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Belinda - 2007-06-29
I have had Raccoons as "pets". I use the word pet loosely, because there were more like members of the family. I agree that 99% of people who want a pet raccoon will probably not be able to properly take care of them. They are so very precious when they are babies, but like everything else, they grow up. I kept my coonies inside and they had full run of the house. They were never caged and were allowed to go in and out at will. They chose to stay inside most of the time and I have never had one that went out and did not come back. They used a litter box that was filled with water instead of litter. I simply dumped out the dirty water once or twice a day and as long as the water was kept relatively clean, they never used the potty anywhere else except the box. They are extremely curious and those little "hands" are constantly feeling of everything around them. I get the biggest kick in the world out of them and would take in another in a NY second, but I know what to expect and know that I can handle it. They are as destructive and mischieveious as they are cute. They can get into anything, anywhere. I had childproof locks on EVERY SINGLE CABINET IN MY HOUSE! They can open medicine bottles, the refrigerator (nothing like coming downstairs in the middle of the night to see what the noise is only to find a raccoon sitting in the fridge, eating what looked good and tossing the rest onto the kitchen floor), they will unplug your clocks, tv's ect., break your trinkets and whatnots, hide your keys, chew the buttons off your cell phone, and yes...they DO and WILL BITE. They have very sharp claws and teeth and can inflict damage even when not meaning to. They (at least mine did) become very territorial towards their house and their family. You must put them behind closed doors before letting company inside. Mine would not tolerate the presence of anyone that did not live in the house. If a thief had ever broken into the house, he/she would have been easy to find later. If they managed to get out of the house, you could just check the local ER for a shredded person! So...if you are super patient, don't mind replacing material possessions, can take pain from bites and scratches, have adequate space, never go on vacation, have excellent homeowners insurance, rarely have company and if you have the proper paperwork/licenses to keep one, go ahead. But please please! Be sure you can take care of it FOREVER or provide for it in case you are unable to.

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  • Gunner\'s Mom - 2013-05-07
    You nailed it. I have had mine for two years. We bought him from a breeder, as a baby. He is fixed & vaccinated. He is my son. You are absolutely correct. I talk a lot of people out of the idea because it takes a rare, certain person to be a Forever Mom. If an owner were to decide they don't want the pet anymore, chances are this beautiful animal would wind up being put down at some point, as they don't like serious change. Therefore, one must make a life long commitment to this pet. I am fortunate Gunner has myself & his daddy, otherwise, there would be no vacation for me. Only one of us goes at a time..the other remains home with him. As far as his minor mood swings (like any person has), he has learned my stern voice, 'don't you bite me.' I do want to point out that tbe column above is incorrect, which I am sure you noticed too... For those unaware, DO NOT FEED RACCOONS CAT FOOD OR TABLE SCRAPS!!!!! A good quality DOG food & HEALTHY people food (as snacks). Nothing pertaining to tomatoes, onions, garlic, CHOCOLATE....cat food will eventually harm & kill internal organs, chocolate can kill immediately, & the other at the least will cause major tummy trouble. I feed mine Iams weight control dog food, celery, frozen green beans (awesome snack!), & fresh spinach leaves. Respect your baby, & he/she will show you respect & love in return :-)
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Anonymous - 2010-01-08
So cute! I want a chinchilla so bad, but I can't decide between a chinchilla or a bunny.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-26
    Take the chinchilla. Bunnies are a pain!
  • emma - 2010-03-04
    Bunnys are good pets and are almost the same as a chinchilla, except chinchillas are way softer. I have had experience from both and if I had to chose I would pick the bunny. They like to cuddle and sleep in your arms and chinchillas don't. but it is your choice.
  • Cooper - 2010-04-06
    Get A Chinchilla. They Are A lot Cuter And They Love To Play. Don't Let Them Near Dogs Though. They Like To Get Out Of Their Cage Every Night To Play And Bounce Around
    (make sure all doors are closed before letting it out or it could be a struggle to find it)

    Also only let it in the living room (lounge) Chinchillas Like To Go Under The Sofa And Hop Up Onto The Sofa.
    Keep the cage door open so it is free to go into the cage at anytime it wants. (only keep it open when it is allowed out) :) hope i've persuaded you to get a CHINCHILLA! They are better than bunnies.
  • shan - 2010-07-11
    Get a chin... rabbits stink bad...but beware when letting him run around they chew everything,, furniture and mostly wires! Fire hazards...like tv cords! Keep a close eye on him specially if he is hiding.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-05
    Get a chinchilla they are adorable!
  • Ramona - 2011-02-06
    Get a chinchilla. They are clean and do not smell like bunnies do. They also do not procreate as bunnies do. I have had both. You can litter train bunnies and let them run through your house. But hands down I would have my chinchilla Chuppa any day:)
  • eleanor clark - 2013-04-26
    Get both I have 2 rabbits 3 chinchillas 2 guinea pigs dog cat and budgie and the all get along fine the rabbits are in hutches in my shed and the chins and guinea pigs are in the house.
  • Milla - 2013-05-04
    I have a bunny and if you are intrested in how soft the fur is, then I know a type of bunny (well my bunny is that type) A 'mini rex' would be perfect for you! If you look at the bunny types on this website it will say 'mini rex.' Read about it and you will find out why I told you to get one (look out for how they describe the fur, it's true what they say!)....
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kaitlyn cooper - 2013-05-01
I just got a peruvian guniea pig named larry and I am planing on showing him, and now I have the proper info, yay!!!

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Anonymous - 2013-04-30
We rescued a red squirrel that a friend found on the ground. I took it due to the feeding schedule required. He is doing great and all the wounds are healing nicley. We even had to lance his one toe, but doing great. The animal rescue said they would put him down do to injuries. So we tried our best and it paid off. I am concerned about the strong smell of pee and can't stand animals that will go in the house, so I'm wondering how they can run and play in house without peeing everywhere.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    It's said that potty training squirrels is about the same as for a cat or dog. But they are just not quite as excellent at it, because they do have occasional accidents.
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Velcro - 2013-04-29
Hi again, I just posted below, a question concerning my pet squirrel, Velcro. I just wanted to let you know that you could go to You Tube and see that I have 3 videos out there of Velcro, and the most recent being a couple of weeks ago with his first day that he went outside to play. Thank you. Go to YouTube, then put: channel/UCEJq9ZC718ca3FP720pm7Qw or just look up Videos named Velcro's first day outside, or Velcro the squirrel, so playful and another Velcro, our pet squirrel, so sweet! -s bradley

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-30
    Hey Velcro, if you sign in with facebook, you can post your YouTube video here too... and that would be awesome!
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amanda kennedy - 2012-04-26
I am very very interested in getting a dwarf hotot but I can not seem to find one anywhere! I live in saskatchewan was wondering if anyone knows of a breeder close to where I live? thx

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-26
    Not familiar with breeders up by you but you can check this one out and see where it goes. DWARF HOTOT SASKATCHEWAN
  • Corey - 2013-04-28
    There is a registered Hotot breeder in Regina, SK by the name of Marian. Her email is farmergirl.1969@gmail.com I just got my lil Hotot from her last week ;)
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robert - 2013-04-28
Hi I had a lop ear bunny name dora-chan. She was eating fine everyday even on the day she died. She died suddenly, she was rolling and kicking and her eyes were rolling too, and her legs went stiff. I took her to the vet and they say it was an ear problem and it went to her brain . The vet gave us some med, we took the rabbit home and she died 15 min later. We had the rabbit for 5 years. We don't understand what might have happened because she was so healthy and happy. In the 5 years we had her she ever got sick. Do you have any ideas what might have happened.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-28
    So sorry to hear about your bunny. Sounds like she was well cared for and loved, but sometimes illnesses happen, even in the best of situations. My deepest regrets for your loss, and warm regards.
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MaKenna - 2013-04-27
One of my mice started hicupping then died 2 days later I don't know what happened she was well fed clean and had no problems what could it be?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    Hard to say, but mice have a fairly short lifespan. On average they live just 2 - 3 years, so maybe is wasy that.
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Amy and Kaos - 2013-04-25
A month or two ago, I bought a pregnant guinea pig. At the time I didn't know she was pregnant, but about 3 weeks later she had one healthy baby pig. The mother, Amy, is a standard American short hair, but the baby was born an Abyssinian. I named her Kaos after her fur :) but she's very adamant about not being held. I can pet her, but as soon as I pick her up she goes crazy. She kicks and claws and pulls and screams. I really want her to grow to love and trust me, what should I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-25
    It sounds like she is still very young, so there is a lot of time for you to bond with her! Just continue to have patience, pet her everyday and gently pick her up every day. She will most likely calm down and learn to enjoy human interaction, it will just take time.
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Patrick - 2013-03-22
I've had a pet female raccoon for just over a year now. She was spade about 5 months ago. It is breeding season and she ran away 3 nights ago!  Will she come back? What can I do to try and get her back home? Thank you all, I miss her so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    So sorry to hear about your runaway. Hopefully she will stay in the area and return. Maybe you could try putting out a favorite food, or putting out food at the particular time she is used to being fed to coax her back. Good luck!
  • cindy - 2013-04-23
    Get a live animal trap and put her favorite food in it. She should return looking for food. As long as she has not been hurt. I am a breeder in Oklahoma and have been for nearly 15 years now.
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