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Discussion in 'Forum Technical Help and Issues' started by the dog, Aug 21, 2009.


  1. kayz

    kayz PetForums VIP

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    I love Meerkats and so does my OH. But would never ever have one as a pet. They should be out having fun in Africa.
     
  2. ok my tuppeneth here......

    We kept meerkats at college

    They had a massive outside area, including it all being concreted underneat to stop them escaping, a massive run system built in, areas for digging outside, heated indoor enclosures, environmental enrichment and a social system.

    Meerkats whether bred in captivity or not are wild animals, they are not domesticated pets. They can and do bit, and bite hard. The guys at college were able to bite through leather gauntlets when the mood took them.

    They require a fairly specialist diet, something not always considered.

    We had a rescue girl at college, who was hand tame. However her canine teeth had been ripped out by her "breeder" to make her safer as a pet! She had been removed from her mother at a few days old to be handreared and ensure she was able to be handled. These "breeders" do it just for the money. To me that doesnt sound like a good pet, it sounds like animal cruelty.

    For the record DOG i am not calling you cruel, but in most of the cases, the pet meerkats that come from this trade have been cruely treated, even if its just removing them from their parents at a few days old.
     
  3. My college is thinking of getting Meerkats - but as you say, they will have a big outdoor (and indoor) area, and all the other requirements that they need. They will not be kept as pets.
     
  4. taramasalata

    taramasalata PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all,
    I have pet meerkats I love dearly and look after very well. I have to say meerkats do NOT make good pets, but you can see how mine are doing and what it's like to live with meerkats on Jack and Mila, Meerkats in the House!
    Laura
     
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    tashi PetForums VIP

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    Having just read this thread I am dismayed at the negativity shown to a new member of the forum, please give this person a chance :cursing:
     
  6. rottiesloveragdolls

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    That it Jules You Tell Um ;) Jumping again :D :D
     
  7. I'm not having a go at the OP - i stated so in my last message...

    HOWEVER

    I will not be seen to support a trade in wild animals that is only cruel and abusive for the animals concerned. The fact that they (the breeder, not the OP) have not broken any laws does not make it right!

    I also feel its only fair for anyone else coming across this thread to know exactly how these animals are bred. The only way to stop the practices is by educating the general public, so that they dont buy. Education through whatever media is available, and this forum is a relatively big platform for education.

    If we are unable to post our opinions or any facts on the pet trade, then this ceases to be an open forum.
     
  8. DevilDogz

    DevilDogz Guest

    I dont think it should be about if there a new member or not..Its about giving your views on what is being said ;) surely! ? no matter if there a new/old member!

    I think most people on this thread is talking complete sense and i for one agree with them..There wild animals and that is where they should stay, not be bred as pets!. :cursing:
     
  9. Rraa

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    may I add my ha'pennyworth? (I will anyway ;))

    Hello Dog and welcome to the forum - nice of you to tell us about your meerkat. Now that you have asked everyone for their opinions, we can see that there is a large group of people whose opinion is that they would prefer not to own such a creature even though it is a very cute one.:)

    I do like meerkats per se but would not choose to own one, for many reasons
    1. I do not feel I know enough about them to be confident of providing a good home for one
    2. I believe that it is, essentially, a wild animal who would do better living with other meerkats
    3. I also believe that in order to own a meerkat, I would have to be persuaded that
    a) my vet knows how to help me/advise me about its wellbeing and potential ailments and cures for them
    b) my knowledge about its requirements, dietary needs, social habits, breeding etc is much more sound than it is currently
    c) that I can devote the time, energy and resources - financial, and material - to its needs.
    d) - added - should be first in terms of importance but here it is - I need to be certain that NO cruelty was involved in providing a pet that I may consider sharing a home with ...

    Anyway, you have a sweet little meerkat - please tell us more about him and what he likes to do for fun/playtime etc. At what age do they reach adulthood?

    What did your vet say when you told her/him that you have a meerkat? Do they need to have any regular injections (like cats do)?
     
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  10. noushka05

    noushka05 Unicorn denier. Snowflake. Activist ;)

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    i cant help the way i feel about keeping meerkats as pets i know all to well of the suffering that goes on in the exotic pet trade & i think forums like this are a great place of making people aware of that fact. People who buy them are just creating a demand sadly i dont think that advert has done the little animal any favours.
     
  11. taramasalata

    taramasalata PetForums Newbie

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    That's terrible, I can't believe someone took her teeth out! How incredibly sad for her! Females depend on their teeth to defend their families (my female uses them to defend against the postman, unfortunately), it must be very confusing for her. Meerkat's aren't domesticated, you should not keep them unless you are aware that they will do their own meerkatty thing and sometimes bite you. Hard. That's the price you pay for the joy of being around them. Jack, my male, has on occasion bitten clean through my hand just because he was a bit grumpy. He has a right to, it's the way they socialise. That's what I think anyway. (Doesn't mean I won't shut him in the bathroom for 5 minutes to show him who's in charge of the pack around here, but I would NEVER consider taking his teeth out!!)

    People can be really horrible to their animals :-(
     
  12. faith

    faith PetForums Newbie

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    heya hun and welcome to the forum. im new too.

    i dont think is terrible to keep them at all as long as you can provie for them what they need. i had a marmoset monkey myself.
    if i were you id build a large outdoor enclosure for her so she can play out in the sunshine when she wants to without the panic of her running away.
    also please remembr she is a meerkat not a dog and should be kept as a meerkat :) dont wanna confuse the poor girl. id also get her a friend coz meerkats are definatly group animals that id assume would get really nervous as an adult without a friend of its own kind (only going on what ive seen from their behavious on tv and zoos ect)

    one thing i will say is dont assume your qualified to say whats what just because you own one..
    ive had dogs my whole life but i would never say i know everything about them because i still learn something new everyday. you can never know anything and it doesnt hurt to listen to other peoples advise and take it aboard.

    other than that, congrats on your baby and hope youll post us some piccies xx
     
  13. lauren001

    lauren001 PetForums VIP

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    Dogs, as I have recently found out can be fairly solitary in the wild and only get into packs when food is scarce and hence they find it better to hunt in a pack as it is mutually beneficial, cats are also fairly solitary and independent so neither of those animals need to be in a large social hierarchy, they are perfectly happy being in a small group, so are suited to living with one or more humans.
    However from what I know of Meerkats they have a very complex and incredibly social, inter-dependant large family circle, they are never solitary and if they are turfed out for any reason are incredibly miserable and go searching to be accepted elsewhere. They have huge home territories of about 4 square miles and go foraging daily in large sorties, for all sorts of food, often digging it out. They can dig their burrows up to eight feet deep.
    I think they are very cute and cuddly and no doubt are lovely when young but I feel that their true intelligence, instincts and frustration at being kept in less than a natural environment may become more apparent as they age.

    I therefore feel that Meerkats need companionship of other Meerkats in more suitable surroundings than could be produced in a family home in order to make them truly happy.

    JMO
     
  14. taramasalata

    taramasalata PetForums Newbie

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    You're certainly right in that it would be very cruel to ever leave a meerkat alone. I've heard of some who are quite independent but usually they have to have another meerkat (or person if tame) near at a minimum.

    One of the methods by which the alpha female asserts her dominance is randomly kicking other females out of the burrow - the rejected girl becomes so stressed and unhappy that she's unable to conceive. They live in a very high-stress environment as it turns out.

    They certainly dig and you need to provide them digging places. Which won't stop them digging up your wallpaper, too. Jack once dug through a plaster wall in my house when I wasn't looking. I was alerted when he appeared looking very smug and covered in white powder. You can't be cross, it's just them.

    I've put a photo of Jack in my profile, I hope that means it appears here, isn't he gorgeous?

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    Jack and Mila, Meerkats in the House
     
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