I did write a LONG post about why I'm considering a PD over many 'common' pets (to establish that I'm NOT
one of those people who go "I WANT TO BE DIFFERENT AND GET A PRAIRIE DOG
BECAUSE GETTING ONE MAKES ME CUTE AND INDIVIDUAL") but it was about 3 and a half pages long..
The thing is that I really love the idea of getting a PD, but I know they've got a long lifespan. I love that, but I really want to get this right.
So there are a few questions I have...
First off, noise. I would like to keep any PDs I get in my bedroom. I sleep with earplugs in so, at the moment, the only thing that wakes me up will be something worth waking up for. (eg, a serious fight) My dog is wonderful around the animals but will get distressed if other animals are distressed. (or if they seem it) For example, when my rats started fighting, my dog ran up to the cage, looked me in the eye, and started barking softly. She's a great dog but a PD might not know that. If she thinks the 'barking' noises they make are a sign of stress, she'll almost certainly sit by the cage and do the same thing she did with the rats. So if they make a lot of noise then I'd need a dog-free zone that isn't my bedroom. Otherwise, my room is fine.
Smell and bedding is also going to contribute to their location. Some people have said they clean their prairie dogs out every two days. Call me lazy and cheap, but that's too much for me. The bedding I get is good stuff but not soft enough for nest material, so I provide other (softer) stuff too. That's what's expensive. If they can be litter trained then hopefully that won't be an issue, though.
And possibly the most important question of all... what requirements do I need to get one and are they likely to be outlawed? Somebody in Ireland apparently said you need a license, but I'm in the south of England. And the ban on keeping them was only lifted in what, 2008? 4 years of being legal. It's not a very long time, and what probably scares me most about keeping a prairie dog (or two) is becoming so attached to an animal which then needs to be ripped away from me. Does anyone know if there has been any discussion on whether to get the ban back or not?
I really appeciate any advice offered. ^_^