much research as possible!
Many states, cities, counties and HOA's have primate bans in place. If you are serious about owning a marmoset you need to contact your state Fish and Wildlife Commission or Department of Agriculture first to comply with laws.
States that do not allow primates in private posession:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
Even if your state is not listed as banned, that doesn't mean they are legal where you live. Laws change all the time check your state, county, and city to make sure monkeys are legal where you live.
Marmoset Care and Facts:
Average Lifespan: Up to 20 Years.
Diet: Our adult diet mix is comprised of mazuri New world Primate biscuits, Zupreem Marmoset food mixed with chopped fruit and veggies. Just like us, they really enjoy diverse food options so we mix the fruit and veggies up every few days. We also supplement with rice, pasta, cereals, yogurt, shrimp, insects and nuts.
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.
Living with a Marmoset:
When hand raised from infancy, marmosets can make fun and enjoyable pets for the right household. 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 recommend 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.
They cannot be left in a cage alone for extended periods of time they require a lot of attention and care. If there is no one home all day, or if you have young children a marmoset is NOT FOR YOU.
Baby Marmosets are very susceptible to viruses, colds, flus, and cold sores all of which can be fatal. They should not be exposed to a lot of people for this reason, you should not take them out in public.
Once they reach sexual maturity they change drastically. Typically only like the 1 or 2 people that raised them as a baby. They do not do well with strangers and get territorial or will attack a stranger or child. They are small but have sharp teeth and can cause significant injury.
Costs for keeping a Pet Marmoset:
Canned Marmoset Diet…….....................$3/Month
Fresh foods and Supplements......................$20/Month
Diaper and covers........................................$5-$20
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.