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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any non traditional pets that they love?

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Anyone have any non traditional pets that they love?
Chinchillas... Canaries... Fish...

But nothing like Mies van der Rohe the cat:

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You have chinchillas and canaries?
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All I know is that I'm glad our property has a "NO reptiles" policy. Some people take snakes out and give them freedom within the home and they can easily slink off somewhere else.

One night in-line at the pet store, I was behind some snake owners purchasing a mouse for their snake. The mouse was in a clear, plastic container and was kinda confused after being removed from it's warm, pine shavings filled cage.

The snake people were laughing and talking about how if the mouse was scared now, just think how scared it was gonna be when they got it home and put it in the tank with the snake; and how much fun it was gonna be to watch.

And I thought that in nature, at least the mouse gets a chance.

So it's hard for me to separate snake owners from people who go to dog fights. They get off on watching animals being frightened and killing and eating each other.
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You have chinchillas and canaries?
Growing up we had a dozen canaries. Then a beagle. When my parents moved into the dacha they kept the beagle and got a pet goat...

When my girls were young they had a pair of chinchillas; then I had a pretty nice aquarium. Then no pets for a while. Finally when DD1 got in grad school we got her Mies.
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I still have a pet rock! Don't eat,poop,or pee.

Never runs away but never comes when called.lives a long time.
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Do ticks, fleas, silverfish, and earwigs count?

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Chinchillas... Canaries... Fish...

But nothing like Mies van der Rohe the cat:

That is one fine looking cat.
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My niece has snakes - all non-venomous. I think some people just love animals of all descriptions. They have to be fed live crickets. She holds the crickets with tweezers and puts them into the tank. I don't personally love snakes but I don't dislike them for any reason. I don't think I agree that all snake owners are dog fight attendee types. I'm sure many are like my niece. She doesn't show glee to feed the crickets to her snakes, any more than you might if you had to clean your dogs teeth. It's just part of pet care that you do things you don't love doing because it's part of taking care of your pet, right?

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I'm not big on looking after pets so years ago I got a robot dog. Sadly the kids cat is scared of my little doggie so he lives in the cupboard in OFF mode for now.
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I used to keep betta fish. Kind of miss them but having 3 cats batting at the glass would be cruel and stressful for them.

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I was raised a country kid, if I could catch it I would try to make a pet of it. Had several pet raccoons, fun but destructive, a couple of possums (boring), a pet ground hog (also kind of boring). Had a pet flying squirrel, we were out spot lighting one night hunting with blow guns (yes, blow guns ordered from Field & Stream) and I shot at what I thought was a regular squirrel until it came out of the tree, I barely nicked it and was able to catch it and make a pet out of it. It never did get friendly though, wonder why.

I had a pet snapping turtle. As kids we were always playing in the swamp catching things, I reached down to see what the big hump was I stepped on and the damn thing took a chunk of skin out of my hand, luckily she didn't get a good bite. I took it home and kept it in a giant water trough we had for cattle, it loved to have it's necked scratched, it acted like a cat and would push up on all four legs and stick it's neck way out to be scratched.

Tried to make a pet out of a barn owl, took all day to catch that thing and after having it a couple days my dad made me let it go. Had a pet Sparrow hawk, that was cool but when I let it go it didn't come back.

My kids have had pet raccoons, pet wild turkey, pet chipmunks,(don't let them get loose in the house!), wild rabbits, and a pet red fox (is not like a dog at all).

We had a beaver walk out of the creek along our driveway and come into our garage, my daughter wanted to keep it and try to make a pet out of it but I wouldn't let her simple because I didn't want to have to build an enclosure for it!
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I do know that a sheer plethora of cheaters seem to acquire "crab lice" as "pets," but the strange thing is that they are almost always doing their damndest to get rid of the damned things by any means necessary upon having adopted them!

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One of my coworkers​ found a little turtle in his backyard lake. They took it as a pet but over the years it grew like crazy and they had to build a very expensive habitat in the basement the size of a car and cost as much too... They have a pair of dogs and a cat too.
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