It instead teaches cruelty and disregard for life, as well as indicates your own need to be taught a lesson in responsibility.

This article is otherwise known as: Fish and Children

I thought this picture, however, should be passed around as it is the most confusing and awful thing I see in how modern society treats small animals.

This will talk about the role of children in the lives of small and large pets and how modern society treats small pets as opposed to small pets, as well as the consequences therein. Most of this is under the cut.

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What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)

This is a companion piece to this post, which focuses on small mammals.

Once again we have companies telling people that their cages are large enough, that the animals only need a little space, or that their cages are “large”. The boxes boast about the products being spacious and large enough to house “happy” animals. This is a flat out lie. The majority of commercial cages are completely inappropriate for what they are made for. And it’s so hard to convince people otherwise because it says right on the box that it’s big enough. And you see it in the media, too. Mice in tiny cages, rats in tiny cages, etc. It’s all fed to us since we were little. And so people grow up with these preconceived notions that animals can live in cages that size. They keep them in the small cage, their friends keep them in the small cage, the animal lives and dies in the small cage. And then you congratulate yourself on a job well done and repeat the process.

All animals need a certain amount of space to be happy. This is especially true for mammals, who are generally social and high energy. A mouse will run between 1-6 miles a day on their wheel. Now tell me that tiny cage is big enough to satisfy their urge to roam.

If we are to keep these animals in captivity their well-being should be our first concern. If you cannot afford a cage that big, you cannot afford the animal. If you do not have space for a cage that big, you do not have space for the animal. If you cannot devote the time to letting them out every day, you do not have the time for the animal. Do NOT get the animal unless you can actually care for it. Not just give it the care the BOX tells you to give it but ACTUALLY care for them.

Mammals kept in cages that are too small tend to give off signs of their cruel confinement. These unnatural behaviors are indicative of (though not soley caused by) an unsatisfactory environment.

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined ferrets:

  • Pacing
  • Aggression to you (lunging and biting)
  • Constant and intense escape attempts
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness" (really depression or lethargy)

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rats:

  • Biting the bars of the cage
  • Cage aggression
  • Aggression to other rats
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness"
  • Pacing
  • Walking in circles

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined chinchillas:

  • Obesity
  • Chewing the cage bars
  • "Laziness" (especially at night when they should be active)
  • Pacing/repetitive behavior
  • "Barbering" another chinchillas fur. (pulling the hair out)

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined mice:

  • "Chasing" their tail (walking in a tight circle)
  • Chewing the cage bars
  • Aggression to other mice
  • Backflips in place
  • Pacing
  • Obesity
  • "Laziness"

Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hedgehogs:

  • Obesity (the biggest sign)
  • "Laziness"
  • Aggression
  • Pacing
  • Repetitive behavior

And to repeat the other article I wrote about this:

And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a mouse in a cage that size and it was fine.”

Stop.

You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen mice in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen ferrets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a rat who is happy.

Not only that but you are not qualified to make decisions about an animals mental health unless you yourself have researched their body language and spent time (not years, but at least enough time to be well-learned) studying it to understand it competently and be able to accurately interpret it.

Because I can tell you literally every single person who has come into work and seen a mouse or hamster doing backflips starts LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY because they think the mouse/hamster is playing.

That means adults, young adults, teenagers, kids, EVERYONE thought it was a happy little animal jumping for joy when in actuality it was an animal so confined that it was literally going insane.

Mice need to burrow, climb, forage, run, and play. Chinchillas need to jump, run, forage, and play. Rats need a LOT of play. Ferrets need EVEN MORE. These animals are more complex than you think, and that “starter kit” you just bought at the pet store is not going to cut it. So please, if you find yourself in a situation where you already have one of these animals or plan on getting one, give these sites a good read. (note: even some of these sites do not give out proper cage size information! It just goes to show how common of a problem it is)

Ferrets: X X X X

Rats: X X X X X

Chinchillas: X X X 

Mice: X X X X

Hedgehogs: X X X

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I think I see this a lot. There’s a lot of complaining about the conditions that bettas are kept in and talk of rescue fish. The thing is? You can only make a difference if you try to make a difference.

Just make sure you:

  1. Talk to a manager. I’ve found speaking to employees does nothing but make them uncomfortable. It’s not something that is usually under their control.
  2. Be sure to express your concern, but DON’T BE A JERK.
  3. Be sure to explain why the conditions are wrong (overfeeding, not enough cleaning, a disease, etc.) in a gentle way. Many people don’t know betta care and may not understand what is wrong.
  4. Don’t buy the fish. Seriously. If the fish is sick enough that you feel the store will be unable to keep it alive, you can often convince a manager to allow you to take it home for free. It’s not truly a rescue if you pay for the fish and encourage bad care.

Good luck! :)

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Rabbit emergency!

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No name bunny begging for food after his bath. :) *For everyone giving me advice on bathing rabbits. I’m well aware rabbits cannot be in water. I was given advice by a qualified vet to wipe them down with a warm, wet cloth.They were so dirty their wounds were on the verge of infection. I would never put a rabbit in water. Thanks for your concern but please ask before assuming. The rabbits are all fine.*

I mainly focus on rescuing rats but these rabbits were in a seriously dangerous situation.Please share this post so others can see it. To view my website click here

 Today, August 27, I encountered a serious problem. As I was visiting family outside of the city I decided to go along to a vet trip for their dog. I wanted to see how their vet was and the differences between the vets I have been to. While sitting in the waiting room a very angry woman walked into the vet clinic. She had a small crate, I was thinking she had a small cat or kitten in the crate. She then started yelling and swearing at the receptionist saying she had issues with her three rabbits.

  She said when she adopted them she thought they were all males but they were not. She was furious and saying she did not want a litter of rabbits and she could not deal with the rabbits any longer. She said she couldn’t find them a home. Neutering and spaying rabbits is VERY expensive, this woman obviously did not want to pay for the animals she carelessly bought. She continued to say one was sick, and was attacked by one of the other rabbits. All of this went on for about 15 minutes. The receptionist offered the best advice she could but the woman refused to listen to anything. 

  The woman then said something very disturbing which is the reason why these rabbits are now with me. She told the receptionist if they won’t take them and rehome them ( most vet clinics will not do this) she wants them euthanized. The receptionist then explained that they will not do that and they unfortunately cannot rehome her animals and she will have to take them to some sort of shelter. The woman grabbed the carrier viciously and told the receptionist she didn’t need her help and she will just let them go in the woods. She quickly walked out the door and I followed her and asked if I could take them. She agreed and I now have three beautiful rabbits. 

  I rushed home as soon as I got them and found out they are infact all male. If you research male rabbits you will find tons of information about raging hormones. These boys need to be neutered. One of the boys has been bitten a few times and seems to have a respiratory illness. As soon as I let them out of the tiny crate they did start fighting. Rabbit fights can be very brutal and even deadly. They were also very dirty and in very poor condition, they were not fed properly at all. As I already have a rabbit of my own I had to modify his large C&C cage to fit 3 rabbits, and my rabbit is living in a regular rabbit cage at the moment. This is not ideal but it will do for now.

  The problem is I cannot afford the proper vet care they need. I only took them in because their lives were at risk and at least they will be safe with me until I can come up with the money. On top of their vet bills they also need basic accessories like proper cages, food, toys and accessories. Rabbit care is very expensive and I already have quite a few rats that are getting medical attention that is also expensive. Just the care for these rabbits alone will cost me over $1000.00. 

  I would like to take them to the vet I take my rabbit ( and past rescue rabbit) to. I want to make sure they will get great care. The exam for one rabbit will be $85.00 + tax, and the neuter will be $298.00 + tax. This is not including any pain medication, or the medical care for the sick rabbit. I may even find out the other two have other problems as well. Over all without tax or medication their neuter will be $1,149.00 for all three of them. The donation goal is $1600.00 because I believe that should cover their neuters with the tax and medication added.

  These rabbits were terrified and are already warming up to me, but they are not very friendly. I can see why she couldn’t find a home for them, but I am willing to do everything I can to make them loving comfortable pets. If I can raise enough money to get them the medical care they need I will keep all three of them as my own, unless I find a loving forever home once they are healthy and friendly. Rabbits are very sensitive animals, they have been through enough fear and stress, I do not want to have to rehome them again anytime soon.

If you can donate anything please do. You can send your donation to haiirokokoro@hotmail.com via paypal. Every little bit helps, thank you for reading their story. :)

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