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norma mance - 2012-12-08
Can you put two together? I have a male and want to get a female will it be safe? Mine has never been with another once since I've had him for at least 9 years.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    It should be OK as long as you get a female but you will have to be a little careful.  Life expectancy for a chinchilla is about 8 - 10 years in the wild but substantially longer in captivity - some living to 20 years old.  So you have an older male and you wouldn't want to put an older male together with another male as possible agression.  A female should be fine but i would introduce them on neutal territory - small bathroom or even the bathtub and watch and make sure they get along.  Do this a few times (not just once) to make sure they get along and then put them in the same cage.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-29
    Of course.
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Becky - 2013-04-02
About a month ago my husband comes with a shoebox this little 'thing' in the corner; I thought he was pulling a prank & had a mouse, but he said he found a baby squirrel in his mom's yard across the street. He said look on the internet & find out what to do with it. So I did & found out she was approximately 4-5 weeks old, eyes still closed. I started feeding her puppy milk from a can with a plastic syringe, & she has been doing great. Now she's probably 8 weeks old & I've just fallen in love with her. You bond when you're feeding them like a baby & know that they depend on you so much. She is sweet & has a great appetite! I still feed her some formula, sometimes with whipping cream, apple sauce, or mashed banana. She also eats on her own avocado, strawberry, banana, mango, carrot, & she'll nibble on pecans & cheerios. She doesn't really care much for the rodent block, but nibbles on it a little, but the same piece has been in there for days (I clean her dish everyday, & it doesn't look touched so I put it back in there.) She loves chewing on the sticks in her pen & I saw her nibbling on her calcium stone so was happy about that. She'll try nibbling on ME & I try to discourage her by given her a special stick I bought for them to chew on. She loves to go to sleep in my pocket of my hoodie, so now that's our thing; after I feed her I put a hoodie on with pockets & walk around the house & do stuff for HOURS and she's snoozing away! I love it! We have 2 small dogs & 2 cats inside & I've tried to introduce her to them & the one dog acts like she wants to eat her, & she other is very protective (she would stare when I'd feed her as a baby & sometimes lick the squirrel.) She other dog did more than 'try to lick', she snapped at her! & I said no way, you're staying away from her!! The one cat doesn't really pay attention to her & the other one watches with interest (not sure what's she thinking though!)Rocky (the squirrel) is running around a lot more & will scamper around on the couch & I have to watch her closely so the other animals don't get any ideas. Tillie, the one cat who shows interest, swatted toward her a couple times, I think playing, but still being careful. And the protective dog, Precious, doesn't know what to think with her bouncing around; it startles her & I have to watch to make sure she doesn't step on Rocky trying to get away from her. I love Rocky & so glad she's part of our lives! She's soft, fuzzy, and just a blessing to me, because I've never raised a small animal like that so it feels good that I've done well so far and she's alive & healthy. I like finding out about other people who raise squirrels & learning more about what to do to keep her happy! Sorry so long, just had a lot to say about my girl! :)

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  • Anonymous - 2013-04-18
    I have 2... brother and sister. They are about 2-3 months old and very friendly! They have free run of a bedroom with a HUGE cage that has a nesting box in it, I just keep the cage door open and they come in and out as they want. My question is this... what are you doing about 'potty arraingments'?
  • Ami E. Bowen - 2013-08-29
    Don't you just feel like you were chosen special for this wonderful, challenging, beautiful task? I know that I certainly do! :)
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Loretta - 2013-08-06
I took a baby squirrel away from my cat..he had not opened his eyes..I had him for four months and loved him with all my heart! He seemed to be very healthy but he was small for his age, he thought I was his mommy. He stayed on my front porch and in the house and had his favorite place to sleep in the house, my husband woke me up and said he was sick, he had thrown up and could not walk with out staggering, he died about an hour later, I was and am still devastated, what could had possibly caused this?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-28
    What were you feeding him? Squirrels need a very specialized diet to ensure they are getting proper nutrients, so it's possible your squirrel was malnourished and you just didn't realize it.
  • Ami E. Bowen - 2013-08-29
    Could be a number of things happened. Were you watching to make sure he didn't get into something he shouldn't have? Were you making sure he had enough calcium and vitimin D in his diet after he was weaned off the formula? Maybe he had taken a fall and suffered a head injury. Maybe it was something genetic that nothing could have been prevented.
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Shar - 2012-12-11
i have 2 Abyssinian guinea pigs and i just got a skinny pig yesterday, i slowly introduce them one by one then all 3 of them were getting along on the couch, playing eating etc. but once i put the skinny in the cage with them then the other 2 seemed to get territorial and aggressive, now i have the cage split in 2 so now they are separated but will they always be aggressive? or will in pass? i don't want to have to keep the skinny piggy separate and alone

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-13
    You may have a couple of males. Females almost always get along while males will tend to fight if there is a female around. Males usually get along IF they were raised together, but if there is a female around then they may start squabbling as well. Also, older guinea pigs don't always take to a new comer (especially older males).
  • renee - 2012-12-24
    I separate the pig causing commotion and eventually the fighting subsides. I leave the trouble maker by itself for a few days and when the piggie gets ornery I seperate it again. I do this until it learns that it will get along or be lonely.
  • tamara - 2013-05-22
    if you clean the cage completle and switch everything around it will help them to be less territorial because it no longer has their scent or anything, in a way i guess it almost confuses them
  • julie - 2013-08-24
    Hi I have a 3 year old male guinea pig and I have just got 2 baby skinny males, I put them all in a brand new house where there is no scent, and I have not had any problems at all. xx
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sherryp - 2013-08-22
I have a Holland lop, his stool has been loose off and on for two weeks. His fur is white but his legs and down by his tail is brown. How can I get his fur back white again? I have given him a bath once a week and let him soak but it didn't help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    Is it diarrhea? If it's diarrhea you will want to clear that up first. Keep the cage very clean and give very few fresh greens until the stools are looking more solid. Continue giving him baths as well. Hope that helps!
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Stiffin71 - 2013-08-21
I'm gonna eat mine :)

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tracy - 2013-08-15
I just bought 2 eight week old Holland lop bunnies. Their ears are not floppy. The person I purchased them from informed to start pinching their ears, is that correct? It seems cruel to me. Thank-you

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    No, there is no need to pinch their ears if they are true lops! Their ears will flop over all on their own! They may be less floppy when they are younger, but by the time they are full grown, their ears will be exactly as they were meant to be.
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norasikiniznan - 2013-08-15
It's great to have a pet such as a hamster (winter white). It changed my mind that this pet is not as dirty as a rat.

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tom - 2013-08-07
How large would a D'argent and a netherland dwarf mix be when full grown? -Thanks

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-28
    The Creme D'Argent are full-sized rabbits and can be over 10 pounds when full grown. The Netherland Dwarfs are smaller - only reaching around 2 pounds. A mix of these guys could really be any size in between that.
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Emma Wilson - 2013-08-01
I have been taking care of a white 'lab' mouse for about 2-3 months. I'm worried because he makes this non-stop chirping noise and when he rests, he never lays down, he just stands with his eyes wide open. He is not on his exercise wheel as much as he used to before. I am also am concerned because his water bottle doesn't work that well so he may not be getting the right amount of water he needs. I am really puzzled on what I can do to help him and I hope to take him to a vet soon. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions that could help me out? If so, thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-02
    It sounds like your mouse might have a respiratory infection. The best things you can do are to keep his cage clean and dry and make sure it is out of any drafts. Also make sure it is a comfortable temperature where his cage is at. You may want to buy a new water bottle or simply put in a small bowl of fresh water that he can easily access. If the infection gets worse or doesn't clear up a visit to the vet is your next best option to get him on some antibiotics.
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