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How do I Keep Goats As Pets?

By Tara Barnett
Updated May 17, 2024
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Keeping goats as pets can be rewarding for children and adults alike. Goats can be friendly animals, although they usually do not display as much affections as other pets. Moreover, taking care of a goat is relatively easy once the initial habitat has been set up, and the goats themselves can provide easy lawn maintenance with grazing. In addition to helpful grazing, some pet goats are also used for practical purposes such as hobby milk production.

The first thing to investigate before purchasing a pet goat is whether goats are allowed in the area. Keeping goats as pets is not permitted in some urban areas, while other municipalities require special permits for goat owners. Additionally, it may be worth investigating whether the yard is large enough to sustain a goat. The amount of land needed depends on the kind of goat being purchased, as well as individual philosophies on goat raising.

Goats need to be fenced in, so it's important that the area where the goat lives has a sufficiently high fence. Goat tethering is not recommended — the animal can often strangle itself. Goats can live harmoniously with other species if all animals involved react well, so they need not take over the entire yard. Goats often live with sheep and other livestock, but it is important to keep an eye on the animals and make sure they do well together in order to prevent unfortunate accidents. Some goats do very well with dogs and other household animals, while others are greatly disturbed by the presence of domesticated animals, so this is largely a matter of experimentation.

One major purchase required for keeping goats as pets is the goat's house, as it will require a shelter. While goats are hardy, they do need a place to get out of the elements when needed. This can be as simple as a three-sided shelter, or as complex as a small barn. The type of shelter needed also depends on the climate in the area where the goats are kep.

Beyond food and water, there aren't many other requirements for keeping goats as pets. Food can be purchased at feed stores, and water can be supplied in buckets placed where the goat can reach them. The animals themselves can be purchased from breeders, farms, and sometimes auctions. The sellers of the goats may even have special advice for the new pet goat owners, given their experience with the animals. It is always a benefit to have a person with experience raising goats available for advice, so it may be advisable to buy the goat from someone who would be willing to answer the occasional question about pet goats.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of shelter do pet goats require?

Goats need a clean, dry, and draft-free shelter. A simple three-sided structure can suffice, but it must be sturdy enough to protect them from predators and extreme weather. Bedding should be provided for warmth and comfort, and the space should allow for at least 15 square feet per goat to prevent overcrowding.

How much space do goats need to roam and graze?

Goats are active and curious animals that require ample space to roam. A general guideline is to have at least half an acre for two goats, with additional space for each additional goat. This allows them to graze, exercise, and exhibit natural behaviors, which is crucial for their well-being.

What is the ideal diet for a pet goat?

A balanced diet for a pet goat includes quality hay, fresh water, a mineral supplement, and pasture for grazing. Goats are browsers, not grazers like cows, so they prefer to eat brush and trees. Commercial goat feed can supplement their diet, especially for those without access to varied forage.

How do I ensure my pet goats are healthy?

Regular veterinary care, including vaccinations and deworming, is essential for goat health. Monitor their behavior and appetite as changes can indicate illness. Hoof trimming every 4-6 weeks prevents foot problems. Additionally, keeping their living area clean reduces the risk of disease.

Can goats be trained and socialized?

Goats are intelligent and can be trained to walk on a leash, respond to their names, and perform simple tricks. Socialization is important; spending time with your goats daily helps them become friendly and well-adjusted pets. They are herd animals, so keeping at least two goats together is recommended for their social needs.

Are there any legal considerations for keeping goats as pets?

Before acquiring pet goats, check local zoning laws and homeowners' association rules, as some areas have restrictions on keeping livestock. Additionally, ensure you have proper fencing and facilities to meet any legal requirements for keeping goats on your property.

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