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View Poll Results: What pet should I get?
Hamster – kind of like a rat but cute 4 6.25%
Guinea Pig – more high maintenance but cuddly 7 10.94%
Gerbil – so that you can name him Richard Gere 1 1.56%
Snake – and then you can also get hamsters…to feed it 3 4.69%
Other – and I’ll tell you why in a post 17 26.56%
I got something you can pet…right here. 12 18.75%
You most definitely should not get a pet, you nut case 27 42.19%
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Old 03-20-08, 09:54 PM   #76
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Old 03-20-08, 10:03 PM   #77
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Definitely guinea pig. It would be perfect for you. My son has a bedroom in someone else's apartment and is inseparable from his g.p., Ralph. It's not that high maintenance. But it will make some noise at night - are you a sound sleeper?
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didnt read all the post but you should get a ferret
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Old 03-20-08, 10:42 PM   #79
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I've always wanted a Sea Otter. Doesn't really fit your requirements, but I just wanted to say.
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Old 03-20-08, 11:32 PM   #80
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Chris - I do NOT want a cat. Cats are PITAs. I've had one and I woke up with the cat's butt in my face every morning. No thank you! Tarantulas are just not warm and fuzzy.

Jsharr - lizards and such are very delicate animals that require special lights and care. And turtle, by the way, are one of the most abused pets as people have no clue how to care for them. Very high maintenance!
The gecko does not seem delicate to me. My son is 6 and Freddie the gecko lives in his room in a 10 gallon or so enclosure. It does have a heat light on it, but other than that, nothing special. We have had him for about 4 months now.

My sons best friend has had one for over a year, most of that time without any sort of special light.\

Both lizards get handled by 6 year olds. They seem to like the attention, once they get used to handling.

For the first few weeks, you just lightly touch the lizard, do not pick it up. Slowly increase the amount of contact until the lizard is comfortable in your hand. After a few weeks, the lizard should be calm and sit in your hand.

Freddy will now crawl up your arm and sit on your shoulder, or climb into your hair.

He make a little chirping sound and pecks at finger tips sometimes.

I think a gecko would be a great consideration for a low maintenance pet.

My wife and I spent a bit of time at several pet stores researching geckos before deciding on one for our son.
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Most exotic pets are illegal in California. The commonly quoted rationale is that California's climate and varied environment would allow escaped foreign animals to multiply wildly and impact the natural ecosystem (since they don't necessarily have the same natural predators or climatological limiters as in their home environments).

In the case of hedgehogs, if that happened, they would eat bird eggs amongst other things.

Not saying this is the case, but it's what's usually stated as rationale for the laws.
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pet this...
Only if...

- I can lock it in a cage and take it out only when I want to
- it will come when I want it to and go away when I don't
- it will not stay up all night or keep me up all night
- it doesn't try to hide from continuous petting
- I can call it Boo-Boo or Harvey.
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Old 03-21-08, 10:42 AM   #83
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Definitely guinea pig. It would be perfect for you. My son has a bedroom in someone else's apartment and is inseparable from his g.p., Ralph. It's not that high maintenance. But it will make some noise at night - are you a sound sleeper?
Well, Tom, here's the problem. I would want to adopt a rescued guinea (I've only ever adopted shelter or rescue pets and my parents have done the same). The rescues won't allow you to adopt guineas except in pairs because they are pack animals and most need another guinea around. Since I work all day, I wouldn't want to leave a little guinea all by itself without a partner. This means, however, that the cage has to be larger to accommodate both guineas. I don't have the room.

So, the cavy is out.
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Why don't you just get a man as a pet? He may take a bit more to clean up after than a gerbil but there may be other benefits. Then again, people have been known to do some strange things with gerbils.
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surprise another thread in the so cal forums that has nothing to do with cycling.
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surprise another thread in the so cal forums that has nothing to do with cycling.
that would be different from other forums how?
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surprise another thread in the so cal forums that has nothing to do with cycling.
And surprise....you're reading it!

EDIT: And posting in it.
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Anyway, you can't get a pet and expect to take off for out of town doubles like the Eastern Sierra. So you should wait a while. <- note the cycling related content.
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Anyway, you can't get a pet and expect to take off for out of town doubles like the Eastern Sierra. So you should wait a while. <- note the cycling related content.


If I could get a hedgehog, I could! I really, really want a hedgehog now. I'm obsessed.
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NO!

This: http://www.exoticnutrition.com/image...%20pix%204.jpg

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Exotic nutrition? Is that a website where they eat cute furry animals?
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Exotic nutrition? Is that a website where they eat cute furry animals?
No, it's for nutrition that you'd feed an "exotic" pet.
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Sponsor a non-profit dog rescue organization. All the benefits, none of the responsibility.
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Sponsor a non-profit dog rescue organization. All the benefits, none of the responsibility.
I do sponsor a puppy and I'm going to sponsor a guinea.

But I can't go pet the puppy/pig I sponsor.

I am going to volunteer at a local rescue/adoption place to go walk the doggies, though. The dogs are desparate for attention and often very depressed. Volunteers can go once a week and walk up to four of the dogs (rules are different at each place). That a way, the dogs see you once a week and get petted and walked. It isn't a home (which would be ideal), but they feel less abandoned.
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Dammit. You didn't react to my taunt.

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Dammit. You didn't react to my taunt.

Is the magic gone?

We had magic?
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It must have been love.

But it's over now.
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It must have been love.

But it's over now.
Nah...Joel still loves me.
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Definetly a man.

You can train them to do things.

and they can feed themselves for a few days. If they don't work out, just get a different one. They are easier to "re-home" than reject pets.

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