Raise a pet Coatimundi: Know the details
Raising a coatimundi as a pet can be challenging at first, especially if you are doing it for the first time. You need to know many important things. You should also consider different sets of factors while doing this to ensure that your exotic pet doesn’t grow up with bad habits that may cause some harm later on.
One of the most important things to know about raising a coatimundi as a household pet would be not to overfeed your baby during a feeding. You should watch how much you feed your exotic pet because coatis generally continue to feed until they get very bloated. Overfeeding can cause inhalation pneumonia; loss of body condition; and loose stools. When you finish feeding your pet coati and he is still hungry, you should wait at least 45 minutes before you can offer him the bottle again. At 5 weeks of age, your pet coati should begin eating an average of one ounce per feeding. You should feed your pet four times a day. You can increase this frequency as your exotic pet ages. Don’t forget to burp your pet coati after every meal.
The next important thing to know about raising your exotic pet would be the right time for weaning. This is generally up to the pet owner and may be based on their own circumstances. You should know that the more you bottle feed your baby coati, the less inclined he will be to eat solid food. At 5 or 6 weeks of age, you should start putting down some dry puppy food for your exotic pet. When you start feeding your exotic pet solid food, you can mix some apple juice with puppy food or monkey biscuits. Each coati is considered individual with its own unique taste buds. Some of the coatis’ favorite foods include pizza, cold cuts, newtons, blueberry muffins, watermelon, eggs, and bananas.
Vaccination schedules are another thing to consider. These should be the same with puppies and kittens. The first vaccines and deworming are given at 5 or 6 weeks of age. After which, this is done every 3 weeks until the coatis reach the age of 16 weeks. Annual boosters and deworming are also highly recommended. Aside from this, coatis should also receive a distemper and parvovirus vaccine for dogs or DHLP-P and panleukopenia vaccine for cats. You can deworm your pet coati with any good cat or dog dewormer.
Next, never use too many flea products because most of these things are toxic to exotic animals. If you have a pet coati that is less than 12 weeks old, you might be better off spraying Adams brand flea spray on a towel and wiping it into his fur. Don’t go overboard with this.
Lastly, if you have a male coati, it is highly recommended that you neuter him. Males that are destined for breeding, on the other hand, must be reared by the mother or placed in the breeding pen between 4 and 6 months of age.