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So you think you want to own a Monkey?

Updated on May 7, 2011

Yes! She's babysitting

She babysits the puppies while I'm on the computer!
She babysits the puppies while I'm on the computer!

Owning a pet monkey has many different aspects, good and bad!

Of coarse being an owner of a Java Macaque monkey, I will first start my telling you the "Good" (in my opinion). I've had Madie sense she was 3 weeks old, which I will start from the beginning in a later hub, so please do come back.

At age 40, I found my self dealing with serious issues of "empty nest syndrome". My four children were all grown up, and on their own. And I wanted my very own baby that would never grow up and leave me. That's how it all started. So, I did lots of research, many hours of reading online, and talking to people I knew who already had a pet monkey.

You see, when i was growing up, most little girls carried a little baby doll around. Oh no, not me. I had a Mr. Chip, a Zippy and Tippy. Yes, as you probably guessed, all stuffed monkey's. My first face to face experience was with a spider monkey at the age of 12. It wasn't a good one either. I got too close to his cage, and I was wearing a complete headgear, hooked to my braces. This monkey (fast as lightening) came up and grabbed it, snatching it out of my mouth and quickly let it go. It snapped back and stabbed me in the face. He really hurt my feelings more than anything.

Nothing could persuade me not to get my very own pet monkey. I did want to make sure that it wouldn't get too big, or be able to ever over power me. So, I chose the Java Macaque female, mainly because females normally weigh 7-13lb while the males can weigh 11-20lb.

In the beginning, there were lots of bottle feedings, changing many many diapers, and trying to teach her what is ok, and not ok to do, or touch. Rocking her to sleep, and basically the same as raising a child that will never be able to talk, go to school, college or take care of themselves. If you can even imagine that. And always remember, as a baby they are cute and adorable, but they too grow up. A monkey is very strong, regardless of their size. They also think that everything is supposed to go in their mouth, or cheek pouch. If, a monkey sees you do something only "ONE" time, they are usually capable of doing it themselves after that. A monkey's job also, is to be able to take "ANYTHING" apart. And I mean anything. A pen, a camera,a computer, stuffed animal, glasses, and even a coffee maker. She can take a lid off, even if it says child proof. I've seen her eat through the plastic bottle. If you can think of it, she can destroy it. They are literally too smart for their own good. You should never underestimate what they are capable of doing. Owning a pet monkey is not for most people, I must say.

A pet monkey still has their own animal instincts, even though they have never been in the wild. A monkey does not like to share their food, but you are expected to share anything and everything you may eat. They also don't like to share your attention, weather it be with an animal, person, or computer. They usually prefer people of the opposite sex as themselves. Most monkey's do not like small children, unless they have grown up together. Even a pet monkey that you have raised can go from very sweet and loving, to mad over something as simple as you laughing. My Madie doesn't like it when someone is laughing, or you flush the toilet, or bang dishes around in the sink while washing them. When she gets angry, or knows she's done something wrong she will start biting herself. Usually her legs. When she first started doing that, it really upset me because I didn't like the idea of her trying to hurt herself. The veterinarian told me to be glad, because if she didn't bite herself , she would be biting people. So, there are lots of things I don't fully understand, but I love my monkey "Madie" with all my heart. Monkey's also live 31- 40 years. So it's also very important to have a plan in place in the event that something were to happen to you, who would take care of your pet monkey?

Madie loves to take a bath


I must tell you that a monkey can be very nasty. As they reach maturity, monkey's tend to engage in distasteful activities involving their feces and urine. This unfortunately, is part of owning a pet monkey. As they get older and wiser, they "DO NOT" want to wear a diaper. And definitely not, all the time.

So, yes there are lots of messes to clean up. The cage must be cleaned thoroughly, on a regular basis. The smell of monkey urine and feces is not meant for anyone with a weak stomach. It can be very strong at times, especially during a females monthly friend visits. Yes, they do have a monthly menstrual period too.

There are so many things about owning a pet monkey. I could carry this on forever, with stories, and factual information. But, I will save that for future hubs. So, please follow me to find out lots more about "Madie" my baby monkey.

Baby Java Macaque 5 weeks old

Monkey's in the wild-Java Macaques (like Madie)

She can "LOOK" so sweet and innocent

Don't be fooled, she won't stay there long...
Don't be fooled, she won't stay there long...

More about Java Macaques and Monkey's

I will be writing many hubs about "Madie" , monkey's, sharing lots of photos and how blessed I am to have her in my life. Every once in a while one of my children will ask; "Mom, what in the world would you ever do, if God forbid, something happened to Madie?"  I hope I never know the answer to that question, and that she will outlive me. I'd say her chances are pretty good sense she's 8 years old and I'm 48.


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      6 months ago

      Hi! I loved reading all about your baby, Madie! Monkeys are definitely sooo amazing and with their 95% DNA same as humans...are so human like! I look forward to reading more about your baby. Unfortunately I live in primates as pets allowed in California

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      19 months ago

      Is it legal to own a monkey?

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      3 years ago

      Are they illegal in Tennessee?

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      7 years ago

      madie is so cute i love monkeys is she a grumpy monkey like my moma me or my dog in the morning lol well ill read more comments later but seriously is she a grumpy monkey seee u later but please keep posting videos of madie bye

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      cmahan, Thanks for reading my hub! I sincerely wish Cain nothing but the best! I will keep checking on him & you :)

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      Chrystal Mahan 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Very informative. I wish everyone would stop and do some research before they get any type of animal. Madie is beautiful! And thank you for stopping by my blog and helping get the word out about Cain. I am in the process of working on a new post today.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey 50, thanks for reading my hub! And you're right...I wouldn't stop either. You are too funny! Thanks

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      An informative hub, I'm an animal lover as a rule but I think you just sold me on "If I ever see a hitch hiking monkey" I'm not stopping LOL.

      Thanks for a great write, 50

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      GetSmart, that's funny. Yes, she is a lot of work, between her and my nine dogs, there's never a dull moment around my house. And might I add, never a time when there's nothing to do! Thanks for the compliments, I just love hearing what people have to say. And thanks for taking the time to read.

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      8 years ago

      I love monkeys, but I am quite sure that I would not make a good monkey parent. Your article has made me grateful for even the worst behavior that my dogs can dish out! I am not sure how you do it! Having Madie is worth every ounce of effort to you I'm sure, but I'm exhausted just reading about it! Thank you for the very interesting hub.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Minnetonka Twin, thanks for being so sweet and kind. I enjoy your hubs too! :) Madie is a child to me.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      The Soothing Co. Thank you for reading my new hub. I will have to go visit you! I hope most everyone likes monkey's. :)

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      I love hearing about you Madie. I really enjoyed the videos too. I especially liked the video of Madie taking a bath. It's like watching a child playing in a bathtub. I am so intrigued with your monkey and I am so glad you are sharing Madie with us at Hubpages. I feel honored to meet her.

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      The Soothing Co 

      8 years ago

      This hub is awesome! We at soothing company love monkeys!

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      AP, I will try to find her on FB! I can sure tell you one thing, this ol'gal would take my Madie and move somewhere, where they could never get her. Canada, out of US, whatever it would take. PETA is a self righteous JOKE! I'm sure they think a laboratory for experimentation would be better? Geeez

      Thanks AP :)

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Shes not on HP but perhaps through one of the networks or associations...wait a sec, I'll tell her about you on FB if you'd like. What you say is so true and one thing that got me going was when PETA least in this State...tried to get a law passed to take these wonderful creatures out of loving and well cared for private homes. Unbelievable Where did they expect them to go? :-)

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Well thank you AP! There are many people who think they want a monkey, but have no idea what's involved, and the mere fact "They do grow up". I've seen too many just in my area, being re-homed! Or put in a rescue facility. Which is heartbreaking. They are like children, they don't understand. I've even fostered them for a year, so they wouldn't be taken from their owners. Owning a monkey can be disastrous!

      AP, I don't know who Susan Hicks is. I'm very new to hubpages. Would love a link if you have one. Thank you!

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Enjoyed reading your hub gitrdun. I'm a big proponent of the right for loving and responsible people having Monkeys. There's a friend here in the Mid- Carolina region Susan Hicks whom you may be familiar with. Yours AP :-)

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      Ricky Gray 

      8 years ago

      As a form er part parent of Madie, I can tell you, one visit with her and you are a "monkey person". Never thought I would be. Yes, there are bad things to deal with, and you have to be COMMITTED to them, and that means changing your whole outlook on life. They will make you love them, and loathe them, in short periods.


      Do not think anything is out of her reach

      Do not beleive she will not do it

      Keep small children away

      She will always take advantage of you, if you let her.

      She will ALWAYS come back to you, and show love. Escape is just her way of being defiante. I don't how to explain it any further, she is both friend and enemey.


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