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Aug 13 2007

I Want A Baby Meerkat As A Pet

Baby MeerkatHere is a picture of a baby Meerkat, which I want as a pet someday (not actually due to logistics). I don’t see how anyone can look at this picture and say that they wouldn’t want one. They are so small and adorable that they would be so much fun to watch play in a backyard.

The meerkat is a small mongoose weighing on average about 731 grams (1.61 pounds) for males and 720 grams (1.58 pounds) for females. Its long slender body and limbs give it a body length of 25 to 35 cm (10 to 14 inches) and an added tail length of 17 to 25 cm (7 to 10 inches). Its tail is not bushy like all other mongoose species, but is rather long and thin and tapers to a black or reddish colored pointed tip. The meerkat uses its tail to balance when standing upright. According to African popular belief (mainly in the Zambian/Zimbabwean region), the meerkat is also known as the sun angel, as it protects villages from the moon devil or the werewolf which is believed to attack stray cattle or lone tribesmen.

They are mostly known for the character on the Lion King “Timon”. They live mostly in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa. They used to being in groups (“mob”, “gang”, or “clan”) and living in Africa so it wouldn’t be possible to have it as a house pet. Here are some reasons why Meerkats would not be good as a house pet.

  1. Meerkats have a bad tendency to fight with other pets, which means large veterinary bills on both sides of the brauls.
  2. Also, they love to dig, which means HUMONGOUS holes in the floors, drywall, upholstery, etc., instantaneously.
  3. Meerkats are not able to be effectively house broken.
  4. Their diet in the wild is very expensive live insects and small mammals and reptiles, although they are fed raw meet in zoos.
  5. Meerkats are, duh, highly social, so it would be VERY cruel to keep them away from other meerkats.
  6. Meerkats BITE! They FREQUENTLY bite people that work with them. Their biting behavior is unpredictable, at best.

My Response: It will be easy to get around these slight “issues”. If you don’t have any other pets except a clan of Meerkats, you will take care of numbers 1 and 5. Also, if you have a house with a big open backyard, sand and desert style terrain, the holes wouldn’t be a problem. You can find the food that they eat…I mean snakes eat mice and people have them as pets. Finally, number 6 is a tough one, but I’ll take a stab at it. Meerkats may bite, but so do babies (but they are not animals) and their behavior is unpredictable just like any other animal. I have seen dogs, cats and fish become insane with rage causing all kinds of ruckus.

If having one as a pet is not an option, you can Adopt a Meerkat

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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  1. Anonyomous

    I want a pet meerkat as well :3

  2. mandy

    omg now I want one!!!

  3. mandy

    how BIG are they??? i heard like 3 inches tall (the baby onez) that would be WAY to cute

  4. Timothy Haroutunian

    I agree!!!!

  5. tim

    I saw a female meerkat in my backyard with two babys and i think i scared her away with her pups

  6. tim

    i live in california ad idont know how it got in my backyard

  7. Emily

    I want a meerkat. I saw them on tv.
    what a cool pet. I wish they didn’t
    bite or eat so much.

  8. Tom

    Im hopefuly getting one ! and by the way they dont bite and eat as much as you think , they can be trained easily e.g litter trained. Although they require a good diet at set times, just like a pet dog.

  9. Angela

    i want a meerkat for free

  10. dominique

    does anyone know how i can get hold of a baby for a pet? i live in sa, capetown

  11. Linda

    I see many of these are advertised in the junk mail (newspaper in south africa) as pets and go for round aboout R1000.00 which is quiet cheap, I think, they look pretty cool as pets.

  12. Les

    From someone who has worked with them for near twenty years, a meerkat is not nor probably ever will be suitable for a pet. All of our handlers who work with them have been bitten at a minimum five times. They appear very friendly and seem to like cuddling then without warning will bite what ever skin is open to them.

    They cannot be house trained to defecate of urinate in one particular place; such as a sand box. They are very, very expensive to feed and are very territorial, even with their handlers. They do not answer or obey a voice command, no matter how long they have been around humans.

    Les Anderson
    Arizona Animal Shelter (We are not connected with the A-SPCA)

  13. HOPE

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW MEERKATS ARE SO CUTE

  14. Angela

    They have a male meerkat, 7mths old. contact Mary at email : animalrescuefound@gmail.com for more details. I adopted there and they still have a male.

  15. Britt_Lively

    I want one as a pet! Im watching something on animal planet about them right now. I dont understand why you cant have one a a pet :(

  16. Nattalie

    I So Want a Meerkat. I Love Them Soo Much. I am So Going To Get One When Im Older. If Any One Knows Where To Get A Group Or Even A Few That Could Make a Group Please Tell Me :)

  17. George Wanker Bush

    Adopt a baby killer whale instead. They are lots of fun at the local pool.

  18. Noelle

    I love Meerkats. I took a lot of pictures of them at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They are so photogenic and look right at you. Someone should spend their life breeding a strain of domesticated Meerkats. Any takers? :) Then someday we can have them as pets hehehe

  19. foo bar

    They bite? Pull their teef out. Then they’d make good pets.

  20. natalie

    im OBSESSED with meerkats! i want 1, or 2, 3 if a could! :( but a cant even have 1! :( Gutted like a fish! their dead cuuute!! :) mines wont be a bad 1….. i promise! ;)

  21. Lizzie

    I got a nasty bite off a meerkat, it is much worse than a ferret bite. I have to take 2 types of antibiotics, it is very sore and will take a couple of weeks before I have the proper function of my hand again, and I was just giving them a water bowl!

    We have domesticated animals to keep as pets, there’s arguably nothing more rewarding than owning and training a dog, an animal that you can take with you on walks and repays your care and attention with loyalty and love.

    Wild animals belong in the wild where they can live their life to the full in their natural environment. Will people just get over the cuteness, and buy meerkat manor on DVD. I don’t think anyone could give them a stimulating enough life that they enjoy in the wild, not even in zoos. I think it is selfish of people to want one just so they can oo and aaww at it. Get a hamster, the bite won’t hurt as much. Lol.

  22. pitbull

    i want to buy a meercat

  23. Tony

    Wild animals should be kept in the wild? What about Marmoset monkeys? Capuchins? Snakes? Also wild animals………………….yet so many keep them as pets. Why should meerkats be different? I wish all these nature conservative people would go fuck themselves!!!

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