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Andrea Smith - 2007-03-03
I had an Angora rabbit named Teako. He was a beautiful golden color & he was the friendliest bunny I've ever had. The moment I saw him at the pet shop I knew I wasn't leaving there without him. For some reason I'm a sucker for an animal that's not quite perfect. Teako was missing an ear (a birth defect). When I got him home I discovered he had a club foot in the front too. But none of that affected him one bit. He ran around and played like any other rabbit. He could even jump up & down on the shelf in his cage. He would look out from his cage with the most pitiful look, like I want out of here, and usually I would let him out to run around. He followed me around all the time. He always wanted to be with me. He loved everybody. He was the best!! Unfortunately, Teako died suddenly a year ago. I only had him for 7 months. I'll never forget him! If he's typical of Angoras, I'd recommend them to anyone & I hope to find another one someday.

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  • Esa Brudos - 2013-02-17
    I have Angora/lions and they are beautiful, inquisitive and their father follows your description by being our house bunny. When he matured tho' we had to limit his axcess because he wanted to mark his territory. He still is a good bunny but I'm going to have him fixed. So glad he has had a litter of 6 beautiful bunnies with a Chocalate Torte Lioness which I might also fix, but their kits are two toned and beautiful.... contact me and I'll send pictures. ^.^
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Anonymous - 2013-02-17
lionhead angora bunnies are even tempered and lovely...

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kokyikaung - 2013-02-14
i have one but i dont know male or female. can you help me with  male and female photo

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Jonathan - 2013-02-10
My rabbit just had a litter tonight. They usually have about 2-4 kits per litter. There is is a little more responsibility,but the mother does most of the workhouse just have to make sure that she is doing her job. If she is not doing her job then sometimes you can try to put them in with another doe. One more thing you can do depending on how old they are is get cat milk replacement. It is a little work but not much if the mother does here job.

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  • Michelle Rodriguez - 2013-02-10
    Hi, I read your post regarding your new litter of bunnies. I am looking to get my son a nethe land dwarf. We had one before for 7 years & he passed away last year. I'd like to surprise my son with a new one this valentines day. Please contact me if you are selling them. Thanks. My email is: michyrodriguez23@aol.com.
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Bev Landy - 2013-02-07
I am very upset that your site infers that Ringtail Possums are pets in Australia. I am Australian, and I am sure that only animal rescue people can keep one in captivity, and then only until it is well enough to return to the wild. They are a protected species in Australia, not a pet.

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    Gemma - 2008-11-10
    I've had mine for quite a long time now. He's called Jasper, he's 3 this November 08 and he's castor brown. My experience with him has been lovely and I recommend all you guys out there on getting one. They feel like velvet and I sometimes watch eastenders with him on my lap :D haha. He sometimes bites my clothes when I'm not looking, but overall he's a generally relaxed bunny. We keep him indoors because he's not neutered and we feel it's healthier for him because he's out of the damp. You may need to get them a new chew toy every say, 6 months, because they do love chewing which is good for their teeth. Their eye lashes can get quite long and so can their claws so always keep nail cutters handy ;). I love Jasper and I always will. They like to have little holes to go in like their burrows in the wild. They're a bit like dogs because they have the same affection. Anyway .. hope you get one :p

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    • Anne - 2011-01-06
      I've raised rabbits for about 4 years now and 2 of my rabbits did the same thing. The first one was a lop and on thanksgiving weekend we brought them inside and we found it doing the same thing and it died. When we went to the vet to get the rabbit's check-up, we told the vet about our rabbit and he said the first thing you need to know about rabbits is that rabbits can kick so hard that they can break their backs. Our other rabbit that was a mini rex and on the second day we got it. It was dragging its feet and it died because it broke its back.
    • S. - 2013-02-05
      Always use proper holding technique when handling your rabbit. Support the lower back with one hand and underneath the front feet with the other. NEVER allow the rabbit to kick against a surface while forcibly being held---the feet should face away from you when picking up the rabbit. Rabbits do not like being restrained, so only do so when you have to pick him/her up. When petting the rabbit, place him/her in your lap and allow them to sit unrestrained. The best way to pet the rabbit in your lap is to let them go there on their own.
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    Indy & cappicino - 2007-10-09
    This year my bunny got very sick and we didnt know why. We thought she might have lead poisoning from an old chair she chewed, thank goodness she didn't. we took her to a vet and found out we were feeding her the wrong food. Just incase you dont know, you are supposed to feed rabbits timithy hay, not pellets as they are just treats. Some symptoms of a bad diet are: small rabbit dropping, not urinating, loss of hair, no appitite, not very active, and licking furniture.
    She got sick in July but didnt show symptoms until September.
    Now my bunny is great and healthy once again. She is now almost one and i am very glad that she is ok. I didnt write this to be a show off and tell you i know every thing, i wrote it for your bunnies health. So if you are a first time mini rex owner treat them like horses.


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    • S. - 2013-02-05
      Actually, a good-quality alfalfa and timothy-hay-based rabbit pellet SHOULD be fed to a rabbit in unlimited amounts up until one year of age. After that, they should receive pellets based on their weight as a nutritional supplement, timothy-hay based pellets only. For example, an adult Mini-Rex at 5 pounds max. should receive about 1/8th cup daily.
    • S. - 2013-02-05
      Of course, you should always provide timothy-hay in unlimited amounts as well.
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    moma - 2013-02-04
    My Daughter had a beautiful Teddy Bear Hamster, plus we have a very large part Black Lab part Newfoundland Dog. Our dog LOVED the Hamster so much that he would let him walk around on his back and they would sometimes sleep together. The hamster got sick and our Dog was the one that made sure we checked on him on a regular basis. Unfortunatly our beloved Hamsters did not pull through and our Dog was really upset he was not himself for days. Now we have a new Teddy Bear and we hope that they will become as good friends as the Dog and the first Hamster.

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    kat - 2013-01-30
    There are some misconceptions that i don't see written here. I have a female indoor muntjac that also goes out to play within a 7 ft privacy fence. Indeed they are small and sweet, mine has never shown a mean bone in her little body. But this is not a pet for just anyone, especially a child. First you can not hold them. their little hooves are like rocks and their instinct to flee will send the feet kicking and really hurt someone bad. they will sit beside you, play, follow you, lick you etc. but you can't pick them up, i had mine at just a few weeks of age. Bottle feeding and feeding them fruit and vegetables multiple times a day is a must. can really get your budget if not prepared. Bottle feeding for a year is advised. potty training to a litter box is quick as long as you are persistant and since you can't just pick em up and put them there you have to be creative as i was. took about 3 weeks. You can't use sand or you end up having mud. when they pee its as much as a horse and it stinks horibly. they pee multiple times a day, although they don't drink much water, comes from fruit and veggy's. Litter needs to be clay mixed with possibly cedar and should be changed daily or every 2 days. they chew everything, they don't outgrow it like puppy's. cords, books (no low bookshelves or near any furniture)I love our muntjac but its work. Not like having a cat. We are installing a doggie door so maybe that will help with the pee smell. also without the mixture of cedar, they track litter throughout house. If you have a doggie bed or something simular they usually pee on it because they like soft things to pee on. I'm glad i don't have carpet, it would be impossible to get the urine out. They do adjust to hardwood and tile but at first you'll need runners if you have them. They never learn to run on slick floors just walk. They need outside time to run. If given the chance to jump on the bed you'll be in trouble. lol

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
      This is wonderful information, helps fill out the 'pet experience' and concerns to be aware of. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
    • kat - 2013-01-30
      ps. the herd you buy them from should be checked for brusalosis (sure i spelled that wrong). Ours didn't come with the paper from the breeder and had to be ck'd for it in order to be registered with the state. (most states require registration) ours was then, by law microchipped.(vets office,does everything) I recommend cking with your state requirements before buying one. safety of your new pet and family. You know everyone is going to want to visit your muntjac so its recommended to follow you state laws for that reason too. i have never seen signs of worms or fleas. i was told they were resistant to that stuff and so far it has proven to be true.
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    Kathy Anderson - 2013-01-30
    I have a pet squirrelSammy, that I have had since he was 5 weeks old. My cat brought him and laid him down at my husbands feet. His eyes were not open yet and we weren't really sure if he was even a squirrel. But anyway he has been happy and healthy for 9 years now until this morning he woke up acting strange. Not wanting to play or eat. I noticed that he had not peed in his usual pee spot in his cage. As of now he still hasn't peed. So I belive he is stopped up and I don't know what to do for him. Could someone please let me know, I am really worried about my little guy. Thanks

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
      So sorry to hear about Sammy. At first I thought, maybe its age, but as they can live over 20 years in captivity, that's not it. You may want to take it to a vet that specializes in rodents. But I also found this site WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc., that has some information about the digestive aspects of  squirrels. They also have several resources and some contact information. Starting there, you may be able to get some good suggestions.
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