Marmoset Care Basics

Do you find primates captivating? One primate that is both cute and captivating is the marmoset. These guys can make good pets, but they require lots of TLC. A Farmers Branch, TX vet discusses marmoset care below.


Several different monkeys fall under the marmoset umbrella. They range in size, though it’s safe to say they are all adorable. These guys can live up to 20 years with proper care, so think carefully before adopting one. One thing that is important to consider is the fact that marmosets need lots of attention. When left alone too often, they get very sad and upset and can even become aggressive. Marmosets are often happiest with a mate. Just be prepared: double monkeys means double work … and baby marmosets!


Permits are required for many primates, and marmosets are no exception. Check with local authorities. Also, be sure to purchase your pet from a responsible breeder.


Marmosets are very intelligent, and can be quite a handful. Proper training is a must! We recommend enlisting the aid of a professional, as training monkeys can be tricky.


Your pet will need an enclosure that is at least 6′ tall, 6′ wide, and 4′ deep. Ideally, you would want an outdoor enclosure with an enclosed nest box. Add branches, trees, swings, platforms, rocks, towels, plants, tunnels, and bird toys for your pet to monkey around on. As for substrate, peat, sawdust, and wood chips are all fine. The cage should be kept between 70 and 80 F, with about 40 to 60 percent humidity. This will require special equipment. Marmosets are clean, their urine has a very pungent smell. Regular cleaning is a must. Ask your vet for more information.


You can get commercial marmoset food, though it’s obviously not something you can pick up at a convenience store. You’ll need to supplement this with a mix of insects, such as mealworms and crickets; and protein, such as eggs, yogurt, and cooked meat, fish, or poultry. A variety of fresh fruits and veggies will round out your little buddy’s menu. Marmosets also enjoy chewing Arabic gum. Your pet will also need Vitamin C and D3 supplements to stay healthy. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes, supplements, and treats.

Please contact us, your Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, with questions about marmoset care. We’re here to help!

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