Nowadays, most, if not all of us love the company of pets. Be it a pet that will give you company or one that will provide your kid with companionship, we cannot deny that pets are crucial in today’s living experiences. That said, therefore, you are likely to stumble across a new pet especially on social media, and such pets include a sloth.
So, this raises the question, do sloths make good pets? To help you answer this question, I will discuss all you need to know about sloths. Read on so that you can have an idea of what to expect when you want to bring a sloth in your home.
What are the Sloths?
For those who may be wondering what sloths are, I hope this will give you a brief idea.
Sloths are arboreal mammals that are known for their slow movement. In fact, the name “sloth” arises from the word “slow” to depict that these are slow-moving mammals. However, they can move quickly when confronted by predators.
In simple terms, we can refer to sloths as “energy-efficient” mammals since their slow movement is based on the fact that they are metabolically adapted to help conserve energy. The mammals spend most of their life hanging upside down on the trees of the tropical rainforests found in Central America and South America.
That said therefore, let’s turn back to our main topic and determine the factors that you need to consider when you want to get a pet slot.
What to consider when you need a sloth for a pet
As I had stated earlier, sloths spend most of their life hanging upside down from tall trees found in Central and Northern America. The reason is their sharp claws that make it difficult for them to walk on bare land. Therefore, this means that if you need to get a sloth as a pet, you will need to get them an enclosure that features a lot of tall trees for them climb and hang on comfortably.
Apart from that, sloths have a low body temperature. As a result, they cannot withstand the cold. Hence, besides getting them an environment with tall trees, you will need to spend some time and money to create a warm and comfortable environment for them. So, if you live in a cold environment, it would be a great idea for you to invest in warming up the sloth’s environment.
Another fact about sloths is that they love swimming. Therefore, in addition to creating a warm environment for them add a swimming pool that the sloth can access easily.
Definitely, you cannot leave a sloth in its habitat without having an idea of what it will consume. Hence, you will need to have an idea about what your pet sloth will consume.
Hence, it is best for you to know that sloths eat leaves. In particular, they prefer fresh and young leaves, but they can also eat twigs, shoots, fruits, insects, small lizards, and eggs. Therefore, first ensure that you can gain access to leaves found in indigenous plants, such as those found on the trees of Central and South America.
The reason behind this is that sloths cannot consume any leaves since they take a month to digest a meal. Therefore, do not assume that their diet can come from a grocery store since they need vegetables that are of high fiber for their bodies to function properly. If you cannot access such leaves, opt for Marion Leaf Eater pellets, but also consider offering them dandelion greens, lettuces, apples, and grapes as a treat.
Before acquiring a sloth as a pet, you will need to consider the laws that govern owning an exotic pet. After all, you do not want to be a victim of a possible jail term or a hefty fine. Therefore, consider the state laws of owning an exotic pet and be sure to obtain the license and special permits that are required. Besides that, consider the county and municipal laws that dictate the types of pet you can and cannot keep. That way, you can be sure to get a sloth for a pet without having anyone to disturb you.
4. Type of sloth
Note that sloths are of two types, the two-toed and three-toed type of sloths. For you to have an idea about the type of sloth you are dealing with, you should count the number of toes on their forelimbs, where the two-toed features two toes and the three-toed three toes.
An advantage of the two-toed type over the three-toed type is that the two-toed sloth isn’t very picky when it comes to the diet. Further, this type of sloth adapts easily to a new habitat unlike the three-toed type. Therefore, if you do not want to spend much time and money caring about sloths, better opt for a two-toed type of sloth.
Finally, you will need to pay attention to the amount you will spend on a pet sloth. Basically, baby sloths cost $2,000 – $4,000. Therefore, determine whether you can afford such an amount without straining your pocket. Moreover, remember that you will need to spend on the habitat, food, vaccinations, and extra provisions. So, be sure that you can afford the whole amount, and also put in mind the fact that such spending will arise for the rest of their life which is about 30 years. So, factor in that when trying to acquire a sloth for a pet.
So, Do Sloths make good pets?
Having discussed the factors that you should consider when you want to a sloth as a pet, it’s now time to answer the question, do sloths make good pets?
If asked to answer this question, it is no doubt that we will have different views, but I stand with the fact that Sloths do not make good pets.
Think about it, if your state has regulations regarding exotic pets, you will need to say goodbye to vacations since the permit you get covers the address of your home only. That means that you cannot carry the sloth with you or take it to a zoo. That not all, since, what will happen if you would get sick with no one to look after your sloth? Probably, it will get confiscated by the authorities once they realize that you are no longer in control, or it will die due to the lack of access to the right diet.
Given such examples and the fact that a sloth needs a warm and humid environment, indigenous plants leaves, as well as an environment with high branches, it can be challenging and expensive to maintain a sloth. Therefore, opt for low-maintenance pets and ones that you can maintain without a lot of stress since a pet should be the source of happiness rather than stress.