I have prairie dogs and have had them for years. I rehab and got my first one from the humane society. He was a total sweetheart for months until he went into rut. He was SOOOO mean. Bit me 2 times, once hitting a vein, then another time that almost needed stiches. Every book I have read on them recommends neutering them. I had him neutered asap and he returned to his adorable lil' puff ball self within weeks. My recs, if you have an unneutered male, get him fixed. Otherwise you will never know when he is in rut and may attack. There is a good book called, "Bringing a prairie dog pup into your home". I think you can find it at Brisky pet products web site.
As for them being one person pets, I have to totally agree. Mine chatter demonically through the cage when any visitors come over.
I've also read the ban on Monkey pox was lifted in 2008. As for diseases, mine have never carried any diseases that could be passed on to another critter.
All in all, I LOVE my dawgs. Oh and there is a website called Prairie Dog Lover's Burrow that is ok. Not very active but the website itself has some useful info.
I would definitely make sure your landlord knows you are taking in such an exotic animal as well. He/She may not know much about them and might be upset if you take them in without their knowledge
I don't think they're difficult to care for. Mine is eating rabbit pellets and hay, and the various lab block thrown in here and there. He gets wood to chew just like the chins, and that's really all there is to it. Mine seems to be doing fine, and I'm not doing anything special in terms of care or anything. Seems simple enough.Would you say that they're a difficult animal to take care of? I only have my 1 chin so I'll have time for more pets but I want to be able to give them (it's 2 bonded male PD's) a furever home if I do decide to take them. I e-mailed the owner to see if I can come by and check them out since I've never seen them in person, I'm very curious!! Here is a video the owner made of his little cuties![/SIZE][/FONT]
The run he was put in was an empty run (we have about five 3-hole runs that sit empty all the time). There were no chins in that run.Riven said:Why would you put an animal obviously known to carry diseases in runs with your chins?
No, his fur is just darker (on both sides) in the cheek area, like in that "line" you see.BooBoo*TheKiddo* said:In the 3rd picture, (the one beside the picture of the cage), does the one on the bottom have a cut on its face?
He doesn't so much like to be held, but I'll put him in an enclosed area and he'll walk around and climb up on my lap and he does like to be scratched. Just not so much held. The long claws do scrape, but it's like anything, if you're careful you don't get scraped. He doesn't intentionally dig in or anything.Laurie said:Grey, that little guy is cute as heck! Are they social--do they like to be held and pet? He seems to have very long nails and I wonder about getting scratched by them.
Okay, that's reassuring, I could've sworn there was a chin right there...
That sums up my experience with them. Not big fans of being moved around, but they do enjoy some quality scratches.He doesn't so much like to be held, but I'll put him in an enclosed area and he'll walk around and climb up on my lap and he does like to be scratched. Just not so much held. The long claws do scrape, but it's like anything, if you're careful you don't get scraped. He doesn't intentionally dig in or anything.
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