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Luca - 2012-06-12
I love rats. They are so adorable! Rats have many different personalities(ex: my rats hazel is very active and likes to explore but gravity is more shy and will just cuddle up with you). Just wanna say that rats make adorable pets and I highly recommend them as pets.

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  • Michael - 2012-11-25
    Are rats really good pets? Everyone says they are just disgusting little smelly things, is it true? I mean I am kinda scared of them, but some are kinda cute though. But the ones that i think are really disgusting and gross and that i have a HUGE fear of is the sewer rats, or those wild rats that have rabies!! They scare me!!
  • Steph - 2012-11-30
    Rats are great pets. Wild rats are different then pet rats. Just like a wild cat is a lot different then a pet cat. Pet rats are definitely not disgusting animals. They clean themselves and are very intelligent. I love rats as pets, you'll also come to realize each have their own individual personality.
  • brian sigmon - 2012-12-06
    I am wanting a pet rat.. If you could call me with places to get one I would be extremly happy! My number is 828-302-5691
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Amber Solomon - 2012-12-05
I have a Havana rabbit, and shes super sweet, but super shy. And when i put something in her cage she runs at it like she would attack it, but then she just like smells it, is this normal or what is it? And what could cause this. And how can i help stop this and how cam i help gentile her. I have 2 other rabbits and theydont do that, and they are pretty docile. What can i do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-05
    Some bunnies are just more curious, lively, agressive, laid back more so than others.  If you threw a ball for a pup - some will chase it and some won't.  Sounds like if you throw a ball for your little Havana - she will chase it.  She is curious and attentive and wants to know what eveything is.  So something new and she runs up to it and tries to determine - what it is and can she eat it.  I don't know why you would want to stop it. -  Just me.  I would think you would want to capitalize on it.  I would take her into a small room - like the bathroom with a bunch of objects hiden behind your back and put them down or throw them one at a time.  Sit down on the floor with your Havana and have some fun.  It will get some of the excess energy out of the Havana.  Then have a little stuffed animal (little) that you can use with your hand to play with the Havana and then use your hand to play with the Havana.  She will be calmer, she will get used to your hand, you will get used to her antics and eventually you will be able to hold and pet her.
  • Amber Solomon - 2012-12-05
    It scares me a lot. And sometimes i cant tell if its aggressive or not.
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Grace - 2012-12-04
My daughter noticed her chinchilla has two red/pink bumps (about 1cm across & bulging out 1cm) on his haunch/butt that are symmetrical (closer to his tail than his genitals). They seem less prominent now than yesterday. I don't see anything like it on any of the anatomy photos. Are they something to worry about?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-06
    I can't be sure cuz I can't see you little fella - but possibly you are talking about the fact that it is a boy and the testicles are dropping? 
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Sandra Stephenson - 2012-05-20
I have a flying squirrel i think she is a little over a year old my daughter brought her home when she was just maybe 2 weeks old and she is doing great but i am concerned about her front teethe growing to long . Can they be trimmed or what do i do ? Also how long do they live in captivity ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    In the wild it is said to be about 6 years and I would think it would be at least that in captivity. For the teeth - you can get a hard chew toy--- lava rock bird toy, dog bone, soup bone (boil it) usually knuckle bones at grocery store. Something hard for it to chew on and it will wear her teeth down. Vet can also probably sand them down but i don't think she will like it.
  • Rick - 2012-09-01
    My wife not only make sure our squirrel has shelled nuts to gnaw on like hazel nuts, brazil nuts, almonds and pecans, we also purchased flavored wood chews in the hamster section at the pet store. She seems to enjoy them and her teeth are doing well.
  • Kisha - 2012-12-04
    I have heard a calcium block is used for ones kept in captivity, as pets to wear down the teeth.
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Chris - 2012-12-02
Hi I got a 1 year old female Netherland dwarf rabbit I love her to prices even though she ticks me off sometimes. I got her recently at an auction for $5.00. She was my first pet so I went home studied her breed and I've had her for a couple months. We don't have a vet but she's always playful. We have a pedigree but we lost it and we've had her for a couple months. She's playful and happy. She loves to chew up the rug but we trained her not to. She's had babies before so she can still have babies and I think she's spayed because she never attacks but lately she's really agressive and scratched me when I approach her and she's growling at me now! Since we got her recently all we have for her to live in is a dog kennel which we clean every Sunday but she's still agressive and I don't know what's wrong?

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  • Chris - 2012-12-02
    Actually she doesn't look like a netherland as her face is more elongated. I think she a netherland mix but her pedigree says purebred so I'm not sure
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Anonymous - 2003-11-16
i got a polish dwarf too. ive been wanting one for 7 years now my parents have finnally given in! Shes almost a year old now and me and her have formed a tight bond. Her name is thumper, she is the hyperest thing you could ever ask for. I even knew that in the pet store, because I saw her hopping around i did not want her to go into the wrong hands, (like the 2 year old banging on the glass.Because my bunnie is sooo hyper we have to take her out about at least three times a day! And we also have to watch her like 24 7 cause shes soo smart she knows everythin.....like how to get under the couch when we block it....to open doors and close them...how to open a candy wrapper...how to get out of her leash...like seriosly!!Anyway each bunnies got its own personality and you gotta deal with it all differently...like my friends bunnie is just sooo lazy you open the cage door and gos and eats!Well you can also teach you bunie things like cause my bunnie liked to chew on things we had to teach her commands like to stop chewing on somthing which was NO NO NO THUMPER!!!and tocome... come thumper!! so take it from me if you want your bunnie to like it you GOTTA spend some time with it and let it get to know ya

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Marie - 2012-05-14
Hi My name is Marie and I have a Holland Lop Bunny about 3 months old and my daughter is sick can the bunny get sick from us. Because we love to hold her and she kisses us and we kiss her. Also my bunny eats its own poop is that normal. I am taking the Bunny to the vet on Friday to get her claws cut and get checked and he owns a Holland Lop Bunny so I have alot of questions to ask of him. Thank You

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-14
    Most diseases are species specific and don't cross from a human to a turtle or turtle to bird etc. There are a few exceptions such as rabies but rare. So I doubt your daughter can catch anything from your lop. Yes, it is normal for a bunny to eat its poop - provides some sort of additional nutrition. Your vet should be able to answer all your questions and alleviate concern. Just enjoy.
  • Marie - 2012-05-16
    Thank You Charlie again for helping us out I take her to the vet on Friday. I wrote all our questions down so I hope this will help us. :)
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Rhyan H. - 2010-08-08
Hello! I have a siamese sable netherland dwarf named Benjerman. He will be shown in the fair and I plan to breed him. He is a very good rabbit.

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  • barb - 2010-10-15
    How long do they stay pregnant the netherland dwarf rabbit?
  • stacy - 2010-10-19
    Hello my name is stacy and my dwarf I'm going to get is going to be so cute I hope you enjoy her when I put the picture up.
  • David - 2010-11-26
    The gestation (pregnancy) period of most rabbits is around 31 days, but because Netherland Dwarf rabbits are so small they will likely give birth sooner. There is an excellent free e-mail mini course on breeding and raising rabbits at www.naturalrabbitfood.com It goes into detail (very easy to read) on how to reduce mortality rates and improve the health and productivity of all rabbits using recently published research.
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Alyssa - 2003-12-27
This is the rabbit I am going to get. I am looking to buy two in my area (one doe, one buck) so I can breed them!

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Beth - 2011-08-18
My son got a netherland dwarf our fair in September. He has basically just started working with it. He likes it but I don't think he thought it would be this much work. We did have the rabbit outside in a hutch but the week it got sooo hot my dad let my son bring it in and put it in a cat carrier. so as of right now that is where it lives. I have my son get it out and try to interact with it in the kitchen because the rest of the house is carpet and we don't want rabbit turds in the carpet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    Yes, they can be work but if you can arrange an appropriate set up - quite easy to have. Try the idea of a somethng similar to a dog house (acutally a hutch he can go in and out of) in a fenced (or enclosed in harea with toys, litter, shelf etc. He can't live in a kennel.
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