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Marie - 2012-07-22
Hi Charlie sorry to bother youu again. I have the beautiful Holland Lop Bunny she is about 5 to 7 mos old. We went on vacation for a week and left her with family friends who raised bunnies she was well taken care of and I wrote down her whole schedule. We picked her up yesterday and she won't let us hold her and If we do she's biting like crazy and peeing and pooping like crazy on us. This is not normally what she does to us peeing yes. Does she just have to get use to these surrounding again and us or could there be something wrong? We did bring back a lot of gifts for her. Also I have bought her many rope chew toys and she ends up eating them. We tried the Apple wood sticks and other bunny wood toys she won't bite them. Please help Thank You Charlie Have a Great DAY Marie

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    Hi  how's it going.  Sounds like your little one has come into puberty - a teenager with hormonal problems.  She would have achieved puberty around this age regardless of where she was but the scent of other bunnies/babies and boys is a definite signal.  One teen is fine but a bunch together gets interesting.  I would suggest that you have your bunny spayed for best pet results.  Hormonal problems just no fun.  Probably nothing wrong but is it possible that she could be pregnant?  Stuff happens but otherwise just puberty.  Enjoy - fun isn't it.  Daughter came to my house with her favorite bunny and so did my grandson.  Two different breeds and they had fun and they had babies.  I got blamed for this and I didn't do it.
  • Marie - 2012-07-23
    Thank You so much Charlie. I am having trouble finding and exotic pet vet. The one she goes to can care for her but he is not a exotic vet. I live in NY so I am still looking for referrals I dont want to take her just to anyone. Charlie I was told that is shortens her life if we have her spayed is that true because she is our baby and part of our family. It scares me at the thought of having her put under I have fears something bad will happen and me and my daughter cannot handle this. You r all so funny about your daughters bunnies I would say that got along great LOL!!!!!!!:)))) Thank YOU Marie
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-23
    Hi again.  To the best of my knowledge and have been told that spaying lengthens the life of a bunny.  Now whether getting pregnant shortens the life so spaying lenghthens it, I am not sure.  Yes, it is hard to find a vet that does exotics and actually one that does it and just didn't take a course for the weekend.  You might try contacting Fish and Game or Animal Control as they might know (usually do) a good vet.  Good luck -  and enjoy.
  • Marie - 2012-07-24
    Thank You Charlie one more question does Bunnies see and what do they see outline, black and white etc.. Snow loves watching the Yankee game she will sit and watch the whole thing on my husband lap or mine or my daughter. She also likes watching certain shows I dont know weather its the colors or movement but we are curiuos??? Thanks Again Charlie
  • Rebecca Bartels - 2013-09-24
    When I go on vacation, I leave my Holland lop at my house, but have someone come over twice a day to bunny sit (make sure he has food, water, hay, clean litter box, and his daily greens). since he is house trained (no cage or hut, just roams around the house freely).  Every time I come home, he is extremely mad at me.  He will hop around thumping and growling, dumping his food and hay all over the place.  After a few days of being back, he is back to his normal self.
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Kristin Peterson - 2012-04-27
I just have to comment! That bunny that is in the picture is a Himi Netherland Dwarf not a Himalayan rabbit!

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Kailey - 2013-09-08
I wish I had a hedgehog, but I can't find anyone in Indiana that has a hedgehog with a complete cage setup for between 0 and 100 dollars!

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jennifer anne johansen - 2013-09-06
I just recently took in two very beautiful, stunning, well behaved rescue rabbits. They are both black, not very big in size. When google searching what breed they might be the closest picturre I could find that looks like them is a black havana. Looks the same and weighs the same. Really wish I could get a second opinion.

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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.
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Roxana - 2013-09-03
I just lost my dear Zumba, a beautiful holland lop bunny... I put her outside for 1 hour, it wasn't too hot and it was kind of breezy, so when I came back she was gone... I'm so sad but I'm thinking to get another bunny. I'm just wondering why she died?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-03
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Its so sad to loose a good friend that holds your heart. We wish you all the best and another bunny is definitely an option.
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norma mance - 2012-12-08
Can you put two together? I have a male and want to get a female will it be safe? Mine has never been with another once since I've had him for at least 9 years.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    It should be OK as long as you get a female but you will have to be a little careful.  Life expectancy for a chinchilla is about 8 - 10 years in the wild but substantially longer in captivity - some living to 20 years old.  So you have an older male and you wouldn't want to put an older male together with another male as possible agression.  A female should be fine but i would introduce them on neutal territory - small bathroom or even the bathtub and watch and make sure they get along.  Do this a few times (not just once) to make sure they get along and then put them in the same cage.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-29
    Of course.
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Becky - 2013-04-02
About a month ago my husband comes with a shoebox this little 'thing' in the corner; I thought he was pulling a prank & had a mouse, but he said he found a baby squirrel in his mom's yard across the street. He said look on the internet & find out what to do with it. So I did & found out she was approximately 4-5 weeks old, eyes still closed. I started feeding her puppy milk from a can with a plastic syringe, & she has been doing great. Now she's probably 8 weeks old & I've just fallen in love with her. You bond when you're feeding them like a baby & know that they depend on you so much. She is sweet & has a great appetite! I still feed her some formula, sometimes with whipping cream, apple sauce, or mashed banana. She also eats on her own avocado, strawberry, banana, mango, carrot, & she'll nibble on pecans & cheerios. She doesn't really care much for the rodent block, but nibbles on it a little, but the same piece has been in there for days (I clean her dish everyday, & it doesn't look touched so I put it back in there.) She loves chewing on the sticks in her pen & I saw her nibbling on her calcium stone so was happy about that. She'll try nibbling on ME & I try to discourage her by given her a special stick I bought for them to chew on. She loves to go to sleep in my pocket of my hoodie, so now that's our thing; after I feed her I put a hoodie on with pockets & walk around the house & do stuff for HOURS and she's snoozing away! I love it! We have 2 small dogs & 2 cats inside & I've tried to introduce her to them & the one dog acts like she wants to eat her, & she other is very protective (she would stare when I'd feed her as a baby & sometimes lick the squirrel.) She other dog did more than 'try to lick', she snapped at her! & I said no way, you're staying away from her!! The one cat doesn't really pay attention to her & the other one watches with interest (not sure what's she thinking though!)Rocky (the squirrel) is running around a lot more & will scamper around on the couch & I have to watch her closely so the other animals don't get any ideas. Tillie, the one cat who shows interest, swatted toward her a couple times, I think playing, but still being careful. And the protective dog, Precious, doesn't know what to think with her bouncing around; it startles her & I have to watch to make sure she doesn't step on Rocky trying to get away from her. I love Rocky & so glad she's part of our lives! She's soft, fuzzy, and just a blessing to me, because I've never raised a small animal like that so it feels good that I've done well so far and she's alive & healthy. I like finding out about other people who raise squirrels & learning more about what to do to keep her happy! Sorry so long, just had a lot to say about my girl! :)

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  • Anonymous - 2013-04-18
    I have 2... brother and sister. They are about 2-3 months old and very friendly! They have free run of a bedroom with a HUGE cage that has a nesting box in it, I just keep the cage door open and they come in and out as they want. My question is this... what are you doing about 'potty arraingments'?
  • Ami E. Bowen - 2013-08-29
    Don't you just feel like you were chosen special for this wonderful, challenging, beautiful task? I know that I certainly do! :)
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Loretta - 2013-08-06
I took a baby squirrel away from my cat..he had not opened his eyes..I had him for four months and loved him with all my heart! He seemed to be very healthy but he was small for his age, he thought I was his mommy. He stayed on my front porch and in the house and had his favorite place to sleep in the house, my husband woke me up and said he was sick, he had thrown up and could not walk with out staggering, he died about an hour later, I was and am still devastated, what could had possibly caused this?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-28
    What were you feeding him? Squirrels need a very specialized diet to ensure they are getting proper nutrients, so it's possible your squirrel was malnourished and you just didn't realize it.
  • Ami E. Bowen - 2013-08-29
    Could be a number of things happened. Were you watching to make sure he didn't get into something he shouldn't have? Were you making sure he had enough calcium and vitimin D in his diet after he was weaned off the formula? Maybe he had taken a fall and suffered a head injury. Maybe it was something genetic that nothing could have been prevented.
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Shar - 2012-12-11
i have 2 Abyssinian guinea pigs and i just got a skinny pig yesterday, i slowly introduce them one by one then all 3 of them were getting along on the couch, playing eating etc. but once i put the skinny in the cage with them then the other 2 seemed to get territorial and aggressive, now i have the cage split in 2 so now they are separated but will they always be aggressive? or will in pass? i don't want to have to keep the skinny piggy separate and alone

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-13
    You may have a couple of males. Females almost always get along while males will tend to fight if there is a female around. Males usually get along IF they were raised together, but if there is a female around then they may start squabbling as well. Also, older guinea pigs don't always take to a new comer (especially older males).
  • renee - 2012-12-24
    I separate the pig causing commotion and eventually the fighting subsides. I leave the trouble maker by itself for a few days and when the piggie gets ornery I seperate it again. I do this until it learns that it will get along or be lonely.
  • tamara - 2013-05-22
    if you clean the cage completle and switch everything around it will help them to be less territorial because it no longer has their scent or anything, in a way i guess it almost confuses them
  • julie - 2013-08-24
    Hi I have a 3 year old male guinea pig and I have just got 2 baby skinny males, I put them all in a brand new house where there is no scent, and I have not had any problems at all. xx
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