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Old 07-28-2004, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Ferret or Sugar Glider? And why I would or wouldnt want one..

Ive wanted a Ferret for about 5 years but was never able to really get one. Living in California holds me back quite a bit too. I just recently found out about Sugar Gliders and they seem awesome. I know the basics about both of them. Also is there anyway I could go about getting one without leaving the state? Someone on here said you could get ferrets from a pound

My mom says I cant have one so its going to take some sweet talking or something, no plans to move out on my own anytime soon ( Just turned 18 ). Now I know they both needs lots of attention. Also obviously the Sugar Glider is a lot smaller. I would want to take it with me around in my car and wherever else I might go too If I could. Now I know they are illegal but I have never heard of anyone having problems. It seems the Sugar Gliders need a lot more attention and are nocturnal also. Its something ive wanted for a while and im trying to get more serious about it.

So for those of you who have had either or maybe even both gimme your opinions please! Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:26 PM   #2
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If your mom says no, why not just wait?
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:29 PM   #3
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I don't wanna sound gay or nuthin', but that's ****ing cute as all hell.


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Old 07-28-2004, 03:31 PM   #4
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If you live at home and have no intentions of moving out anytime soon, and you're dependent upon your mother and father, you play by their rules. You'll get over it.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:32 PM   #5
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Dubbya Tee Eff is a sugar glider? Something similar to a ferret?
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:34 PM   #6
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Easy answer. Sugar Glider, hands down.

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Sugar glider males also have a feature unique to many other marsupials – they have a bifurcated penis. In other words, their penis has two shafts, and acts like two separate penises.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:36 PM   #7
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Dont wanna wait to get one because I dont plan on moving out anytime soon. We turned the attic into my room. Its a little hot here during the summer but im sure once its over it would be tolerable. Its just free rent and food sometimes...tis all I depend on them for.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:37 PM   #8
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Dubbya Tee Eff is a sugar glider? Something similar to a ferret?

As far as I know its basically a mini/smaller flying squirrel from Australia
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:40 PM   #9
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And free utilities... unless they charge you for water and electricity. AF, my point is that it's still their house. And if they say no, you shouldn't have a problem with it.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:42 PM   #10
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In all seriousness... I'm not trying to be rude, but it sounds like you're pretty young and inexperienced. Have you thought about getting a smaller and cheaper pet like a hampster or goldfish to try your hand at this whole pet thing? Thinking they "seem awesome" and really wanting one are worlds away from having the seriousness and dedication to care for another living thing.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:46 PM   #11
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And free utilities... unless they charge you for water and electricity. AF, my point is that it's still their house. And if they say no, you shouldn't have a problem with it.

Haha yea she said she was gonna charge rent when I turn 18. I dont even have a shower, bathroom, or sink right now though so it kinda sucks. House is being remodeled. Anywho if it helps we have a family dog. And I have probably gone through about 20-30 dogs in my lifetime including puppys. We had 4 at one time for about 3 years. We have had the same one for about 13 years here. Another for 10 but we had to put her down. All I can think of right now. I know its not the same but yea...
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:48 PM   #12
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I would not recommend either of these as pets, unless you're REALLY into animals.

These are the type of pets who will really tear some **** up. Both will like to climb and gnaw on anything and everything you have. What the claws do not damage, the teeth will, and then once that's done, they'll piss on it for you.

Ferrets also stink something fierce. Don't let anyone play that down, even the de-glanded ferrets smell god awful. They require a very regular cleaning schedule along with their entire living environment. They also need a very large pen/cage to keep them in.

Sugar gliders are simply not meant to be pets, much like squirrels, rabbits, etc. They don't care where they poop or pee and if I recall mark their "homes" with urine. They also need to file their teeth and claws with your belongings on a regular basis. You need to give them pretty much constant attention for the first few years with them to get them to really grow accustomed to you, otherwise they'll just be an animal you have caged up, and not a pet.
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Old 07-28-2004, 03:59 PM   #13
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I looked into sugar gliders one time, but never got one. They seem cute as hell! I think their diet might be a bit of a problem. They also eat meat along with fruit and veggies, so you have to feed them baby mice every so often along with some other weird stuff. I'm not saying they wouldn't be worth the extra trouble, but something to think about.
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:08 PM   #14
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AFSilverstar,
A sugar glider is an amazing animal and damn cute. The biggest problem you will have once you get one, is treatment should the animal so require. Finding a vet that would be able to care for the animal is hard enough. Paying for it once you do locate him, is completely another. Vet bills WILL be outrageous. (Trust me)
Same with Ferrets, but to a lesser extent (in some cases)
I have a ferret worth almost $4000 and that's only 1 of 4.

I'm not trying to discourage you, but PLEASE, research and be prepared.
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:24 PM   #15
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Sugar gliders are cool... but aside from everything else, I don't want another nocturnal animal.
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:43 PM   #16
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Sugar gliders are simply not meant to be pets, much like squirrels, rabbits, etc.


ok the squirrels thing i can agree with but rabbits make wonderful pets.

Anyway. sugar gliders require a lot of care. Do a little research. Start here. You have to give them the proper diet which is not as easy as it seems. The number one reason that we see sick sugar gliders at the animal hospital that i work at (we see a lot of exotics) is not enough calcium in the diet. They end up not being able to use their back legs and most people elect not to treat them. They get put to sleep all because someone didn't give enough of a crap to do a little research and take care of their animal.

They're also a little odd in displaying emotions- if they like you, they pee on you and bite you, if they don't like you, they crap on you and bite you. It's just how they are. get used to the idea.
If you end up getting one, find a qualified exotic animal veterinarian.
As soon as you buy it, take it to the vet within a day or so, because it's probably going to have at least one intestinal parasite, like giardia which is something that you can catch.
Then it needs to go to the vet once a year, just like a dog or cat. Every animal should see a qualified vet at least once a year, not just cats and dogs.

As far as ferrets go, they can have more personality and be more lovable, but are more high maintenance than gliders IMHO. As young as you are, i think a ferret is a bad idea unless you or your parents are willing to foot the bill for the $500 to $1000 worth of surgery that i can practically guarantee that it will need sometime during its life. ferrets are little cancer factories. You can read more about it here>>> www.miamiferret.org
They need a series of vaccines when they are young, then vaccinations annually, they need to be on heartworm prevention, and they need to be trained to use a litterbox and not to bite when they are young.

just a few things to consider.
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:46 PM   #17
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ok the squirrels thing i can agree with but rabbits make wonderful pets.
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Rabbits are only good pets if they have good owners. (Like most pets).
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:47 PM   #18
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My wife and I have a couple of Ferrets, and they are the best pets. Imagine a puppy, and how excited they always are, well a ferret is like that all the time. That is until they get tired and fall asleep.

Ferrets are a lot more fun, they are always bouncing off the walls.
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:53 PM   #19
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I had Sugar Gliders for a few years. I really enjoyed them but they took a lot of care. I had a maximum of 5 at one time. It was really difficult to keep enough calcium in their diet. I had to sprinkle a supplemental powder on their food. They do make a mess if you let them out very much. The poo is harmless, the pee is annoying but since they eat so much fruit, it really didn't smell bad. They need a large cage to be happy or have the run of the house. I had a great experience with mine, but a young person living with the parents is not likely to have the finances to properly care for one.

I vote dog or cat.
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Rabbits are only good pets if they have good owners. (Like most pets).
I should have qualified this and said they don't make good indoor pets.

Rabbits are the type of pet who if released from a cage to let them roam some, they will poop and pee wherever, and they will gnaw on anything convenient to them, furniture included.

I'm of the belief that keeping animals like this in a small cage all the time is just simply not right, and it's not proper care of the animal. Which is why I consider rabbits to be poor indoor pets.
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:31 PM   #21
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I kinda dropped our ferrit on him. I know I told him when I got it but I think everytime I told him (he was out of town) and had been drinking. He didn't like the idea at first but then he got home and he spends more time with her than he does with me. They are funny when they run into things. Ferrets do need love and care, as any animal. But most ferrets sleep alot, so it's good for the few hours your at work, you know they are probably just chillin in their cage sleeping. As for in the car, not a good idea without being in the proper cage they can get under the peddle or something. As for smelling, yeah they smell if you dont clean their cage out and give them a bath. They do have a liquid that you can put into their water bottle that will decrease the smell, which has been a great relief to everyone. Just remember they are expensive (i got mine free though) and all their toys and cages and food is too.


You're mom could cahrge you a pet fee haha
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Old 07-29-2004, 05:47 AM   #22
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Ferrets def seem to be the better of the 2. Or less maitenance?
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Old 07-29-2004, 06:34 AM   #23
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Get a ferret! They always want to play. Doesn't matter what time it is. Wake em up and they start jumping around in no time. Here's a pic of mine. Maybe it will help you make your decision

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Option number 3: Look into a prairie dog - I have read that they can be super friendly and a great companion, and they love to get big and fat (like a cat) and can just sort of lounge around. I have no personal experience with any of these animals, but am just relating what I have heard from others who do have the animals.
Do NOT get a prarie dog. They're not good pets, at least the ones I've come into contact with.
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I should have qualified this and said they don't make good indoor pets.

Rabbits are the type of pet who if released from a cage to let them roam some, they will poop and pee wherever, and they will gnaw on anything convenient to them, furniture included.

I'm of the belief that keeping animals like this in a small cage all the time is just simply not right, and it's not proper care of the animal. Which is why I consider rabbits to be poor indoor pets.
NO WAY!!!! my rabbit is an excellent indoor pet. she is litter box trained and has the run of my apartment, which by and large she does no damage to. a few nibbles here and there, but nothing noticable. I will give you that some rabbits will not be this good, but having a house rabbit can be one of the best pets to have, IMHO. <<<<check out the link to see how to do it right if you're interested in a rabbit.

oh and ditto on the P dog thing- you want to see destructive, you should see what one of those guys will do to a sofa. that and that whole monkey pox thing.
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