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Meercats?

Discussion in 'Small Animal Chat' started by Wigglewoo, May 25, 2010.


  1. Wigglewoo

    Wigglewoo PetForums Junior

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    Hi All,

    I just read an interesting story about Meercat sales and I just wondered what your opinions were on having them as pets?

    I personally don't think its fair, but I just wondered what other peoples veiws are?!


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  2. mee

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    Why is it not fair?
     
  3. Waterlily

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    I think they belong in the wild or a suitable habitat as close to natural as possible and as large as possible. They are a wild animal with family systems thats where they belong imo :)
     
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    So what about every other pet?? they all started in the wild why is some ok to have as pets and some not?
     
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    I suppose it would be fair if the owner was very experienced with what meerkats require in the way of management & also had a sizeable chunk of nature reserve in a suitable climate to reenact their natural habitat:)
     
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    yeah mate my opinion ok feel free to express yours but I dont have to justify mine ;)
     
  7. mee

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    So do i take it your against reptiles and all other exotics being kept as pets?
     
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    because the animals we keep as pets are species that have been selected for their suitability as companion animals
     
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    I think reps are beautiful, but I personally do not keep them as I don't have the relevant experience/time/space/money to own them
     
  10. Waterlily

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    If you actually read what both me and SS wrote we said if it had the right habitat to live in, not that they shouldnt be. In most cases they should not be cos some peeps just can not look after them the correct way. Some people prolly can and thats ok, but overall they belong in the wild.
     
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    But most animals kept as pets are not kept in habitats even slightly similar to what they would have in the wild and never the same amount of space plus most in the wild would have little or no human contact
     
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    yes very true :)
     
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    And they can still live full happy lives.Im sure you have pets so you will know they see you as their family
     
  14. simplysardonic

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    I myself keep rats, I & none of the other people who keep rats now, domesticated them personally, it happened a long time ago & there have been gradual, subtle changes in subsequent generations of Rattus norvegicus in its domesticated state (I take the time to read as much literature on their behaviour as I can) that include the survival and ability to breed of individuals that are predisposed to coping with living in a domestic environment.
    That was a long sentence
     
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    I have rats, cats and rabbits all which have been domesticated for years and all which are very happy in there current home. None of them are anywhere near there wild ancesters in behaviour or needs.
     
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    I know they and many other species have been domesticated for a long time and thrive well but my point is that they all have to start from the wild originally and take time to establish there so personally dont see why it is any different if its a mouse or a meerkat.With all of them some have to suffer in the beginning until they are "domesticated"
     
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    I have a few different african species which really do not belong here and are only maybe as little as 1 or 2 generations off wild caught yet are still happy and make good pets.They all start off the same way
     
  18. Starlite

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    yep, canis lupus familiaris and felis have been domesticated beside humans for thousands of years resulting in what we have today.

    Ive never really classed reptiles as "pets" persay as they are not domesticated and are not naturally suited to living alongside humans in a household like cats and dogs.

    As for meerkats they are wild animals and i do not believe it is in the animals best interests to keep them as pets the way we do other animals, which should be the main priority when giving a home to any animal :)

    this is simply another fashion which will be picked up by people who wont think it through :mad:
     
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  19. simplysardonic

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    this is true, but I do think some species are more suited to domestication than others, I think even after many generations some species will still not be what we would class as 'domesticated' & will still require specialist housing & handling. Also we are supposedly a more enlightened society now I think it would upset a lot of people if animals were deemed to suffer in the cause of new & ever more exotic pets
    Gosh my brain is somewhat stuck in coursework right now
     
  20. CarolineH

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    Anyone who truly cared about these animals would not be breeding them for the pet trade! They should only be available to people who are prepared to keep a proper group in a purpose built enclosure that is more than large enough for their needs and who is prepared to keep them out of interest rather than as pets or a money making scheme! Few people can afford the time, space or money to make that happen for Meerkats and those that can will go to a Zoo for surplus stock and not pay the huge prices demanded by pet shops! :rolleyes:

    There are NO excuses! I do not care how much info the breeders give - they have no business selling these wild creatures to pet homes unless they are prepared to have strict critera like that I set out in my 3rd sentence. These animals should not be in a pet shop on sale - no way!:mad:


    With reptiles, a suitable environment is pretty simple to replicate, with animals like Meerkats, it is not. Meerkats can also bite you down to the bone in a flash and have no inhibition about doing so. :eek6:

    Some animals are just not suitable as pets and these dorks who are buying them simply because of the Compare the Market adverts are brain dead and gormless and do not have the animals best interests at heart. I personally believe that once a few people have been savagley bitten, the 'market' for Meerkats will cease to be and rescues will have to pick up the pieces as usual.:mad:
     
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