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What are your opinions or experiances on these? They come in sizes for bunnies,piggies and ferrets and also rats.I was interested in getting one for my rats, but would like to get some reviews on them first...
 

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What are your opinions or experiances on these? They come in sizes for bunnies,piggies and ferrets and also rats.I was interested in getting one for my rats, but would like to get some reviews on them first...
my son wanted to get a harness for his piggies too. i haven't really looked at them yet though.
 

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I wouldn't get them for your guinea pig. I have heard many stories about them. They can easily get out of them. They could also easily break thier back. A GPs spine does not bend backwards, like other rodents, so if it was to run to fast and get to the end of the leash, "snap" that could break its spine. Not to mention guinea pigs are prey animals. THey would most likely be terrified if you tried to walk them. I don't know about Rats, seems like they could easily get out of it also.
 

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i have always had problems finding leashes for guinea pigs that work. they always seem to get out of them. good luck.
 

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I agree with Ambieruns10 about not getting one for a GP, they are are too delicate of a creature to withstand a harness and the risk of injury is far too great.. I honestly don't understand why they even make them for piggies. The thought has never even crossed my mind to put a leash on either of my boys.

Sorry I just had to put my 2 cents in about guinea pigs, I have no idea about rats though :)
 

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I wouldn't get them for your guinea pig. I have heard many stories about them. They can easily get out of them. They could also easily break thier back. A GPs spine does not bend backwards, like other rodents, so if it was to run to fast and get to the end of the leash, "snap" that could break its spine. Not to mention guinea pigs are prey animals. THey would most likely be terrified if you tried to walk them. I don't know about Rats, seems like they could easily get out of it also.
Awww...poor piggies...I never knew that about them...such a sin if that happened.

Rats like being outdoors, but yeah they are prey items for some animals, thats why I don't let them far from me, plus they usually don't stray from me anyway.I had a guinea pig harness, it was adjustable and I had it on one of my old rats with no problem before, she never got out of it and it stayed on...however I lost that long ago...
 

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Thats why guinea pigs should never have a ball or wheel to play in.
I heard that...I heard that those balls for guinea pigs are not a good idea...but I never heard why...yikes!
 

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Thats why guinea pigs should never have a ball or wheel to play in.

Just curious why. Because we are going to adopt a hamster at a shelter tomorrow, and about a few months ago we accidently ordered a ball big enough for a guinea pig, and we will be donating this item because she also has 5 guinea pigs there. If you mean that they can easily get out of them, I usually tape mine when my hamsters are in them, or are they dangerous in another way?
 

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Just curious why. Because we are going to adopt a hamster at a shelter tomorrow, and about a few months ago we accidently ordered a ball big enough for a guinea pig, and we will be donating this item because she also has 5 guinea pigs there. If you mean that they can easily get out of them, I usually tape mine when my hamsters are in them, or are they dangerous in another way?
As I just learned, guinea pigs can ruin their spines in those balls...

Hehe, I tape my ball when my gerbil is in it too, only because it opened once!!
 

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As I just learned, guinea pigs can ruin their spines in those balls...

Hehe, I tape my ball when my gerbil is in it too, only because it opened once!!

thanks I will let that lady at the shelter know about that.

Yeah, one of my hamsters learned fast that if she banged her ball hard enough the lid would come off and she ended up having a half an hour tour in my kitchen, mainly behind the refrigerator :crylaugh:
 

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I tried it on my rat, Spirit, absoultly hated the thing 83
He had a weird reaction, he would get all stiff, then wobble around, like a drunk. Finally he wobbles to a corner and workes his way out of it, jumping and snuffing in distaste.
 

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Actually i had a harness for my guinea pigs.... they liked it... not putting it on but being able to go out in the summer, they enjoyed themselves..of course i never pulled on it or tried to walk them, it just ensured they wouldnt run away.. but oh yeah, i would NEVER get a ball... i had a harness for my rat when i was little.. not the comfort one, but a harness none the less, and they liked that too.. i guess ive always had very social pets :)
 

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my rats hated it.
they acted like i was killing them when i would try to put it one them. and then they would just try to get it off the whole time it was on
 

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I returned the one I bought for my ferrets. They slide right out of them with their squeemish ways as they don't like things on them from what it seems, nor do they like being walked (they slide across the floor when I try to walk them).
 

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my rats hated it.
they acted like i was killing them when i would try to put it one them. and then they would just try to get it off the whole time it was on
I know! And they give you the dirtiest looks ^^ Some rats were just not meant to be harnassed :crylaugh:
 

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i have the comfort harness for my rats, its too big for them the velcro and clips are so big they get in the way of their legs and i only have tried it on my big chubby rat. i did put it on my kitten when he was really tiny and took his pictures he was really cute in it
 

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Actually wheels and balls are bad for rats. It's hard on the spine and the tail...

I'm not too sure about harnesses. I wouldn't try one. I've taken my rat out and he was comfortable enough to just hang on my shoulder.

Rats do love to be outside but the funny thing is (Lisa have you ever noticed this???) after a little while they want you to take them back in.
 
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