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Old 06-24-2010, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is from an ad a pet store in my city is running:

"Hedgehogs are peaceful and humorous by nature, and readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule.

Unlike hamsters, Guinea Pigs and other small rodents, pet hedgehogs do not give off any appreciable odor and they are easily litter trained."

It just makes me so sad how many people are going to impulsively buy these little guys thinking they're suitable to any lifestyle and schedule... and assume they're all easy to litter train! At least they don't say they're great pets for kids, but still... sigh. It just makes me sad and I wanted to share with people who actually understand.
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Wow. Are THEY ever grossly misinformed. Hedgehogs can stink horribly sometimes, and they certainly aren't easy to litter train.

Let me guess, this was a PetSmart, right?
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Wow. Are THEY ever grossly misinformed. Hedgehogs can stink horribly sometimes, and they certainly aren't easy to litter train.

Let me guess, this was a PetSmart, right?
Somewhere called Ruffins? I've never actually been, it's a bit outside the city. I don't think I'll ever go now... poor things.
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You should probably print off a fact sheet and march into the store and educate the manager x:
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The manager would probably just get huffy with you and kick you out of the store, if the pet store owner really cared, then he would have worded the ad differently, not claimed they don't stink or can easily be litter trained, I'm actually suprised he'd print the litter training part, because you'd think people would complain after a couple of weeks of being unable to get them to use the litter. Even so, I'd probably still go hand him a sheet, then go stand outside his store and hand fact sheets to people.

Sad world we live in, anything for a buck, even the health and life of a pet.
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That is just awful. It really is a sad, sad world.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And you would think pet stores would actually want to be EDUCATED about the aniamals they sell....
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This is from an ad a pet store in my city is running:

"Hedgehogs are peaceful and humorous by nature, and readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule.

Unlike hamsters, Guinea Pigs and other small rodents, pet hedgehogs do not give off any appreciable odor and they are easily litter trained."

It just makes me so sad how many people are going to impulsively buy these little guys thinking they're suitable to any lifestyle and schedule... and assume they're all easy to litter train! At least they don't say they're great pets for kids, but still... sigh. It just makes me sad and I wanted to share with people who actually understand.
Those quotes come directly from the IHA website so you can't blame the petstore for being misled. They've obviously tried to get it right. http://hedgehogclub.com/introduction.html
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This is from an ad a pet store in my city is running:

"Hedgehogs are peaceful and humorous by nature, and readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule.

Unlike hamsters, Guinea Pigs and other small rodents, pet hedgehogs do not give off any appreciable odor and they are easily litter trained."

It just makes me so sad how many people are going to impulsively buy these little guys thinking they're suitable to any lifestyle and schedule... and assume they're all easy to litter train! At least they don't say they're great pets for kids, but still... sigh. It just makes me sad and I wanted to share with people who actually understand.
Those quotes come directly from the IHA website so you can't blame the petstore for being misled. They've obviously tried to get it right. http://hedgehogclub.com/introduction.html
Really? Well, then I don't blame them quite so much, but... well, doesn't that just seem... wrong? I mean, obviously not to someone who doesn't know any better, but shouldn't the IHA know better? I'm a bit disappointed, honestly.
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This is from an ad a pet store in my city is running:

"Hedgehogs are peaceful and humorous by nature, and readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule.

Unlike hamsters, Guinea Pigs and other small rodents, pet hedgehogs do not give off any appreciable odor and they are easily litter trained."

It just makes me so sad how many people are going to impulsively buy these little guys thinking they're suitable to any lifestyle and schedule... and assume they're all easy to litter train! At least they don't say they're great pets for kids, but still... sigh. It just makes me sad and I wanted to share with people who actually understand.
Those quotes come directly from the IHA website so you can't blame the petstore for being misled. They've obviously tried to get it right. http://hedgehogclub.com/introduction.html
Really? Well, then I don't blame them quite so much, but... well, doesn't that just seem... wrong? I mean, obviously not to someone who doesn't know any better, but shouldn't the IHA know better? I'm a bit disappointed, honestly.
Yes, the IHA should know better and should update their information. I complained about some of what was written way back in 04 when I was first breeding and many of my customers had all this misleading information that they'd got from the IHA site. I know over the years many people including breeders as well as owners have complained but nothing ever changes. What particularly bothers me is the statement...
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Your pet should be kept indoors at normal room temperature (65 to 80oF)
This leads people to believe they are all fine at 65 degrees when in fact it is a very rare hedgehog that can tolerate 65.
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