How to Take Care of a Sloth
Some Facts About Sloths
Sloths are from South America. Sloths make up the family Bradypodidae. They are known for their way of moving about upside down. They are able to do so because of their hooklike claws. In fact, they are so secure that they are able to sleep in this position. But, once the muscles have become tense, they can not relax until the animal wakens and relaxes them deliberately. Sometimes this happens because they sense danger. And it causes them to awaken. Their predators are people, harpie eagles, fossas, jaguars, leopards, eagles, hawks(big ones). Many more are out there that I am not naming. These queer animals odd in appearance, except when they are babies, they are the cutest things in the world.
Getting a Little Habitat for Your Pet Sloth
You need a cage for your pet sloth or a cardboard box. As they get older you might want a cage for them. Or you can set a nice little free area for them. Get a fake medium size tree or get some bars (pull-up bars are the best because they are made for holding weight.They are well behaved, so you don't have to worry about them making a mess of everything. Get a small hammock and put it somewhere quiet in your house but make sure you're there most of the time. Otherwise they will start to whine. If you are going to be doing the laundry ect. ect. then just pick them up and hug them , they'll get the idea to cling on to you. Or if yours doesn't like the sound of that then just get a blanket and fold it like a hammock and tie it behind your neck. Then fix it into a pouch sort of and then put your sloth in there and let them do whatever. They love attention.
Playing With Your Sloth
Sloths love to play tickle, and peek-a-boo. Some of them might like different games, but these are the most popular. As strange as it sounds they love to give kisses. When you play tickle do not tickle them in these areas these areas are very sensitive: under arms, inner thigh , and there palms. They'll get a little sulky. But, if you give them a hug they'll come out of it. They love to play peek-a-boo under a blanket. They can play this game for hours.lol
Grooming Your Sloth
Your sloth will do most of the grooming but this will drive them crazy itching and itching. So to help them just get a big comb and go through it. Get the comb wet or you can give them a bath every 2 days. Make sure you dry them good though. They can get sick. They love it when you get ablow dryer, they'll start to fall asleep, so hold them when you do this that way they don't fall over.
When you have a pet sloth, this can get pretty tricky. They like to eat bugs and leaves. They always have a snack around. Parasites are in there fur, that's why they itch. Anyway, when they get some parasites on their claws, they eat them. They can live off any kind of leaves so this isn't a problem. Take them out in your yard and let them scourage around for bugs or leaves. Get a baby bottle and put some water in it they'll suck on it and have their fill.
My Baby Sloth
My sister gave me a baby sloth. It's a her. She is a three-toed sloth and has great personality. I felt so bad for her because she was sent from Brazil to Florida. When she arrived she was wide awake, a minute later she was out like a light. 3 hours later she finally woke up. After awhile I figured out that she wanted to play peek-a-boo. It was so hilarious. I think everyone should have one they are the best pets. I got very lucky with mine usually it takes a year to get them.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2007 Krista 07