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Offline Aich

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ethical problem with my pets D:
« on: November 22, 2011, 10:47:55 AM »
So I just need quick opinions on this.

My father has just offered me a potential deal where if I 'get rid of' (read: find a loving home for) my mice, I may be able to adopt a rabbit.

I have three mice and there is a neighbor down the street from us who quite likes them and who I believe would take good care of them IF her parents let her take them. She really adores them and honestly I think she'd appreciate them more than I do.

And I think that saving a rabbit and giving away the mice might be a good trade, ethically.

The mice aren't particularily bonded to me, and one of them is slightly cage aggressive while one used to be extremely skittish (although she's a bit better now).

I might go over there once a week or so to check on them, but I really do think she could do a good job.

Is it ethically okay for me to make this trade? What are your opinions on it?

-Aich

PS. The mice are less than a year old, so they probably have about a year or so left to go.

Offline jonahsmom

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Re: ethical problem with my pets D:
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 11:57:01 AM »
My first inclination is to tell you to stick with what you have.  Trading pets always seems like kind of a rotten thing to do, IMO.

But if you do go forward, you should think about the big picture.  I think rabbits can live up to 10 yrs so you need to be ready for that commitment.  Plus they eat a LOT more than mice and have to have timothy hay available at all times.  ALL TIMES.  Plus fruits and veggies every day in addition to their pelleted food. The food and hay alone will be very expensive and if you and your father aren't willing to make that kind of financial commitment I would NOT do it.  Also, timothy hay is something that people are commonly allergic to.  If you have seasonal allergies, allergies to certain grasses, athma, etc., you may not even want to consider it because you will have a hard time, physically, with that.  And they need a LOT LOT LOT more room than mice do and you would probably have to build them a cage as the store cages are way to small for any bunny.

If it were me, I would wait until your mice die off naturally and re-evaluate the situation.  You said they probably will live about a year?  I think you should wait it out.  It would be the more responsible thing to do.  It would give you more time to read up on their care, etc. and would make you a better bunny owner in the future as well. 

Offline Aich

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Re: ethical problem with my pets D:
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 12:32:02 PM »
I think you're right. It sounds like my dad might be allowing me to have both, so it may not be an issue. But what you said is what it seemed like to me, but you know those possible-new-pet crazies when you have to have it NOW... :P anyway, I'm not going to make the trade if it's offered to me (it's only a possibility right now). And you're right, I can definitely wait it out.

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 12:36:45 PM »
I agree with jonahsmom. Honestly, persuading you to get rid of some of your current pets with the promise of another is pretty slimy (no offense to your father).

And I think continued research about rabbits (for months or more) is a good thing. I want a bearded dragon at some point, for example, but I'm waiting until I get a house and my fish eventually die to get one (I've got a pleco that'll probably live ten years too, and a betta that'll live 6-8 potentially with proper care). In the meantime, I get to do research and figure out if it's the pet for me. But that's fun, and waiting until you can do things responsibly and be as prepared as possible, as well as take into consideration your current pets, is the right thing to do.
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Offline jonahsmom

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Re: ethical problem with my pets D:
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 12:38:58 PM »
I think you're right. It sounds like my dad might be allowing me to have both, so it may not be an issue. But what you said is what it seemed like to me, but you know those possible-new-pet crazies when you have to have it NOW... :P anyway, I'm not going to make the trade if it's offered to me (it's only a possibility right now). And you're right, I can definitely wait it out.

I totally understand the new pet crazies.  Dying to get ferrets again (had them about 12 yrs ago) but we've decided we're waiting until the ratties are gone.  That'll hopefully be another 2-3 years (our newest are only a couple months old).  We love the rats, but their lives are so short... :(

Offline Aich

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Re: ethical problem with my pets D:
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011, 12:42:22 PM »
Yes, I think you're definitely right that it is a little slimy, now that you mention it. :( he really doesn't like the mice because they smell, but they're my little family members and I'd hate to see them go!

You're also right about continued research. I tend to jump into things a bit fast. However, I do know a fair amount about petkeeping in general, and I (think!) I know at least the basics of rabbitry. (Actually, I'm working my way through a couple books from the library about rabbits.) I will assure you that I continue to do research whenever I want to do something new with my pets, feed them a new food, etc. I take pride in being pretty responsible in that way. That said, the research shall continue!

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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2011, 12:53:14 PM »
I'd take those books with a grain of salt unless you know for sure that they are accurate. Books (unlike the internet) can't be updated instantly to reflect newer information. I'd stick to the internet, or find books that are recommended by knowledgeable sites on the internet (again, make sure the site you're going to has accurate and consistent information).
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2011, 01:18:50 PM »
I definitely take books with a grain of salt, some of the rat books I've read have been just awful! But I do think they're often okay with the basics, and if there's something that seems fishy to me, I check it out on the internet to make sure. :)

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Re: ethical problem with my pets D:
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011, 01:37:40 AM »
Che k out sites like binky bunny or rabbits online.  Also it's best to have two buns. They like to have friends like rats and Guinea pigs.