A meerkat, despite its cute, engaging appearance, does not make a good house pet. Even among themselves, meerkats are very aggressive and extend this behavior toward humans as well.

In addition, meerkats emit an unpleasant, musky, ferret-like smell, and their elimination wastes are much worse and are nearly intolerable within a house. Outdoor caging may control the smell, but it does not afford a meerkat the company he enjoys in the wild. On average, a clan of meerkats averages 20 members. Meerkats, indigenous to the Kalahari Desert, are members of the mongoose family. Meerkats are available for sale by private breeders in the United Kingdom.