What are your opinions on hamsters? I know they're most likely to bite, but compared to mice, do they like being held more? Will they let you pet them, like a rat? Are they more skittish? Are they better than mice, overall?
(I'm talking about Syrians, of course, but you can talk about Robos and Dwarfs as well.)
little bit of backstory to this:
Recently, I got 2 mice. One, named Funky, was sweet, and one, named Fresh, is shy and super skiddish.
Funky, after hanging out with Fresh so much, started becoming skiddish as... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Got this puppy yesterday, named him Zeus. I got to pick from the entire litter and this guy stood out because his face was entirely different from his siblings. The mother was a black lab, and the other puppies looked like your average blacklabs. Unlike him with the wrinkle face and stubby nose
I know its not uncommon and they could even have different fathers but can anyone help me guess what the combination could be?
How do I cat proof my balcony? I want my cat to be able to sun outside like she enjoys doing on my folks' screen enclosed porch but my balcony is wide open and zoning laws prevent me from tinkering. Can I put some sort of cage apparatus where I open the sliding glass door but she can't squeeze between the pillars or jump out?
I'm on the second floor and my cat doesn't jump down, it's too far and he knows it. Even if you put something between the pillars she could just jump onto the railing. If you want to cat proof it you would have to cage it in floor to ceiling with chicken wire or something.
Just closely monitor her on the balcony, maybe with a harness if you think she'll jump.
If that's a pic of your balcony I'd be wary of her climbing down the tree though.
>>2181206 I'm on the first floor too, and the complex kind of sits on a hill, built into it in a way that my balcony really five feet off the ground. What kind of wire can I use? As silly as it sounds, it has to be "nice", or not shitty looking since likely the association would bitch.
My cat was a former stray who lived outside around a property and wouldn't wander far at all, but I don't want to chance it since she's become an exclusively indoor cat with some screen enclosed hang out time.
>fun fact: The golden-shouldered parrot is a critically endangered species(2,500) native to the cape York peninsula of Australia where they live in open fire supported woodlands and can only best in 30 yet a old termite mounds Depending on the reaction to this thread I might post some more fun facts
Anacondas and other large pythons are seriously fucking cool. They don't unhinge their jaws like some small snakes, their jaws open at TWO SETS OF JOINTS. They also have two rows of teeth in the roof of their mouth that can "walk" along a carcass so that the snake can swallow it.
Ok, so, on July 18th I got two mice, funky, and fresh. Funky was the sweetest thing ever. Fresh was shy, but not too bad.
I held fresh wrong when putting her into the cage, and ever since then, she has been a little bitch. She won't let me pick her up, have my hand in the cage, or, hell, even watch her.
This was fine. As long as I had funky, I was fine, right? Right!
However, Fresh's shyness started to rub off on Funky. Extremely. I've always treated funky with the utmost respect, and constantly gave her treats. But as she hung out with Fresh... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>2181042 Yes, cages are better because of airflow but you could house 2 rat's comfortably. Rat's like mice though need to be picked up for at least 30 minutes a day to get used to you. Rat's are much more intelligent and will learn your pretty cool and will snuggle and hang with you. Mice aren't that smart but if you hold and socialize them enough they should stop acting like shit heads, unless they're breeding of course.
You need to make sure that you get one from a good breeder, not some yahoo on Craigslist. Otherwise you will end up with a 200+ lb monster in your house. Pigs are clean and easy to house train. They learn to do tricks and come when called. They are dog-level smart and affectionate. MAKE SURE YOU DONT OVERFEED THEM! that is very detrimental to their health, and they get fat easily. The best home for a pig includes a fenced yard s/he can graze in all day (yes they eat a lot of grass, yes they can get fat from that); and a nice place to snuggle... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>2180862 People might try and steal it so I'd make sure it's secured (pigs can tear through a lot of things and they are strong) and out of sight from the road.
They also dont like to be picked up. They also do what they want, when the want. They are very smart and yeah can learn tricks but if they don't want to listen(which is often) then they won't. This is why you really, really have to make sure they don't get bored because even the smallest of pigs can be monsters. Pigs are naturally foragers... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
They are awesome dogs if you have the time and dedication for them. But they require so much exercise and time that the dog becomes your life. Maybe when I am old and retired I'll get one!
My favorite doggos are pitbulls (unfortunately): >Food motivated so easy to train >Well suited to many different kinds of dog sports >Fifty million of them at shelters >Good energy level >Retard amounts of endurance so they... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
If you're out with an animal, and an unleashed dog attacks it, and your animal fucks up the dog in defense but remains unharmed, who is liable?
I'm asking because I have the opportunity to get a hand raised porcupine, and am afraid of taking it out into the trails behind my house and having some retard's uncontrolled dog get fucked up and have me be liable.
There aren't many dogs out there, but it's a concern.
>>2180430 The dog can avoid confrontation at any point in time by walking away, your porcupine won't catch it ever. I don't see how a porcupine could attack a dog, unless it's been sleeping or something. The only point their owners could make is "muh doggo ws only playing but evil purrcupine tried make it kill", which would be about the same line of defense as someone who tried to rob you by approaching you with a knife and later said he was only kidding, after you shot his leg.
Get a newspaper and roll it up. Then tape it with a colorful duct tape. Use this to discipline your new pupper. Soon enough you wont even have to boop him on his snoot. Just brandish the colorful wrapped paper and it will know to stop or have its boop snooted.
How do you figure out what a dog likes to do for fun?
I have two rescues. One is a medium sized staffie mix and loves everything. The second is a small spaniel mix and I cannot figure out what she had fun doing. She doesn't like walks. She doesn't like toys. She doesn't like games nor training. She doesn't like cuddles.
All she does besides sleep is play with the other dog, but he really has to coax her into playing. She has a lot of energy, so I really want to find her thing.
>pic not mine To start off let me explain that a snake has gotta eat too. I have two corns snakes and breed mice for their food. I take care of my mice. I've named them. Hold them everyday. Provide quality food, toys, fresh water and wheels for exercise. Before I bought my snakes I kept hamsters as pets, so maybe that's why. But anyway..
Today I euthanized 4 baby mice for freezing using Co2. I feel that it's the most humane besides cervical dislocation which you can't do on such small babies. I waited for about 5-7... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I don't know about mice. But as far as rats go, co2 doesn't work at such a young age and you must use cervical dislocation. You can do it on tiny pups by simply placing a chopstick over the neck and pulling the hind legs up swiftly.
It's 50/50 whether he'll be totally fine or a little, uh, retarded, but physically he should be fine.
>>2178819 > But as far as rats go, co2 doesn't work at such a young age and you must use cervical dislocation. You can do it on tiny pups by simply placing a chopstick over the neck and pulling the hind legs up swiftly.
Oh... I didn't know you could do that. I don't know with mice, their so tiny. I'd be afraid of squishing their skulls in which I don't want since the thawing process would be a mess but I guess next time I should maybe think on doing this.
>>2178109 I suppose the main purpose for parasites is to keep populations manageable, nature didn't always have responsible humans around to control the population of animals that could have gotten too big for their limited space
More of a balance thing, without something to "cull the herd" populations would likely spike into extreme highs and lows rather than keep at a steady medium
There's gotta be SOMETHING that eats these things too, don't monkeys pick fleas and ticks off other monkeys and eat them?
>>2178109>>2178109 Things don't evolve to full some pre-determined roll, they evolve to exploit a resource that was previously unfilled or evolve to be better than the organism that currently fills that roll. And to answer your other question, populations of animals and plants are kept in check by both predators and parasites. We see the evidence that they're necessary because they've coexisted alongside us forever. If they were removed completely, a link in the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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