Pet Monkeys – Are They For YOU?

We’ve all seen Friends; the hit sitcom where Ross owns a small monkey. We’ve all seen the cartoon of Curious George, the monkey that gets into constant mischief. What you probably haven’t seen, or noticed for that matter, is that more and more people have seen these references and wanted a monkey of their own. It’s true! Monkeys are becoming the new pet fad of today. Did you know that “baby monkeys for adoption” is a keyword that receives several hundred searches a day? Well, if you’re considering buying a pet monkey, there are a few things you may want to consider.

First of all, do you have the finances required to maintain a monkey? Monkeys require specialty food that isn’t always easy to find. Also, monkeys often require diapers since they are very difficult to potty train. The cost of the monkey itself can range anywhere from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars and the pet insurance for monkeys can often be very expensive. Make sure, if you’re thinking of buying a monkey, that you have the monkey in your budget.

People often forget that monkeys can’t be treated like people. Just because they are similar to humans in body shape and physical behaviors, doesn’t mean they have the same mental capacity as humans. In fact there are several things that make monkeys very challenging as pets. For example, they sometimes try to establish dominance with children and small adults. Secondly, they can be very moody and depending on their mood, they will act differently towards their owners.

Another thing to consider is whether you want to commit to this animal for its entire lifetime. It’s not fair for the monkey if you want it now and a year later decide it doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle so you give it up to a shelter. Make sure you indeed will stay with it for the entire duration of its life. A monkey takes years to adapt to its life with you and even longer if you force it to adapt to a new family a couple years into its life.