Have the same diseases as ourselves, and require precisely the same treatment. The Guenons and the Macaques are the most general as pets, but, as a lady’s pet, nothing can equal the Marmoset for daintiness, cleanliness, confidingness and gentleness. These tiny mites, with their lovely, woolly fur and quaint little faces, soon render themselves beloved by their sweet manners and gentleness. They love any kind of insects (especially spiders) fresh ripe fruit, and occasionally, not too sloppy bread and milk. The mischievous Macaques and
Guenons should not be given too much freedom, if the household china is valued. They are quite affectionate, and, if taken young, tolerably good tempered, but they all become treacherous and sulky as they grow older. Monkeys of every description are inclined to be capricious in their friendships; if they take a dislike to a person, they are given to snapping rather viciously. The intelligence of a monkey should never be underestimated; if they are to be kept in cages, the door should be furnished with a lock and key— it should be kept locked and the key removed. So long as one is not the victim, it is amusing to watch the joy of a monkey in perpetrating the most impish mischief.
The food of the Macaques is varied, and they are somewhat voracious. Boiled rice, bread, vegetables, nuts, peas, maize, and such fruit as sliced apples, dates, figs and grapes, are all good food to it. To this, needless to say, should be added nuts.
Similar food suits the Guenons, and the Mangabeys, but they are not so voracious as the Macaques. They are much more reliable as pets, and, therefore, are recommended in preference to Macaques. The best of the larger monkeys as a pet, however, is the South American Capuchin. This is much more docile and affectionate, and less mischievous than any of the other larger monkeys. It is mostly carnivorous—having a predilection for a newly killed sparrow or mouse, and being particularly partial to fresh eggs—for this reason, they should be kept away from the larder. Grasshoppers and other insects also find favour with the Capuchins. They are very delicate, and if not kept in a warm room, soon develop tuberculosis.