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Delores Moreau - 2013-09-06
I have an albino abyssinain guinea pig named Blizzard. He is about 3 or 4 years old. I have 2 other guinea pigs. They are all in separate cages. No matter what I do Blizzard always messes up his cage long before the others do. I think he is bored and so he plays with his water. The cage always gets really wet. I have replaced the bottle several times. I have tried many different things to keep him content. Is this behavior specific to this breed?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    He sounds quite rambunctious and I'm inclined to think it's just the personality of that guinea pig.
  • No one - 2014-06-04
    I think your guinea pig is bored and he needs something to do so he plays with his water and well messes up his cage.
  • zoey howards - 2014-07-05
    Yes this behavior is specific to this breed. Abyssinian guinea pigs are often known for being mischievous and clowning around.
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Herb Rowder - 2004-10-10
I once had a pet racoon named Renovie. I got him as a pup when a friend of mine found his dead mother by the side of a tree and 3 pups up in a nest. I also had a dog at the time, a cockapoo male, but they got along OK and even slept together. He would use a litter box like a cat, and would eat all kinds of things that people eat, and also what the dog ate. He liked to eat dry dog food by taking a piece in his paws and dipping it in the water bowl, letting it soak a while, and then eating it. He did not damage anything, but he could open any cabinet and would go in there and root around, and once in a while you would find him sleeping in a large speghetti pot. I only kept him for about a year though, because as he matured he really wanted to be outside all the time... he literally climbed the curtains. I would take him for walks with the dog, both on seperate leashes. The dog would visit the bottom of the trees and Renovie would climb them. I had people actually pull their cars over and ask me what kind of "dog" that was!

After a year, I saw my friend again who had given him to me and he said that he would take Renovie to a farm he knew of where the people would feed him and let him run around in their protected wooded area. That seemed like the right solution so I had to let him go. I missed him though. He was a good pet. Perhaps a female would not have been so anxious to go out and roam, but I doubt it. They are after all, wild animals and that instinct is very strong in them.

In the year I had him, he went from about 2-3 pounds to a little over 25 pounds in weight so they grow very fast and are always kind of hungry. Having a pet racoon is like having an animal that is a cross between a cat and a monkey. They are very curious and intelligent animals. At least as smart as a very smart dog. They figure things out and can use their hands very effectively to solve problems and open things. They will reach into your pockets and pull stuff out to have a look. I used to keep some "snacks" in my shirt pocket so when Renovie would sit on my lap he would reach in there and get something to eat. If his little "stash" ran out he would complain about it and poke me in the nose with his nose and paw my pocket so I would put more stuff in there for him to pull out. He seemed to like the act of getting the snack out of my pocket as much as actually eating it. Like a dog, he knew his name and would come when you called him, making a little chittering sound like the cooing of a dove. Anyone who ever had one would have to say they were good pets and worthy of respect.

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  • Patience - 2014-06-26
    Hello I have a pet raccoon he is very sweet but I heard they seem to get mean when they get older is that true at all?
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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.
  • bryan - 2014-06-25
    I've done so much reading on these flying squirrels yet I can't find out how they are with children, new borns etc. Can you help me out?
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Gabby - 2014-06-23
I got a mini rex tri color bunny for my birthday his name is Snoop Dogg.

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Jay - 2014-05-28
I have a french lop male bunny he's 3 or 4 months sold and about 10 pounds. He's so cute but he makes me nervous because he flings around when I pat him and I feel like he may bite and have a big bunny big bite. He seems to get very excited or mad when I feed him. Any ideas?

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  • Mango - 2014-06-21
    I just bought one, still wondering how I'm going to house it. They say you can potty train but they leave droppings with every hop LOL so it stays in the garage. We let it outside and it doesn't run away but seems to enjoy herself. I want to convert an old shed into the house with an attached run but no idea how to begin. Certain someone is no help and it was his idea to bring the animal home, suddenly it was my idea and my rabbit. sigh. I'm hoping they do well outside in a warm hut, it gets -40 in the winter. They are super calm and she does enjoy our company, comes when called. Cute. One good thing, I planted a little garden and now have a use for all those bunny berries :D
  • Mango - 2014-06-23
    Oh, yes idea. They reach sexual maturity as early as 4 months of age and typically start reproducing around 8-9 months of age. With that you might notice behavior changes so it's recommended to spay or neuter your rabbit.
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Dina - 2014-06-23
I feel kinda silly about this but I feel the need to share because I am still grieving over our loss of a family member. We just lost our beloved family member, a holland lop rabbit named, LeiLei. We had her for 3 wonderful years. I personally think she is one of the rarest, most beautiful lop bunny anyone could ever ask for. She was mostly brown but had a bit of gray and white fur. She had a white, diamond-shape fur on top of her head; white nose; 3white paws & 1brown, left paw; & the most gorgeous, blue & brown eyes. She was a real chubby one even when we first got her & she was supposedly only a few wks old. I have never seen a bunny so smart. She knew when it was time to feed. She instantly knew what to do with a potty bin though she just came from a show case with bedding all over & no particular toilet bin for her at the store. She was so patient that she knew when it was time to come out of her crib and go to the yard as well as coming back inside the house after an afternoon in the yard. She knew well how to call out to her sister Lionhead bunny, LooLah, and encourage her to go in. She loved to roam around a lot and would always try to push the doors open to any room that she wants to explore. She loved playing with the broom. Everytime I had to sweep the floor she would try to come after the broom and stop it from moving around, oh that was so much! Of course she also knew when to stop. She's also very expressive as she could squeal the loudest whenever LooLah kept bugging her. She wasn't much into kissing like LooLah was but she surely knows how to show us some love whenever she'd let us hold her for awhile like a baby. When she got hurt once she cried with real tears and that nearly broke my heart. How I miss her so much :'( I am in tears as I wrote this & each time I thought of her I feel like bursting into more tears. Losing her is like losing a child, and as a mother I feel like I lost a big part of me when passed away. I will never find one like her & she will always be the only one, true LeiLei in our hearts. Thank you LeiLei for the 3 beautiful yrs you spent with us and for the beautiful children you gave us. We love you so much & we will love and care for your children, LooLah, and her children, too. I wish someday I can see you again. I love you forever & always LeiLei. Rest in peace my darling baby.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I am so sorry for your loss, LeiLei sounded just wonderful! RIP LeiLei.
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Lana - 2014-05-18
I have an Abyssinian female around 3 years old, her past owner's didn't treat her well. I have had her for a while now and think we have bonded. I would really like to train her to come when I call her name but I don't know how, any tips?:-)

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  • Mariana Jimenez - 2014-06-19
    I live in LA and it's hard for me to find an Abyssinian guinea pig. Any ideas where I can possibly get one?
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Ashley Brynildsen - 2014-06-17
I want to know more on the dwarf hotot and the hotot. I currently have a mixed breed rabbit or a havana rabbit, her name is lucy but I thinking later down the road of getting her a rabbit buddy. I fell in love at the sight of the dwarf hotot due to color and the name Eyes of the fancy.

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Tara - 2011-02-06
I have a very sick opossum. We have spent hundreds of dollars and have even traveled to the only exotic vet in our Province. It started with a white spot on his eye and 1 swollen toe then progressed to 3 swollen paws and a slightly swollen tail. We have been giving him an antibiotic oral and topical in his eye and also an antinflamatory eye drop. His paws have gone back to normal but now his tail is very crooked with swollen spots. I have changed his environment to a more humid and warm. I am at a loss and so are all the vets we have seen. We had blood work done and everything came back healthy except an elevated white blood cell count which they said was because of the swelling. Does anyone know what I can do and do opossums have allergies?

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  • Alana - 2011-04-12
    How old is your opposum? Maybe you should try changing his food around, it's possible he might be allergic to something you're feeding him?
  • leah - 2014-06-07
    Try giving it Immunocal.
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GARY - 2011-01-16
How long do skinny pigs live?

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  • anonymouse - 2011-07-01
    5-6 years. Mine died in about 10 months though ):
  • penny - 2014-06-03
    I think its about 6 years that skinny guinea pigs live.
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