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Kimberly Creighbaum - 2014-01-09
I have a pet raccoon named baby. She was stranded by her momma last year. We waited two days for her mom to come back but she never did. So I called several rehabbers and no one wanted to take a raccoon. One person even told me to have a vet put her down. No way to that! I love animals.  Baby is a joy to have. Very affectionate and playful. She just has a look of pure joy on her face when she plays. We have a chihuahua and they are best buddies. I never thought a raccoon could be such a joy but Baby is really fun. They do keep you on your toes, you have to watch them all the time because they are faster then a two year old and love getting into things. Always exploring everything they can get into. Wouldn't trade her for the world though :) 

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  • Linda - 2014-07-29
    I found a baby raccoon about 4 weeks old that I'm caring for. Can you tell me what did you for de-worming or any input you can share. Thanks Linda
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Lorna Hargreaves - 2013-04-09
Can sugar gliders live in a 3ft tall glass tank by 2 ft wide with a mesh top. It's kitted out with branches, parrot toys, nesting boxes and pouches ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-10
    From the 'environment' section above, you can see that the size of your glass tank should offer plenty of space, especially with all the decor you've provided for these active little critters. They do like attention as well as activity, so may want to come out of the cage to play as well.
  • Adam - 2014-07-29
    Absolutely no glass tanks!!! They need to climb on the sides and have full use of the space. Also it should be at least 3.5 feet tall and 30 inches square. Thats really as small as i would suggest. And horrizontal bars are best i have been told.
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Thiannon Otway - 2014-06-30
Do lion heads live in Penrith NSW? And are they allowed to live in NSW? If they do, please post a 'Link' with Lionhead bunnies for sale. Since my bunny died, I want a 'lion head' bunny. I can't find any results for lion head bunnies in NSW..

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  • Jules - 2014-07-25
    I am looking for lionshead bunny in melbourne also, have you found a breeder yet? I am not having much luck. Please let me know and I will so the same for you if I come across any breeders.
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scott - 2014-07-03
I recently adopted a Guinea pig, though I don't know how his previous owners treated him as his nails are almost an inch in length. I am worried for my lil friend. How or what do I do please help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like his nails need to be clipped. Their nails, like ours, continually grow though they are usually worn down naturally if the guinea pig gets out for regular exercise.

    You can take him to a vet to have the nails trimmed, or you can get small animal nail clippers at a pet store and do it yourself. Be careful though, not to trim too far down and into the 'quick' (blood vein in the lower part of the nail). Because the quick will have extended far down into the nail, I suggest you only clip just a little off at a time, and then do a bit more a couple days later. As you do this, the quick will recede towards the foot and then its safe to clip the tip of the nail again. If you cut too deep (into the quick) the nail will bleed. You can get Quick Stop at a pet store, which will quickly help stop the bleeding. A second option is to use some corn meal. Corn meal isn't quite as good, but it does also help stop the bleeding.  Once you have the nails at the desired length, clip them on a monthly basis or as needed.
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Michelle Hapeman - 2003-11-07
Hi! My name is Michelle, our family just adopted a 3 month old mini rex from a local pet shop. She is a complete lovebug, wants to be held almost constantly, and has incredibly velvety fur, the color of hot chocolate with milk. Our 3 daughters just adore our new little friend, and are debating whether to call her Snuggles or Betsy. We are very pleased with the breed we chose, and she seems to be litterbox training herself (we put litter in a shallow tupperware dish). We strongly recommend this breed for families.

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  • doug - 2014-07-16
    We have a mini rex just over 3 months old. She is litter trained gos all over the house but hates to be picked up. Is there a secret to being able to hold them.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Some rabbits just don't want to be held, though sometimes this changes with age or when they are spayed or neutered. One thing that can help, when you need to handle her, put your hand on the head first before picking her up. This is a natural dominance action and may help to make her more submissive for handling.
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Rithy odom - 2014-07-12
I introduced my pigs to each other, a male Abyssinian and A female short hair, but they won't have any babies

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Lexie Jeffress - 2014-07-11
Hi guys I'm getting 2 female pet mice today and I'm super exited! :D I was just wondering if anyone still uses this forum? Also Jasmine Hensley are you in room 4 year 7? I think I know you anyway just wondering what to expect!

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Devin - 2014-06-02
I got two mini lops, they are 4 1/2 months old and are very skittish. They hate being held and don't want anything to do with us. They get along and play with our dog, but want nothing to do with humans. Is this normal behavior? How do I get them to come around we have had them for a month now.

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  • kristen - 2014-07-11
    well Devin this is not very common but my rabbit Lilly was like that until I started spending lots of time with them maybe they will like that forever but spend more time with them and treat them while you pet them and such I really hope this works for you!!
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Shannon Courtney - 2014-04-09
Help! I honestly can't have two guinea pigs! I feel really sad about it but I can't have two, only one so what should I do if it gets lonely? Please Help!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    Just plan on spending as much time as you possibly can with it when you are home! Why can't you have two? Could you get a rabbit instead? Rabbits and guinea pigs often make good companions!
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    Well Shannon I have the same problem but I got an answer: play with your guinea pig and give your guinea pig something to play with while you take a break from your guinea pig, hope I helped :)
  • Hashtag - 2014-07-07
    I am getting a guinea pig and have read on a website that getting a teddy bear can stop your guinea pig getting lonely.
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Lily Richards - 2014-07-05
Hi I'm Lily. I am only eleven and I really want to get a guinea pig. I have researched them and know how to take care of them because I babysit other peoples pigs. I am very sure I want to get one…. but I don't know which one I would like to get, American or Abyssinian? I would like them to be friendly and be okay with cuddling….but not super noisy or smelly. Have any advice? Please respond. ps: I am looking for a decent guinea pig cage for $15 or less…..anybody know where I could get one? Thanks for reading, bye!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Guinea Pigs are great pets, no matter what breed you get, and it sounds like you are going to be a good keeper for one. Check with your local pet store, guinea pigs are just about alway available, and they should have a variety to choose from. Pick the one that attracts you the most, just keep in mind that if it is a long-haired type, it will need regular grooming (which is fun too!).
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