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Forum: Chinchilla Discussion   09-04-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,304
Posted By Jennicat
You mention that his pupils are "kind of blue"...

You mention that his pupils are "kind of blue" now. That's not normal and sounds like he may be going blind or developing cataracts. He needs to go to the vet. Any drastic behavioral change should...
Forum: Sugar Glider Discussion   08-05-2011, 06:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,156
Posted By Jennicat
I've personally neutered over a dozen male...

I've personally neutered over a dozen male gliders and have never had a single problem. Our vet has done hundreds, and has had minimal complications. Check out sugar glider message boards -- people...
Forum: Prairie Dog Discussion   07-29-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,027
Posted By Jennicat
Unfortunately, there's not a lot of good...

Unfortunately, there's not a lot of good information on exotic animals and oftentimes poor information gets published. I can't imagine why anyone would advocate feeding an herbivore a diet rife with...
Forum: Prairie Dog Discussion   07-29-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,027
Posted By Jennicat
Even if they need protein, they still need a...

Even if they need protein, they still need a PLANT based protein. Just like you wouldn't feed a growing puppy a diet consisting of nuts to get their protein, you shouldn't feed an herbivore a meat...
Forum: Prairie Dog Discussion   07-29-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,027
Posted By Jennicat
Your prairie dog is ill because she's suffering...

Your prairie dog is ill because she's suffering from malnutrition. She cannot eat puppy kibble -- that is meat based. Prairie dogs are primarily herbivores. You might as well feed a rabbit a...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   06-30-2011, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
Posted By Jennicat
Vaccines aren't required in the US because we...

Vaccines aren't required in the US because we don't have myxi and VHD present in our population of wild rabbits. In Australia and the UK wild rabbits have been exposed to and carry these deadly...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   06-29-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,371
Posted By Jennicat
I would recommend cutting out the alfalfa hay...

I would recommend cutting out the alfalfa hay completely. Manna Pro Family Ration is an alfalfa based pellet, so your rabbits are already getting a fair amount of calcium from that every day. Adult...
Forum: Guinea Pig Discussion   06-29-2011, 11:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,024
Posted By Jennicat
For adult pigs (over 1 year of age), a grass...

For adult pigs (over 1 year of age), a grass based hay should be the primary hay. This can be meadow, timothy, orchard, etc. You can feed orchard and meadow in place of timothy and give them...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   06-24-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,437
Posted By Jennicat
I apologize, my meaning was not that you neglect...

I apologize, my meaning was not that you neglect them, but rather that your petsitter wasn't feeding or watering them properly since they were all ill when you returned home.
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   06-24-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,437
Posted By Jennicat
He needs to see a vet. It sounds like all of...

He needs to see a vet. It sounds like all of your animals were neglected while you were gone and he could possibly be saved.
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   06-16-2011, 01:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,682
Posted By Jennicat
Yeah, ARBA means nothing sadly. We get so many...

Yeah, ARBA means nothing sadly. We get so many purebreds from ~*~*~ARBA Breeders~*~*~*~ it's sad. It's troubling to watch rabbits get euthanized here every week while the breeders advertise all...
Forum: Guinea Pig Discussion   05-17-2011, 04:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,675
Posted By Jennicat
You can't see mites. Typically you'll only see...

You can't see mites. Typically you'll only see hair loss or itching.

I've never had a guinea pig roll over in happiness. Usually whenever owners reported to me that their pigs were 'rolling...
Forum: Sugar Glider Discussion   05-17-2011, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,307
Posted By Jennicat
Ditto neutering the male, if they're killing...

Ditto neutering the male, if they're killing their joeys they shouldn't be breeding.

When I had some abandoned gliders dump joeys on me, I had to use an oral syringe and let them lick it off of...
Forum: Guinea Pig Discussion   05-17-2011, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,675
Posted By Jennicat
That sounds more like she's having seizures due...

That sounds more like she's having seizures due to mites.
Forum: Degu Discussion   05-13-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,463
Posted By Jennicat
I don't live there, but I am literate, and when I...

I don't live there, but I am literate, and when I visited there Alabama hadn't magically lost it's weather, predators, and diseases. From Alabama state law:

" 13A-11-14. Cruelty to Animals.

...
Forum: Degu Discussion   05-13-2011, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,463
Posted By Jennicat
The police in your town are idiots if they said...

The police in your town are idiots if they said that. Animal Control picks up domestic animals here ALL the time. I work with an exotic rescue. The last degu they picked up out of the wild was...
Forum: Degu Discussion   05-12-2011, 08:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,463
Posted By Jennicat
This is the cruelest thing I've read on here in a...

This is the cruelest thing I've read on here in a long time. Domestic animals in the wild are NOT "happier". They're not even happy. They're cold, starving, and scared, right up until they're...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   05-10-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,399
Posted By Jennicat
We've also had a trend of the male pairs breaking...

We've also had a trend of the male pairs breaking bonds for whatever reason. We've had 4-5 male pairs in the past few years (out of about 10) just break up for no real reason. One owner was able to...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   05-09-2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,488
Posted By Jennicat
I personally would wait until both rabbits are...

I personally would wait until both rabbits are spayed before trying to bond them. Hormonal females are nearly impossible to keep together, and if they manage to get into a serious fight it's very...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   05-09-2011, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,031
Posted By Jennicat
Be sure to have a smaller cage where she can be...

Be sure to have a smaller cage where she can be somewhat confined for a few days and be prepared to hand feed in case she doesn't bounce back as quickly as anticipated. :)
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   05-09-2011, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,399
Posted By Jennicat
Two male bunnies aren't IMPOSSIBLE to bond, but...

Two male bunnies aren't IMPOSSIBLE to bond, but it's not a very easy bond either. Generally it's recommended to try male/female neutered as those are the easiest. I've had more female/female pairs...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   05-05-2011, 02:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,120
Posted By Jennicat
That's pretty typical of baby rabbits. Once they...

That's pretty typical of baby rabbits. Once they become adolescents they'll tend to become less clingy. I find a lot of rabbits get dumped at our rescue because they're purchased as babies when...
Forum: Cats   05-03-2011, 12:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,035
Posted By Jennicat
I think that's a reasonable point to make. ...

I think that's a reasonable point to make. Declawing as a last resort for an aggressive animal is an oxymoron. If you feel like it's dangeorus for a baby to be scratched by a cat, then putting the...
Forum: Cats   05-01-2011, 01:02 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,035
Posted By Jennicat
However, you miss several important points with...

However, you miss several important points with this:
* altering a cat has benefits both for the cat as an individual (significantly lessened chances of cancer, females don't go through stressful...
Forum: Rabbit Discussion   04-30-2011, 07:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,898
Posted By Jennicat
At the shelters here, the rabbits go really fast...

At the shelters here, the rabbits go really fast because there are basically no adoption standards. They'll give a rabbit to anyone, even if they're keeping them outside, won't neuter them, and are...
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