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We are accepting deposits on baby Kinkajous. Thought you might enjoy the latest photograph of our recent baby born. Please contact Pam at Texas Exotic Animals for details and pricing, 903-573-1994 or email email@example.com
What a joyous way to celebrate Easter Morning! We are proud to annouce the birth of another sweet baby Kinkajou. Born 3-31-13, we certainly do not know the gender yet. If you want more details and pricing information please call Pam at Texas Exotic Animals, 903-573-1994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Baby Kinkajou picture is not the actual baby at this time, we will update with actual photo as soon as possible)
Many diets can vary, if you purchased your baby Kinkajou else where, please check with your breeder to avoid making your baby sick by changing diets to fast, especially when it comes to dry foods and milk formulas, so I will just tell you what I feed mine.
EIGHT WEEKS OLD TO 4 MONTHS: Mix one teaspoon baby rice cereal with a one to two inch slice of banana mashed up well and add about 30 ml. of prepared Esbilac puppy milk . Sometimes a small amount of warm water is needed if the mixture is too thick. This mixture should be slightly warm, but not hot. Test it before you burn your baby, please! Let them eat as much as they want. Some waste is normal, so don't panic if they don't eat all of it. If they want more as they grow you can increase the amount of each ingredient slowly. I hand feed this formula mixture in a shallow dish 3 to 4 times daily. Your baby will lick it up! I don't use a bottle because baby kinkajous have such a powerful need to suck that it is easy for them to aspirate.
3 MONTHS TO ADULT: Early on I start adding small pieces of fruit like bananas, papaya, melons, and apple sauce in an addition bowl or I offer it by hand. Not too much at first and try only giving one type of food at a time. Offering too many choices seems to overwhelm them or turn them off of trying them. They will take to banana pretty easily, so you might have to work a little harder to get them to try new things if you don't start working with their diet early on. Let them get used to one type of food and then move to the next. I am sorry to say that you might have some wasted food in the beginning, but that's normal. As time moves on I let them wean themselves off of the formula, they usually do so around four to six months. They will slowly start eating more of the fresh stuff and less formula. At this time it's time to start adding the hard stuff! To get them used to eating their dry foods, soften them with liquids. Puppy milk, baby foods, apple juice or apple sauce is what I use. They will always enjoy this, but after they are eating well only use the softened biscuits as a treat. It's best to make sure they have a separate bowl of dry foods in their enclosure at all times. Adults eat 1 to 2 cups of the fresh stuff daily. I offer the fresh stuff to them in the early evening so that is stays fresh ( adults).
FRUITS: Fruits I use on a regular basis are bananas, papayas, melons, and apples, but feel free to try new things. I do all the time. I don't ever use strawberries. The reason for this is kinkajous are prone to have strawberry allergies. Not all do, but it's not worth it to me to experiment with my babies.
VEGETABLES: Veggies I use on a regular basis are fresh carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans and I often buy bags of frozen mixed veggies to add a few different things to the mix.
DRY FOODS: Having tried a few different types I have settled on a mixture of Monkey Biscuits. I have more than one kinkajou so this is easy for me. You might need to choose one biscuit and some Monkey Crunch. I use a combination of Mazuri products. The Maintenance Biscuit, the banana flavored Growth and Reproduction Biscuit and Monkey Crunch. I also add a tiny handful of dry Iam's lamb and rice dog food in the bowl (not too much) as it helps add protein to their diet.
PROTIENS: We did not talk about this much, because they don't need much. I do add a small amount of cooked egg or boiled chicken once or twice a week. They won't eat much but it's good to get them to eat some protein now and then.
OTHER FOODS: Kinkajous are scavengers in the wild. Older pet kinkajous can be little garbage cans when it comes to food, so don't let your baby get fat. It's not healthy. With that said just like any kid, if they see you eating or drinking it, they will want some. Most of the time it's okay for them to have a bite on a separate plate. (Disclaimer: Don't eat after any animals or let them lick you in the mouth and always wash your hands before and after handling any animals. These days you have to write disclaimers.) Other foods they enjoy are canned baby foods, baby snack biscuits and cereal treats, yogurt (I give a spoonful now and then, not too much. Kinkajous are lactose intolerant.), Fig Newtons, healthy cereals, and honey or anything sweet. Please go easy on the sweet stuff. They take to processed sugar like a junkie takes to drugs. I give mine only one Fig Newton a day and sometimes I put some honey nut cheerios in my pockets and let him search for them. Use these things as training aids and treats more than just added to the feed dish.
WHAT NOT TO FEED: I hope you're smart enough to know this, but if you not here goes. NO ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, ONIONS OR DIET SUGARFREE PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND. Remember, some Kinkajous have strawberry allergies so I don't recommend those either.
I hope you found this helpful. I may edit and change things in the future as I try new things. There are always more things to learn, and there are always different ways to do things. This is what I do and is has worked for me.
A few pics of one of my adult breeding pairs. Their names are Pebbles and Bam Bam ( sorry they are not for sale). Even though they are breeders they are very sweet and will often eat bananas out of your hand. They are playful and curious. I think they spend more time watch us than we spend watching them. Due to the 2011 Texas heat I have their enclosures inside my home. During great weather days they have plenty of outside time and fresh air to enjoy. Kinkajous often eat upside down as seen in the pics above.