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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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novaty - 2014-03-23
Hi I'm french my english is not good, but I have a sugar glider mâle, 4 months old and I want a sugar glider female please. Urgent.

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Hannah - 2005-04-25
i am a soon to be a rabbit owner. i am getting a lionhead and a rex and am confident about breeding them, so i look forward to the babies. the info that you have supplied is excellent and has come in useful so thanks for it

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  • Sierra - 2014-03-12
    How old is your rabbit? Do you have any Dutch rabbits?
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jamie - 2012-03-25
Hi we have a skinny pig great little guy.We have him caged with a Chinchilla they get along great.The Chinchilla keeps him nice and warm with his fur.But what I'm wanting to know is I give my Chinchilla a sand bath but is there any way to bath my skinny pig?? Know they can not get very cold and do not want to but them in water if it's not good for them.Just seeing if there;s anyway to clean them??

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  • Jazmyn - 2012-05-24
    All you do it either get a damp baby wipe with aloe or get a luke warm damp cloth and wipe them down
  • Katie - 2012-11-07
    You can bath your skinny pig in the sink. Make sure the water is warm test it with your wrist. Try not to bath it for long as it may get chilled. Use normal small animal shampoo for guinea pigs and rabbits etc. Once done dry softly with a soft towel as fast as you can without hurting it. Once you have done that you will need to put just a bit of normal hand moisturiser on it to make sure the shampoo doesn't dry out its skin. Hope this helps oh btw try not to wet it's head or get water in its ears
  • Tonya Page-Rose - 2013-11-13
    100 percent Coconut oil is the best for skinny pigs! Can be bought at a local grocery store. This not only moistens their skin but removes any dead dry skin as well! I oil my piggies once a week. Sometimes twice if they look a little dry!
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-09
    You can rub them in coconut oil.
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Marie - 2009-12-06
I bought one skinny pig and loved him soooo much I had to have more. I now have several and play with them all. They have similarities but each have their own personality. Love them all! Great for people with allergies and they have no hair to shed on your clothes and furniture~

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  • lisa genner - 2010-02-26
    Hi marie, I am looking to get a skinny pig tomorrow (sat) but I am unsure on how to house him to keep him warm without having the heating on all the time. Can you help? What kind of set up do you have? Can you please email a photo if poss to lisagenner@btinternet.com and info that may help to look after him properly? thanks, lisa
  • AMY - 2010-03-07
    I live in ny could you tell me are there any around here. Hollerhome@hotmail. Com
  • jody - 2010-03-08
    i wish i could have one but i can't have one you are very lucky
  • cheri bowman8 - 2010-03-25
    I have been looking for a pair of skinny pigs for a long time. Do you know where I can find them for sale. I have many other guinea pigs I show them. Can you help me? Thank you.
  • SqueakSpeeddemonbabe - 2014-03-04
    Guinea pigs don't leave much fur on your furniture!
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squeakspeeddemon babe - 2014-03-04
You cannot put them in a small fish tank as they need to run around!

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