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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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Animal-World info on Dwarf Hotot Rabbit
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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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Animal-World info on Short Tailed Opossums
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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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Terrie Lyn Nutter - 2014-05-27
I have a Gray Squirrel called Ms Chips, or Chippers. I got her from a local vet when she was about a year old, Whoever had found her as a baby did not do any research as to how to properly feed an infant squirrel, therefore without supplemental calcium on a daily basis she would be deathly sick from metabolic bone disease, She is not releasable. She is the most dearest and lovable of creatures. I feed her a very varied diet, including Hibiscus flowers, various greens, fruit, lettuce, shredded wheat, fruit and nut wild bird food. I spend my early autumn days collecting pine cones and acorns for her, and when the mixed nuts come out in the grocery stores, I buy about ten pounds of them for her. I freeze the majority and give her two to three a day and they usually last her the season until the come out again, In the spring when the neighbors trim their oak trees I collect several logs for her to chew on because she likes the green inner bark, she also likes Mahogany tree seed pods and whole coconuts which she destroys with great pleasure. For her metabolic bone disease she gets a fruit tums every other day and has a vast array of bones and deer antler to chew on for her calcium, she is quite artistic and has left remnants of bone with very pleasing designs. She sleeps in a wooden nest box which she has remodeled to her likes, she also has a cloth pouch hanging on the side of her cage which she also sleeps in. She has a great deal of toys to amuse her including hanging bird toys and stuffed animals which she likes to wrestle with and sleep on. She is housed in a Critter Nation with a deep pan on the bottom filled with aspen shavings. She has perches and branches to climb on including rope swings and ladders. She comes out to play daily and loves to play with my dog. I would never keep a baby squirrel if I found one outside, I would take it to a rehabilitation center to be raised and released back into the wild where they belong, but Chippers needs human intervention in order to survive. When the vet gave me Chips I already had another injured squirrel, and I told him I would give her a good loving home for as long as she lived and I must be doing something right because Ms. Chips turned fourteen years old in April 2014, and shows no indication of slowing down, and I love her dearly.

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Lola - 2004-01-21
Hi. I have had a New Zealand White buck.It was the most wonderful experience! He could allow me to do anything to him, it was like having a dog and a cat at the same time, but even better!
People usually do not know much about rabbits and assume they are pretty stupid. In fact, rabbits, expecially New Zealand bunnies, are full of big surprizes that are yet to be discovered, although we all who have pet bunnies know better than anybody else what a wonderful,loving,funny, and very intelligent a bunny can be as a pet.
If this is your first time, go with a New Zealand baby: besides ruby eyes, thick fur, and adorable ears, you will discover a big bunny to wrap your arms around, and you may find yourself one very special day being trapped by this creature nose to nose with you, breathing peacefully and that is one of the most plesurable experiences you can ever have! In addition, The New Zealand is a greatfull creature and a very generous kisser, which makes him totally irresistable. The only problem with this bun is after he is gone, you can hardly find a replacement for it is impossible to replace a friend, and a friend is a true word for a bunny like that!
Lola.

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  • matt - 2014-05-27
    Definitely know the feeling, we had a mini rex who was my lil bud. When he passed we got two new Zealand's brother and sister lol, although when we got them they didn't tell us the girl was pregnant now we have four but they're a great breed but the male allows you to pick him up.
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Anonymous - 2010-01-08
So cute! I want a chinchilla so bad, but I can't decide between a chinchilla or a bunny.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-26
    Take the chinchilla. Bunnies are a pain!
  • emma - 2010-03-04
    Bunnys are good pets and are almost the same as a chinchilla, except chinchillas are way softer. I have had experience from both and if I had to chose I would pick the bunny. They like to cuddle and sleep in your arms and chinchillas don't. but it is your choice.
  • Cooper - 2010-04-06
    Get A Chinchilla. They Are A lot Cuter And They Love To Play. Don't Let Them Near Dogs Though. They Like To Get Out Of Their Cage Every Night To Play And Bounce Around
    (make sure all doors are closed before letting it out or it could be a struggle to find it)

    Also only let it in the living room (lounge) Chinchillas Like To Go Under The Sofa And Hop Up Onto The Sofa.
    Keep the cage door open so it is free to go into the cage at anytime it wants. (only keep it open when it is allowed out) :) hope i've persuaded you to get a CHINCHILLA! They are better than bunnies.
  • shan - 2010-07-11
    Get a chin... rabbits stink bad...but beware when letting him run around they chew everything,, furniture and mostly wires! Fire hazards...like tv cords! Keep a close eye on him specially if he is hiding.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-05
    Get a chinchilla they are adorable!
  • Ramona - 2011-02-06
    Get a chinchilla. They are clean and do not smell like bunnies do. They also do not procreate as bunnies do. I have had both. You can litter train bunnies and let them run through your house. But hands down I would have my chinchilla Chuppa any day:)
  • eleanor clark - 2013-04-26
    Get both I have 2 rabbits 3 chinchillas 2 guinea pigs dog cat and budgie and the all get along fine the rabbits are in hutches in my shed and the chins and guinea pigs are in the house.
  • Milla - 2013-05-04
    I have a bunny and if you are intrested in how soft the fur is, then I know a type of bunny (well my bunny is that type) A 'mini rex' would be perfect for you! If you look at the bunny types on this website it will say 'mini rex.' Read about it and you will find out why I told you to get one (look out for how they describe the fur, it's true what they say!)....
  • Lydia - 2014-05-27
    TOTALLY GET THE CHINCHILLA! No questions asked, best decision you'll ever make!
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