If you thought you had seen all the possible pets, then brace yourself for some major enlightenment. Keeping cheetahs, venomous snakes, lions among other dangerous animals as pets in the home has been evident in some countries now. With the risk factor being too high, people still go ahead and enjoy the thrilling experience.
Surprisingly, some wild animals have the potential to become some of the best pets. For example, the Meerkat, which is a small carnivore belonging to the mongoose family. With the right training and precaution, you can pull this off and even have a mini-zoo in your home.
Do you feel tired of listening to the same purring cat or whimpering dog? Get yourself a unique pet today. Even though they are deemed to be vicious to their own species according to Stateschronicle.Com, Meerkats are quite friendly to humans. Before getting one, here are some tips for you
1. They love having company
Unlike bears, foxes, and moose, meerkats are not anything close to being loners. They value their company and even live in packs. With this in mind, don’t get one meerkat as it will get lonely and eventually run away in search of its own species. Two or three could do. In short, think of it as a friendly mongoose.
2. It is essential to have a small, sophisticated house for them
Meerkats treasure the sophistication of their tunnels and the many entrances and exits underground. Build something that has a couple of rooms and is concrete enough to stand any weather, probably in your backyard. This should be an ideal home for them.
Letting the meerkats inside your house would definitely be a grave mistake because they would chew off your cables, seats and even clothes.
3. Learn how to enforce discipline
While still young, train the meerkats about some of the basic rules, like how they are not supposed to enter the house, or even at what time they are supposed to eat.
Any animal is trainable; it just depends on the kind of time and determination you have. As hyperactive as they can be, training and living with meerkats at a tender age will make everything easier for your family and you
4. Know what they like eating and have it in abundance
The good thing about this species of animals is that it is a carnivore. Meat is always readily available in stores, and in all forms of shapes and sizes. Shortlist a few types of meat you like and have a variety of them in your fridge. Let the small mammal try it out and then you can know their favorites. Advisably, feed them during your normal meal times.
5. Be friendly and avoid fighting them
As innocent as they look, they can be quite murderous; but take it easy, they only kill their kind. However, you should always take precaution, especially if you have kids. These animals have two extremes; too playful, and too vicious. All in all, if push ever comes to shove, you can call the animal control agencies to control the situation.
Get out of your comfort zone and learn as much as possible about these small interesting creatures and share your experiences with a friend.