How Capuchin Are Not Good House Pets
Although capuchins may be cute, they are wild animals. Many people prevent attacks by taking out the monkeys teeth, which is a cruel thing to do to a living animal. Capuchins can be friendly but they are also extremely hard to care for them. Capuchins are extremely needy, they require the attention of a child and can get anxiety, depression, and agression when you leave them alone. Although capuchins are the most equipped as service animals, being able to open water bottles, work the television, and fetch dropped items, capuchins are barely placed in homes for the disabled because they fear that the monkey could be a danger. Capuchins can become agressive by the time they turn 5 and can live up to 40 years old, thats 40 years of the possiblilty of being attacked. Capuchins who have been loyal to their owners can turn on them at any givin moment, a disabled woman had her monkey for three years and never had a problem but when the monkey turned 4 the monkey (kaylie) attacked her owner, the woman will never be able to use her right hand again. I think you will have a safer time with out a wild monkey as a pet and the capuchin will have a happier life living in its group in the wild.
"Monkeys are A LOT of work. They are messy animals when eating and pooping,
expensive to maintain in a healthy environment. (Monkey chow is $25 for a 20lb
bag, vet checks avg $350, diapers, fruits and veggies, etc) They can not eat
people food. They are prone to diabetes and will require insulin shots if given
too much sugar. If they don't recieve the amount of time and mental stimulation
they will become bored and can get aggressive, or self mutilate. Capuchins can
live 45+ years if propoerly cared for. They can bite if scared, or threatened.
They will get into everything (open doors, refrigerators, medicine cabinets...).
They are social animals and do best in pairs. They do require 24 hour
companionship to be happy. You must watch them as if they were a 2 yearold when
out of their cage. "