What to feed to Kinkajous

Kinkajous are not very friendly pets therefore not everyone can keep them. They are highly demanding and expensive. If you are thinking of keeping a pet kinkajous then make sure you are ready to bear all the expenses. These bears are also known as honey bears. They belong to the wild and are considered as exotic animals. They have their own requirements when it comes to the habitat and diet. They are extremely inquisitive and mess up your house if left alone. Also kinkajous are very moody and they are totally night animals. They would be sluggish the whole day and active during night which can really annoy you. Therefore, adopting kinkajous is not like buying a dog infact it needs a lot more consideration.

Kinkajous are naturally strong and active animals that is why they have a good appetite. Also, they are very choosy with their food; if you give them the same type of meal over and over again they stop eating and get weaker. Therefore variety is the main thing you need to consider when it comes to feeding your kinkajous.

Here is how you should feed your kinkajous in order to make them healthier:


Kinkajous love fruits and therefore fruits should be a major part of their diet schedules. Avoid giving them fruits that have hard seeds such as guavas. Seeds of these fruits are difficult to digest and can give your kinkajous stomach aches. You can give them 6 bananas in the morning with breakfast and 6 in the evening at supper time. Apples are loved by kinkajous so one apply at lunch time would be good enough. However, make sure of one thing that is to give them fruits in natural state. Do not cut the fruits or peel them when feeding kinkajous.


Kinkajous are fond of eating insects and they find them very amusing. You can at times even observe your kinkajou playing and observing insects. So it’s good if you get some live big insects such as grasshoppers, spiders and the like from pet stores for them. Make sure these insects are not poisonous and are brought from a good habitat.

Commercial foods:

Kinkajous are not very fond of commercial foods so avoid them as much as you can. You can give them canned food occasionally but most of the times keep it away from the kinkajou.

Make sure that whatever food you are giving to the kinkajou is raw food. Kinkajous don’t like processed or cooked food.

Written by Ussama Qadri

Question by Puppy: What are the laws concerning exotic pets in California?
I’ve been looking into regulations regarding exotic pet ownership in California (genets and fennec foxes to be exact), and none of my searches have turned up anything. So I figured that before I bothered anyone official in my state, I would ask the public. Does anyone know where one could find out this information?

Best answer:

Answer by ? Seattle ?
Hi there…

The state of California states that no one legally possess a any exotic animal as a pet even if they are purchased from a USDA breeder or even with a permit.

Californians cannot even have a pet gerbils! California legislators stated that should the rodents escape or be released that they may begin breeding. The climate of Southern California is similar to the desert habitat of gerbils. Already there are breeding colonies of feral gerbils in California that could impact the environment and harm native species. This essentially is what they are saying that any exotic pets in the state if they accidentally escape will destroy native wildlife and habitat.

California is, if you are an exotic animal collector, probably the worst place to live if you want to have one of these animals as pets.



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