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Pet Tip of the Week:“Pocket Pets”

Bullet by Dawn Watson

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 A “pocket pet” is a type of animal usually small enough to fit into your pocket. Falling within this category are hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, sugar gliders, gerbils, prairie dogs, squirrels, hedgehogs and ferrets. 

Not all of the above-named animals are suited for captivity. Some will die within weeks if kept isolated or caged, some can transmit diseases to humans or other animals, and few can be trained to respond positively to humans. 

Some folks buy these little mammals as a form of amusement and, when they tire of them, neglect them or simply release them where they will be eaten by larger animals or suffer weather-related deaths. 

Please remember that these creatures feel hunger, thirst, heat, and cold. They are captive and hence, at the mercy of the humans that purchased them. If you own a pet, no matter how large or how small, take care of him as though his life depends on it—because it does! 

Next week’s topic will be your choice so send me an email with a topic you’d like to discuss! . As always Cleary’s notebook encourages dialogue so your comments are welcome! 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030

 Pictured: The author with Bullet Houdini Watson. Rest in Peace, Bully.

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