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Alivia - 2008-05-27
I've had mice for a long time now. I recommend them as pets for someone who doesn't have much space, and wants a pet that is cheap. Mice can be a great starter pet for children that are mature enough to understand the fragility of such a small animal. I work in a petshop and see a lot of mice come and go every day, they're wonderful pets if you are willing to spend time playing with and taming them. Each of the mice have been handled daily from birth and are so friendly they run up and sit on my hand when I put it in their tank. I keep both boys and girls separately, but I recommend that you only own mice of one gender even if you keep them separatley unless you are intending to breed. No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. If you're looking at getting pet mice, the best thing to buy is a tank with a secure lid, as long as there is plenty of ventilation. Paper cat litter or Carefresh are great bedding for a mice tank, but I add shredded paper and unscented tissues to their houses and nestboxes so they can have a comfy bed. My boy Aslan tears up his tissues and makes a huge nest he sleeps in the middle of, it's extremley cute (: An important thing to realise is that female mice especially may contract tumours, when this happens there is very little you can do besides having them put to sleep humanely at the vet's when the tumour begins to impend their movement. This happened to my little girl Esme a few months ago, and though it was very upsetting, I'm glad her life ended before she had to suffer. I breed my mice ethically occasionally to sell at the petshop where I work when we are low in supply, this way I can meet the owner's of their future homes. The only way I will sell one of my babies is if I believe the person will honestly care for that mouse as well as I would, because they are taken care of very well at home.

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  • Meghan Dietz - 2014-05-18
    Yes, I have a mouse named Rosie. I like your care sheet! (Whatever you call what you wrote) And I agree completely on your information on how you care for your mice. I enjoy the mouse that lives in my room, and being 12 years old, I know quite a bit about these wonderful rodents. Ask any questions! I can answer them, I'm always on this site for information about all kinds of favorite animals! Thanks for reading! You're totally awesome about mouse facts! :) =) :P
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jessica - 2004-07-31
When i was about 9 years old, i got a baby female guinea pig. I named her Mollie just for the heck of it. She is an abbi-haired guinea pig. I already had an elderly guinea pig named Gorjet. I got her and rescued her from an irresponsible adult. I am a kid and took better care of her. Then she died and Mollie is about 3-4 years old. Now that mollie needs a friend, I am going to get her two little friends named Spunky and Abbi. She is going to love it. I am even more. If my mom would let me, and we had enough money, I would take every gp in the rescues, shelters, and petshops. When I get older I am going to be a guinea pig breeder, and a darn good one too.

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  • brooke - 2013-05-18
    I am 10 but I got my guinea pig when I was 9 to. I have a female she Is 1. I named her Sammy. Bye now thx for reading ;) aka Morgan
  • Sara - 2014-05-12
    Please read up on guinea pig breeding. Many guinea pigs in shelters come from very responsible breeders who give their pigs to 'good homes'. These people dump their pigs in a shelter after a couple of months. Many female pigs don't survive birth. It is a 20% death rate. Also, what happens if you get to man babies to handle? Or one is born with birth defects? Will you pay for the cost of the almost dead pig? Guinea pigs cost alot too. Are you really willing to pay thousands of dollars every year? Do you have time for a newborn liter if the mom dies? My grand mother and mother went through this. They said the saddest part was seeing the newborn guinea pigs watch their mother die. Would you be ready for this? I am twelve and I am doing a project. Please take this comment into consideration.
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Amy - 2013-05-05
I just got a female hotot today! She is a sweet little girl. I think everyone should own one once in their lifetime.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    Congratulations! Hotot's are great little bunnies that can be a very rewarding pet. All the best to you both:)
  • Shikira - 2013-12-10
    Hello I wanted to ask if anyone knows of any dwarf hotot breeders in GA?
  • libby - 2014-04-21
    Love the rabbit!
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Emily - 2010-02-14
I got a baby satin teddy bear guinea pig. She is not nearly as social as my american guinea pig, but I love her just the same. She has soft shiny fur and is carmel colored.

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  • Lois - 2010-10-24
    Where did you find her? I am looking for one for a pet for my daughter.
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    I'm getting a teddy and if my parents think I am over responsible I get 2, awesome. My first one's going to be called snickers and for my second Ginny from harry potter.
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jean jacobs - 2014-02-05
Hi, I'm from joburg south africa, wana know how can I get hold off the breeders of german gaint rabbits.if any one can help me plz leave me a email, thanx.

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  • Hannes Groenewald - 2014-04-03
    Did you get hold of breeders in South africa? I am also looking for breeders if you can help.
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Susan - 2005-07-15
Hello. I have enjoyed looking at the pictures you have of chinchillas. Chinchillas make wonderful pets. Rabbit cages are really not suitable for chinchillas, as chinchillas need enough height to climb and jump. An appropriate chinchilla cages should have at least 2 levels (more are desirable) so that the chinchilla may jump from level to level. Store purchased cages are generally not suitable for chinchillas as they are usually too small, too short, and made of plastic. Chinchillas like to chew and will chew up plastic shelves, plastic clamps, etc ... which will not only destroy your cage, but will also make your chinchilla sick. The best thing to do is to make your own chinchilla cage; you just have to make sure that all wood used to create a cage is untreated by chemicals and pesticides. Chinchillas will also chew wood, so the majority of the cage should be constructed from wire. Wire mesh cage bottoms are not acceptable for chinchillas. A chinchilla can catch a toe or toenail in the wire bottoms and end up with a broken leg. Cage bottoms should be covered with some kind of soft bedding. Aspen shavings or CareFresh bedding are the most appropriate choices. Pine can be used, but only if it's kiln dried, so as to remove the aromatic oils. If your cage only has 2 levels, your chin will need lots of exercise; an exercise wheel is a good choice, but only if it is of solid construction. Again, an open mesh wheel can catch the toes or toenails of a chinchilla, causing broken limbs. I would encourage anyone interested in owning a chinchilla or anyone who already has a chinchilla to do more research on the proper care of these unique animals. Also, if you are in the market for a chinchilla, please consider a chinchilla rescue before purchasing one from a pet store. Many animal shelters have abandoned chinchillas available for adoption.

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  • lee - 2014-03-28
    Hello sir we want to breed, but I do not know where to buy, if possible, please tell me. My email: liangjianisme@hotmail.com. I am sure to give you a reasonable price, thank you very much.
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John T. - 2011-10-25
Our family inherited an Engilsh Spot rabbit a few months ago. I built a pen for her outside up off the ground about for feet. I built walls on hinges so they can fold down and a solid roof. My question is, should I put in a heat lamp for her because tempature can go down to high 20's to low 30's. Is there anyone out there that can answer my question. I've looked on a lot of websites and no answer yet. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    Yes, put a heat lamp in. That is cold. You can place the lamp so it doesn't hit the entire area but one end of it so your bunny can move around to a place where the heat from the lamp is comfortable for them.
  • :) - 2014-03-26
    I would put a heat lamp in, just in case. My rabbit doesn't seem to be affected by the cold and happily runs about in 20-30 degrees celsius. I let my rabbit spend his evenings inside the house where it's warm. He changes completely when he's inside. He changes from the energetic, curious rabbit to the relaxed, sleepy, affectionate rabbit. It's adorable!
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Kendra - 2008-07-04
These Rabbits look very cool and I love the spot designs on them!

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  • Hev - 2011-05-01
    Same here, they're so loving and nice sounding, I want one.
  • Jillian - 2011-12-04
    Well, yes they are. I have a 2 year old English Spot named Violet, and she is adorable. :) She loves to dig a hole right underneath our Butterfly bush in our backyard, and also enjoys snow. Some of them aren't very playful or like to jump. They also LOVE to destroy newspaper and cardboard. It would be best to get your bunny a wicker house, a LOT of chew toys, and put a blanket in it. Also, they are extremely fast runners. She is over-weight though, so if you know what I could do about that, please comment on this. Thanks. :)
  • Becca - 2012-05-09
    Just gradually start feeding less and less pellets, until your bun is kept on a hay based diet. Remember, this must be very gradual. If your bun starts to lose weight, that's great! If you want, you can slowly introduce the pellets again once she's normal weight again, but you can also just keep her on hay. Hope it helped!
  • Becca - 2012-05-09
    Oh I almost forgot, if you get your rabbit back on pellets, make sure you are feeding less than before, because this is probably why your bun became overweight in the first place. Also make sure the pellets you are feeding her are low in carbon (about 5%) and high in fiber (about 15%-20%)
  • :) - 2014-03-26
    Also, it's easier to stop an English Spot from getting overweight than many other breeds of rabbits the same size. English Spots also love jumping around and running. They are slender in body shape and beautiful. Uh oh. I'm sounding like my english teacher. Anyway, English Spots are the best and I have one myself. I don't know what I would do without him.
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:) - 2014-03-26
I got my English Spot rabbit about 4 months ago and I adore him. We found him in a park and he was already litter trained. His markings are absolutely beautiful and I have no doubt he is a show worthy rabbit but I prefer to have him just as a pet. He's sweet, affectionate, adorable, playful, beautiful, cheeky, loyal and a cunning escape artist. English Spot rabbits make great companions and I recommend getting one. They can be a bit feisty for little kids but 9 years and above would be a good age for kids. English Spots need lots of attention and you don't need to bathe them much because they like to clean themselves. English Spots are the best. I'll love you forever Knuffle Bunny. (my mum named my rabbit before I knew we had him)

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:) - 2014-03-26
I have an English Spot rabbit because we found him in a park nibbling at some grass. He had owners before us but they didn't want him (I don't know how it's possible not to want my bunny!) and they had him litter trained for us. I have learned lots from my rabbit and I have studied English Spots so ask me any questions you may have about them and their behaviours, what they eat, etc. Reply with any questions you may have or stories about your rabbit or small habits your rabbit might have (I like learning new things so I can take care of my rabbit better). Thanks everyone.

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