(Closed) What kind of pet should I get?!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What type of small pet should we get?
    Fish : (17 votes)
    20 %
    Gerbil : (11 votes)
    13 %
    Rat : (11 votes)
    13 %
    Hedgehog : (43 votes)
    51 %
    Snake : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Lizard : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    Hedgehog for sure! I’ve never heard of people having them as pets…but it sound so awesome.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee

    I’m a bunny person myself 😀 but since that’s not an option, I say hedgie! They are SUPER cute!!! Apparently they really do have their own little personality, too.

    I know you’re partial to snakes, but SO’s former housemate had a carpet python called Cracker, and she eeeked me out so so very much. Sometimes she would just look at me, like she wanted to eat me whole. Shudder. My skin is crawling to think about it.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    ugh, do NOT get a snake! I hate snakes 🙁

    I voted hedgehog, because they’re so cute! They’re also the most “big pet like” out of your list, IMO. Can’t you even litterbox train them?

    (Although, I had heard that about rabbits too, but my old roommate and I got a rabbit and tried and that rabbit must have been tempermental because she peed everywhere and chewed our house more than I would have thought possible. We finally had to give her to a family who kept her in a hutch.)

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    OMG please get a hedgehog they are adorable, Miss Hedgehog has 2 and some other bees have them too. I would have them if not banned in Australia,,…..adopt one for me lol

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @simpleandchic:   Why are they banned there?

    I would go for fish if you don’t want a “real” pet.   A hedgehog will still require you to get someone to “babysit” if you’re away and still take a lot of care.   I would start with fish and then get something else once you’re settled.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Australia has very strict rules about exotic pets due to our very delicate and amazing eco system. If animals like hedgehogs get loose and turn wild they can decimate our natural eco system and compete with our indigenous mamals like possums, koalas, wallabies, birds, wombats etc.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    With pets, I always consider the benefit:investment ratio. For instance, I’ve had hamsters and gerbils – both require a big investment of cleaning their cages, but neither really enjoyed being held. They were also really mean – the hamster bit me on a number of occasions. I’ve also had guinea pigs (which I realize you don’t want) and ferrets, and while it was a pain to clean up after them, they were really entertaining.

    I had a hedgehog, and honestly, he wasn’t that interesting of a pet. It took a really long time to get him to the point where he was okay with being held. And cleaning his cage was a pain. Plus, I had a medical issue with him once, and it was really hard finding a vet with any experience with hedgehogs. Even the one I ended up finding had seen maybe two in her entire career.

    I think you’d be best off getting a rat. They’re really smart and can be super cuddly. Plus, they’re common enough that if you have to find a veterinarian, it shouldn’t be too hard. 

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    HEDGEHOG! They are the best out of all of them by like, a billion! PLus, if you look on Craigslist you can find breeders that are about $100 cheaper than a pet store. We bought Hoggle at a pet store for $185 but our next one will be dopted off Craigslist for about $75.

    Then again… I am biased toward their adorableness…

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Fish are definitely no where near simple unless you consider buying new fish evry other month a solution becasue they will die if their habitat isn’t 100% good.  Having a proper tank is very expensive and most people keep fish in way too small environments than they should.  I hate when people say, fish are simple.  That cannot be further from the truth, they are quite possibly one of the hardest pets to take care of since each fish species has individual needs and it is very easy to contaminate a tank.  A goldfish in a bow is not a pet, it is animal cruelty since it cannot even breath.  IMO fish are more time consuming and expensive than cats.

    Please research the animal’s needs and proper caretaking before getting anything.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @simpleandchic: Tee Hee… I just saw this. Yay! Hoggle is famous too!

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @redherring:

    Sorry about your hamster.  I had an awesom hamster, who I played with all the time and he never bit me, so don’t just write them off.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Atalanta: That’s good to know. There are a lot of adorable hamster breeds – maybe I’ll try again and hopefully get one that’s less ferocious Smile

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