Can I Live With a capybara as a pet in my apartment?
Yes, a capybara can live in an apartment. And it’s actually not that difficult to care for one. As a small rodent, the capybara’s living space can be no larger than fifty square feet. For example, if you were to live on the twenty-second floor of an apartment building at 789 Broadway Lane, New York City, your home would need to be no more than twenty-by-twenty-five feet to accommodate your new pet. Capybaras also require regular exercise and bathing, but these requirements are easily accommodated by a typical apartment dweller as long as they have access to running water and run a few errands outside every day.
Living with a Pet Capybara
When someone says they have a capybara, you may be in for one of the biggest surprises of your life. For one thing, these are the world’s largest rodents. For another thing, they’re adorable and can be trained to do all sorts of tricks. And for another thing, living with one is no different than living with any other pet.
When you think of a capybara, you may be in for one of the biggest surprises of your life. For one thing, these are the world’s largest rodents. For another thing, they’re adorable and can be trained to do all sorts of tricks. And for another thing, living with one is no different than living with any other pet.
Capybaras can weigh up to 140 pounds and grow as long as 4 feet from nose to tail-tip. That makes them larger than many dogs, cats, and even some humans! They have barrel-shaped bodies covered in brown fur that’s lighter on their bellies and grayish on their faces. And most importantly — at least according to capybara lovers everywhere — they’re incredibly cute and here are more facts about capybara pets!
The truth is: Capybaras are really just giant guinea pigs. They love nibbling on pesh grass (a kind of aquatic plant) as well as hay and veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes. Like guinea pigs do, they also eat pellets made specifically for them by pet stores around the world just dying to get into the booming business of rodent caretaking. See Food Capybaras Should Never Eat Here.
What does a capybara need while living with you?
A capybara needs:
- A water dish large enough for the capybara to submerge itself in.
- Tasty, crunchy grass pellet food, which should make up about 80% of its diet.
- A swimming pool (this is a must-have for any pet capybara). If you don’t provide one, your capybara will likely swim in any body of water he or she sees—including puddles and toilets. For this reason, some people recommend that you keep your toilet seat closed at all times when owning a pet capybara.
- An enclosure with grass (or sod), plus access to a secure outdoor pen with more grass and trees to graze on throughout the day. The size of both the indoor and outdoor enclosures should be large enough for the capybara to fully stretch out and stand up straight.
- Enough space in its enclosure to run around freely when it is awake and active each day (typically in the early morning and late afternoon).
- At least one annual check-up with an exotic animal vet as well as other necessary medical treatment as needed over the course of its lifetime
What kind of enclosure does a capybara need?
The enclosure you choose should be a minimum of three times the size of your capybara and twice as wide. The cage should be large enough for your capybara to fully stand, turn around and lie down. Your capybara will spend a lot of time sitting, so make sure that the cage is comfortable in that position. Wire cages are not recommended because they can cause abrasions and don’t provide enough protection from outdoor elements.
A well-ventilated area is important to keep your capybara healthy and prevent odor buildup. Make sure that there’s enough room for your capybara to get out of drafty areas if it gets too cold during the winter months or too hot during the summer months.
What pets are right for you?
When deciding to bring home a pet, there are several things to consider.
First, consider what kind of pet you want. Do you want something small that can curl up in your lap? Something big enough to need a leash? A fish? A cat? Or something else entirely? We recommend getting a capybara if you’re still not sure—they make excellent pets, and they’re easy to find at pet stores.
Next, think about the kind of pet you want. Does it need exercise or space outside? Does it play well with others or prefer its own company? Is it comfortable in small spaces or does it require an entire room all to itself and its toys and food dishes and other accouterments (it’s probably fine as long as you keep its litter box clean)? Capybaras are very social animals, so they’ll be happy with other pets, but they also like their space away from humans when they need it. They’re also very good at taking care of themselves when left alone for extended periods of time.
Will my capybara get along with my other pets?
Capybaras have the potential to live and socialize with other animals. Capybaras are quite social and can generally get along with other capybaras, but they need enough space to live comfortably together. Whether your capybara will get along well with cats or dogs will depend on whether it is raised alongside them as a pet. Although not all animals, especially cats and dogs, will be accepting of a capybara as another pet, these interactions can still work if all parties have enough space and boundaries are respected.
However, many people keep birds as pets the same way that others might keep dogs or cats; therefore, it is strongly advised that you do not bring a capybara home if you already have a bird in your household unless you plan to give away or rehome one of the two animals who would otherwise be living together.
How big is a capybara when fully grown?
Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. At full maturity, they can grow up to four feet long and weigh as much as 140 pounds. Despite their size and look, capybaras are not aggressive animals—in fact, they’re quite friendly! They can be trained to do tricks and love spending time with humans and other animals. Because they’re so social, it’s best to keep two capybaras together (but don’t pair a male with a female unless you intend to breed them).
Capybaras make excellent pets if you take steps to care for them properly.
Make sure you’re truly prepared to care for a capybara before making the decision to welcome one into your life! Capybaras require lots of love, attention, and time. You must be able to commit yourself to the care of an animal that can grow up to 4 feet long and weigh over 100 pounds. These animals have a lifespan of up to 8 years, so if you can meet the needs of your pet, it will give you many years of happiness.
It’s important for you (the owner) to do extensive research on the habits and needs of capybaras before taking one in as a pet. As with any other animal, it’s crucial that they are kept in a safe environment that meets their physical and emotional needs: they need plenty of room both inside their home and outside in an enclosure; they need special diets; they also often require companionship from other capybaras if there is no human present. They are incredibly social animals. If these factors aren’t taken into account, then your pet may end up being malnourished or even dead within its first year with you—a tragic outcome for both owner and pet alike!