With the right amount of knowledge, a person can keep an anteater as a pet. Anteaters are high- maintenance pets, and owners must understand proper care of the animals.
It is necessary to trim an anteater's claws to avoid damage to furniture and baths. Owners should do this bi-weekly. Anteaters are intelligent and can be trained. They also enjoy affection from their owners. Anteaters are easily entertained by balls, baskets and toys. They are known for getting into cupboards, the washing machine and the refrigerator. Owners can take their pet anteaters on walks outside by using a dog's leash. As pets, anteaters thrive on a diet full of wheat bran mixed with feeder insects or ground beef.