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Anonymous - 2003-12-07
i have a mini lop rabbit and he is so loyal, my other rabbits are not loyal at all! my mini lop likes to cuddle and will even walk on a leash!!! If i was looking for another pet i would get a nother mini lop!

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  • E.M. - 2013-02-23
    I am looking for a mini lop rabbit can't seem to locate one. Would you happen to know where I could get one? Thank you so much. Anxious to hear from you, E.M.
  • Candace Brittane Bruce - 2013-04-20
    get on to the ARBA web sight (arba.com i think) and search for a local show in your area or you can even search for breeders in your area on there. go to show or contact a breeder. if you are just looking for a pet a mismarked one always shows up every now and then in a litter. these animals are likely to be healthier and actually the breed you are paying for than a pet store. alot of the time pet store rabbits are not what they say they are and being in the pet store is very stressful for them making them more likly to get sick. not sure where you are from but i am close to dayton ohio. i happen to have two for sale and one of them even knows how to use a litter boxbut only while she is in the cage. i have dogs so she is only out supervised so no real need for me to try to train her outside of her cage to use one lol. hope this helps
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kim rogers-moore - 2013-04-18
Potty training advice for a squirrel would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    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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Anonymous - 2013-04-18
For anyone that lets their squirrel have free run of the house....here is my question.....Does anyone have any knowledge on 'potty training'?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    From what I've read, they can be potty trained with methods similar to how you would train a cat or dog. Provide a box with 3-4' high sides and using Carefresh litter is said to work well.  Then it's all about showing them the appropriate place to go and re-affireming them with praise and treats.  Once trained it is suggested there is about a 90% success in them using the box for pee, and about an 80 - 90% success rate with poo. Apparently poo sometimes just happens!
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Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
I'm doing a school project if someone could reply with some facts threats thx

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tammy - 2013-02-20
Help please. I had an adorable broken black lop (family member)who died a month ago. Can't get any answers why. He had mushy poop, so i gave him a bath (have many times). He went flat. would not raise his head. Then called the vet. She didn't know (@!* what?) We took him in kitchen and he ate a carrot and water through dropper. Have it on video. He seemed fine. Then 7hrs later had him in towel all night (afraid to let him down) he shook and died in my arms. I was shocked. Didn't take him to ER cause I thought he was fine after eating. Please HELP, so confused. Lots of crying and lots of guilt. 8+ yrs old.So depressed, i can't stop thinking about him...

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  • Mckenzie Snyder - 2013-04-02
    I am really sorry to hear about your loss ): my bunny Moo died almost like this but he was only three. All I can say, what I think happened is maybe old age ... rabbits hide their illnesses because in the wild if a predator knows they are sick they will eat them. And if your bunny was outside fliess could have come and and if your bunny had a dirty bottom flies can lay eggs on them and once they hatch they can eat your bunnies insides out (known as a fly strike).  I know it sounds horrible but it can happen.... I'm again very sorry for you ):
  • Annie - 2013-04-05
    I'm sorry to hear that. But first you should know that it's not wise to give lop a bath, because they're so vulnerable and easy to catch cold. And then for bunnies, they can't eat carrots or vegetables cause it's difficult for them to digest and maybe will get enteritis. If you want your lop live longer, you should feed him on alfalfa and as much water as you can. (cold boiled water) As you mentioned that he had mushy poop, there are a lot of possibilities. You'd better take him to the hospital. Finally wish him to live better in a lop planet.
  • tammy - 2013-04-10
    Thank you Mckenzie and Annie for your response and sympathy. Our bunnies are so much a part of our families. I am still so depressed about Bunnybuns since it's spring. We usually let him run around the yard and dig and play with about 7 balls. Holland lops seem to have alot in common. everyone loves them soooo much. I can't find another yet. The black and white are hard to find. I know what i will and wont do after Bunnybuns. We were all so attached to that little guy. I need to find another one soon or i will go nuts...thanks again for your kind words.
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stupid - 2012-06-20
Where can I get one, for how much?

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  • Lorna Hargreaves - 2013-04-09
    Simon's rodents just google it :) there based in London
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-10
    Try doing a google search in your area, if they are legal to keep in your state you should be able to find an outlet locally as well.
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Laura - 2003-12-17
I ve just brought two holland lops. Maisie is about a week older than my other rabbit Dash. Named Dash for a reason! They are the cutest rabbits I ve seen. I took Maisie for a walk down the street and one lady thought it was a dog.

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  • Annie - 2013-04-05
    Remember to separate them in different cages. It's better for them .:D
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Robert - 2005-09-17
I had a wonderful British Polish Rabbit. She died just a couple of days ago (2005-Sept-14). Her coloring was much like the one in the picture. She was prickly when I first got her and never loved being cuddle, but she was a wonderful pet: lively and full of spunk. I miss her so much.

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  • Jaimie-Leigh - 2013-04-03
    sorry but I totally agree about cuddling at first with mine you put her on your lap and she would squirm a little but now she's used to people just get them out more often. However don't give them a choice make the come out bust be gentle they will care less for you and trust you less.
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Jaimie-Leigh - 2013-04-03
I have a rabbit that I wasn't quite sure about as the colours were different to any breed I had ever seen. then I came here and the people leaving comments were really helpful (saying what colours were) this helped a lot. Mine is brown and has a lot of fur, her (buttercups)ear almost turn black in winter but only the tips. she has some bits of fur which are white however you cant really see them as they hide under her brown. I am still searching for how much weight they should put on weekly and how much they are supposed to weigh though. Please can any of you help. otherwise though I have listened to many comments if they are any new viewers though if at first they don't like to be handled get them out more so they trust you more this will help you and your rabbit to bond. If at first your sure you are not sure at how to handle them look at the next page on the website otherwise I would suggest feeding them with a carrot so they can not bite you. soon they will not bite you when you put your hand underneath them. they are really good pets and if their are any parents on here this is the best rabbit it doesn't make much mess I would suggest if you have a big cage clean it out every 2 weeks if not clen every week.

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James Peter - 2011-11-29
My squirrel Zosi 'Zosimos for survivor' is my best friend and beloved companion. He was rescued on freezing Octorber night when I heard a presistent crying outside my window. He was no bigger than my thumb with eyes still closed. He couldnt move on his own and was 20 feet from the tree canopy and 2 feet from his mothers remains '1 paw and a tail' It's clear that she had been fleeing with Zosi in her mouth when she was caught. 'I think a red-tailed hawk was responsible' because she fled the tree. Zosi is 3 years old now and our bond is stronger than titanium. He sleeps with me every night and we spend nearly 24/7 together. We go on walks and bike rides 'where he rides on top of my head' already he's warmed the hearts of hundreds of people and children that he meets while were out and about. Even for a raised squirrel, he's unusually affectionate and loyal. I have had dozens of previous squirrel owners that have expressed amazement in Zosi and often ask me what my secret is. 'You'd have to ask Zosi that one.' :) If you want to see Zosi, you can see some videos I posted on youtube 'search Zosi squirrel.' I wanted to share this for any squirrel lovers out there and anyone that has rescued one and is wondering what it's like. I'll be more than happy to answer any questions or give advice on these matters. :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    That is awesome. I didn't know they could be that tame. My grandma had one and you could pet and hold it. Hung out in the house and then would go out the window but not ride on my head on a bicycle. Wish I had known. Thank you.
  • sarah - 2011-12-11
    Did Zosi ever play too roughly? My squirrel has my arms all scratched up fromo rough play. He's only four months old. I'm hoping maybe he'll outgrow it? Thank you!
  • James Peter - 2011-12-16
    As for the scratching, you'll probably just have to get used to that one :) if i wear a thin shirt, it hurts like a sob when he climbs up my back and such, don't ever get caught without a shirt on, lol that SUCKS. the scratch marks I get from zosi are always minor and usually on the back of my neck.
  • James Peter - 2011-12-16
    Nope, He plays very energetically but NEVER over does it, he's very conscious about how hard he bites HOWEVER he jumped on my face once while I was laying down watching a movie and scratched my eye and put a long scratch on my forehead because of my reaction. He can annoying though when he wants attention because he'll relentlessly bite and tug gently but it can hurt when he grabs the underside of my forarm or something. He'll also bite at my feet while I'm walking thru the house if he's in a real playful mood, this can be a little annoying too and also makes me a bit worried about stepping on him.

    I've heard of MANY of people with squirrels that had serious problems with aggression toward other people, even others that shared the same household. I've come to believe that this behavior is more common among females, especially when they consider their caretaker to be their nest. One women I met, her squirrel had nested in her cleavage and would attack anyone who got near her.
  • Kathy Lee - 2012-02-22
    Rescued a baby eastern gray squirrel when he was about a month old. Bottle fed him until he could eat on his own. He's about 7 months old and seems very healthy and happy. He is very tame and rides around on our shoulders. Curious about one behavior of his, moving his bed around his cage. He has a HUGE cage and has a bed in his hammock, his house and in each corner. We tore up t-shirts and he moves the strips around to a different location weekly. We have noticed that he stashes his pecans in his beds. Any reason he moves around?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-02
    In the wild, squirrels move around. They move because of weather changes, to keep their young safe, to keep themselves safe. They can change nests quite frequently. I think, even though, your little guy is safe in your home and probably not major storms and rain inside the house, they sense a storm coming or seasons changing. Just their nature to move and remain safe from predators and sheltered. Because they are indoors, some of this innate behavior would go away but not all of it.
  • James Peter - 2012-03-02
    I don't know why he moves around, but I can tell you that my squirrel does the same thing. I've tried to 'designate' his nesting location, but that never worked. He chooses where it will be. So far he's changed nests 3 times averaging every year
  • Nickie - 2012-04-30
    I rescued a gray squirrel, we named her Figit. There is not many people around where I live that know alot about keeping her as a pet. How much exercise does she need a day? She is about 12 weeks old now, we have had her since she was 5 weeks old. She loves to climb me and my husband, but if you don't have long sleeves on it tends to hurt!! She eats apples, lettuce, broccoli,carrots,mice food mix and nuts. I give her branchs to chew on and dirt to play in. I let her out of her cage twice a day for about an hour each time, she has branches to climb on and she loves to look out the windows. Is all this okay?
  • jason - 2012-05-06
    yes are u allowed to keep a squirrel in pa, if so how do I go about it. I DONT WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE OR ANY THING. I was thinking on getting one for a pet if it wasn't to much trouble
  • JENNIFER - 2012-12-06
    I want to say that I love reading all the stories of pets rescued. In august I rescued a little eastern gray Peanut NUTNUT for short haha..... and although I have 2 dogs and a cat this little guy has lightened up my life and letting him go into the wild would be insane considering he has a brother boxer named Whiskey and a a sister named Pixe bluetick/choc lab and a tabby cat named Matilda. He would not manage. I don't think but his diet consist of 4 hickory nuts 2 walnuts and 2 big acorns cracked and ready to eat every morning noon and night.  He also likes mushrooms (alot) and pumpkin seeds alot and not a big fan of cooked meals at all.  I however am just curious about his own personal set of nuts they seemed to have dropped all of the sudden want to make sure nothing is wrong:)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-06
    Yep, it is normal.  He is a boy and his testicles dropped.
  • Diana - 2012-12-10
    My pet grey squirrel is iching himself raw. He has iched himself so bad he makes himself bleed. He's losing hair where he is inching himslf! He's not losing anywight yet. That's a good thing! Please help me find a way to help him!!! I am so worried about him!:(
  • Becky - 2013-04-02
    @James Peter--Zosi sounds Awesome!! That is so neat that y'all have such a good bond! I have a squirrel Rocky (I thought it was a boy but is really a girl, but I still call her Rocky)& I've raised her from a plastic syringe & I'd hold her & she'd snuggle in the crook of my arm. Now I'm weaning her, she loves fruit & our thing is, after she eats, I'll have a hoodie on & I'll put her in my pocket & she'll stay there sleeping for hours! :) I'll even vacuum, walk around, & she's cool. I've thought about going out in public with her in my pocket, but not sure what people would think:/ She likes to climb in my shirt too and I try to discourage that but it's cute too (except for the scratching). Oh, & she'll bite on the tips of my finger a little (I think she thinks I'm the plastic syringe that has the formula) & I'll try to discourage that habit by giving her this fruit/nut flavored stick made for them to chew on. I'm trying to get her litter trained because I read it's possible. I put a small box that jewelry came in in her pen to test out until I get a proper box, & she did poop & pee in it a few times, but also poops in her food bowl after she finishes eating. Poop's tiny so I just clean it up, but want to try to get her trained. I love my Rocky! She has really lit up my world:D
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