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Ryan - 2004-06-26
These rabbits make great pets, I have had my guy now for 12 years. He has fathered many cute bunnies in his life, 54 to be exact. He was the first rabbit I had and I got him when I was only 3, I was the second owner but the first owner did not know how old he was when i got him. He is quite old now but i still love him and he has never had one thing wrong with him in his life, the only vet visits are his yearly check-ups. I know that he is not long for this world now but his legacy will live on in me and in his children.

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J - 2006-09-26
I am a licensed rehabber in Calif. Raccoons are by far my favorites. They are cute, affectionate & very endearing. I would love to keep them all but I know that isn't the best for them. I have been trying to get permission for an educational raccoon for our group so have done a great deal of homework & have decided I will be chosing another mammal. Raccoons are social, they bond quickly to the caregiver (they miss "mom"). They are insecure as babies, but as they age, they become more independent. With that, the adorable playfulness & curiosity becomes more aggressive & destructive (this is their nature & what they need for surviving in the wild). Their teeth are sharp & so are those claws! I wear shabby Levis just for them climbimg my legs - which is "painfully cute" when they are little. I watch in fascination & photograph them for hours. At around two they become unpredictable in their behavior. They do like things on their terms afterall, & have displayed aggressive behavior when least expected so most rehab facilities will not use raccoons due to liability. If one bites, it is destroyed to check that it is free of rabies. This has happened to people who just had them as pets & family or friends have been bitten. To have a pet euthanized due to old age or infirmity is heartwrenching enough - it would be unbearable to have an animal I took out of its elements destroyed in its prime when it wasn't necessary. Neutering does not stop all aggression, males are normally less agressive than the females in captivity. Things I am personally aware of have been: 1) pet raccoons will kill other small pets up to small bunnies, including birds, 2) help themselves to fish in tanks & koi ponds, 3) jump on the back of a dog & ride it when really angry, act out against their caregivers, etc. & 4) can demolish & destroy the inside of a home in no time. There are exceptions, of course. Caging or tethering them would break their spirit - they are nature's clowns who never stop exploring...besides, they only get meaner. I am grateful to ALL who try & save them. They do need special formula & diets that aid in their development. People food is not what they get in the wild as babies. Like any species, they need the proper nutrients just for them. If you are going to keep one, at least contact a rehabber who will help you out & get you the right information. Rehab centers are full of adult raccoons that people have tried to raise & don't want anymore & they can't be placed. When weaned, my raccoons go to another rehabber with a state regulated cage to grow bigger & "wild up" before being released. I cry while driving them there, I cry when I leave & when it comes time to release them I will be crying again. I know it's best but they really get into your heart - any hand raised orphan will be imprinted & it is very important that if they are going to be released they go to a rehabber that can try & get them back to the wild in a way that they will have a chance to survive & live their lives out as they were put on this earth to do.

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Lucy - 2012-06-14
I had a rossette, and after like 8 years he died so I got an American short hair, but she died like a month later and now I want a teddy or silkie or maybe another rossette.

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Anonymous - 2012-10-11
Are gerbils cute and good pets to have? I'm thinking of getting 2 soon and I just want to know about what they're like because I haven't had any before. Are they easy to train? Are they cute? Good pets to have? Better than other small pets like mice? Thank you!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-10-16
    Thank you, I'm thinking of getting two females.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    Gerbils make super pets. They are cute, very sweet and handleable. Just be sure to get at least two because they really need companionship. If you don't want a lot of babies, be sure they are the same sex too.
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Not telling - 2005-10-22
This website is amazing! I found all the information i need all on this page. I never new there could be a website like this. I think I know everything about short-tail possums now

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Jonathan Street - 2006-09-05
I have two gerbils..there used to be three. Gerbils are amazing pets! They are so smart, you can let them loose on your landing or bed and they are very careful not to get too close to the edge. All the gerbils were girls, a caramel one, mongolian and black one, the black one died. I keep them in a large-ish glass tank, I almost NEVER give them water, we give them vegatable peelings and fruit instead and use them to recycle most of our card. They are still very active, and doing well aged at 4 and a half years, (3 months when we got them).

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  • Julie - 2010-02-27
    It is really important to always have a water bottle in their cage even if they rarely drink from it. You can't always be there and if your gerbils want a drink and have no water, that is not appropriate.
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Louise Anne Spartali - 2012-11-22
Are these rabbits supposed to be large in size? I have one and she is rather big.... ive tried everything and she just stays the same size!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-22
    These are pretty good sized rabbits,  and reaching up to about 8 1/2 pounds is normal.
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Evita - 2013-04-30
I have had my 2 little white mice for 1 year and 8 months. They are so sweet and i love them so much. . . Which is why i am absolutely devastated that one has an internal tumor. She was always a bit bigger and lazier than my other mouse, but was in perfect health until a few months ago when i noticed she began to develop cataracts. Soon after, my husband and i noticed she had been gaining weight, but in a disproportionate way so she looked pear-shaped. She is still a very active mouse, but it hurts my heart so much to see her having a hard time moving. She likes to go on the wheel still, but for short periods of time. Sometimes my other mouse will run on the wheel with her and spin her around. She is still very social, she is eating and drinking, but i am very paranoid about her tumor and if she is in pain. I took her to the vet last week and he said that he agrees with me that she is still a very happy mouse who has a will to live, but that i should be watching her to see when she is uncomfortable and that would be my sign to bring her in to get put to sleep. I am super paranoid about her now and am so afraid that i will not notice the right signs. I don't want her to be in pain, and i also do not want to put her to sleep before she is ready. I am also worried about the happiness of my other mouse when my other mouses' time comes. Please help with any advice.

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  • ananya roy - 2013-05-01
    i have two laboratory mice of about 14 months of age.both of them are very bulky and lazy.is this a sign of internal tumor?.they are losing there appetite lately and will sleep or lay down all the time.please answer me!they refuse to play and pant if i make them do a bit of exercise on their wheel.what should i do??
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    Evita, I'm sorry to hear about your little mouse's tumor. These little creatures do get tumors sometimes, and there is little that can be done. But the average lifespan for a mouse is 2, sometimes up to 3 years, so she's had a pretty gool life and it sounds like a great home. When she does pass, it won't really really impact your other mice. It will be a sad day, but there's not much you can do about it as that's part of the life cycle. So just know you've given her a good and happy home. My good wishes are with you.
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Imogen - 2012-11-30
Are gerbils friendly, lively, cute and tame? Do they smell? (I had mice before and they smelt a bit) also, how often do you have to clean them out and are they noisy at night? Getting gerbils next month and want to know a bit more about them because I haven't had them before! Thank you

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  • Nicky - 2013-01-02
    You have to clean them out every few weeks. They don't smell much and are great fun. Yes they are all those things, they can be noisy at night but you get used to it. You'll love them!
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zach - 2013-04-14
I have a young jersey wooly doe and would like to know what color she is she is. when I go her she was white with light grey ears and tail, little bit on her face. now she has shed and she is mostly the light grey color I looked at the national jersey wooly website and her color wasn't on there color chart with pictures

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