Cody is a white-nosed coatimundi born in early June 2015 that had been a private pet from South Florida. The previous owners were moving and were unable to take him with them. When he first arrived, we kept him in isolation to protect him and all our other animals. He received vaccinations and vet check-ups just like a puppy or kitten.
After growing up enough, Cody was introduced to Callie in the spring of 2016. She hadn’t had a roommate in a while, and definitely not one as young and energetic as Cody. Cody made himself right at home and eventually decided that he liked to live on top – not inside – a den box provided for him. It doesn’t matter if it is raining or cold, he drags his blankets from inside the house and takes them to his “room with a view.” We added some cover for him so he stays dry and can be happy there.
Cody loves to climb and will often climb up the walls and across the ceiling to get to the other side of the habitat. Sometimes he uses this aerial assault to try to steal food from Callie’s dish. It rarely works, though. He also loves the suspension bridge that visitors can see stretched from one side of the habitat to the other. Since Callie does not like to walk on the bridge, Cody sits up there and calls to her, knowing she won’t chase him. The two get along well together.
Coatis are omnivores, eating both meat and plants. In the wild, they eat fruits, berries, insects, birds, eggs, lizards, and even snakes and small mammals like mice and squirrels. They use their long, probe-like nose for searching through leaves, crevices, and holes to find their favorite foods. The long claws on their feet are good for tearing apart rotting logs. The Catty Shack Ranch follows the USDA guidelines and adds vitamins and minerals to all their food. We feed our coatis mostly chicken and sometimes beef; fruit like melons, oranges, grapes, and blueberries; and eggs. One special treat the coatis love is marshmallows!