Can a Bat Be a Pet?Technically, sure bats can be kept as pets. However, we strongly recommend against trying to keep one – at least in the traditional sense of a pet. The purpose of wildlife is to be in the wild and domesticating them would be detrimental to them, and their role in the ecosystem. Some animals, such as cats and dogs, make excellent pets. They can remain happy and healthy while living in your home and tend to socialize well with humans. Conversely, bats need to be able to fly around freely to remain healthy. If they are kept in cages, they will slowly weaken. Although bats are social animals and can bond with humans, they tend to be less happy with human companionship. Most species of bats require a bat colony to survive. The numbers paint a stark picture. Many bat species in the wild can live over 30 years. Pet bats rarely make it past one year. Simply put, they are extremely difficult to care for properly without the type of large, custom-made enclosure you would find at a zoo. Here are just a few insights to give you a picture of what it would be like to care for a bat. There are many different species, each with its own dietary requirements. These are some common types of bat food:
- Milk: Bats are mammals and, like most other mammals, eat primarily milk for their early life.
- Insects: Most species eat insects such as flies, beetles, mosquitoes and cockroaches.
- Fruit: Some species like to eat fruits, particularly sweet, ripe fruits.
- Nectar: A few smaller species eat nectar. They have long snouts and tongues.
- Blood: A small number of species from Mexico and South America feed on blood from mammals and birds.
- Fish and Animals: Some species occasionally eat fish and other animals.