Everything you need to know about capybara pet

Before you go ahead and adopt a capybara, please reconsider your choices. While they are extraordinary animals and are very tame, there are many drawbacks to keep a capybara as a pet.

1. Capybara pet legality

Is is it legal to own a capybara? First and foremost, in some places, it is illegal to keep them as pets. In Texas and Pennsylvania it is allowed to keep them, and in many other places, you would need to consult your local legislation to see if you need any special permit.

capybara, zoo

But legal formalities aside, make sure you understand what keeping a capybara as a pet involves.

2. Capybara behavior

As you already know, capybaras live in groups and are very social animals. Adopting a single pet capybara is not recommended. You would need to adopt at least two capybaras, but preferably more of them.

capybaras – family

3. Capybara size and required space

Another important aspect, consider their size. They are huge. They are more than twice the size of a jackrabbit, they are the biggest rodents. Keeping at least two big rodents in good condition may be challenging and costly in itself, but besides that, they have special needs as well.

baby capybara sleeping

Because they are semi-aquatic creatures, you would have to provide them with plenty of water at all times, some owners choose to create special pools for them.

Capybaras also need plenty of space to roam around. It is not a wise idea to keep them indoors, as they will chew on everything they find. Your carpet and furniture won’t be safe with a capybara nearby.

Taking care of capybara as pets

If you still decide to get a pet capybara and provide them everything they need, make sure you have a nearby vet who can take care of the pet if needed. And make sure to fence the place where you keep them, as otherwise they will run away, as they are very fast animals.

Here are some basic tips:

Capybaras are very family oriented creatures. They do not do as well alone, but with a friend… other animal to bond with it will be content. In the wild they travel in groups as a family, usually 15 to 20.

Baby capybaras

Since my babies are taken from the mom at the age of 7 to 14 days it is very important for their well being that one needs for have a simple guideline for success in raising the capys.

All babies must have milk- warmed up to 6 to 8 months of age. They will gradually
wean themselves from the milk.
Put a tablespoon of sugar in the warm milk per ½ gallon. (As soon as they are DRINKING really well you can start decreasing the amount of sugar)

Put Puppy Chow on top of the milk. It will float and this gives them additional vitamins they need as well as fiber.

Capys will suck a bottle. Only a little at first and will increase as they are used to the bottle. It is very important to wash the milk from their mouths and skin after they suck the bottle.

CAUTION!!!!! The babies are taken from their group, placed in a pet carrier and they are scared to death, very nervous and confused. Be careful if you decide to reach in the carrier to get them out…. They will bite.

Do not let the capys out unless it is within a pen. They will run…they are very fast. It’s best to put the carrier in the pen and open the door. You may have to dump it out because it will hide as far back in the carrier as it can get.

REMEMBER… this wild animal will go in all directions to get away. It will hit the fence several times, settle and start walking the fence to find a way out. If they have a source of water that will be the first place it will go. If there is a sign of danger in the
wild capys escape to the water. They will hide under and around objects.

Feeding capybaras

Do not concern yourself if they do not eat for a day. Give them a corn on the cob and they will start eating. Any fruits/veggies are fine for them to eat. They need to be fed twice a day with treats around for them to snack on if they get hungry

They rest a lot during the day and are more active in the evenings. They often have runny stools… do not worry as it is what they eat.

Do not grab them by the hind legs as you might dislocate a leg. Hold them with your hand and arm under their belly and hand under their neck. Cuddle them and they will settle.

capybara drinking water

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