Genets In The Wild: What You Need To Know To Keep Them Safe And Happy In Your Own Home (And Away From Your Pets)
Genets catch people's eyes as exotic pets because of their beautiful patterns. They are not affectionate pets. A genet requires a large, secure enclosure that contains trees or other climbing structures. Because they are nocturnal in the wild, captive genets tend to be active at night and sleep during the day. Genet is a species of viverra genetta. Genets are considered wildlife in most states. They can be regulated as such. Most states consider genets to be wildlife. Owning them is either illegal or requires a special permit. If not specified, genets fall under the generic label "wild animals". They are solitary creatures that are not well suited to life out in the open. They have little interest in interacting with humans. Even keeping a genet for entertainment or to impress others is unkind to the animal. Many people who want exotic pets for the wrong reasons are not able or willing to invest the time and money to create a suitable habitat for the genet. Genets are not hands-on pets. They're usually aloof and independent. Some genet owners consider the controversial practice of declawing . Genets perceive smaller pets, like mice and hamsters, as prey items. Their presence in the same room with small rodents will stress out smaller pets. Your genet should have a large , secure enclosure at least 4 by 8 feet with a height of 6 feet. A giant ferret cage is the best option because it has levels to climb on and small bar spacing so the animals can't escape. Most genets are litter box trained. They also have similar diets to felines. In the wild , small rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and insects are all prey to the Genet. Genetts offer a mixture of grain-free ferret food and high-quality commercial cat food in captive cages. There are no approved vaccines for genets. Exotics vets recommend annual checkups. Spaying and neutering should be done at a young age . Genetts are intelligent and active. They need room to explore, move, and climb. They do not enjoy company very much. A persistently curious or aggressive dog or cat can make a Genet feel frightened and stressed. They will climb all over your house, trying to get as high as possible. . . .