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Thread: Pick my pet

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    Pick my pet

    I have been wanting to get a pet for a while. I grew up with lots of animals around/underfoot and I find myself visiting my friends' places to visit their pets. I would love to have a dog or a cat, but I don't think I would be doing them a favor as I tend to move around quite a bit. I like animals that enjoy being petted/handled and are social. I abhor reptiles.
    It must be small and be able to live in a cage.
    It must be nice to my friends.
    Maintenance is not really an issue because I love taking care of pets.

    Pick my pet!
    Last edited by asherlighn; 08-18-07 at 09:22 AM.
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    Rat!
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    Ferret?
    Slow, but at least still moving...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyv8a View Post
    Ferret?
    Ferret is just slightly larger than what I am looking for. Also they can sometimes get rather smelly.

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    Other.

    Anything that would eat the vermin you posted.
    I cant begin to thank you enough for the insight you offer.
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    The fact is that most peoples sense of what rides well is easily overcome by their sense of what looks cool.

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    If those are the options, I wouldn't get a pet. A boot to the head? Or a boot to the groin? Hmmm...

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    A Military Green Macaw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    A Military Green Macaw!
    I want a parrot so much! Unfortunately they amazingly expensive. I'd also really like to get an African Crow, they are supposed to be remarkably smart and they have some white markings so they look pretty sweet too.
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    The fact is that most peoples sense of what rides well is easily overcome by their sense of what looks cool.

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    Other: Hedgehog

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    Rats. If you were top decide on these highly advanced and much maligned inhabitants of this blue marble we call Earth, I strongly recommend you get two (or more). A single rat will be terribly lonely all by him/herself.

    I also recommend a cage from Martin's cages and CareFresh for their bedding.

    BF's resident rat maven.

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    from your list rat's easily the best. smart, interactive, cute, etc.

    birds are a lot of squawking.

    guinea pigs just sit there looking cute and tasty. meh.
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    Other: Caribou or Musk oxen. Even if you only have an apartment.
    They are very large nomadic type animals with a free roaming spirit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asherlighn View Post
    I want a parrot so much! Unfortunately they amazingly expensive. I'd also really like to get an African Crow, they are supposed to be remarkably smart and they have some white markings so they look pretty sweet too.
    Dirt cheap down here - as in free. All you have to do is go out to the trees and start talking to them - carrying a bit a fruit is good too. After a while, they will start talking to you - makes as much sense as A & S or P & R or helmet thread...

    After a while, they will take food from your hand (and maybe your hand too!)

    Don't worry about scarcity - we have hundreds in the property, especially when the oranges are ripe!

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    Cockatiels are great pets. They're very loyal to only a few people. That's how birds are. Check out conures as well. They're more playful birds, and not much more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
    Dirt cheap down here - as in free. All you have to do is go out to the trees and start talking to them - carrying a bit a fruit is good too. After a while, they will start talking to you - makes as much sense as A & S or P & R or helmet thread...

    After a while, they will take food from your hand (and maybe your hand too!)

    Don't worry about scarcity - we have hundreds in the property, especially when the oranges are ripe!
    crtreedude, why must you always taunt us with how much sweeter Costa Rica is?!?!!?!
    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    The fact is that most peoples sense of what rides well is easily overcome by their sense of what looks cool.

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    Hey - we have ants like you wouldn't believe!

    Oh, and you haven't seen nothing yet - wait till it is snowing up there. <where is an evil smiley?!>

    Also, your convience stores have more selection than our so called Super Markets. One type farmer cheese, one type of cheddar, one other type of cheese - sometimes.

    NO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES! sniff, whine, pout... you can't even find the chocolate chips to make them. How lame.

    See? We are suffering down here - suffering - do I have sympathy yet?!

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    Lovebird, otherwise known as velcro.

    A pair of lovebirds will basically, pair up and ignore the rest of the world.
    A single lovebird will bond with you and basically, want to with you all the time.
    Hence the nickname, velcro bird.
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    Small to dwarf rabbit. Birds are sensative to changes and higher maintenance. Rats and guinea pigs chew and bite. I had a guinea pig for a while and it grew to be as big as some cats. It also got noisy at times; whistle pig the wife called it. Rabbits are quieter and somewhat more intelligent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
    Small to dwarf rabbit. Birds are sensative to changes and higher maintenance. Rats and guinea pigs chew and bite. I had a guinea pig for a while and it grew to be as big as some cats. It also got noisy at times; whistle pig the wife called it. Rabbits are quieter and somewhat more intelligent.
    And if the rabbit ever makes you mad, you can always make some hasenpfeffer .

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    Quote Originally Posted by polara426sh View Post
    And if the rabbit ever makes you mad, you can always make some hasenpfeffer .
    Hah! Sign seen outside a butchers shop.

    "Watership Down, You've read the book, You've seen the movie, Now Eat the Cast!"

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    I vote for a rabbit too. Their poop doesn't smell and if you get the right one, they can be as affectionate as a puppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asherlighn View Post
    I have been wanting to get a pet for a while. I grew up with lots of animals around/underfoot and I find myself visiting my friends' places to visit their pets. I would love to have a dog or a cat, but I don't think I would be doing them a favor as I tend to move around quite a bit. I like animals that enjoy being petted/handled and are social. I abhor reptiles.
    It must be small and be able to live in a cage.
    It must be nice to my friends.
    Maintenance is not really an issue because I love taking care of pets.

    Pick my pet!
    My other option would be a Cat, or maybe some fish in a big azz tank LOL.
    Tropical pole vaulting is the shiznit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
    Small to dwarf rabbit. Birds are sensative to changes and higher maintenance. Rats and guinea pigs chew and bite. I had a guinea pig for a while and it grew to be as big as some cats. It also got noisy at times; whistle pig the wife called it. Rabbits are quieter and somewhat more intelligent.
    Rats bite... and spread the plague too.

    Rats, just like people each have their own personality. Yes, I've had a rat or two that would occasionally nip you if you surprised them, but I've had far many more that would make it a point to give me a kiss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
    Small to dwarf rabbit. Birds are sensative to changes and higher maintenance. Rats and guinea pigs chew and bite. I had a guinea pig for a while and it grew to be as big as some cats. It also got noisy at times; whistle pig the wife called it. Rabbits are quieter and somewhat more intelligent.
    Rabbits certainly can make excellent pets but they chew just as much as rats, guinea pigs or any member of the rodent family. As far as biting, anything with a mouth can bite; since most of your choices are not long-term domestic species like dogs or cats (and most are prey species to boot), they will have more of a tendency to react to things like a wild animal - fight or flight. But as a rule, most rats and guinea pigs are very gentle. Rats are actually very smart and make great companions - the biggest negative with rats is that they have a relatively short life span (2-3 years).

    If you like birds, cockatiels and parakeets are great - they are small parrots and have just as much personality as the larger species, only wrapped in a smaller package. Some can be excellent talkers as well - not sure if it is still the case but the Guiness Book of World Records showed the parrot with the largest vocabulary to be a budgerigar (parakeet).

    All the choices will require a certain amount of maintenance to keep them healthy and happy. Don't forget to include routine health care in your calculations.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!

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