Wild Thing Domesticated Live-In?

Do you keep domesticated or wild animals in your home? If you do, you know they require a lot of care. In our household we have the ultimate in wild, untamed things – the Monkey! She is unpredictable to say the least.

In caring for your monkey you must always provide a good environment. In the case of a primate such as this, you need lots of room for exercise and exploration – a jungle gym perhaps?

Watch your monkey swing, hang and spin on this network of bars and elevated platforms!

Your pet will need a solid diet. That is to say, sweets and eats high in sugar are not Monkey’s friend. It is best to provide  three balanced meals with two small snacks spaced throughout the day. One snack between breakfast and lunch. The other between lunch and dinner. Avoid fatty foods. And limit the quantity of fruit. Just because it is fruit doesn’t mean you can eat all you want. Fruit is still high in natural sugar. It’s best to limit fruit to one a day. Encourage fresh veggies like carrots and celery. Monkey might turn her nose up at first, but she’ll learn to like it – eventually. Or she’ll starve in the process.

Monkeys need lots of love. Maybe you need to get in to Monkey’s habitat and play with him or her. Swinging on that bed might prove to be a little fun. Come on! Remember what it was like to be a kid again. Just don’t jump on the top bunk and put your head through the ceiling. No one wants that repair bill.

Keep your monkey healthy and clean, provide a proper and safe habitat and teach them the rules of the house and you MAY have a roomie you can live with.

I have learned to co-exist with my Monkey despite my first (not-so-good) encounter with the species. You may recall my mention of meeting the chimp in my neighbor’s backyard. Not good. Anyway, if I can do it, you can do it. Making a home for your wild-thing just takes a few adjustments, but it’s always within the realm of possibility.

Tell me, do you have a wild – thing living with you and have you gone to extensive lengths to make them comfortable?

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About Debra Kristi

Debra Kristi is a mother, an author, a Pinterest addict, and sometimes DIY home decorator. Hang with her to organize your everyday and leave your mind open to the fantastical.
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29 Responses to Wild Thing Domesticated Live-In?

  1. Kelly Gamble says:

    When I was little, my dad used to call us house apes. My monkeys are all gorillas now, but when they come home for the holidays, we will definitely be swinging from the trees.

  2. Krystal Wade says:

    You’re funny! Does your monkey know you talk about her this way? :-p

    • Debra Kristi says:

      I showed her the last post and she knows we call her monkey. It totally fits her. You should see the way she swings off the bed. She treats it like it’s a jungle gym. She totally is a little monkey. It’s all in fun. And it’s her “Super Star” week! This post concludes the focus on Monkey and her week of stardom. LOL

  3. I live in a zoo…need I say more? 🙂

    You’re monkey is a pretty lucky little monkey. However, when she hits those turbulent, rebellious teenage primate years, my grandmother had a suggestion that might come in handy. It involves steel drums and tiny pieces of food that can be tossed in through the hole in the lid. 🙂

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Are you suggesting I lock her in the room? I’m sure your mother wouldn’t be suggesting such a thing. LOL Tell her thank you for the thought. 🙂 Although I have had nightmares of the kids shimming down the palm tree just outside my son’s balcony. Probably a one way trip so they would get caught trying to get back in.

  4. My son is definitely a monkey. My daughter is more of a gazelle. 🙂

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Your son likes to climb a lot then? And your daughter, calmer? Is she graceful? It’s funny how they can be so different. My son wasn’t and still isn’t much of a climber. There isn’t a place in the house I can put something my daughter won’t get to. Top shelf of the closet, no problem. 1-2-3 Got it!

  5. Fabio Bueno says:

    I I still can’t tell if you’re talking about a real monkey or a figurative one (like a monkey on your back) 🙂
    I have two real parakeets that, while not wild, are considered exotic. My family loves them.
    They have a large cage and a bunch of accessories, toys, special perches, food. Not to mention they need to play with us at least an hour a day.
    Last week, I took them to their first visit to the veterinary, and the girl asked me “do they have pet health insurance?” I had never heard of that! That’s when I realized the expenses would climb even higher…

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Oh my gosh, pet insurance is expensive is it not? They mentioned it to me a few times when I still had my cat. Crazy! Pets have everything we humans have these days. We are supposed to brush their teeth, take them in for dental appointments, etc. Ugh! It will break the bank I tell you.

      That’s cool that you have parakeets. Birds have never liked me. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe they have me pegged for a cat lover. Or maybe I have cat running through my veins like Cloe. Hahaha (That was reference to a book – now tv show- about a girl/cat hybrid)

      My daughter’s nickname is Monkey, so I am referring to the child in the house in this post. 🙂

  6. Looks like your monkey wants for nothing, especially her mother’s love. 🙂
    My son was a climber, too. He also took apart anything and everything, trying to figure out how it worked. Unfortunately he couldn’t always figure out how to put it back together again. And neither could mom!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      My son took things apart too. Still does sometimes. When that happens we can usually kiss it goodbye. No one can put it back together again. But curious minds want to know, right? 😀

  7. LOL! Like Fabio, I wasn’t sure if you were referring to a real monkey or one of your kids, not until I read your response, Debra.

    No more monkeys in our house. They’ve grown up and moved away. Now I’m looking forward to the day when they have their own monkey, in which case, I’ll go to their house and jump on their beds. 🙂

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Sorry about that. In most posts when I refer to my daughter I will call her Monkey and then let you know who I am talking about. In the cast of this post I thought it killed the illusion if I did that, so just Monkey it was.

      It’s good when you can go there and cause all the ruckus. We do send our kids to grandma’s for overnighters though. It could happen. 🙂

  8. Fantastic advice, Debra! And LOVE the monkey video. 🙂 I put ample effort into keeping my wild 90 pound American bull dog happy, healthy and wise. (Never mind, she needs no help with that last bit!) Hope the jungle’s good to you this weekend!

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Ooh! I bet that bull dog loves all the effort you put into making him happy, healthy and wise. He is lucky to have you. As I ‘m sure you feel the same way about him. Keeping my fingers crossed about that jungle. It’s quiet now as all the little monkeys are sleeping.

  9. Okay, true confession here ~ monkeys scare the bejeebus out of me. I saw a documentary on them once and all the monkeys went nuts, ripping each other to shreds, it traumatized me.

    Having said that, your monkey sounds like she’s be tons of fun to have around! Every time I see monkey things now, I’m going to think of your little Monkey and maybe it will help get me over my fear of the beasts. Plus, your Monkey likes pink and any monkey that likes pink has to be sweet, right?

    • Debra Kristi says:

      True monkeys can be freaky and should always be viewed from a safe distance. That’s my take. I believe they are rather smart and that makes them dangerous. This one time we were at the zoo at the gorilla exhibit when Gamer was very little (three maybe) when the silver back came right up to the glass. Gamer ran from where he was to the place where the gorilla was and tripped along the way falling on his face. I’d swear that gorilla looked down on him and smiled. It was clear as day. Kind of freaky.

  10. Do I have monkeys? Yes, mine came in a set, making them all the more crafty. One of my monkeys was up before dawn, wandering around in the dark, in the living room, banging around a pop can he snatched from somewhere. The zoo keeper was not amused. The zoo keeper needs a raise. The zoo keeper wouldn’t even be able to keep her eyes open if she hadn’t drank a barrel of coffee before she read this post….

    • Debra Kristi says:

      You poor thing! I remember when mind were younger and I had to get up with them. That’s why there is such an age difference between mine. Sleep deprivation. One time we woke up to the doorbell. It was my kid – outside – ringing us at some ungodly hour of the morning. Needless to say the lock situation on the doors changed after that.

  11. Emma Burcart says:

    My brothers were the wild things growing up, while I sat in the corner reading a book. And one of them got pay back, big time! My neice puts all wild children to shame! If you’re on the ride she wants at Chuck E. Cheese, you better look out. She’ll take you down!

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  13. LOVE this post!! I have 2 monkeys!! They are literally hollering, ooooing, aaahhhing and running all over in a very manic fashion! There needs to be a safe and effective monkey sedative that is acceptable in our culture to hand out.

    • Debra Kristi says:

      Thank you Molly! I don’t know what I would do if my other one what like this. My one is like several as it is. You must be a strong lady. 🙂 I agree, there needs to be something to calm them – safely. Mine only knows how to get more wound up until she crashes at far too late at night. LOL But they are awesome and I can see some amazing quality that will serve her well as she grows older. I’m sure you can see the same in your two.

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