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Re: preventative poison ivy for Henry
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Reply to: #949674 by estella_naparella
Aug 8, 2017 6:16am
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wow! never even considered that the cat could bring in the poison ivy!
Re: preventative poison ivy for Henry
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Reply to: #949677 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Aug 17, 2017 2:48pm
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We successfully avoided all the poison ivy!

Currently, I think the mental stress of it was far greater than the risk itself.
FOSTER needed for 2 cats
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Sep 14, 2017 8:42pm
A friend of mine who is in Connecticut, has 2 cats that she loves dearly. Unfortunately, she can't keep them where she is currently staying. Is there anyone who could foster two cats (not sure for how long) until she can move into a place that allows cats? She is willing to drive as far as needed to get them a good, loving place to stay.

dp
Hedge Hogs
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Aug 3, 2018 9:38am
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Hey,
We are starting to do research on hedge hogs. Are they good pets? Are people usually allergic to them? Do they have the scent that ferrets do? Where does one get a hedge hog? I am not crazy about buying one from a pet store. What sort of cage do they need? What do they eat? Do they play with you, can you litter train it?

Starting to do some checking...besides the obvious whats the difference between a male and female? Is one friendlier than the other? Why are the females more expensive?

Any one have huge pros and cons of owning a hedge hog?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Re: Hedge Hogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 10:16am
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We are starting to do research on hedge hogs. Are they good pets?

Please, just be sure to name it "Spiny Norman".
Re: Hedge Hogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 11:31am
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Re: Hedgehogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 11:32am
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We had Hedggies for years. Mainly because a friend was leading the world in Wobbly Hedgehog disorder research. Wobbly is a horrifying genetic disorder that resulted from over/in breeding in pet strains. My friend was, after years, able to identify and isolate clear breed lines. So no, do not get your hedggie from a pet store. (IMHBKO, one should only ever get fish from a pet store.) Find a breeder who will certify to clean heredity.

I thought hedggies were great pets. If you ever want to see a happy animal, place a hedgehog in a fenced in area in your yard during June bug season and watch the munch-munch joy! I liked females better - they seemed sweeter. A word of warning though, you have to play and cuddle hedggies everyday so that they are trusting of your family. If not, well, you'll get the point!

https://hedgehogclub.com/index.html
Re: Hedge Hogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 11:32am
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Females cost more because breeders are profit motivated and do not want casual competition from pet owners.
Re: Hedge Hogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 3:02pm
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We bought ours an an exotic pet store in Las Vegas. She loves to eat meal worms and other bugs dead or alive. There is a bag processed pellet food available but she doesn’t care for it.

As far as smell she doesn’t have an odor like the ferrets we used to own she loves to play on the hamster wheel and baths in the kitchen sink. I agree that you should hold them every day or they will become skittish.

Ours isn’t litter box trained but I suppose it is possible.
Re: Hedge Hogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 5:25pm
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I love hedgehogs. They make great pets. But with any new addition - the more research you do the better you know if it's a fit for your family.

I haven't heard of anyone being allergic. But they do have fuzzy bellies - so I suppose it's possible. No scent like a ferret. I had six hedgehogs at one time and never noticed a smell on them. A reputable breeder would be your best bet for purchasing one. I follow a Facebook page "Hedgehog 411". They are out of Ohio - but share lots of great info and sell hedgehogs as well.

I kept mine in open wire cages with a plastic tray bottom. I used pine shavings for their flooring. It was easy to clean. I fed mine the packaged food from the store.

Yes - interact with your hedgehog. Otherwise they will be skittish and shy and a bundle of spines all the time. They are very curious and friendly if you get them out and hold them and let them wander around.

It's an excellent pet if it fits your time and maintenance schedule. If not, you end up with a skittish critter that needs fed and has a cage that needs cleaned.

Best of luck. Please let us know what you decide :)
Re: Hedge Hogs
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Reply to: #963361 by Crazyolis
Aug 3, 2018 6:08pm
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There is about 8 zillion different kind of dogs and cats, most of which are available for adoption. They have every personality imaginable. Maybe do what we've done for the last 40 years, adopt a feral or abandon cat. They need people & homes. Leave wild animals in the wild. We have a very low opinion of wild animal breeder, please don't enable them.

Doublesaj & Old Blue
Beloved cat
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Apr 12, 2019 6:07am
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Just had my beloved Bella die in my arms early this morning. We loved her so much! She was such a loving companion.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 6:10am
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I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Bella.

Hugs to you all.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 6:12am
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I am so sorry for Bella's passing. Our feline friends spend years training us and luring us in with their loving ways. She was fortunate to be so loved.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 6:37am
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I'm so sorry for your loss!
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 6:42am
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So, so sorry to hear. We lost our precious boy recently so I know how devastating it can be.

Our thoughts go out to your family.
😿
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 6:53am
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So sorry. We never have enough time with our beloved animals, no matter how long they are with us.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 7:09am
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Our sympathies are with you, sorry for your loss.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 8:18am
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I'm so very sorry for your loss. She will always be with you in spirit.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 11:07am
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Oh, Dear. What a sad thing to have to experience. I am sure that you have many, happy memories to cherish, and I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Bella. ☹️
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 11:30am
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Our deepest condolences. It it always heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~Nature Hikers
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 1:36pm
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So sorry, Yosemite! ♥ ♥ ♥
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 2:28pm
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I'm SO SORRY to hear that!! My cat is my best friend and I don't even want to imagine what you are going through right now. Thoughts and prayers are with you!!
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974095 by TimmyBoy
Apr 12, 2019 3:31pm
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Thank you all.
Re: Beloved cat
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Reply to: #974071 by Yosemite MJD
Apr 12, 2019 6:21pm
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so sorry to hear of your loss..RIP Bella
There's a snake on the box!
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May 28, 2019 7:43am
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Letterboxing in Palmyra, Missouri, over the weekend. Found a box in the crook of a tree. As I reached up, I pulled what I thought was a black vine aside only to have it move of its own accord. It turned out to be a 1 1/2 foot long rat snake. I think we startled each other as we both froze (after I'd jerked my hand back and moved backwards a couple of steps) and stared at each other a few moments before Mr Snake casually slithered away.

A good reminder to wear gloves when pulling boxes out of crevices, holes and removing bark. You never know what you might find. Also a good reminder to remain sharp and not get too focused on "Oooo, I found it!" and watch your surroundings.

Certainly got the ole heart pumping. :D
Re: There's a snake on the box!
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Reply to: #975568 by FerretWoman
May 28, 2019 1:18pm
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I was out with a friend.
She was so focused on reaching into a crevice to get the box that she put her other hand down on a slab to balance as she reached in and off balance.
The slab was covered with hundreds of slithery red somethings.
I stood there watching and wondering why the heck she didn't at least brush some of them out of the way.

No need to fast-forward to what happened next. It was fast as lightening when she realized what she had done.

Still makes me both laugh and have a "glad it wasn't me" moment.
Re: There's a snake on the box!
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Reply to: #975568 by FerretWoman
May 28, 2019 1:50pm
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I was reaching under a log for a box when I startled 3 or 4 baby rattlers. Yikes!
Re: There's a snake on the box!
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Reply to: #975595 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
May 29, 2019 10:13am
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That is what scares me the most about starting this hobby. The snakes and spiders!
Re: There's a snake on the box!
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Reply to: #975630 by SevenAcreWoods
May 30, 2019 9:35am
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Give me a snake any day over a tick--at least I can see the snakes and they won't leave me with diseases. (Well, maybe not rattlers--yikes.)