As a child, you probably asked your parents if you could have a pet. Whilst most children asked for fish, hamsters, maybe even a dog, many of us would have loved our own little monkey to take care of. However, this may not have been a good an idea as you had thought at the time..
Monkeys really aren’t that healthy
Monkeys actually carry a lot of diseases that may cause harm to your family. There are a number of ‘Zoonotic’ diseases that can be passed from your pet monkey to you, without any real danger being made clear.
It could be a lifelong commitment
Most domesticated animals, dogs for example, typically don’t live too much longer than 10 years. Monkeys on the other hand, can live up to 40 years! That’s one hell of a commitment for just one pet.
Monkeys are used to the wild, they can be aggressive…
Wildlife can be dangerous at the best of times, so it’s no surprise that monkeys can sometimes be aggressive. Steal their seat on the sofa or eat some of their food and there’s a chance you may be on the wrong end of your monkeys wrath.
…and also very messy!
There’s no need to clean up after yourself in the jungle, so it’s going to be up to you to clean up your monkey’s mess. Monkeys are prone to throw their faeces around, so this could be a disgusting task!
Monkeys and apes can actually grow larger than humans
Depending on the type of monkey you are hoping to buy, you could be looking at owning a very large pet. Can you afford to give your pet it’s own room? I think most family’s would find this a struggle.
Do you have your own jungle in your backyard?
Monkeys need to be out and about for the majority of their day. If you can’t offer the chance to swing through trees and adventure outside, you might have to look elsewhere.
Monkeys aren’t used to strict meal plans
In the wild, a monkey can swing from tree to tree picking up as much food as they like. At home, they may get restless if they aren’t getting the meals they are after. Will you be able to keep up with their demand?
What if your monkey gets ill?
I’m willing to guess that your local vet doesn’t get many monkeys through their front door. If your monkey does get ill, you are going to have a tough time finding a specialist who will be able to treat your little friend.
Monkeys cost how much?!
Most first pets cost little more than £50. A monkey on the other hand, can cost upwards of £4,000! If you’re wanting the perfect monkey, you best be prepared to pay up around £8,000.
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork
Before you are allowed to get your new pet, your local and national authorities will require a surprising amount of paperwork to be filled out. Unlike buying a new hamster at your local pet store, the process can take weeks, with no guarantee of a permit at the end of it.
So although you may have always dreamt of owning a pet monkey, it may not be the best idea for your household pet. Why not set your sights a little lower, who doesn’t love dogs anyway?