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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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My husband and I were visiting the nearest PetSmart when something caught our attention. A small, E-Z Velcro harnas and leash for your guinea pig or ferret. It was very strange. It was adjustable to any fit and it didn't seem like it would harm the animal. So we bought one just out of curiosity. We figured we could strap them in and take them for a walk outside. Is this cruel to the animal in any way? Have any of yall used one?? And one more thing. My long haired hamster, her hair is sticking up in the back. Its soft and smoot( and odor free! ) So, I thought if I bough a brush I would be able to brush the hair down. Well, its a small brush with a brisel like pad on it that catches the dead hair and brings outthe mats. So, I tried it out on my long haired guinea and she made a few short soft squeaks and tried to squirm away. I hate to think I hurt her so please give me some advice. Thanks in advance. Page
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 06:39 PM
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No, harnessing them isnt cruel. In fact our bunnys and piggies love running around out side! I dont think your hurting your piggie. Sunny puts up a huge fuss if I try to groom her in any way, or even if I poke her tummy lol. I guess piggers are just really touch-sensitive!



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It's isn't cruel, but it is dangerous to guinea pigs. Their spinal cords are not very flexible, and the leashes can cause spinal damage (like the balls and wheels). Honestly, those leashes also aren't very sturdy, and I wouldn't trust a prey animal like a rabbit or pig not to bolt and either seriously injure themselves or manage to escape the leash.
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Oh I didnt know harnesses are bad for piggers! I dnt use a harness for sunny anyway: I let her run around freely.



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i dont think harnesses are bad for piggies but i would start them off at a young age for them to become used to it, i dont do it to mine bc they get stressed out and the ones i see are too small and i would be worried that they would escape and vanish into the neighborhood never to be seen again


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i dont think harnesses are bad for piggies but i would start them off at a young age for them to become used to it, i dont do it to mine bc they get stressed out and the ones i see are too small and i would be worried that they would escape and vanish into the neighborhood never to be seen again
I would still be really careful with them. Our rescue has seen many cases of pigs with spinal damage that in later life became almost debilitating that are almost certainly due to harnesses, and the way they bend the spine of our little friends.
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perhaps the length is the issue..many of them of far to short..however if you used a longer one you could let the harness touch the ground make sure you dont tug the harness with the gp and then it may not be a problem i would just worry about stressing the guy out and possible heat stroke esp around this time of yr


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It's not so much the length, as when the animal is freaked out they run, and when they hit the end of the leash, regardless of length, it whips their spine into an unnatural position. And rabbits and guinea pigs being prey animals, there's so much going on that can cause them to startle and run.

Also with piggies, even if they're more steady, if they start doing zoomies and running, it's easy for them to hit the end of the leash. It's just easier and safer to put out a little cube fence and hang out with them in nice weather. Then they can eat all they want, zoomie around, popcorn, and you don't have to worry about it.

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