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Old 01-15-2013, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so i have a hedgehog named monte but i also want a ferret. my dad told me that i can only get one if i get rid of my hedgehog. i love my hedgehog but i really want a ferret and i was at a pet store today playing with the ferrets and i want one SO BAD!!! i love my hedgehog but i have had him for almost a year now and he isnt very fun he never wants to play with any of the toys i get or play with me. he also does anything but make ALOT of noise at night and keep me awake all night long. my dad said that if i do get rid of monte to get a ferret i have to pay for everything. which is fine with me because im trying to get a job but they havent called back. please help me. i mean just playing with a ferret for 20 mins. is way more entertaining than a whole week with a hedgehog cuz literally my hedgehog does nothing. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't mean to be rude....but why did you get a hedgehog in the first place? I'm honestly curious, because they are not social animals that "play".

In my opinion it sounds to me that just as much as you feel that you have been shortchanged by the interaction or lack there of, your hedgie has also been shortchanged.

Again, please don't mistake my response for rudeness, it just sounds to me like you need to also think of what is best for your hedgehog. And if that means finding another owner who actually wants a hedgie, then so be it. That then "frees you up" to get whatever other pet you want.

I guess my advice is, think of what is best for your current pet. They are not just toys to be changed out whenever you get bored.

I apologize for my bluntness, but not my message.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In just my own feelings I would say you already made up your mind and would
rather have the ferret.
If you do rehome the hedgie please send the new owners to this site so they can learn
about things they may not already know.
Oh and if you get a ferret-watch your toes
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just please make sure your hedgie goes to a good home that knows what they are getting into and what is required to take proper care of him, don't let Monte go to just anyone because you want to hurry to get rid of him. It will be quick and easy to find a ferret when you are ready, your priority right now is what is best for little Monte since his life and well-being are in your hands.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Help you? With all due respect it seems that Monte is the one who needs help. Please see that he gets a home with someone who will love him and give him the best care humanly possible for the rest of his life. He deserves nothing less. Then you can do the same for your new ferret. The best of luck to you and definitely the best of luck to little Monte.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You seem pretty rude about your hedgehog... Did you not do any research before getting him?
Hedgehogs are like that and take a lot of patience and effort... They're not ferrets or dogs. :c

But if you decide to get a ferret, do your research on them. Don't want a ferret having to be rehomed because it bit you or was using the bathroom too much in your house.
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And make sure you find a good home for Monte. Don't just throw a picture of him on Craigslist. I know he wasn't fun with you and lost his novelty in your eyes, but he's still a hedgehog who deserves someone who can care for him.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you are saying goodbye to your hedgie,
at least find him a GREAT home with knowledgeable people (like on this site!). You can post it under "rescue"
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like others have said why did you get a hedgehog in the first place? Did you even do research on hedgehogs? In my honestly opinion you sound like my old neighbors when they get a pet and get bored with it they want to get rid of it and get something else. If you do re home your hedgehog make sure he finds a good home. And like others have said do you research on a ferret before you get one. I don't want to see a ad on craigslist about a ferret cause you got bored of it or got bit.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm not sure why you say you "can't decide". You've already decided you just want someone to tell you that it's ok. But it's not. Yes, you should rehome Monte, but not because you have a case of "the wants". You should rehome him because he deserves a home with people that understand hedgehogs and will love him for who he is. I also think that if you can so quickly discard this pet that you should consider the fact that you're not ready to own a pet and that you need to take some time to think about what you really want instead of just getting something because it seems "cute" or "fun" at the time. I waited and waited and waited to get my hedgehog because my boyfriend thought that I just had the case of "the wants" but then he realized that I really was in love with hedgehogs and wanted one for the companionship, even though that companionship is just her sitting wrapped in a blanket while I watch TV.

Do your research before getting another pet. It seems like you're not ready for any kind of pet right now.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This is an excellent example of how a hedgehog can be a "novelty pet" to anyone who doesn't properly research before getting one, or to children. Personally, I don't sell hedgehogs intended for children unless the parent is also interested in the hedgehog personally, and willing to take on the responsibility regardless of whether the kid(s) lose interest.

To the OP: you shouldn't have a hedgehog if you are not interested and are not handling and socializing it properly. But you also shouldn't have a ferret. Animals are NOT disposable, and until you stop thinking about them in that way, you should not have any pets. Period.

If you choose to get rid of your hedgehog and get a ferret, which seems likely, PLEASE make sure your hedgehog goes to a good home. To someone who is properly informed, and willing to take on the responsibility for the entirely of the hedgehog's life. Also, PLEASE do your research about ferrets, or you'll end up in the exact same position because it's not what you expected. Also, you'll need more than one ferret. They're like rats - they need to be in pairs, they need a constant companion and playmate or it's not healthy for them.

You can't idealize an animal and then be disappointed when it doesn't turn out to be what you want. That's not fair to the animal. It isn't Monte's fault that he "isn't fun" or "doesn't play". He's a hedgehog. They are NOT social animals - "playing" just isn't something they do. And yet there are thousands of people out there, and hundreds on this forum, that love and respect hedgehogs for what they ARE, instead of pouting about what they are not. If you had taken the time to research a hedgehog before getting one, you would have known this. Now, because you didn't bother, Monte's future is uncertain, after a year that, I assume, didn't include very much handling, and probably not very good care.

So yes, please rehome him, and hopefully he'll be better off. But please don't get another pet until you're ready to accept the full responsibility. For the entirety of that animal's life, not just until you get "bored".
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