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I need help with my kinkajou please desperate for help:(

Discussion in 'Private Collections & Pets' started by Daisy1, 21 Mar 2014.

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  1. Daisy1

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    Hi I bought a 3 yr old kinkajou she was used for breeding, also she is pregnant. Ever since I put her in her new cage she has been acting up a lot! The first week I had her she did really well. Now she keeps hissing and trying to bite me. She bit me already awhile ago an broke the skin. The weird thing is that she will hiss and try biting while she is laying on my lap cuddling so that's why in confused please help!:(
     
  2. Cian bennett

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    If say she might miss her home/natural surroundings that she was used to. Mabey she might miss her babies. Animals tend to associate one thing with another example: if you show your dog his food bowl-he will get exited therefor he associates the bowl with food. The same with if you show him his lead-he knows hes going for a walk so he assocaited the leads with walking. Mabey your kinkajou associates you with being taken away from the place she loved and was used to. Mabey she associates humans with her babies bring taken away. I have a resucued cat that bites and scrapes me when i touch her back or belly. Her previous owners used to beat her so mabey your kinkajou might have been abused and you may have touched him in an area where he is sensitive. In some cases certain animals hate going into cages because they associate them with being in a confined space and some animals were even abused with tazers or power hoses. If i were you i would contact the previous owner and ask to see her prevoius living conditions and if he has any other kinkajous, ask to see them

    Hope this helps!! :)
     
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    I have never owned one.... nor would I.
    But after a very quick internet search I wondered why, for Heaven's sake, you got one? Did you research it beforehand? It took a few seconds to see many posts around the internet saying they make poor pets and require a great deal of care and space.
    So good news, there is plenty of info easily available online.
    Bad news for you, they can live 20-40 years if well cared for and will run your life. Ready?
     
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    I did a year of reaserch before getting one trust me I knew they were a lot of work and how long they lived but I don't care about that I'm willing to do all of that and they don't make poor pets at all
     
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    Apart from when they hiss at you and bite you! :confused:
     
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    Well there can be so many different reasons why they are biting for hissing I'm just trying to get people's opinions. Possibly find someone one owns them and get there intake on her.
     
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    Maybe it is terrortorial or is going through breeding season. :confused:
     
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    Hmm. Kinkajou have never been pleasant for me while working at the Zoo. They just have an Kinka-tude. Some are different, but it is rare. Most of the stuff you read online you can take with a grain of salt. Breeders will lie to sell the cute babies. Buying an already pregnant female, she could be having issues not met via husbandry/diet/medical. I would take her to an Exotics Vet'. Just to be safe. The thing with online forums, people share their stories how they want it told, and only the good stuff. People are ashamed to share the real, horror stories. That is how we learn. Dealing with living animals aside from the “normal" cats, dogs, et al, exotics are a whole different story. Need a good Vet'. You can also do as much research and read, study, et al and recite it blindfolded like, regurgitated baby food spoon-fed, doesn't mean much. Observation! Observation! Observation! Your critter will tell you more by body language and temper', than anything. Listen to the animal, she is the teacher, you are merely the student. Your Kinkajou “may" tolerate your holding and snuggling like, you said. Then, she doesn't. She is telling you something. Take her to the Vet'. Start with medical and work your observations. It pays dividends. :D
     
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    How much did you buy her for and did the person you bought her off look a bit dodgy
     
  10. Daisy1

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    The problem with the vet is that she won't even let me hold her yet so she will not let a vet hold her so idk what to do about that and I paid 1500 for her and no the lady was really nice and trust worthy
     
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    You said she was pregnant, how close to her due date is she? Animals tend to be more protective when pregnant especially as they get closer to the birth.
     
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    Vet's are accustomed to dealing with animals. Whether using proper handling, special gloves, squeeze cages, carrier, you name it, they can do it. All thus really seems to be is a cry for help, to hold your “pet". Which is sad, really. When new animals come into the home, they should have a Vet' appointment made ASAP. They should also be quarantined, in a designated climate-controlled room, that has low-light and in a quiet setting. You were given ideas on what to do, and if she is indeed pregnant, then, she should be left alone. Feeding, watering and observation. Let her relax and do what she will do. This is why exotics don't make great pets for everyone. All you want to do is hold it, love it, squeze it. Leave her be. Get her to a Vet', stat. Stop procrastinating. If you went into this venture, to purchase a kinkajou, the seller should have never sold you a pregnant female. In the first place. That is irresponsible and shows that he/she was driven by the sale, not what is best for the animal. Was this an impulse buy? Did you even vet the seller? Did the seller ask you a mile-long list of questions about your enclosure, diet, lighting, climate-control, vet services, etc? I doubt it. Do that female a favor while helping yourself in the long-run, take her to the Vet' and get her checked-out, or return her to the seller. This is not gonna end well for the animal. If the seller refuses to refund, which they will. Suck it up and turn that animal over to authorities that can properly care for it. Do it soon, as in tomorrow. Make a choice and stick to it. Before you end up taking pics, which I'm sure you have done and posted them on some website with a 'book, 'gram, 'itter, etc, and have to explain why the animal died, and blame everyone else but yourself. Which, her being in your possession, falls solely on you. Save the animals life and get refunded or eat the cost and give her to the proper authorities that can care for her.
     
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    Very wise words Gulo gulo that I somehow don't think will be listened to.I know I for one would not trust the breeding female at a collection that I help out at every now and again,when she is expecting which she is at the moment as I know her moods can change very quickly!
     
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    That's what I'm guessing this is. Mixed in with the stress of a randomly new surrounding where she may or may not be getting the best care, plus might have something wrong with her. Before buying any pet, I'd make sure I had a good vet to take them to.

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
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    Ok honestly you have no idea what your are talking about. You totally just putting ideas in your head and putting words in my mouth. I have had enough exotic animals to know how they are taken care of any everything. Tho has nothing to do with me just wanting to hold her and stuff. Also the lady I bought her from was a breeder but her mom got cancer so she has to get rid of the kinkajou as soon as she could and I spent a lot of time thinking about buying her and doing reaserch on a pregnant kinkajou. I can completely take care of her with no problem so please don't say I need to hand he over to save her life!! I only wanted some opinions from someone who works with kinkajous or owns one. I don't need you judging the situation before knowing anything. I don't appreciate it.
     
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    And again she has vet papers she is not sick or anything she is a legit animal! I already have an established vet.
     
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    I will repeat the advice I gave you when you discussed the matter in the chatroom a few nights ago: if you want to speak to various people who work with and/or own kinkajous, your best bet would be a forum specialised in the private ownership of exotics.

    The following forum is one of the better ones, and despite the name of the site, deals with all exotic animals: Reptile Forums UK - Care, Pictures, Classifieds & More
     
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    First off, two of the posters on this thread have worked with Kinkajous in captive settings, one of which with a pregnant female and they've both agreed on the same advice. So take Gulo's!

    Second, would you mind telling us what the enclosure for her is like? How does she gets her darkness and privacy and climbing abilities?

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
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    Well if you don't want advice from people on this site I suggest you find a specialist exotic pet forum and post your question on there,but I suspect you will like the answer you will get for any of those sites even less than what you are getting here now!!

    As from all that you have said in your post the feeling I get is all you want to be able to do,is to be able to cuddle and hold your Kinkajou and be able to boast look what I have got that you haven't!!I know I for one would never try holding or touching the female that I have WORKED WITH when she is expecting!!!!!
     
  20. Gulo gulo

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    I am not getting sucked into trollville. You asked for behavioral help of your kinkajou on a Zoo-enthusiast website. Who does that? Then, you get different options to follow-up on your own obligation to the health and well-being of the new animal in your charge. By the reactions in your replies, you will wait it out until something happens. Experience only goes so far, those that claim to be experts, are fooling themselves. The experts are the animal(s), as they are descended down generation-by-generation whether captive or wild. So, in the end, enjoy your animal. I hope you do what is best for her, not what hurts your pride. You took the right step by first asking for help, just the avenue you chose to ask, was not one that spoon-fed you the answers your eyes wanted to eat.