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Velcro - 2013-04-29
Hi, I've been raising Velcro since he was 4 1/2 weeks old. Eyes were not even open yet. He is so sweet. He loves me and my son, and has changed toward others. He doesn't like anyone else around like he used to, but my son and I, he loves. He's never bitten anyone tho. He just makes the noises at others letting them know to leave him alone. Ha! He was 4 1/2 months old during the winter and knew I couldn't release him then. He is now 10 months old, and has actually been outside to play all day 4 times now. And comes back to me. I then put him back in his cage. He seems to be wanting out more, but really worried about how to go about it. He don't know how to build his own nest, etc. Anyone have any suggestions on what to do if I'd let him stay out now. I actually built him a nest house, and was thinking of nailing it up in the tree, but just hoping he uses it when it's there. Just don't want to do wrong with him. Just seems so happy when he's out running tho, and he seems sad now when caged. Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Cindy - 2014-01-08
    Hi. The 2 squirrels we raised took to the nest box immediately on release. My husband fed them almost every day by climbing the ladder to their box. However as of day b4 yesterday they were gone. There 1 night and gone the next. Do you know if they might return? They r now about 5 months old. They had stayed in the nest box for over a month. I am so sad.
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Vedo - 2003-12-22
Dutch Rabbits are great they are very nice and never have bitten me, but they do like to chew on your clothing but thats alright. its very funny and it doesnt hurt. if you get one it will love you very much if you spend a lot of time with it but if you get two together they will run away from you and not like you as much as they like each other. if you dont have time for it dont get one because there is nothing sadder than a bored and lonley rabbit so get two if you dont have time for it as much as you should. but they are still great for every one you just have to be gentle with them and they will love you so much but it takes some time, maybe like 1 month and they will be so much fun if you know how to take good care of them and spend a lot of time with them !!

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  • Brent - 2013-12-30
    I have a b/w 1 month old Dutch buck; Hoppers. When my Netherland Dwarf of 8 years died I was inconsolable as I couldn't find another chinchilla coat Netherland Dwarf to replace him. I did find a sweet baby black & white Dutch whom I adore. After cleaning Bun Bun's 2 story hutch - he loves all the living space available. I have fastened a 10' x 10' dog pen around the front door so he can safely run, jump and dig. I feed him local dandelion weeds, raw carrots w/tops in addition to pellet food. Hoppers is a wonderful delightful pet.
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Kristin Goodrow - 2013-12-30
I recieved two baby raccoons b/c the mom was trapped and relocated and the people had no idea that the raccoon had babies in their attic. Swindle and Sway are their names. I wresteled with how I was going to release them after tons of studying because I was bonded to them. When they were old enough they would follow me around the back yard and swim in our pool. I sat under trees for many hours while they played. We let them out more and more until they chose they wanted to stay outside and we filled a bowl of food and water for them. Both became pregnant and they still came home for food and treats. Swindle still comes inside the house to say hello to the dogs and would bring her baby with her. Swindle imprinted on me and I had thought that I would never be able to release her but the slow release proved to me that raccoons instincts are strong. From a young age they dug in the ground for food. Sway is wild to the point I would no longer attempt to pick her up but Swindle chooses to climb in my lap and eat a cookie still and when she sees me in the yard at night and she's out in a tree somewhere she always comes to say hi to her mom! My husband and I are rabies vaccinated and know well that raccoons are unpredictable so we are cautious. However we have a special bond with our raccoons who are almost two now. We love them.

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Kim Pringle - 2013-07-11
I had a lil raccoon, and she is the sweetest thing on earth, her mom was shot and I took her in and raised her, then my husband built her a big house outside so she could play and have her own place when she no longer wanted to stay in the house. One day three days ago, I was cleaning her outside house and did not lock the back door, when I went out to check on her like always, she had got out the door and has not returned home. My question is will she come home and will she be ok out there? She is 15 months old. Please give me some good news. I have cried so much my eyes are swollen:(

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-12
    I would think that your raccoon will be just fine on its own, they are wild by nature. I'm sure you are sad though, I'm so sorry :( Keep an eye out for her because she may turn up, especially because she feels comfortable in the home she grew up in.
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    she may come back and may not but she should be ok.
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pet poor mom - 2009-11-05
I've just recently gotten a baby raccoon that I have hand raised from a bottle. I want to have him neutered and was curious about the procedure, is it done like a cat or dog neuter. He is the sweetest like guy.

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  • Kayla - 2010-04-28
    Can somebody please help me?! I found a baby coon, maybe 3 weeks old? His eyes are open. I need ideas on feeding him, ect.
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  • James - 2010-05-01
    I just got a baby raccoon he eats good but I don't know if he has used the bathroom. Is that normal?
  • chasidee perry - 2010-06-06
    "Me and my boyfriend found a baby raccoon and the mother was dead we plan on keeping it because it was just sitting on the side of the road. Do you have any information for me on how to take care it.
  • Michelle - 2010-08-15
    If you plan on keeping a raccoon as a pet he/she will need to be spayed by a qualfied vet. You may wish to seek out a vet with exotic animal experience, go to one of the many raccoon chat rooms for advice as to a good vet in your area. Depending on the laws of your state you may need to provide documentation to prove that the raccoon was not taken from the wild but purchased from a licensed dealers. Some states require permits. If you live in NE FL I know of a great vet. Worming and vaccinations are a must do too.
  • Dorothy - 2012-08-16
    Michelle, I need that vets name... Vaccinated myself and wormed but need neutering. I'd appreciate it so much. I've been afraid to ask anyone!
  • Schuyler - 2012-09-22
    Hello, I was hoping someone could help... Is it legal to have raccoons in NC as a pet? Their mother died, and 2 babies were left at birth ... there was no way they could survive on their own. People took them in, and bottle fed, and now they can no longer keep them due to kids, so we are wanting to take them in. We have called local vet to find out about having 1 of them fixed, along with shots/worming etc. I have searched high and low all over internet on NC law but I keep finding conflicting information on this. Any help would greatly be appreciated. BTW they are now 15 weeks old, and hand tame, so they wouldnt be able to be released back into the wild..have been bottle fed, and well taken care of since birth. Anyone we ask....cant give us a straight answer. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you. I reside South East of Charlotte,NC.
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    i have worked with many racoons yes it is similar to a dog or cat getting fixed. make sure you pick an apropriate animal hospital especially ones that already deal with wildlife
  • Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
    IN RESP TO THE NC LAWS. YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK BUTY BE WARNED THAT IF NC WILDLIFE OFFICIALS GET THEM THEY MAY BE PUT TO SLEEP GOOD LUCK
  • Julie Ballard - 2013-05-09
    How do I find a raccoon chat room? I googled it and found nothing. I need help from people who truly LOVE these animals and more importantly care about the people who have devoted their lives to them.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    Julie... I don't know whre you can find a chat room, but there are several great people that check in here and offer great help. Sign in with your facebook, and then you will get notified whenever someone posts.
  • Julie Ballard - 2013-07-12
    Thanks so much for responding. I have two girls who are my life right now. I am concerned about one of them though and I'm not sure I can find a vet who could help due to so little studies done on raccoons. Sables hair is thinning and her tail is not bushy. I am aware that females pull their hair out to make nest in early spring and she was very territorial this spring even though she didn't have the babies. I have spent many hours wondering why they evolved with the rings around their tails and I truly believe it's for their young to follow because their vision is very poor. I'm wondering if her tail shrank because of this. It's not got bald patches its just not bushy. She eats and seems content. Does anybody have a clue?
  • mary hicks - 2013-12-28
    Yes you need to get a vet that will do it and you would be charged for the fee of a small animal. He needs shots too they have real problems with respiratory problems so need the distemper and rabies mostly. Worm him for round worms every three months and use the puppy type.
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ananya - 2013-12-28
My mouse is  21 months of age. She has developed a big cancerous tumor. She still plays and eats, but the tumor is getting bigger and bigger and it is getting black in color. My heart is aching to see her suffer. How can I put her to sleep in the most humane way? I can't bear her pain anymore and she is suffering a lot. The vet is not wanting to do it, so I am thinking of doing the deed myself at home. (It may sound like I am cruel, but this situation has left me with no other option). So please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Perhaps you could find another vet, there are many that will euthanize an animal with this problem.
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Jessica Jean - 2006-04-12
I have an eastern gray squirrel that we have had for almost 6 months. She came to us fully furred with only the top or bottom teeth - can't remember now. She couldn't have eaten for days. She and two other squirrels finally fell out of a palm tree after their mother had died in the round 5-7 days prior. I gave her sugar water when I first took her in. She slept for the next 22 hours. This gave me time to research and buy esbilac, karo syrup, electrolyte water and whipping cream. She liked everyone, at first, but now, she only likes myself and my son. She will bite anyone else! We love her and spoil her rotten. She eats everything that she should - avocado, squash, apple, pear, grapes, spinach, brussels, carrots, sweet/potato, snow/snap pea, kiwi, celery, corn, oranges, strawberry, banana and nuts of course! She takes a nap in the middle of the day and sleeps at night. I would not recommend this animal as a pet for everyone, but it has worked out just fine for us. We have a lot of time on our hands!

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  • DONNA - 2013-03-28
    I ALSO HAVE RAISED A 2 DAY OLD BABY SQUIRREL. HE IS NOW ALMOST 8 MONTHS OLD. I CAN HANDLE HIM WITH NO PROBLEM BUT, HE ATTACKS MY HUSBAND. I AM TRYING TO TRANSITION HIM TO OUTSIDE LIFE SO I CAN EVENTUALLY RELEASE HIM. ANY SUGGESTIONS??? I HAVE ALSO NOTICED HIM SUCKING HIMSELF IS THIS NORMAL???
  • Becky - 2013-04-02
    @Donna--while doing research on squirrels I remember reading that sometimes squirrels will suck on each other or themselves. I tried going through some of the websites I'd saved for reference but must not have saved that one. But apparently it's a normal thing. OK I just looked up if it was normal for a squirrel to suck himself & there are some fun responses on the squirrelboard.com. They say it's normal; he's just getting his jollies off LOL But seriously, they say at that age they do that and will be humping their toys/stuffed animals. So now you know! (Must be a teenage squirrel);)
  • Mr. Bill - 2013-12-26
    My 2 squirrels do this too. It seems disturbing but is normal. Although it seems that this repetative action is elongating their genitals. I have twin boys about 15 weeks old and they do this just after feeding for the most part. I want to release them but feel I should wait till spring as not to cause any undo hardship by kicking them out during winter. They spend time outside daily but always come in at night when its freezing. Is this OK or am I just being too protective?
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britney - 2013-12-13
Today is friday the thirteenth and I got a lot of bad luck. I walked in my room with my new mouse ball and I was getting Pepper but when I picked him up he wasn't moving too much and wasn't breathing right and now he's slowly dying :'( I cried sooooooooooo much I just hope he will live.

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Jordan Kimball - 2013-12-12
I have had 2 rats sense mothers day of 2013. But sadly last night my pet fancy rat died. Her name was 'Cupcake.' She started to lose a lot of wight in only 2 days. Then when i picked it up i think i may have touched the back of its legs and it bit me for about 30 seconds. And if i am going to tell you something right its that rats have SHARP teeth! I went to the doctors today and they had to give me a shot because of it. So take this as a tip: Do not touch the rat to much when it cant move or it will BIT because or how much it is in pain. So she passed this morning, on December 12 2013. And when we bought it we had to buy the sister to so now the other rat is really lonely so we are getting another one! I love Fancy Rats! They will cuddle with you more than any hamster would any day! And i am so attached to them so i am really sad that she is gone. :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-12
    I'm so sorry about your lose, but happy that you will get Cupcake's sister a new companion. They really do like a friend! They are so very smart that they cuddle more than any hamster and are some of the most personable pets. And you're right, they do have very sharp teeth, I have had gotten a couple bites and quickly learned how to avoid them:)
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crystal - 2007-03-18
I've got a male ferret that eats whatever I eat and was told not to let him eat meat at all

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  • Corrina - 2013-12-10
    I have seven ferrets they have cat food for breakfast and dinner and eat what we have as u know they r little strangers lol mine like chocolate buttons peas carrots cucumber water Mellon as treats
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