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Milla - 2013-05-06
I have a bunny,a cat and a turtle,but iam a animal lover sort and i really want another animal (a small one like a chinchilla or a squirrel) what do you think , what shall i have?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-06
    Hehehe, you are an animal lover! So what shall you get... I've had chinchillas and they're very cool, though not quite as snuggly as cat or bunny (definitely more snuggly than a turtle) and they can't take hot temperatures, so there's that to consider. But they are so soft and are curious. Now I'm wanting a bunny myself, and am thinking of one of those really big ones, so I can take if for walks... (but will have to research that some more:)) Anyway, good luck on your decision making, I'm sure whatever you get you'll have a great time and wonderful friend.
  • Milla - 2013-05-08
    I just want to add this to what i said about 'what shall i have!?'thing. -it could also be a bird
  • Logan - 2013-05-26
    I am interested in finding a bunny myself, and I am probably going to, however I am at my grandmothers house for the summer, and there are many wild cats that live there, my sister, mom, and I caught 3, an adult female, and two kittens (both male) and I am REALLY enjoying taming them. They may not be the pet for you, but I absolutely LOVE the cute things:) I really recommend getting kittens or a cat. However, if you get one, try to get or from an animal shelter, it hurts me to think of how many animals are put to sleep each day, so please try to save one. Thanks for reading!
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Dawn - 2013-05-26
Hello, well I am sorry to say, about 2 weeks ago we were clearing land we bought. My husband cut down a dead tree and there was a mama Raccoon with 3 babies in it. The mama ran off so we left the babies alone and hoped mama would come back for them..She came back for 2 but not the little girl.. I brought her home and it has been 2 weeks her eyes are now open and she is doing great. I am a dog breeder so I know about keeping them warm and stimulating them so they can go the bathroom and I just started worming her. I am not sure if I can let her go when she is old enough, I cry just at the thought of her being all alone in the world. Please, if anyone can help with in any information the do's and dont's of raccoon care I really need help. Thank you, Dawn

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-27
    Sounds like you're doing great with your little Raccoon:) Read all the comments here, cuz there's some great info on their care and behaviors, and good luck to you both!
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ike - 2013-05-14
i found a week old baby squirrel and hand fed him for about 8 weeks he was eating nuts and doing great i left the other day to help someone out to come home to find him dead his name was rocky and he was the best pet id ever had i always want him to be remembered love you rocky and we miss you sweetheart our house just is not a home anymore with out you love dad

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    I am so sorry. What a wonderful experience raising him, but such a loss. My deepest condolences.
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Sarah b - 2013-05-11
My bunny Oreo is very very soft and cuddly! Oreo is 3 years old and very nice. Oreo likes to eat bunny food, carrots, grass, dandelions, lettuce and apples. She does not bite unless she is very hungry and needs food. I like to play with Oreo outside in the summer. In the winter Oreo runs around in the basement and in the summer she likes to be in her cage under the pine tree.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-11
    Oreo sounds like an awesome friend, and I llike her name too. Does she look like an oreo cookie? I think being under the pine tree in the summer must be very nice for her, a cool shaded spot.
  • Isabelle Lavallee - 2013-05-12
    Hey can I change Oreo's name like Hershys or somthimg?
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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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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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