Which Rodent? - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
General Rodent Chat Information regarding all rodents or any rodents without their own category.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
Fertile Myrtle
 
Christi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Nutsville
Age: 40
Posts: 3,063
   
Which Rodent?

Thinking of getting a rodent for Ryland (not necessarily for him to play with - maybe a little holding with my supervision). Which is best?

I scored a cage on Freecycle. Here's the description they gave:

Critter Trail mouse cage. Comes with food dish, water bottle, litter
bowl with litter, half a bag of cedar chips, exercise wheel, look out
tower and other additional tunnels we bought. Also a homemade cage
that attaches to the critter trail cage just for extra play room.


I haven't seen it yet. I'm pretty sure I don't want a hamster. I was considering a gerbil maybe?? I'm allergic to guinea pigs. And this cage is too small anyway, I'm betting.

TIA!!

Wife to an amazing man,
mom to three wonderful kids (9, 5.10, 4),
2 dogs, 3 hermit crabs and 2 bettas

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Christi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 07:08 PM
 
Sassy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 3,736
    
A gerbil or maybe a mouse...
Sassy is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 08:41 PM
Misses Her Smilie Titles
 
Millimi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: New Jersey
Age: 29
Posts: 5,668
    
I think gerbils will be your best bet. My neighbors have three kids, the twin boys are both 4 and the girl is 7. They also have 2 gerbils, used to have 4 put they died of old age. All three of the kids do great with the gerbils and vice versa. The girl can carry the gerbils around for a long time and they love it, both of them that is. And you said you already had a cage, but you can get a ten or twenty gallon tank at a pet store for under $25. Gerbils are great pets, one of my friend has one, used to have 2 but again, one died of old age (he was almost 4), and she loves Lemon, the name of her gerbil. They are fun, energetic, friendly, and for people of all shapes, ages, and sizes. Good luck with your search and it's good to know that you're doing a lot of research and not just buying an animal and finding out about it later.
Millimi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
Fertile Myrtle
 
Christi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Nutsville
Age: 40
Posts: 3,063
   
Thanks. I think we've decided on a pair of gerbils. We'll use the tank for now and maybe the plastic cage for play time (?) and upgrade later on. Now to find gerbils. I really don't want to buy from a pet store so I'm looking for local breeders.

Wife to an amazing man,
mom to three wonderful kids (9, 5.10, 4),
2 dogs, 3 hermit crabs and 2 bettas

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Christi is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 10:46 PM
Stinky Liverbrain
 
Padfoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Puerto Rico
Age: 37
Posts: 3,721
   
well, just one thing... I'm pretty sure you know it already, but just in case.. throw away the cedar chips! Besides that hmmm.. I don't know where you are... I know a breeder in NY, though... or you can check the AGS website for a list registered breeders
http://www.agsgerbils.org

Dimaris

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Padfoot is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 02:19 AM
Paw-Talk Addict
 
andreaS15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Chilliwack, BC Canada
Age: 39
Posts: 1,379
  
Quote:
Originally Posted by Christi
I scored a cage on Freecycle. Here's the description they gave:

Critter Trail mouse cage. Comes with food dish, water bottle, litter
bowl with litter, half a bag of cedar chips, exercise wheel, look out
tower and other additional tunnels we bought. Also a homemade cage
that attaches to the critter trail cage just for extra play room.
Sound to me by this description "Mouse cage" it will be to small for gerbils
I have seen mice cages in pet stores and they are quite little compaird to a gerbil/hamster one.
Up here you can get a 10gallon tank for $12.99, 10G is great for 2 gerbils.
I reccomend gerbils as pets, I've had hamsters, and well they smell and mice i think are to small for a child to handle.

Getting from a breeder in your area will give you more colours to choose from and better chance of tamer gerbils that are allready used to being handled.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Adoption. Is the living option.
Can't Afford The Vet? Can't Afford the Pet!
andreaS15 is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
Fertile Myrtle
 
Christi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Nutsville
Age: 40
Posts: 3,063
   
Thanks! We've decided on gerbils but can only find them in a pet store. I spent over an hour on the web last night trying to find a breeder with no luck.

Wife to an amazing man,
mom to three wonderful kids (9, 5.10, 4),
2 dogs, 3 hermit crabs and 2 bettas

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Christi is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 02:16 PM
Paw-Talk Addict
 
andreaS15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Chilliwack, BC Canada
Age: 39
Posts: 1,379
  
Did you try the AGS breeders list?
AGS Breeders List


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Adoption. Is the living option.
Can't Afford The Vet? Can't Afford the Pet!
andreaS15 is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
Fertile Myrtle
 
Christi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Nutsville
Age: 40
Posts: 3,063
   
Yes, there are 2 and they're both too far away.

Wife to an amazing man,
mom to three wonderful kids (9, 5.10, 4),
2 dogs, 3 hermit crabs and 2 bettas

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
|
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Christi is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 10:13 PM
Stinky Liverbrain
 
Padfoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Puerto Rico
Age: 37
Posts: 3,721
   
Did you contacted them? Some breeders are willing to drive half the distance... Good luck getting in finding a nice pair of gerbies.

Dimaris

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Padfoot is offline  
Reply

Tags
guinea pig, pet store, pet stores


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome