Convincing Your Parents to Get You a Pet

So you want a pet, but mom and dad are not thrilled. Here are some ideas to consider that are in everyone’s best interest, including the pets’.

From your Parent’s Viewpoint

It is your parents job to provide you with food, shelter, and clothing. It is not their job to provide you with a pet. A pet is a lifetime commitment that all too often is dumped on the parents who did not want that responsibility in the first place. A pet is an expensive purchase, and has on going costs, such as food, veterinary expenses, and ongoing care.

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From the View of the Pet

A pet requires a lot of time. They must be tended to daily, fed, watered, cleaned, and exercised. Some more intelligent pets also require mental stimulation to prevent them from being bored.

A pet isn’t something you get to make yourself more cool.  That animals life, and happiness is in your hands. One of the WORST things that can happen to a pet is that a kid gets it after begging mom and dad, but years, or even months, later the kid is either bored, or moves out and cannot take the pet with them, and mom and dad do not want it. Many pets are abandoned in shelters or euthanized because children who once pleaded for a pet are no longer able or willing to care for it.

In fairness to an animal, unless EVERYONE in the household wants a pet, you should not get one. Unless your parents are fully willing to help financially and understand the lifespan of the animal may exceed your ability to keep it, then you should not get a pet. I am sure you think you will always be willing, and able, to look after your pet, but in reality this doesn’t always happen.

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Research – note several links are included in this section, by clicking on an animals name.

Find out what kind of pet you want and what kind of care or expense is required. Do not be set on one type of animal. For instance, many kids want hamsters but find that the hamsters habit of running on the wheel at night to be annoying, as such a small rabbit or guinea pig would have been a better choice. Maybe you want a Border Collie (a dog used for herding sheep), but, if you do not have time to keep a Border Collie’s mind stimulated it will become bored and destructive, so a Shih Tzu, or cat, might make a better pet.

Write down the pros and cons of every pet you might consider. Include things like lifespan, size, activity level required, cost, and housing equipment needed. If it is a horse you are asking for, you must realize these have huge ongoing costs, especially if you must board them at a stable. Do not even ask for a horse unless your parents are horsey people and have a good income.

You will need to check if you can have a pet. If your parents own a house and you want a dog, you should have a fully fenced yard or dog run. Chained dogs have a tendency to become aggressive. If you rent you must make sure you have landlord approval for any pet. If you are planning on moving, you should wait until you move before getting a pet or you may find you must give it up, as very few places allow pets.

If you are looking into something more exotic, like a Sugar Glider, Ferret, or Rat, you need to check if they are legal as pets in your area. Remember most exotic pets require more specialized care and food.

Things You Can Do

Try being more helpful around the house to demonstrate your level of responsibility. Keep your room clean and help with other areas too. Get a part time, or summer, job so you can help pay some of the bills your pet will have. Save your money for the pet and supplies, rather than spending it on other things.

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Things You Cannot Do

Do not beg. It might work, but it is the wrong way to get a pet. Your parents will never feel good about giving in to your constant begging, and will hold it against the pet. They will just want to “be free” of the burden, a constant reminder of giving in. Do not guilt them, or in anyway try to manipulate them, into getting a pet if they really do not want one. In this case it may be best to wait until you are older and can get your own pet after you move out. Generally, the more you beg, the more a parent will resist.

Do not lie, do not tell your parents a certain kind of animal is easier to care for than it actually is, or that it is not “smelly”, for example.

The Decision

The decision lies with your parents, it is them who will ultimately be the ones who make the commitment. They should have final say in what pet you can or cannot get. They should be able to select the pet, this will help them bond with it too. Most places will not sell or adopt to children, and rightfully so.

If your parents are getting you a pet and are saying “If you do not look after it, we get rid of it.” then by all means DO NOT get a pet. If they show no interest in animals then DO NOT get a pet. The pet should be referred to as a family pet, not specifically “yours”. After all, you might mean well now, but what happens when you move out, or go to college, and cannot find a place that allows pets? If your parents made it clear they do not want the responsibility, then you can be sure they will not keep the animal, and older pets generally do not find new homes.


If your parents agreed, I am sure you are thrilled and now have to select the pet. Let your parents play a major part in the selection process. The best place to look for pets is your local animal shelter, they generally have the best value, and selection. Since most are non-profit, they are not motivated by money, so will be honest about each animal. You may have to return several times before finding the animal that is right for your family. One of the benefits of adopting from a shelter is they provide a guarantee and have lots of information available, often free of charge, plus you are truly saving a life, rather than supporting an industry of breeding animals solely for profit.

Getting pets “free” out of the newspaper is generally more expensive because they may not have had any veterinarian care, such as vaccinations or worming. Sometimes older pets are offered for free, and these may be worth looking into, especially if they are already trained, vaccinated, and come with supplies.

The other option is to buy from a breeder. This is best if you are looking for a purebred, registered, animal. Reputable breeders breed with the main interest of improving the breed and have shown the parents to prove their worth as breeding animals. Finding a reputable breeder is a whole other matter, you can ask a vet, dog groomer, or your local dog club (these will also be able to tell you where your local shelter or SPCA).

Now, you must remember to stick to your promises to your parents and to the pet.

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  1. savannah

    On May 6, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    well i think that if the kid is willing to do what ever then they should be able to get that pet. i mean you should be happy that your kids want a pet cuz most kids just want to be lazy plus its a good test for you to see how resonsible your kid is. trust me i got a bunny a dog and a cat and i am very well rounded plus i am only 12. so really look into gettin a pet in intead of just saying NO just of the first askin. look in to it and tell them you will look in to it and my be they wont bother as long as they would if you strate up said no. THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE YOU SAY NO WITH OUT THINKING ABOUT IT……!!!!!!

  2. Karen

    On May 15, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I agree completly with ^ savannah^. I had 1 chinchilla and my parents didnt want it @ furst. Then i got 2. Youjust have to be nice to them and keep asking why they wont let you have one. Eventually they will have no reasons left and then you’ll get it. But you really have to want it!

  3. Kevin

    On May 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    My wife gave in to giving our daughter a guinea pig and now she’s not wanting it any more. I want nothing to do with the thing and wife’s not really taking care of it either. So the poor thing is suffering. And it’s not just giving it away or letting it out.
    So think twice before giving your kid a pet.
    Nice article anyway, if you kids read and comprehend it you might be suitable for a pet.

  4. wally

    On June 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I am an adult. I bought 2 guinea pigs for my office (I was self-employed) they were babies and were “so cute”. About 2 weeks later I went to the pet store for more food and came back with 2 more guinea pigs, a big cage and all the gear. Those guinea pigs were so funny and cute, but expensive to maintain as they grew like weeds. THEN, something happened that I couldn’t stay in that building and I had to work at home. I had 2 cats at home. The only place I could put 4 guinea pigs so the cats wouldn’t terrorize them, was in my bedroon! Needless to say, this was not the best scenario for me or the piggies. I took good care of them for about a year and a half and then they started to die one by one. Now I have no pets (the cats were very old and got cancer and had to be euthanized). So, the moral to the story is this…. Don’t get a pet just because it is “CUTE”. Try to think ahead, like Savannah said, what if you have to move? etc. The article has very good points. Pay attention to all of them.

  5. Ann

    On June 28, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I agreed with this article but what if your parents say we already have too many pets? This is the only reason they had and I can’t really get around it.

  6. zipper

    On June 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    tell your mom ya we have alot of pets but i do take care of them dont i

  7. Kiitchi

    On July 4, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Do you think it’s fair that your parents make you get this one pet instead of the pet you really want. I want a rabbit, and I’d be fine to take care of it (I’m 13 going on 14 in October.) But then my parents say “start with two legs” so the only animal I can get are birds. But I don’t really like birds. I don’t favor the idea of having them as a pet all that much (I just don’t like birds as much as I do rabbits or cats) but that’s the only way I can get a “four-legged animal” because it’s “easier.” Do you think it’s easier to take care of an animal you like and want to care for, or an animal you get just so you can get another one later?

  8. B Nelson - author

    On July 4, 2008 at 9:42 am

    to Kiitchi

    indeed telling a child they can have a pet they do not want is not good.. you will not bond with it, and therefore will not care for it. I would NOT get a pet you do not LOVE.

    Also Birds are WAYYYY harder and more messier than bunnies!!!
    plus the cost of a decent bird cage and toys is much higher.

  9. Beth

    On July 13, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I don’t think kids should get pets if they aren’t responsible, but B Nelson is right: you won’t bond with the pet if it’s not the one you want. And JJ is not right at all!!!! Just because a kid wants to have a pet and asks their parents if they can have on, doesn’t mean they are demanding and irritating kids who nag and beg for pets. that may be true in some cases, but not all. I have wanted a hamster for a long time, and I hardly ask for it even though I don’t have one yet.

  10. Beth

    On July 13, 2008 at 8:12 am

    And does anyone have any ideas so that I can convince my mom hamsters aren’t rats? That’s the only reason why I can’t get one and I’m trying to get past it.

  11. Tommy

    On July 13, 2008 at 8:16 am

    this is to say that animals stink, period. just dont live with thim and everything will be great. my sister has a rabbit and a guinea pig and they stink! i as her brother try not to remind her to take care of them so they will die faster. i agree with JJ. kids shouldnt have pets. my

  12. Katherine

    On July 15, 2008 at 4:07 am

    I have always wanted to buy a rabbit, ever since my old one died. We got a cat right before the bunny died, so my parents wont let us get another rabbit. We have money saved up and plans. WE want a rabbit so bad! Using this advice it still didnt work…
    FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO DONT THINK PETS ARE GOOD FOR KIDS, THINK AGAIN! THEY PROVIDE FRIENDS AND GIVE THE KIDS RESPONSIBILITYS. and a little furry someone to cuddle with whenever you have a bad day or just a good one. Kids need support and pets are always there through rough times. If you think that sounds are stuipid. you’ve never had a pet or a friend

  13. Amanda

    On August 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Hi I am turning 12 on August 12 and I have been asking my parents for a kitty this year. I have enough money and I am willing to take care of it. I have researched it a lot. I have a dog, but its a family pet. He is very gentle and has been around other animals before. Do you think I should get a kitty?

  14. B Nelson - author

    On August 3, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Cats make great pets, I stongly encourage you and your family to check out the cats at your local humane society, or SPCA, make sure your dog is good with cats though, some are NOT. Get an adult cat who has already been around dogs, a cat that isnt afraid will not be as much of a target as one that freaks out.

  15. Lily J W

    On August 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    i\’m DESPERATE for a bunny. i get a very high allowance and i have plenty of money for on going costs (trust me, i\’ve done my research). i\’ve made a powerpoint, i\’ve impressed them with everything i know about rabbits, and i\’ve built an NIC pen in a corner of my room trying to show them how badly i want this. they still wont budge, what can i do about that??? help please!

  16. Emily

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:19 am

    hi im 10-11 this year and i reall want a guinea-pig but my mm and dad wont let me i tidy my room and i do everything i have been doing it for 2 weeks and if i keep on askin why then they will just ignre me or say its coz they dont want one i never get anything though
    what could i do plz can some1 help me
    from Emily

  17. Emily

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:30 am

    hi meagen im soo desperate and i no someone else thats got a guinea-pig and there dad didnt want it but shes had like 2 gerbils 2 african snails 1 hamster ad i dunno 5 guinea-pigs and her dad like her pets how can her dad rely on her and my dad not rely on me
    plz im begging everyone 4 help i really want a guinea-pig

  18. Samantha

    On August 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I agree with this article TO AN EXTENT. Kids should be able to have pets. Something that is theirs to care for. Pets teach kids responsibility. If they don’t take care of the pet and it dies, then they learned the hard way. And if kids are really dedicated to wanting a pet and put tons of research into it, they’re going to take good care of it. Most kids just want to sit around and watch tv all day so a pet is a good source of stimulation. However, I do not think young kids (under 12) should be bought a pet that is soley theirs to care for. If the parents aren’t willing to help care for a pet for a young child, the pet should not be bought. I do, however, think that teens should be allowed to have pets that are solely theirs without the parents help at all unless there is an emergency.

  19. B Nelson - Author

    On August 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    to Samantha – the problem is that teens move out and often cannot take their pets with them, so it is dumped with mom and dad, who maybe do not want it.

    to Emily – perhaps pick a different pet, one mom and dad will be okay with.

  20. emily

    On August 11, 2008 at 3:38 am

    mum and dad say tat laura my sis isnt allowed a hamster coz i dont like the noise at night but im goin on holiday in a week so maybe after holiday i will get one the one most reason why i cant get one is when i go on holiday ten who will look after them coz my frend is always at her nans on the summer holidays so if i can find someone that can look after them then i will have a 99% chance

  21. emily

    On August 11, 2008 at 5:04 am

    does anyone have a guinea-pig that lives in tiptree that can be friends with me coz no one that lives round tiptree has a guionea-pig except from like 2 people

  22. Danielle

    On August 31, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Hi I’m Danielle I recently got a guinea pig and a hamster (FINALLY!)(and they are in diffrent cages obviously) except, I’ve noticed my guinea pig seems lonley and he though my hand was another guinea pig and sat beside it with hay purring and snuggling into it..I felt TERRIBLE.Hes male and I want to get another male for a friend I’ve asked my mum and she just says “Have you not got enough?” and my dad..well..he says that except more like “YOU SHOULDNT EVEN HAVE GOTTEN THAT GUINEA PIG!” I take really good care of my guinea pig and hamster (they’re my babies ;) I chop them up apples everyday,clean their beds,clean food/water etc everyday.They don’t understand that I want to get the second guinea pig for my other one, not myself.Im 12 years old (near 13)How can i convince my parents to let me get a 2nd guinea pig?

  23. ori

    On September 16, 2008 at 6:14 am

    you have to explain that to them, tell them its not for you

  24. fdudfugdghghgdugudgugufsugfug

    On October 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I want a guinea pig, but my mom does not. Yes I did just read this about everyone needs to want it, but I have researched it for 3 months now and I really want one. I am willing to take care of it. The other thing that concerns me is that I have also looked to fing guinea pig shelters, but there are not any around.
    I would have to buy from petsmart. Is this okay?

  25. dkaklhdfhdjfhsjdfhjdshhj

    On October 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Samantha, I am 11 going onn 12 in April. Is that okay?

  26. dcmndmfnamdsnmf

    On October 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Can you only have one guinea pig? My mom says I am pushing it asking for one.

  27. dcmndmfnamdsmf

    On October 5, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    By the way does anyone know what “it” is?

  28. B Nelson

    On October 7, 2008 at 9:12 am

    “it” is your moms nerves. The more you beg the more she will resist, so back off for a while. There are usually not Guinea Pig Shelters BUT shelters for cats and dogs often get small animals too.

  29. Annaleigh

    On November 2, 2008 at 5:56 am

    I dont understand, i am a responsable tidy 13 year old girl who always dose her best in school and at home, never gets in to trouble and no matter how good i am my mum wont let me have one. I only want a hamster or a cat an i am willing to get a paper round to help pay the bills and i will look after it all its life but my mym still dose not let me have one. What shall i do? Please awnser back so i know what to tri next.

  30. Brenda Nelson

    On November 2, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Get the paper round FIRST…
    dont push your mom, remember it is her house.. but at least you will have money now and if you never get a cat while living at home – you will have money for when you move out – this will give you a better opportunity at finding a place that allows pets.
    or maybe your mom will change her mind one day.. dont push though
    good luck

  31. Annaleigh

    On November 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    thank you and i will try all you have said

  32. nikki

    On November 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    i luv my dog but feel depressed and lonely because i feel as if he hates me.i know he coesnt but i have a strong feeling that he dislikes me compared to everyone else in my family.he was supposed to be my dog and my idea was hed follow me around and stuff.i want another weener dog and i tried showing i was responsible by cleaning my parents cars,the house,and the laundry but my om got really mad at me seeing what i was trying to do.that is not going to work if i try it again.i know i will take care of this dog as if he/she were a king/ point is i have plenty savings,i’ve tried showing my responsibility,done alot of research,and this is all i dream about.what do i do???

  33. nikki

    On November 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    also my parents say oh that will be horrible leaving another dog all home alone but i no they r just saying that as an excuse and to make me feel guilty.

  34. none of your beeswax

    On November 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    i also have a problem like that. I would like a second dog for Christmas and my mom is almost all the way convinced but she said not for Christmas. we also haven’t even asked my dad yet. my mom said when the time’s right we will.He’ll probably, naturally say no, but how can i change that? I mean, he’s not the kind of person where you can just bring it up randomly. I’ve done everything i can think of; laundry,cleaning my room,and helped him alot around the house. I’ve also been really nice and eager to please because he has a pretty short temper. What I’m tryin to say is how can I get him to say yes once I bring it up(which will probably be in a few months or so)and how do I know when to bring it up?Sorry if I’m asking for too much.

  35. cole

    On December 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I want a ball python or rabbit but my parents keep saying they dont wanna talk about it i m willing to take care of the pet and i v been doing reserch for a whole year now what do i do

  36. Brenda Nelson

    On December 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

    to cole
    you might think you are ready.. but ultimately it is the parents who pay for most of the expense and will be responsible for the aquiring of the pet – nobody would sell to a youth. so if they are not willing to commit now – just drop it or ask if their is a pet they would accpet you to have or what requirements they would have for you to get a pet.

  37. Brenda Nelson

    On December 10, 2008 at 10:49 am

    to cole
    you might think you are ready.. but ultimately it is the parents who pay for most of the expense and will be responsible for the aquiring of the pet – nobody would sell to a youth. so if they are not willing to commit now – just drop it or ask if their is a pet they would accpet you to have or what requirements they would have for you to get a pet.

  38. Laura

    On December 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I wanted a dog for aaaages and ages, and last christmas i got one. I was always asking my mum and dad for one and then last christmas, they surprised me with one! I’m not bored of him, not at all – i know that a dog isn’t just for christmas, and i’m truely not bored with my baby (: But,recently, my uncle and aunty got loads of male and female guinea pigs, and they mated and i’ve just recieved a text from my uncle saying that they’ve been born. My uncle said that if we wanted to get some, then we would be able to have 2 for free. So i asked my mum if we could get them and she said that she would think about it, which usually means yes (: then i went to ask my dad, and he said…no. He wasn’t having any of it. I was really upset by then. This was a really good chance to get guinea pigs…for free! I was thinking maybe, instead of just getting guinea pigs(one for me,age 13 and one for my sister,age 8) for the sake of it, maybe i could ask my parents to get them as a christmas present? I’m really getting my hopes up and praying that they’ll yes. I wouldn’t leave my dog out or anything like that! but the shed is packed full of things we need so i couldn’t put them in there so maybe my bedroom? I’ve been doing alot of research and guinea pigs are really not that hard to look after. I’d give them alot of attention and the same to my dog aswell. What does everyone think about this?

  39. geckoguy

    On December 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    i hav 5 pets-2 geckos, 1 ball python, 1 dog, and 1 cockateil. the trick to getting more pets is to BE PATIENT!!!!!!!!
    for 4 years i have wanted a snake so desperately. i got one a year ago because i was patient and waited. i didn’t complain. no nagging. just a friendly reminder at the pet store. and one day when reminding my mom, she let me buy a python!!!! I asked to hold it first then when my mom saw how much i liked it she figured i should have one.
    when i ask her today why she let me get the snake, she said because i was old enough to take care of it on my own.
    The lesson is to remind ur parents, & be patient. Plus, show that you readily take care of the pets you have.
    But the major thing is that your parents want no part of you r pets. NADA! NIL! ZIP! 0000000! show them you are responsible. ask for something simple like a goldfish or betta, then branch out from there. Eventually when you ask, you’ll be delightfully surprised.

  40. puppyluver

    On December 21, 2008 at 9:45 am

    someone is a little cranky-why did you ask if you didn’t want his opinion???

  41. lksfdgj;lsjda;ljgadljgauruehw

    On December 21, 2008 at 9:57 am

    you guys keep sayin”oh i got a snake or a guinea pig because i didn’t nag or anything”…..bull!wanting a snake or hamster/rodent thing isn’t the same as a dog. I honestly think that if you really like something(and some people are different), you can’t wait!!!!its so painful!!!i’ve been there-even though my mom tells me no,”not unless you don’t nag”.in a way shes right you shouldn’t annoy them so much they’ll give in, but i think it’s fine to just tell and show how responsible you’ll be (unless you have really headstrong parents)…

  42. Lily M.

    On December 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Hey guys i am 12 and i reallly want a chinchilla
    but i want one. i have done much research and they are adequate pets. They tend to NOT stink and nice, sweet, and friendly. Even though they are pricey my rents wont let me get one for christmas. so i am pissed off. can you help me in anyway?

  43. Bunny L0vEr

    On December 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I really want a bunny for christmas. Ive had 1 be4 but my dad dosent want 1. I gave a 30 page power point and he wont give in. I presented it all at once so it was a really cool presentation. if he says stupid stuf like “youll get bored wit it” ill say “No i wont or i wouldn’t be begging you like this”
    i need your help so please dont say something stupid and offensive

  44. Brenda Nelson

    On December 24, 2008 at 9:50 am

    to Bunny LOvEr (#45)
    Pets are not Christmas gifts, they are living thing. Christmas is too hectic – bad time to get a pet. A book about bunny care would be a good thing to ask for if its not too late!
    save up your money to show commitment and responsibility, but ultimately your parents will be having to remind you – its just a fact – and they will have to care for it if you go away for a few days – so unless they are willing to do that, I am afraid you might not have a bunny until you move out – SO keep saving up so you can rent/buy a place that allows pets then you can have lots – thats what I did!!!

  45. Echo

    On January 2, 2009 at 6:33 am

    I really want a hamster but i have 2 cats and my mum keeps saying no! i said i would pay for all the stuff that it needs and i will never let the cats anywhere near the hamster. Besides i am always responsable and my Dads always at home to make sure the hamsters alright.And my cousin had a hamster and 3 cats and it live and it died of old age. I’m 12 nearly 13 but my mum just dousn’t trust me cos if the hamster was eaten by the cats it would be my loss so she should know that i will take care of it!

  46. Echo

    On January 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

    But my Dad said he wouldn’t mind if i got one but if my mum won’t get me one he just says no

  47. echoecho

    On January 5, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    i have a dog who i love dearly, but i also want a cat. i asked my dad and he said “what kind of animal” and i said a cat. he immediatly said “NO”! i asked him to think about it, and next day later i asked have you decided and he again said “NO”! he didnt looke into it or anything!

  48. echoecho

    On January 5, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    i have a dog who i love dearly, but i also want a cat. i asked my dad and he said “what kind of animal” and i said a cat. he immediatly said “NO”! i asked him to think about it, and next day later i asked have you decided and he again said “NO”! he didnt looke into it or anything!

  49. navkiran

    On January 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i really want a dog! i have tried to beg for one but this website helped me relize thats not a good way to get a pet. if you do beg it might work but you will feel really bad and your parents over time might give it away. right now im trying to be responsible, cleaning around the house and stuff. it will take time but i know i earned the pet without begging.

  50. Tamia = ' . ' =

    On January 25, 2009 at 3:45 am

    This advice realy worked I cant beleave it! AND IM GETTING A HAMSTER FOR MY BIRTHDAY WHICH IS IN FEBRUARY!!! im kinda bumed that my birthday is on the last day of February but i dont care Im getting a hamster!!!!!YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY and i BEGGED to get a hamster i also use THE PUPPY DOG LOOK it works every time for me : D

  51. Tamia = ' . ' =

    On January 25, 2009 at 3:49 am

    P.S. Im getting a teddy bear hamster And im soooooo excited!!!


  52. kelsey : )

    On January 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    hey i want a pig so bad my parents say i cant get one im so mad!!!!! but i do have 2 rats 2 gunie pigs and a dog. you might think im selfish for wanting more but…. a pig is want ive been asking for even be for the rats but i didnt get a pig instead i got 2 rats. maybe ask for something big like a dog or cat when they say no say then at least can i get a hamster or a gunie pig maybe somkething small to begin with.

  53. Nicole

    On January 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    My dad thinks that I’m responsible, so I can have a dog, but then my grandma doesn’t want me to have a dog, even though she loves dogs. I really want one, I already promised my dad I’ll take really good care of it, but she just doesn’t want me to have one. :’( I’ll do anything for having a dog!

  54. lauren

    On February 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    im not sure if im resplonsible i relly want a sheep well two sheep can some one help me pleses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. anonymous

    On February 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    i got a dog and then my parents gave it away how do i get him back

  56. Brenda Nelson

    On February 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    to lauren.
    I have sheep they are great pets.. but currently I am busy bottle feeding 3 lambs.. here is a great link on pet sheep.
    it helps if you have parents who like sheep and a proper set up for them

    to anonymous #55
    if the dog was YOURS and legally in your name then you can charge your parents with theft. if it was in their name, they can do with it what they want, but they should NEVER have gotten a pet they were unwilling to care for and provide a lifetime commitment too, shame on them. Save up your money so when you move out you can get a place that allows dogs and can get a dog of your own.

  57. Troy

    On February 5, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    My mom wont let me get a hedgehod or a ferret im addicted to both, im almost 13 and its all because when I was 10 I didnt take care of my bearded dragon and we had to give it back to the pet store. How do I convince her?

  58. Brenda Nelson

    On February 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Ferrets are a log of work…as many pets as we have, we dont have a Ferret. I am thinking of getting a Hedgehog though.. ask your mom what kind of pet she would like, work together with her to come to a mutual agreement, but remember it is HER house.

  59. heyheyyyo

    On February 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    i used to have a hermet crab and i didnt take care of it so now i cant get another ” thing that breaths or poops” as rtefferd to my dad.

  60. echo

    On February 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Please give me advice on getting a hamster

  61. lynn

    On February 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    hello. I am almost 13 and i really want a ferret. my mom and dad dont want one, but i want one really badly. i’ve been looking on the net. i found little ferrets that look like the perfect pets. ive been wanting a ferret/ferrets for about a month or so. i really want one alot. ive asked a lot but they say no. i am willing to do extra chores. what should i do???

  62. bcmvbnbjcmn

    On February 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    well you are some what right
    but in other places you are just full of crap
    but it is just the way i feel

  63. alli

    On February 23, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    are pet ferrets really smelly? i would like to know.

  64. lindsay

    On February 25, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    hi. im 14 years old and i really want a ferret. my mom and dad dont want one, but i do really badly. ive been looking on the net and i found little ferrets that look like the perfect pets. ive been wanting a ferret/ferrets for over a month. i really want one alot. ive asked mom and dad but they say no. i am willing to do extra stuff but mom says that wont change her mind. what should i do or try???

  65. dsgui

    On February 26, 2009 at 8:59 am

    my parents dont like pets but
    i really want one but the answer is always noooooooooooooo

  66. Anya

    On February 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hey everyone… yeah… parents sometimes seem like they have 20 eyes and should be green but there are sometimes good reasons for it… I said SOMETIMES.
    I’ve had animals all my life (I’m 13) Cats since before I was born, mice, girbels, and a couple hamsters. My parents love animals and grew up with them- which helps a lot. Anyway, I decided I would love to try with rats. Yes, rats :) their beautiful and intelligent but it took 4 months of careful persuading to get them.
    I RESEARCHED it. The key is to have an answer to every question they through at you (and by they I mean parents). Whatever problem they come up with, you have a solution. What ever they argue, you produce a counter argument thats twice as strong. You present the disadvantages to them maturely then working through all of them. The best convinser is to pay for at least half of all the costs. Write up notes, get out books from the library, show you care.

    I’m about to launch into my next “project” with some animals… its a little different but I really fancie getting two pot bellied pigs :D I’m researching it now and have brought it up with my parents… of course the immeadiate answer was no but I was expecting that.

    Good luck with all your parents :)

  67. Judy

    On March 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Hi, I’m 13, and I’m working to get a rabbit.

    What I’m doing is researching everything about rabbits. Their behavior and body language, food, grooming, housing, training (including litter training), bunny-proofing things, local vets and shelters, illnesses and symptoms, etc. I’m going to put it all in a folder. Also, I’ve been keeping my room SPOTLESS and have been doing every chore I can find, even if they’re not my responsibility, or if they don’t need doing yet. But my parents are pretty stubborn. They’re not too keen on having a pet other than the dog we were thinking of getting a few months ago. Should I continue with the project? Am I wasting my time or is this a good idea?

  68. echo

    On March 15, 2009 at 8:31 am

    PLEASE AWNSAW ME i really want a hamster but my mum won’t let me

  69. echo

    On March 15, 2009 at 8:35 am

    To judy Rabbits are really sweet but dogs are cooler because they are like your best friend that will do anything for you but if you want a rabbit then keep going and good luck its just my oppinion that you should get a dog

  70. Brenda Nelson

    On March 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    to echo #68

    find a pet your mom will allow – many kids get hamsters and dont like them because they bite or keep you awake at night, so ask her what pet she might allow instead…. good luck!

  71. Thank you B Nelson

    On March 21, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Thanks so much i will try to convince her
    Thanks again

  72. Tara

    On March 24, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    hey my mom said yes to letting me get a hamster cuz she said she had one when she was a kid she said they where a lot of fun:)i asked my dad if i could get one and he said no!!! i asked him why and he said because they where like rodents i said to myself RODENTS!!!! they are hamsters!!! not rodents, rodents and hamsters are nothing alike! i told him i did research on them and he said i could get sick on them i said becus i was doing so much reseach there is no human to hamster deasese and i have bene saving up my birthday money from when i turned twelve on march, 5, 2009 i added the total of every thing and it ended up to be like 83.45$ and thats plus tax! and i have 90.5$ so i have enough money and he said the hamster could get out of the cage and i looked up on and i looked up 10 gallon hamster cage and it was only 25.99 and it was 10 gallons i an still trying to convince him please help!!!!!!

  73. Tara

    On March 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    :D help please i really want a teddy bear hammy!!!:(

  74. fdsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfd

    On March 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Hey, my name is Akhil. I want to get a dog, namely a shih tzu. I’ve done the research, and i have the money. My mom said that I could get one in the summer, but she comes from a place where people are afraid of dogs, and she is also worried about vacations, and if the dog could come with us.I’m worried that she’ll hate the dog, and that she won’t feel like the house is a “home” anymore. Do you have any tips on how to make my more accustomed to dogs? Any help would be much appreciated.

  75. fdsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfd

    On March 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Hey, I meant to say my mom more accustomed to dogs.

  76. echo

    On March 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

    to Tara
    well i failed on getting a hamster and my dad didn’t mind but my mums boss of the house so she said no to a hamster but some advice that helped me convince my dad was gently hint about it for a little while act responsable which i’m sure you are but tidy your room and stuff like that and if your friend has hamsters talk about them maby look after there hamster for the weekend if they go away!
    and don’t beg!
    I wanted a hamster but we have cats and my mum says the cats will eat the hamster even if i put it in a cat proof cage and keep my door shut…
    Good luck

  77. Akhil

    On March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Hey I’m fdsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfd, as I said on #74-75, any help would be appreciated

  78. Brenda Nelson

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

    to Akhil, sorry I have been busy with my animals and did not respond sooner..

    let your mom pick the one she likes, have her visit some people with dogs first, to get her relaxed.. adult dogs are less jumpy so that might be a good idea..

    never buy from a pet store – you pay too much for a lower quality pet.

    do not get one until you are sure mom is ready and you will take it to obedience lessons too.

  79. tara

    On March 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    hey thanks for the advice i have cats to but thats not the reason they said no to a hamster but thanks for the advice to echo and also over spring break im waching my friends rat so maybe that will brib them

    to echo from tara

  80. echo

    On March 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    to Tara
    Thats fine maby you could let your Dad hold the rat and let him get use to it and say but hamsters are cuter and smaller and stuff like that
    Bye I have given up because my mum said NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i will try to help other people awnser queastions!;]

  81. Akhil

    On March 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for the advice B Nelson

  82. Taylor

    On April 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

    This is pretty good! But also try to figure out why your parents won’t give in. Is it the money? The responsibility? Or even the pet itself? This will help convince your parents because you can give them the answers they’re looking for.

  83. Laura

    On April 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I want a ferret so bad! I know everything about them, I found the perfect cage, the perfect food, and everything! I have read the book “Ferrets for Dummies” 3 times! My dad said yes, but my mom is the boss of my house and said no. I don’t know why! I am a top student, and I am very responsible. I had the responsiblity of a dog thrust upon me when my sister stopped taking care of her. I take excellent care of her, and my parents know I do! I love my dog to death, but the dog is still loyal to my sister, and just adores my sister. I want a pet that I picked out, that loves me! I have tried everything to convince my mom. I made a schedule of how I would use my time, and I made a chart of the ferrets needs and the costs. I also made a slideshow on ferrets, adressing the concerns that my mom had! I am 13. All that took 4 hours of my spring break. My mom wouldn’t even look at it. I am so disappointed! Can anyone help?!

  84. echo

    On April 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I know how u feel my mum did that to me to but i wanted a hamster
    I am still tryin to get my dad to convince my mum.
    Ask her why she dosn’t want one. And then try and fix that problem unless you can’t like me because i have cats that my mum thinks will eat the hamster. Sometime you have to show you are responsable because like with my pet problem my mum dosn’t realise that i would always make sure my cats wouldn’t get near it and it would be my pet so i would take the most care.
    good luck

  85. bob

    On April 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    i really want a rat but i have a dog and cat and my mom says ask your dad but of corse he will say no but i wash my dog and feeed both animals but they say i dont take care of them uhhh help!

  86. *Animal*Lover*

    On April 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I really want another pet. This article is saying that the way im trying to convince my mom into letting me have on is all wrong. But what else is there to do. I love animals alot, and i really want to adopt this kitten from the spca. I know i can take care of her because i had animals before, and im ready to take care of eveything, but my mom just keeps saying no, and it makes me really upset. She just keeps saying i can take care of friends pets or something stupid like that. But how can you love someone elses pet, when it isnt your own. Then she started saying i can look at pictures on the compiuter of pets and that should make me happy, but how can you love an animal in a picture, knowing that the owner of that pet loves their pet, but you cant show that love to a pet.

  87. Brenda Nelson

    On April 30, 2009 at 9:23 am

    to *Animal*Lover*
    Try to find out what kind of pet your mom would allow. Maybe not a kitten, maybe she will allow a cat? or rabbit. You can love animals without owning them. In fact a person who loves animals the most will NOT own them unless they KNOW they can provide lifetime care for that pet (eg people living in apartments that are not allowed pets – should NOT get them – and would wait until they are in a place that allows pets or own their own home)

    Your best thing is to get a part time job – save your money even now.. so you can move out eventually into a place that allows pets – very few do.

    I am a mom, we have lots of pets, all our cats are spayed and neutered, I would much rather somebody adopt from the shelter than get a “Free” one or one from a pet store. I hope one day your mom will change her mind – but she never will if you keep pushing, and it would be unfair to the pet.

  88. ryan

    On May 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    i really want a hamster and my mom said ”you dont no how to care for it”. for her informashin i coped and wrote so many things about a hamster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i will NOT STOP ANNOYING HER TIL I GET ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. Bunny hop

    On May 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I desperatley want a bunny I asked my dad he said of course but you have to take it to your mom’s house. The bunnies are 15 DOLLARS I TELL YOU 15. So i ask my mom you probally all know the awnser know. My mom thinks bunnies are adorable. I ask her why and she said,”AFTER WE DONT HAVE ANNY MORE PETS I AM NEVER GONNA GET ANOTHER ONE.” For petes sake she wont even let me have a goldfish! I told her we can give my evil cat to my dad who actually wants him. I need information as soon as possible on how to get the bunny i always longed for i cannot wait i have already had six fish. i tried every thing but the awnser is always NO! I need that baby bunny and no one is buying her help B Nelson tell me what to do and fast im tired of cring. Kids shouldnt have NO always be the awnser. I will get that bunny by the way im ten years old.

  90. Brenda Nelson

    On May 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    to Bunny hop comment #89
    To be honest, if you are willing to get rid of one pet (cat) then you are probably not really ready for another. It is unfair for the cat to be dumped so you can have a bunny.
    I have a daughter and I allowed her to have a bunny. You can sometimes adopt them for less, and might even be able to find one with the cage for free! I should add, my daughter was 12 when we got her bunny.
    But really it is your parents decision (and their money) so best thing for you to do is, love the cat, and wait until you are older, when you move out you can have as many pets as you want – thats what I did! (my biggest pet is a donkey, my parents would have never allowed a donkey)

  91. trixieb

    On May 24, 2009 at 9:14 am

    i really want a chinchilla. i already have a hamster and have proven that i can take care of it. i always clean its cage and always make sure that it has water. mom says that she is a joy 2 have cuz she doesnt need to do anything. when i asked her to get a chinchilla, she said flat out no. i bought a care book, did my research and said that i would always take care of it and pay for at least half of what it would cost. SOMEBODY HELP!!!!!!!

  92. Roxanne

    On May 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I want a pet snake, and I have already looked up the stuff I need to know. I have already got a pet rabbit, but is not very playful,I really want one…HELP

    ( I am 12)

  93. Brenda Nelson

    On May 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    to Roxanne.
    Love the pet you have, the rabbit, trust me a snake is going to be LESS playful.

  94. Fabian

    On June 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    very helpful article
    im gonna use this article cause i wannna ball python

  95. Daryn

    On June 9, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I want a pig SOOO badly but my parents are so headstrong! I’m graduating grade 8 in a week and I want it as my present but they won’t let me have this pig! It’s a micro mini pig and grows to be no heavier than 40 pounds, it uses a litter box and it sleeps in a bed, comes with a crate, bed, blanket, brush, pellets and litter box! I’ve done ALL this research on these pigs and my parents STILL won’t give in!!

  96. parents suck

    On June 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

    it has been 2 years since i had a pet last!!!i only have one dog but shes getting old i really want someone to play with me as a pet!!!!!!!

  97. BunBunLover

    On June 18, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I really think B Nelson is looking at kids in an awful way! Not all are irritant, little, brats. In fact, I would like a rabbit to the point that I think about ways to persuade my parents 24/7.
    I do NOT think B Nelson should put kids down this way! It’s not right. And all these kids want is help.
    I constantly search rabbit cages online. Bunnies make me really happy, and my dad and my mom say “No bunny until after vacation!” And they remind me all the time. If one of them caught me writing this or on this website, I’d be dead.
    Really, B Nelson, you have a good point, but my family loves animals and they can’t resist them. Recently we got a new puppy after my old dog died and a new hamster after my old hamster died. When my cat goes we will probably get a new cat.
    I even have a spot in my room where I can put a bunny! I even know which breed I want.
    Now all these kids want is help. A rabbit’s lifespan is about ten years. I am hoping I will be able to buy a house where I can have pets, not an apartment.
    Have I said enough? Yes, I think I have. Any questions just post.

  98. Nicole

    On June 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I want to breed my hamster but my mom said NO. What do I do? and dont just say leave it at that. i really want to breed her. i told her i would take care of all of them like i do cleo now. (which is very good) i think the main point of my mom saying no is that im always at horse shows and she would have to take care of them (for only 2 days).

  99. maddie

    On June 26, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    dear um whoever runs this website um my mom wants to get another pet but she says were not home enough to take care of whitch were not but i want a pet so bad

  100. melissa

    On July 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I am 13 years old, I always keep my room clean, and I’ve done lots of research on cats. I wrote a 3 page long paper on cats and cat care and my parents still won’t let me have one

  101. Sophie

    On July 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    YOU stink Tommy! Just because your sister’s pets dont smell good dosn’t mean that all animals are horrible! And I should know because I have 5 cats 3 dogs 6 hamsters 15 fish 3 rabbits and 1 snake! And to top that I have 6 siblings and people constantly say my house smells great!

  102. Sophie

    On July 9, 2009 at 11:38 am

    By the way, Tommy wrote #11 if you want to read it.

  103. Brenda Nelson

    On July 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    most well looked after pets DO NOT stink! thanks Sophie

  104. Dhanya

    On July 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    My brother and sister and me want a pet We clean a lot , and when our parents need money we give it to them. They say they will think about it say no. What do we do with the pet when everyone is gone from home ? I need help in trying to get a pet.
    We live in a place where pets will be happy. I asked my dad if i can voulnter at a shelter he said no I love animals so much i will do anything to get one. We had birds, and fish before and did well with them they are dead now because of age. I need help in getting a pet !!!!!!!!!!!!

  105. Dhanya

    On July 12, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I learned all i could and helped my friends with their pets too.

  106. Jamie.

    On July 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

    My parents know i want a snake, and they just constantly say no, whenever i ask they just constantly interrupt saying no, I have decided to go with a Ball Python. Although i am only 14 years old, they know i am responsible enough, they won’t even have to see it if they don’t want to. It’s not really my mum (she just says they are hideous), it’s my dad, apparently i can get one when i move out. Any tips?

  107. tina

    On July 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    hi not

  108. Lexi

    On July 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hi, I’m 13 almost 14 and I’ve been wanting a kitten for SO long but my mom says no. I ask her why I can’t have one and all she tells me is that I have allergies. And I do but I take medincine and it’s like I don’t have them anymore. What should I do? And if it was because of allergies then why do you think she let me go to a cat camp where we spent 24/7 with them for a week and i forgot medincine and i was COMPLETELEY FINE. It also isn’t like I don’t have experience with them because at the camp we learned how to take care of them and about them and she had a kitten before I was born so its not like she doesn’t like them. I just don’t see why i can’t have one. Please if you have any info on how i can get my mom to change her mind please tell me…thanks :)

  109. Brenda Nelson

    On July 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    to Lexi
    as a parent I know nagging will not help.. there is probably another reason, but bugging her about it may only make things worse.
    cat camp sounds cool, I have never heard of such a thing. I am glad you like cats, I have 6 (all are spayed and neutered), maybe when you are older and move out you can be lucky enough to buy a home and have some cats then…

  110. b fabian

    On July 19, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    wow great article

  111. jade

    On July 21, 2009 at 11:36 am

    my mum wount let me have an african snail coz my bro has a hamster

  112. Alexis

    On July 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I have two dogs and one cat at home and I am 13. I have a 16 year old sister and I feed all the animals and empty the litterbox with occasional hep from my mom and dad. My sister and I want another cat for our cat Freedom, is ten and has some health issues so I think a companion woud be great for him to help him loose weight and get more active. In fact we want another kitten, but our parents are saying no more animals, we already have enough. I don’t agree. I am a very responsible honors student with an At average and that is their only reason for not getting another kitten. I have written a letter to my mom to send in an email and even made a contract to convince them we will not break promises. Any suggestions on convincing my parents?

  113. Kevin

    On July 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Hi. B Nelson do you think you can help me?

    ok so 2 years ago i asked for a guinea pig and i asked everyday for a week. at the end of the week they said yes and we went to the store to look at supplies. When i was looking my mom asked if the pigs could be left alone for weekend trips. She said no and that made my mom change her mind. so i was really really sad. but then i asked for a hamster and she said no and said shed rather have a dog. now i am 13 and have 2 cats a a dog. i am VERY responsible! I have been back into researching and now lots! (yes i know i need 2) I was just wondering how i should ask? i am scared when asking for things. i am guessing i will get a NO! so how do i keep trying?


  114. Kevin

    On July 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    also i will pay for everything! i have $500 bucks and make $50 a month. also my dad is 61 yrs old and is very stubborn.

  115. Kevin

    On July 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    please im begging for soemone to help me

  116. Brenda Nelson

    On July 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    To Kevin
    What breed is your dog? Terriers and sight hounds (eg. greyhounds) as well as Huskies) are not good with small pets.
    A Guinea Pig would be a MUCH better pet than a hamster for sure – hamsters are nocturnal and make lots of noise at night
    A Guinea Pig would be fine if left for a day, but two days or more it would need its water and food checked, maybe a friend or neighbor would agree to this for you…
    ask your mom again, but dont beg.. ask her what she wants from you..
    When you are ready check an animal shelter FIRST before going to a pet store – you can sometimes save a lot of money this way, as some animals come with free or cheap cages.

    good luck – sorry I didnt get back to you sooner

  117. Mika

    On July 23, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Ball Pythons are pretty cool my brother had one but would you really like to go to a pet store at least twice a month and buy a mouse and watch it die?!

  118. WONT A CAT

    On July 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    im tryin 2 get a cat but my mum n dad say no ive tried 4 a year but is always NO NO NO now its the summer hols ive said id trayn it by it not scratchin the sofa not 2 go to the toliet in the house and id look after it I EVEN SAID I WOULD PAY 4 ITS FOOD ITS TOYS AND IT. but she n he says NO NO NO NO WHAT DO I DO? HELP

  119. Kevin

    On July 24, 2009 at 2:30 am

    B nelsomn my dig is a dashchound X (idk if i splet that right) and i wouldt adopt cuz my shelter has lots of gpigs

  120. Katie

    On August 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Hi =D
    I’m 12 and I want a chinchilla – not just cos they’re cute – I’ve looked into it and have learned so much about them. Initially I wanted a cat, but my mum hates them… so I can’t get one of them! I have owned 2 Russian dwarf hamsters so I know that I can look after pets and am responsible and everything. But this morning when I approached my dad and talked about chinchillas he just said: “Look, you don’t know what you want do you? I don’t want a chinchilla”. Which I thought was odd because that’s not like him. Now I know he won’t listen if I approach him again. It’s so frustrating I really want a chinchilla! Help?!

  121. Sharna

    On September 1, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Hi im 13 and i really want a rat. Ive been researching about them for ages now. I had rats when i was 5 but they died. My mum says that rats smell and i keep telling her that they dont if you clean their cages out often enough. I want two though so that they dont get lonely. I am very responsible but my parents still wont let me. PLEASE HELP ME!!! What should i do?

  122. Vik

    On September 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Hi I\’m 12 and I also really badly want 2 pet rats. Well actually me and my brother who is 14 want to share the responsibility. We\’ve never had a pet before, but have always wanted one. We have researched them for ages now and know everything about them. I tried acting super responsible for 2 weeks and then asked them. They said no. I then talked to my dad a few days after and he said he was scared of rats and to choose another animal. Also he said that he tried talking to my mom about getting any type of pet and she said no. I need a way to convince my mom to let me get a pet.

  123. Ivey

    On September 13, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Hey guys, i want a rabbit soooooo… much I’ve done so much research i could almost be a vet! I have wanted 1 for so long like 2 years but I don’t beg. I’m 12 and I will be 13 in 8 days. Im super responcible. I have 4 horses that I share with my sis and 2 dogs I also share. I dont know what to do and i don’t know Y she don’t want it. When i ask y she just says i don’t wantt to tlk bout it and gets mad. I got all the money worked out, where I’m gunna keep it and I already have some people willing to care for my bun when I’m away! I know their a big comitment cuz they live perty long so I’m all worked out it just my stuborn mom! My dad said yes but he also said that if mom didn’t want 1 then I just couldn’t get 1 then!

    If you read all that THANK YOU it may sound stupid but if you can PLEASE HELP ME!

  124. Snurd

    On September 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    hey all id tell u my age but i bet ud make fun of me lol.well about me i love all sports and all animals well lets get 2 the point i want a rabbit ssooooooooooo! bad. my mom wont even talk about geten me the rabbit.i have anough money 2 get a big cage and the rabbit i have 190$ i tell my mom id pay 4 the rabbit but the anser is no as soon as i say rabbit.well i really need 2 no wat 2 do theres no point in not geting it my mom doesnt care if i have an animal in the loundry room my 2 dogs stay in there(they wont hert a fly) theres a side door that can have a dog door in the luandry room the rabbit would of corse be in a cage by the side door so it can get out and play in the run.O M G . Y cant i have a rabbit . u no wat im saying my mom loves animals and she thinks rabbits r so cute and would love 2 have 1………..wats the point well i dont want 2 go but if i rite 2 much u wont read it bye hope 4 a reply

  125. Brenda Nelson

    On September 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Snurd – you dont have to tell your age, I can guess you are young because of the way you type!
    Anyhow its really up to your mom, you can ask her why not, but the more you beg and push for it, the more angry it will make her, try backing off for a while and asking later.. too much pressure will not make her say yes. she is probably worried you will get bored of it.

  126. hi

    On September 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    my parents were be so selfish. That they don’t let us get a rabbit and we done all of our shores to get a rabbit then they said NO .My granny and granda were just a noying me so i went very angry . I just wish someone new were i live and they could give me 2 rabbit with black and white small ones. Then me and my sister would be very happy and wount ask for any thing in the world even if i wanted it. And was busting for it then when they said NO we went very mad and then we stoped talking to them. When they get us one I would start talking to them we had to clean the garden,garge,house,cut the grassand walk our doges for a month and don’t think that dogs kill rabbit because ours dog are very kind.

  127. sandra

    On September 29, 2009 at 4:43 am

    i have wanted a cat my whole life and my parents said yes (after my convincing) but guess what! one parent says i can’t have it in the house (how pointless is that) i want a cat that can sit on my lap on the lounge,that sorta thing.the other parent says yes and she wants it inside and says its pointless having it always outside but the first parent i mentioned is the boss. so should i not get the cat or keep arguing my case.

  128. Brenda Nelson

    On September 30, 2009 at 12:16 am

    do not get a cat if it is to be living outside. This is unfair and in some places illegal – especially if your cat would be roaming the neighbourhood. outdoor cats have an average livespan of 2 yrs, most dying or being killed as kittens. dont get a cat until it can be cared for properly indoors, good luck. but remember one day you will grow up and can hopefully buy a house of your own and get your cat.

  129. jonathan G

    On October 6, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    My dad is letting me get a guine pig but my mom says no just becuase of the poop i mean it doesn’t smell and ill be getting carefresh and i cant seem to get around this so my mom is just like being weird this isn’t even her

  130. Jonathan G.

    On October 6, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I will be paying for the guinea pig i wrote a 10 page essay on how to take care of it when to bathe it(not much like 1-3 months) trust me i have done a lot of reasearch alot (let’s say reading about 30 pages worth of guinea pigs and im 11 soon 12 next month) but my mom wont trust me its so weird only one reason comes out and here is exactly what i say and what she says
    “hey mom what is wrong with having a guinea pig?”
    “The poop”
    “but i’d be doing the spot clean each day”
    they wont trust me enough to get guinea pigs I’ve done a lot of research into this and they will always in my life come down-right say no.

  131. laura

    On October 22, 2009 at 9:39 am

    This is some advise to those who really want a pet but parents seem to be dead set against it.
    I am 18 and have wanted rats for 5 years, wanted as you guess rightly means i have none.
    my parents are so firmly set that i can not have any pet that there is no point in me trying anymore, it causes more hassle and grief than it is worth. every year i have asked and everytime I get some otheer excuse right now it has been, but what happens whe you go to uni. that one has me stumped, for now.Yet i know that if we got 2 they would love them.
    i now willl have to wait for another 4 years untill i can get my own ones.
    for those that do have parents like mine GIVE UP! it will save u time and effort as these sort of parents wont change their mind ever.

  132. sanderic

    On October 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    What I did several years ago was I made a contract. I presented it to my parents after one month of taking up extra responsability. They took two months to decide but said yes, I waited a year to get the dog because I had to pick up neighborhood chores so I could pay for the dog. But it was all worth it, our family dog quit being vicious and I finally got my “perfect” companion.

  133. Amber

    On October 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I NEED help I’ve wanted several pets and i’m only 11

    2.frog (fire belly toad)
    4.budgie (beta)

    I don’t see what the problem is i have a cage for all of them (given to me by friends from their previous animals) i have toys for the ferret,frog,and hedgehog. My dad says no to the budgie and the ferret and my mom said no to the same things. I’ve research everything u can passably research. PLEASE HELP!!

  134. Amber

    On October 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Also my best friend has tree frogs and is willing to give me some supplies!

  135. Amber

    On October 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    PLEASE HELP!!! I’M BEGGING U PEOPLE. oh and i might mention i have 2 cats and 2 dogs. the cats are old, like 13. 1 dog is 4 and the other is 2.

  136. Brenda Nelson

    On October 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    to Amber
    Ferrets are very demanding pets, they needs lots of time out of the cage, while I have many pets, I dont have a ferret. We recently got a hedgehog and for SOME people they are okay, you have to be careful when you get them from though, often they are not handled enough when from pet stores.
    A Frog or Betta might be alright though. Just remember in a few years you will be in high school and might be too busy for too many pets, so ask only for the Betta or frog.
    Good luck.

  137. Amber

    On October 27, 2009 at 7:13 am

    thanks, but i don’t think my parents would even get me a flea.

  138. Amber

    On October 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    To: B Nelson
    Actually B Nelson i’m in the 5th grade and i’m moving soon, my mom said maybe i could get a hedgehog when i move. My mom doesn’t like the idea of a fish but i’m not sure why. My dad said “frogs yuck what girl wants a frog.” he just doesn’t think its right for a girl to get a frog. Also i’ve got a question for you do you think its better to get a hedgehog from a breeder or a pet shop i’m not sure because i’ve visited both and they’re very similar. Also, i just wanted to know what is your hedgehogs name? my best friend’s is Sonic.

  139. Brenda Nelson

    On October 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    to Amber
    My daughter is a big Twilight fan, she called her hedgehog Esme, here is a picture
    they are nocturnal so this might be a problem – I never suggest buying any pet from a pet store – they come from mass breeders and are not use to being handled, plus because all efforts are to make profit the pet store pets are bred and cared for as cheaply as possible so you award cruel breeding/ raising practices.

  140. fern

    On October 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve been lucky enough to have loads of pets as i grew up. I feel sorry for kids that don’t have pets…I couldn’t imagine my life without my animals, SO BENIFICIALAND WONDERFUL!!!! Really does teach you responsibility and care…I loved my pets and it broke my heart when they died, but i would never not have one to save me heartache. However your parents have gotta be the type, if you’re young, to help you look after your animal. Full stop, I was never good with cleaning out hutches when i was young.

    Petsss….what I’VE found out about caring for them (not taking into consideration expense):-

    Rabbits: I’ve had a BAJILLION rabbits…kids love them cause they’re cute and all bunny-bunny, but they do scratch and kick ALOT. You gotta trim their nails alot or they’ll unintentionally kick chunks outta you. They also fight like mad if you get two boys who hate eachother. Tear eachothers ears to ribbons.
    In my opinion it’s simpily not good enough not to have access to grass and a run for your rabbit. They need space…and do you really want to clean out a smelly hutch outside in the winter?
    As a note. rabbits can be real intelligent, I’ve one that comes when called and is house-trained and can do tricks to an extent, depends on the rabbit tho.

    Guinea pig: Like a rabbit, but less scratchy. They’re a far more gentler pet for a child than a rabbit with big thumpy feet, I think.

    Hamster/mice: They nocturnal habbits didn’t really bother me, you get used to it. but they are smelly, if theres a hamster in your room. Your room WILL smell of hamster, sorry. XD Fab pets but accident prone as they will prolly escape once or so…if you have a young child don’t get them a hamster or mouse, get something BIGGER…very vulnerable to cats and dogs, easy to lose and hurt, You could kill it by dropping it. I was very young and accidently drowned my older brothers mouse. Not suitable for diddy kids…Also very short lifespan =/

    Dog: A dog is a family pet, and resonsibility, end of. A dog is like a family member to many people. Needs lotsa attention and company. A dog isn’t something you put back in the cage.

    Cat. A cat is so much more independant that anything else, pretty low maintenace (you don’t need to take it for walks, bath it, exercise it, play with it etc) Cats wander though, not good in a place where theres lotsa traffic or nasty kids who think it’s funny to shoot at them with BB guns.

    Snake: Brill pets…trust me XD weird but they’re quite ideal. Sure they need special things (heating, a vivarium, the right humidity etc) but they DON’T SMELL and I only need to feed mine ONCE A WEEK. They need a bit of exercise, taken out and handled a bit but they don’t need to be engaged much; played with or have toys, really. Snakes can totally be safe with kids, dead docile..likea big slow-worm really with a decent lifespan.

    Fish: fish are pretty. But they’re kinda more of an ornament than a pet. You can’t be affectionate with it, handle it, or recieve much from it…your kid WILL bore of it.

  141. Amber

    On October 31, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Thanks B nelson by the way Esme is adorable!

  142. Amber

    On November 4, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I found a hand blown glass (green) hedgehog and i’m gonna buy it boy is it cute!

  143. Danny

    On November 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Ok, this kind of helped. But it’s just that I’m afraid that my parents will punish me if i ask.

    But after my friend got a pet, I really wanted one so I am going to ask for one no matter what happens!!!


  144. i love dogs

    On November 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    i think if your kid is willing to have a pet him/her will take care of it but if not you should take the pet away and mabey after a few hours your kid will take better care of it if not keep doing that until they are better about taking care of it if they dont care that you take the dog away than you should give the dog away

  145. Amber

    On November 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    To: B Nelson
    Hi, i’m back we decided to get a fish (betta) and I named it Bubbles. Well anyway I cleaned my room the same day and guess what I found? I found an old rat/mouse/hamster or any thing thats small cage. I looked into it and decided rat or sugar glider. Rats are easier but my mom doesn’t like the bald tails.And sugar gliders are cute and all but need alot of cage space. What do you think? I NEED some help on this one…..


  146. Brenda Nelson

    On November 17, 2009 at 11:53 am

    To Amber
    Dont push mom too soon, especially after you just got Bubbles!
    Sugar Gliders are VERY demanding – they need alot of special attention and care, in fact they are on pet that even I wont allow. You may consider a gerbil.
    (rats need much larger cages than hamsters/gerbils)

  147. Amber

    On November 18, 2009 at 8:05 am

    To: B Nelson
    Yeah, I know but the cage is huge here is a picture you can copy and paste it.×300.jpg
    the cage is pretty big but I’m not allowed to get a ferret even though I’ve wanted one since I was 6. And I didn’t ask her for anymore animals yet. I just wanted to find a use for the cage.

  148. Sid

    On November 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Please help!!!
    I’ve been asking my mom for a hamster for, like, 2 years but it isn’t working. I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve been printing stuff for my mom to read but i don’t know if she even reads it. I don’t know why she won’t let me have one. I’m a straight A student, I keep my room neat (usually) and I have 3 dogs that I take good care of and love to bits and my mom knows it. I know my dogs wouldn’t hurt a hamster. I even know that when I go away my best friend will watch my hamster if I watch her chinchilla when she goes away. I’m a deep sleeper so a hamster running around at night wouldn’t bug me, either. My mom just has lame excuses like “they smell” and “I don’t like them”. Someone help me!!!

  149. max

    On November 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

    my mum and dad wont let me have a pet apart from a fish now you have to admit that fish are well boring other pets must be great fun to have around the house and we only have a fish.

    by max

  150. Sophie

    On November 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Hi, i’m 12 almost 13 and I really want a kitten. I love animals and want to be a vet (my parents know this). I had 2 cats, 1 was never in and the other I had a really special bond with but she died of cancer. Her brother is now never inside and he is 16 so he never plays. My parents know i’m responsible and i’m always well behaved but they say “NO”. I’m going to try a presentation (that took me 3 whole weekends) but could people help me anyway.

  151. Sid

    On November 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Please help I’m not making too much progress!!!

  152. Irelynn

    On November 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I have 2 cats, one dog, and a guinea pig (Who is on my lap right now) and I really want a puppy or a guinea pig, though my parents don’t. I want another guinea pig because I know that my pig Ace, is very lonely, my mom doesn’t want one though, and my dog is getting very old and she doesn’t like to do much, I still love both of them, and I know that puppies are a load of work, so I more want another guinea pig, is there any way that I can convince them somehow? Maybe for this upcoming christmas, which I keep hinting them I want a guinea pig or puppy. But I still don’t think their too keen to get either. I am 11 years old and I have always taken good care of my pets.

  153. Brenda Nelson

    On November 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    to Irelynn
    Guinea Pigs are often unhappy with other Guinea Pigs unless they were introduced at a young age and raised together, so unless you have 2 cages you shouldnt get another..

    and a pup is a lot of work
    really no pet is for Christmas, wait till spring.

  154. Irelynn

    On November 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I know that, but Ace has been introduced to other guinea pigs, and he was raised with many other guinea pigs, he is very comfortable with other pigs, and I realize how difficult a pup is, and I am willing to deal with the teething, potty training, cleaning up after it, training, and exercising. I just would like some advice on how I can possibly convince them to get either..

  155. fionnnnnn

    On December 4, 2009 at 5:48 am

    :( i wanna bunny!!!

  156. Caiti

    On December 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    ok so we have five cats and four dogs. not all of them are mine. we recently moved in with our aunt and a family friend. it is kinda like full house only everyone has a i really want a hedgehog. i have read everything i need to know about how to take care of them and im working out the cost of getting one and keeping up with its care. i keep my room clean and i take care of MY pets that we own. i just need to convince my mom im going to care for this one too. the only problem is my dad and his woman are crazy about not letting me have any pets. i would only need to take it with me during the summer so i need to convince them as well. i just need to word it right. any suggestions. i have been dropping hints with flyers and pictures and cleaning everything in my path to show i can do it.

  157. Irelynn

    On December 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I managed it. I’m getting a puppy for christmas. (:D)
    But how I did it, well, it might be useful.

    I have REALLY been wanting a puppy. What better way to convince them than showing that you can do what they say you can’t. My mom always said “You wouldn’t be responsible” So, I showed her how very responsible I am. I did chores, (Cleaning, washing dishes, making dinner) and never complained about it, I also worked hard in school and got good grades, and whala, I was responsible. I bet anyone who tries this could maybe convince their parents to let them get a pet. :]

  158. nomi

    On December 29, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Yeah right I’ve tried getting a sugar glider for 2 years and nothing worked. You just got one of those parents who are nice and got u a sweet puppy

  159. Amber

    On December 29, 2009 at 12:16 am

    To: B Nelson

    Hey, remember me? well I got like $500 for Christmas, I got everything I wanted and I don’t want anymore things cause my room is flooded with toys and clothes and stuff. I’m not saying its a mess its just I think I got enough stuff for a while. Anyway my aunt came to town and she is a Vet like I wanna be. So I told her how much I wanted a Sugar Glider and she said she’d get me one. Well thats a fantasy. I’m bored with my sister Kayla for like 7 hrs a day we need something to train teach or do. We even go online typing “things to do when your bored” of course we don’t do any of them but they are fun to read.

    Any suggestions? I need an amusing pet both my dogs know every trick their is to know and my cats are cool but their 13 and have alot of problems. Well, I got my fish but I got them to follow my finger. Its amazing I can even teach a fish. I have time, patience(as you can see), and lots of money (not just mine)!!!

  160. Amber

    On December 29, 2009 at 12:16 am

    And Nomi Your Not The Only One!!

  161. Brenda Nelson

    On December 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Amber – you should see about taking your dogs to AGILITY lessons and showing off their skills!
    or Obedience competitions!

  162. Insane Ferret Lover

    On December 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Hi, I’m 11 an I have this thing about ferrets. My parents on the other hand have somthing against ferrets. I love ferrets and I plan on getting my parents to adopt one from a shelter, but there is one little problem. Both my mom and dad think that ferrets are discusting ugly creatures. I have pontid out to both of them after 3years of reaserch that A. they don’t smell that bad, B. they’re very cute, and C. they get along with all the other animals in our house. Every time I go to the pet store I always go by the ferret cage and insist in holding one. My mom at first when I said that I wanteda ferret wen’t over to the fish tank and bought me two goldfish( one of which shortly after getting home died). The next time I said that I wanted a ferret we were at an adoption drive to help out animals. My mom had seen me earlier playing with two kittens, she decided that we would foster them and then she bought them for me two days later. I mean the kittens were cute but I know that it was just a scandle for her to now say ” I’m not getting you any more pets EVER.” I did point out that the goldfish was now my little sisters and that I have had the cats for a while so I think that I’m qulified to own a ferret. She still sais NO. My Dad just thinks that they are “stinky little rags.” This quote actually offends me. I have $200.00 stored up for it and am planning to get more. Can anyone tell me how I should convince my parents to let me have one.

  163. Insane Ferret Lover

    On December 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    (As an Addition to my comment above):
    In order to get more money, I babysit for my parents (Well my brother used to do it but being my brother he just sits on the coach and eats health-bars. Unfortunatly for him, my parents came home early one night and found him in the pantry….) In 100 days I make around $75.00, so money is not a problem for me. I’m also thinking about giving away some of my gently used items such as old clothes, pens and pecils because everyone I know likes to be a cheap-stake and just by me a pencil set or some “excpensive” pens. huff, yeh $2.00 dollars is “excpensive”. Also some of my old toys like my stuffed animals from when I was five and some old books that I don’t need any more. I’m going to give all this stuff away so I’ll have room for a ferret (if I ever get one). Room for the ferret to play in and have a night-time cage with still enough room for my cats. I still don’t see why my parents are so against having a ferret when I am clearly making sacrifices.

  164. Insane FerretLover

    On December 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I still need help!!!!!!!!!! I can’t even spit the word ferret out of my mouth when I’m around her!! I’m worried if I ask again then she will get really mad at me. I try to be helpful around the house and I do extra chores.

  165. Brenda Nelson

    On December 31, 2009 at 11:50 am

    to Insane Ferret Lover
    I love your commitment! Ferrets are a lot of work, more than cats, as you probably know they are super smart and need lots of time out of the cage.
    The approach I would try is being more subtle (less pushy). Ask if you can go and VISIT the ferrets in the shelter (call the shelter first to see if they have ferrets). Have the staff show you which are the most friendliest, and descented, and play with them. Ask the staff questions about their care, even if you already know the answers, its so your mom or dad can hear. BUT DO NOT use the time to ask for the pet. Instead when its time to go, be mature, thank the staff and say to the staff simply One day I hope to be able to come back and adopt a ferret I think they are special. Thank the staff and thank your parents.
    Every now and then ask if you can go back and visit the ferrets, like maybe once every two weeks, eventually your parents will learn more about ferrets, after a few months of this then without being pushy ask them if they would consider allowing you to get a ferret.
    The gentle approach might work better than a pushy one.

  166. Christi (Ambers' older sis)

    On January 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Hi!!! I really WANT a Guinea Pig and a Bunny

  167. Christi (Ambers' older sis)

    On January 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    HI! I REALLY want a bunny, a fish tank, and any type or rodent!

  168. Amber

    On January 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Dear B Nelson and Insane ferret lover

    I’m just like u I LOVE ferrets but seem to have grown more on the sugar glider side, any way the same thing happened to me except i didn’t get anymore pets and I totally agree with you points too. And B Nelson I agree with you too but ferrets are ALOT of work plus I have done just about 3 yrs of research but I won’t give up on the ferret or sugar glider oh and I do know they will chew up everything they can find and its best to get 2 because if 1 gets bored it can cause alot of stress so it’ll have someone to play with (but thats not always the case) so maybe you should show you mom all the research you did, I did, but It got me nowhere I even made a book but thats not the point if I can’t succeed than at least I can help you do it!!! DON’T STOP TRYING NO MATTER WHAT!

  169. Christi

    On January 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Also, I think that I should have a fish tank. I have worked hard. I live in an apartment and I have a dog and a Beta fish. I think I should have a fish tank. I used to have turtles, and the tank is no problem what so ever. I keep asking them but, every time it is they think I won’t take care of it. I have frog that I’ve had for two years!!! They’re still alive. Amazing to my parents. But, the turtles I got were a gift from my bff. Also, the guinea pig situation is different. They think i’m irresponsible, but my mom HATES them she is obbsessed with not having the rodent in the house. She thinks the dog will go crazy. Plus, for the bunny, my parents still think it’s a rodent so it sortta goes together.

  170. Amber

    On January 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I feel for you (I don’t live in an apartment though)

  171. Christi

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Woops! I made a typo on the apartment! I live in a house

  172. Amber

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    To: Insane Ferret Lover and B Nelson

    Did you tell your mom and dad that ferrets are NOT rodents they are part of the weasel family (Mustela putorius furo). Thats a mistake that my mom made when I was talking about them, she specifically said “I’m not having any smelly annoying rodents in my house, when you turn 18 and move out you can get one!!” I have a video of it as proof. I thought of that while I was eating dinner. By the way, I don’t live in an apartment and I have 3 sisters an older (Christi age: 12) then me (age 11) and then Kayla (age 10 she was adopted) and Kylie (age 4). The problem with that is in my family Kylie and Christi want a Guinna Pig and a Bunny, then me and Kayla want a Sugar glider or a ferret but we are all pretty mature so if one of us got the pet that someone else wanted we’d be fine. As you may know we in all have 2 frogs, 2 fish, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

  173. Christi

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    True Amber true!!!

  174. Amber

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    ^^ CONTINUED^^

    Frogs names are: Sugar and Spice
    Fish are: Bubbles and Ray
    Dogs are: Sparky and Cocoa
    Cats are (my moms but still): Saga and Mr. Kitty

  175. Kayla (Amber little sis)

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Ya agreed with both Christi and Amber but Christi does want a sugar glider so… FIX IT!! Sorry was I to harsh there??

  176. Christi

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Gosh Amber! Don’t you know how to spell my dogs’ name by now? It’s Coco

  177. Kayla

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Ok umm I have a question for B NELSON uh? Well… are you like the owner of the site or not I wanna know?

  178. Christi

    On January 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Ok, so the real question is, is how can I get my parents to say yes to a fish tank, a rodent, or a bunny

  179. Amber

    On January 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    To: B Nelson

    Well Christi even though I’m next to you I can’t answer this question I wish they understood what we do and I wish we could straight up tell them and they listened and knew how we felt. I don’t just want an animal cause I just gotta have it I want it for many reasons here they are sorry if i bore you but i will not stop trying. I know Christi, Me, Kayla, and Kylie won’t either (well maybe Kylie but she is only 4) Any way here are the reasons…………………………

    1) I get bored with toys and want something to do.
    2) I love each and every animal no matter what.
    3) I would love the fun and excitement in training it.
    4) Me and Kylie are the main ones at home because Christi is always at her friends house or somewhere fun, Kayla went with our Aunt to find her real parents, and Kylie is at pre-school from 6:30am-6:00pm at night and I get home at 2:30 pm and usually does homework till 3:00 or 3:30pm.
    5) The only pet Kylie got to enjoy getting was our (now dead) hamster Rosie that died when she was 2.
    6) I’m getting boring so bye PLEASE reply.

  180. Amber

    On January 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Continued from above^^^^^^^

    Kayla has been gone for 2 months and is leaving again for 4 more months and today and tomorrow are the only days i get to see her till’ she gets back

  181. Brenda Nelson

    On January 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hello girls!

    I do not own the site, I am a writer for it, one of many. If you have a parents permission, you can write here too and get paid for it.

    As a parent I wouldnt allow my daughter to have any pet that I wouldnt be willing to care for myself, as when she is sick or at a sleep over, for example.
    Ferrets and dogs are too demanding for us. We do have cats, a hedgehog, sheep and even a donkey and llama!

    yes, both ferrets and rabbits are NOT rodents, of course you shouldnt get both because ferrets will kill rabbits.

    Ask mom to take you to your local SPCA or pet shelter just to visit the pets… then as nicely one day what kind of pet she MIGHT allow.

  182. Amber

    On January 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Ok cool. Yeah, we know we would rather have a sugar glider out of all the pets but a ferret is our second choice so if we were allowed either one we’d take it. Our shelters by our house (there are 3) never had a ferret except for one time when someone was caught illegally breeding them and all 3 shelters took a bunch. They all got adopted really fast so we didn’t have a chance. At the family owned pet store by our house they only have like 3 but there always on hold. I don’t think its one of those bad pet stores cause:
    1) Its always clean, they have a hand cleaning station.
    2) They only let the staff handle the animals.
    3) All the animals cages are HUGE the sugar glider cage is like half the wall and the ferrets is like a huge obstacle course its cool to watch them run around.

  183. Selena

    On January 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, my name is Selena. I have 2 African Dwarf frogs, one dog, and a Beta fish. I REALLY want a hamster and a some fish with a tank. I know a TON about almost every animal, but, I don’t know how to getmy parents to get me one. For the fish, already have a tank, that I used to hav hermt crabs and turtles in. But, now my mom uses it for storage,for like foil. And te hamster could go in the tank, if I didn’t get fish. My parents don’t think that I am responsible enough, but, I have certainly proved that I can take care of either. I take care of all the animals I have now and they’re still alive! But, the other argument my parents also have is that we live in an apartment and we don’t have enough space. But, where my turtles were, I could put them. Recently I asked them for the fish and my parents don’t think I’ll change the tank, when I’ve done the tanks for all my other animals. For the hamster, they think that if it bites me, I’ll never pick it up again. I’ve tried slide-shows, and books, and pretty much everything else you can do to show parents that you know all about the animal. I have my own money, so that isn’t a problem either!!! What can I do? Please HELP!!!

  184. Yasmin

    On January 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hi i’m new my name is Yasmin and I think your parents are sort of right I have a hamster but I want a rabbit really bad my hamster bit me and it drew alot of blood it didn’t hurt too bad though. Then about a week later I picked it up and bit my bad hand and it hurt like never before it hurt super bad and i have a big hamster so…. (a rare Europeon Hamster super rare to get) Then it bled for almost a month and my cut was about as big as a bottle cap cuz it held on and ripped my skin. I showed my dad and he said it was infected and I had to got to the hospital and get medicine and had to get stitches. My mom made me get rid of my hamster and now i’m getting a bunny. But I think The fish are no problem

  185. Amber

    On January 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Are you talking fantasy? Because like a hamster would do that.

  186. Kayla

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Maybe your talking fantasy because like my sister said i don’t think a hamster would do that and stitches? I fell of a cliff and got a gash as big as both my hands and didn’t get any stitches.

  187. Selena

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    OMG! Seriously?! That’s amazing!!! I’ve never seen a hamster that big before. I want a small hamster like a robo. I LOVE Robo hamsters. Their real name is robovorski. They are the smallest hamster in the WORLD. I asked my parents and they said maybe for the fish!!!

    But, I have three fish in mind:
    Glowing tetras
    Neon Gobies

    I think these fish would be the best for me, they stay small and they are small. I only have a ten gallon tank, so these are the best, also, I am probably using my own money, so I’d perfer if they were in expensive. But, if anyone has an idea for FRESHWATER fish that are about 3in big (I live in the US and I forget how to change the inches into cetemeters). 3in or less. But, because these fish are so small and tend to be eatten by bigger fish, I think that it would be better if they were smaller. Also, if anyone knows if any of these aren’t fresh water fish PLEASE tell me ASAP. I tried to look it up but, I couldn’t find it. Now, I’m really aimming for the fish, and a little whole after that I’ll try for the hamsters. But, if anyone knows any pretty fish that are small please answer!!!

  188. Christi

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Hi everybody! I defilently think that it is possible to have a hamster that can do that! But, I think that, that fish must’ve had some serious problems! Anyway, I think that those fish are fresh water. Not sure though

  189. Christi

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    not fish sorry, hamster. But, please, I really want people to see Selena’s comment. She deserves to have hers answered. It’ more important than me. PLEASE ANSWER SELENA’S!

  190. Amber

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Guppys are small like maybe 4in or 3in and they are freshwater and really pretty like bettas so try that, they are SUPER inexpensive and dont eat other fish.

  191. Amber

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    why should i answer hers??

  192. Christi

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    You should answer hers’ because she needs to have pets unlike us Amber!

  193. Selena

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you. I do like guppies. They are VERY cute! But also how many should i get? Like should I get like four of each? Or would they eat each other? But, thank you! If anyone else has any fish, go ahead. I appreiate it

  194. Amber

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Ooh Selena guess what I found some fish that are pretty and they match your requirements they are: parrot cichlid, tiger barbs, yo yo loaches, and maybe some pearl or blue gouramies.

  195. Selena

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you, I LOVE the parrot cichlids. But seriously! How many should I get of each. If I get two and they are different genders, they might have babies, if I get only one then they might not have a friend :(
    What do I do?!?!?!

  196. Kayla

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Guppies do fight but they wont kill each other and you shouldn’t keep males together.

  197. Selena

    On January 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    How do I tell them apart? Females and males?

  198. Amber

    On January 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Males are smaller, colorful, and have long tails. And I think females are fatter.

  199. Brenda Nelson

    On January 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    To tell Guppies apart, while males are generally smaller and more colorful this isnt the proper method. You have to look for a body part apparent on all livebearer fish. Called a gonopedium (not sure if I spelt it right) its underneath. You can keep male guppies together but should have more females than males.

  200. Selena

    On January 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

    To: B Nelson
    Thank you. Do you know if all these fish are fresh water?

  201. Brenda Nelson

    On January 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    yes Guppies and Tetras are freshwater fish, so are many other livebearers such as Platties and Swordtails, just make sure you have something to do with the babies!

  202. Selena

    On January 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    B Nelson
    Thank you! But, do you know if neon gobbies are? Thank you!

  203. Selena

    On January 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    THank you everybody! I got my fish tank yesterday and I am VERY pleased. I got some fancy tal guppies and they are awesome! Just wondering… Is it normal for them to go up and down the side of the tank all day? And, is it normal for the tank to be cloudy after the first day of having the fish in there? Thank you!

  204. Kayla, Christi, Amber, and Kylie

    On January 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

    TO: B Nelson

    The fair is coming up and they have sugar gliders (I just found out) my mom known for a while and she told me to get me aggravated i guess because she was like ” Hey girls guess what? They have sugar gliders at the fair this year.” and we were all like COOL and she said “but we are not getting one!” and i got SO mad because whats the point of telling us if we can’t get one me and Kayla ended up getting grounded because we kept arguing this is stressing me out way too much i wanna take a break but I can’t i’ve gotta get a sugar glider no matter what. Has my mom ever wanted something so bad and she never got it well, no because out of her 3 sister she was the youngest and got whatever she wanted she just doesn’t get it. When she was little she had a pet Skunk, A snake, A dalmatian, A cockatoo and a chihuahua. Same thing with my dad he was the youngest and got whatever he wanted too. He got a Opossum, 3 snakes, 4 parrots, a budgie, he won a tarantula (the only spider I like), and he had 7 dogs, 3 golden retrievers, 1 cocker spaniel, and 3 Boston terriers. The only pet he wanted and never got was a French bulldog.

    B nelson please help me/us.
    The one who is writing is Amber but we all pitched in.

    P.S. I can’t wait till i turn 18 and move away (far away)

  205. Amber

    On January 16, 2010 at 11:32 am


    I’m gonna move out get a nice house and have 3 dogs,ferrets,birds, hedgehogs and sugar gliders!!!!!!!!!

  206. Christi

    On January 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Hi everybody!!! I totally agree with Amber. I can’t wait until we get out and live FREE FOREVER!!! Hope we get one. Cross your finger everybody!

  207. Selena

    On January 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I got 3 neon’s they are soooooo cute! They play and swim right along with the guppies! Thank you B Nelson! You ROCK

  208. Amber

    On January 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Lucky u

  209. Kayla

    On January 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you Christi I agree with you and Amber

  210. Brenda Nelson

    On January 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Congrats on getting your fish!

  211. Amber

    On January 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    TO: B nelson

    Please help me from what I wrote above

  212. Amber

    On January 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Go 8 comments up and you’ll see mine

  213. Brenda Nelson

    On January 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Amber, I am sorry, I am not your mom, I cannot make her get you any kind of pet you want. Sugar Gliders are lots of work… I know many people who have had them and wished they didnt. I suggest you go to the fair and look. Ask questions and learn.
    Eventually you will get a pet, even if it is after you move far away.

  214. Amber

    On January 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I understand

  215. iluvedward

    On January 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    my dad said that as long as live in my parent’s house he never ever wants to hear the word dog. What do i do?

  216. Amber

    On January 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

    To: B Nelson
    Hi its me again I learned all I can in the past 12 days so all I can and today is the day I get to go to the fair. All of you please wish me luck! I’m gonna ask my parents if I can get one!!!
    I’ll tell you how it went afterwards

  217. Amber

    On January 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    To B Nelson
    I went to the fair with my best friend and I asked my mom and she said maybe when we move. So at least I got a maybe. Then I asked my dad and he said if I go on 9 fishing trips with him he will pay for the cage but i’ll have to get the glider. Well then I’ll be going on fishing trips alot more!

  218. Brenda Nelson

    On January 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    to Amber. GREAT!
    It gives you something to look forward too!

    In the mean time keep learning about pets, not just the good points but the bad ones too.

  219. Amber

    On January 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I know I was on A site like this awhile ago and It said that you should also try to learn about the bad points

  220. Amber

    On January 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Ok I have this story, its kind of a weird one that I wasn’t expecting…

    We went to one of the animal shelters because my best friend lost her dog and my mom offered to help. So we got in the shelter and first thing we see is a man going through the emergency place. We couldn’t make out what he was holding so we ignored it. Then we found my friends dog and she came and picked him up. We just were looking around and saw some cute kitties and a bunch of dogs. Then we went back in the lobby room an there was 2 Rabbits, 2 Guinea Pigs and a Gerbil. We asked the man where they came from and he said they were surrendered from this lady that couldn’t care for them. So he left and I looked at one of the furry guinea pigs and though he was SO cute. But my mom said “NO!” and well thats it. Also since I usually volunteer there I was petting this kitten and this lady and 2 men came up to me and said we’ll take him so, I helped a kitten (like 4 months) get adopted by just petting her.

  221. Amber

    On January 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I mean’t him on the last word

  222. Irelynn

    On January 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm


    On December 29, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Yeah right I’ve tried getting a sugar glider for 2 years and nothing worked. You just got one of those parents who are nice and got u a sweet puppy

    NO. Just, NO. My parents are very strict, I worked HARD. You obviously arn’t trying hard enough. Sugar Gliders are exotic and expensive pets. And the “Sweet puppy” thing. Puppies are not sweet. They have to be trained, fed, walked. They bite, cry and so much more. My puppy does not do that anymore, but we’ve had her for a while now.

  223. Joe

    On January 30, 2010 at 12:08 am

    OMG! i will try really hard on your advice! I have tried pets A to Z the main prob. waz that it smells or we already have a pet. Also Winslow (my dog) wont like it ! Ahhhhh i have always just wanted a pet I think I might try bribing them with sayin ” I will keep my room clean for 2 to 3 months (by the way that iz really big for me!) and if I do that you should at least give it a 50% chance I mean come on!” But now I will not beg a lot because that is what probably got me in this problem in the first place! Thanx for the advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  224. hestia

    On January 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    im thirteen and have wanted a pet since i was about five…to be honest all i really want is a smallish rodent or a cat. but a cat is out of the question because of the garden and curtains, etc.
    and i wanted a rat or mice for aaaagggees, but i think that mice smell (the pet would be in my room) and wouldnt be much fun. and i dont have 2 hours a night free so that would be hard. so now i want a gerbil, ive been researching, playing with some gerbils and even looking after some with the rspca, but my parents still wont budge! Help! I even did a really long project. so now im gently working on mes parents, hoping…

  225. hestia

    On January 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    btw, good website so thanks

  226. Em

    On January 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Hestia, I presuaded my parents to get me rats. They are great and friendly and barely smell! I wrote a couple of pages about them and the pros and cons of having them around, saying you will clean out there cage at least once a week and pay for it yourself. Mine are doing great. They are both females and adore playing and hanging out in there home made hammocks :)

  227. Amber

    On January 31, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hestia, I agree with Em. My best friend has a rat named Cherry, she was sweet, never stunk, and even learned a few tricks. They are a little easier than mice,and gerbils. They also are very smart and can learn to come when called. There are also difficulties too. Like if you go on vacation you might not be able to bring the rat, so you’ll have to find someone to care for it. One more thing you also have to know what to expect, so do your research and also you have to clean their cage out at least once or twice a week.

    P.S. Make sure that if your parents say yes than make sure they know as much as you do about the rat/rats.

    P.S.S. Its best if you get to so they can keep each other company!

  228. hestia

    On January 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks Em and Amber :)
    My neighbour has some rats so i took my parents to see them today. They really loved them but told me they werent sure if we had space…so when i got home i cleared out a big place where we could put the cage.
    We’re going equipment hunting next weekend!
    Thanks again :)

  229. anabelle

    On February 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    how can i get my dad to get me a chinchilla

  230. Kayla, Christi, and Amber

    On February 1, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Hestia, Congrats I hope you have a great experience with the rats.

  231. Alice

    On February 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    How much room to rats need? And do they need lots of toys? My parents say that I can’t have them but I have been doing research. Do they smell and make a lot of noise?

    Thanks :D

  232. Sad Ash

    On February 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    im trying to convince my mom to let me get a chicken. I know you think im crazy but, they make good pets. I’ve researched them and asked my science teach. who owns one. She even offered to give me a free egg! I tried convincing her nicely. I really really want this pet! What can i do to make her say yes?

  233. Joe

    On February 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Wish I could help you, but chickens are illegal where I live. They\’re considered \”livestock\” or \”poultry\”, it doesn\’t matter, they\’re illegal.
    When I was 8 years old, my parents got me a dog for Christmas. Bad idea. I have three younger siblings, and my youngest sister is OBSESSED with dogs and cats. Really, somebody could kidnap her by offering to let her pet their dog; she followed one person 3 blocks petting their dog! It\’s embarrassing! Not only that, now I\’m 14, and my parents will only let me have fish! Since the dog, I\’ve had one stray cat I rescued from a golf course – sometimes they get run over by golf carts, it happened to a litter of kittens sleeping under a golf cart at the same course! I do love my fish. I\’m a little obsessed over them. But I would rather have a dog. And my parents always shrug it off if I ask to get one. Pets are great!

  234. Amber

    On February 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Alice, rats require alot of work. How much room to rats need? They need a big cage, water food toys, a hammock and accessories…etc. And do they need lots of toys? Enough to keep them busy if your not home in the day.Do they smell and make a lot of noise? They have a slight odor but they will start to stink if you don’t clean the cage out every couple times a week. And yes they do make some noise but I wouldn’t call it racket or anything.

  235. Kris

    On February 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Hi, I’m trying to get my parents to allow me to get a pet chinchilla. I have done my research and I believe it would be a great pet for me. I currently have 1 dog, 1 rabbit, and 1 fish. I had 2 rats along with that but about 2 weeks ago they had to be put down. They got cancer and there really wasn’t much the dr could do so he told me to keep them till I noticed they were un-comfy, so that’s what I did. I got the rats in 2007 and I had a fish, dog, and rabbit then also… and my parents were fine with letting me have the 2 ratties… Well now that they are gone… I want a new pet and it isn’t like I want 2 I just want one…but the second I mention the word pet my parents scream and yell at me… Also they wouldn’t be paying for it ever… I have a job I pay for everything for my pets and I will be buying it my self… Heck I’m the one paying all their bills ….What can I do?

    P.S. I take very good care of all my animals and I do everything I have to for them my parents don’t even care about them except for the dog…

  236. Brenda Nelson

    On February 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

    not much you can do until you move out.
    Why are you paying your parents bills? You need to save your money for your future so you can move out and find a place that allows pets.
    Honestly dont push your parents. it will just anger them

  237. Cinbadrio

    On February 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Hi i REALLY want a cat/kitten and I have a big german shepherd already and i was like “Why can’t we just separate them for a while till they get used to each other?” and he said “You already have 2 DOGS!!!” but my other dog is getting old AND blind AND has diabetes. He’s a executive producer on movies and he isn’t working right now so i just don’t think he likes the cost. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  238. Kris

    On February 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    well first off, I’m not a child B Nelson… I am 21 years of age… and If I didn’t pay their bills they would be on the street they are elderly… and my brothers won’t see about them leaving only me.. What is really bothering me though.. is the fact they were okay with me getting 2 rats while I had a dog rabbit and fish… but now gripe and complain and refuse to allow me to bring 1 pet not 2 just one…they tell me to go live in a barn… And actually this is my house… they just live here with me because they can afford a place of their own right now.

  239. Brenda Nelson

    On February 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    to Kris
    If you are 21 years of age and it is YOUR house, you DO NOT need your parents permission. If they don’t like it, they shouldnt be living in your house. It is the home owner who establishes the rules.
    Chinchillas are great pets, good luck.

  240. Amber

    On February 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Kris, even though I’m only 11 I totally agree with B Nelson, plus you have the right to have a chinchilla in your home because its YOUR house so therefore they are YOUR rules. (I know all this because my mom is a lawyers best friend.)

  241. Amber

    On February 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    To: B Nelson

    Ok, So I haven’t been successful in the sugar glider area, and I’m a starter on small animals (besides my other hamsters Rosie and Carter and my mouse Pirate. Rosie died of a heart attack, Carter died of old age,and Pirate died of cancer). So I decided what if I get a sugar glider and it doesn’t go well. So I want to see if I can handle something easier, a guinea pig. Everyone in my family loves guinea pigs and my whole family has had experience with them, my friend since Kindergarten has a tri-colored one named patches she is so cute…. I do know alot about guinea pigs and in 2nd grade Puffy a albino one was our class pet. Wish me luck and gve me any needed advice on guinea pigs.

    P.S. I read the page on here about guinea pigs so… Ya…

    P.S.S I already know pretty much everything you can know about them so…

  242. Amber

    On February 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Still to: B Nelson

    A guinea pig Adopt-A-Thon is in my area on February 28th so maybe I’ll get one then. I’m thinking of a younger American, Teddy,Teddy Satin, Abyssinian, or the Dutch. I mostly want a girl but either one doesn’t matter.
    I have a couple names so tell be which ones you like (I put a * next to my favorites)

  243. Brenda Nelson

    On February 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Good luck with a Guinea Pig, a much better choice than a Sugar Glider I think too!
    I like Daisy for a girl name. Or what about Tango? or Ritzy for a boy.

    I had Guinea Pigs when I was young, their names were Sunflower and Peanut.

  244. Amber

    On February 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Thats a picture of one of the guinea pigs I want, her name is Cinnamon. I like Tango but my cousins dog’s name was Tango and she died of Arthritis and Cancer and I don’t like being reminded of her :( But I like the name Ritzy alot! Thanks so much.


  245. Amber

    On February 11, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Here another one I like her name is Trixie

  246. Lisa

    On February 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I am a child under and have benn convincing my parents to buy me a guinea pig. I\’m so in love with them I know everything there is to know about them and i\’ve benn wanting it for about 2 years. I tried emailing my parents that im responsible enough and they have agreed to the conditions. when i read some of these i cut off on the begging. i have more than 200 dollars in my bank account, 82 bucks in my piggy bank and about $20 of loose change. I have all the requirements but i still dont know why they wont get me one. The only other pet we have is a Greater Swiss Mountain dog who will probably die in the next year. We have plenty of room and stuff and everybody but my parents want a pet. That\’s probably the reason but the thing is: THEY SAID, AS LONG AS I CAN CARE FOR IT I CAN HAVE IT. i dont really care what they said as long as i get a guinea pig. I even have to pay for all of it and i think i can really do it. Ive even been to the petstore\’s site and picked out the cage, anHope i get one

  247. Lisa

    On February 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    (Lisa’s right one) I am i child one year under 10 (All the stuff that is after this above)

  248. LaUReN

    On February 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I am completely obsessed with animals. My dog ran away a few months ago, and she usually stayed with my gma, but she stayed with my dad and I everymonth or so, and was a perfect dog. My dad didn’t complain, but he didn’t hate her. Now i REALLy wanna adopt a dog in the shelter, but everytime I ask my dad, he gets this stresed out voice and says. “God, i don’t wanna talk about this and get all stressed out right now.” No matter what he’s doing. How would I convince him I can take care of a dog???

  249. Amber

    On February 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    He is probably still a little upset that your last dog ran away, talk to him when he’s in a good mood or at dinner or something. Its kind of soon to start looking for a new dog (I waited 6 years before I could get the dogs I have now). But if you must find a shelter in your area and ask your dad if you could go and look at some of the dogs. What kind of dog are you looking for? What kind of dog was the one that ran away? I actually visited a shelter today to look at any guinea pigs they have, they had 3 Fred, Peanut, and I think the other one was Prince!

    Good Luck, Amber

  250. hestia

    On February 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    ive had my two gorgeous little rats (rum and whisky – says a lot about me, huh ;) ) for a couple of weeks now. And even though my parents really didnt want them, my mum and my dad love them a lot! They say that they cant imagine the house without them.
    But before they got me the rats, they made me write out everything i wanted for them and the costs, and a schedule of when i would look after them. i think if I had done that first then i’d have had a much bigger chance, so theres an idea.
    Thanks Em, Amber, B Nelson and Kayla, Christi and Amber :D

  251. Amber

    On February 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Your welcome Hestia, good luck with those cute little fuzzies!!

  252. Lisa

    On February 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    My parents take a REAL LONG TIME to decied if they want to get me a pet or not. So far it’s taken 2 years! My dad’s traviling right now though, so im not very hopes high. I’ve been waiting a long time.

  253. Amber

    On February 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Yeah, I know how bad it feels I’ve been wanting them for a long time too and sometimes all you can do is wait. But in that time, help around the house and do chores and try to take extra care of any pets you already have (yes I’m talking about your dog). One more thing is I waited a long time and I’m going to a festival for guinea pigs on the 27th I’m meeting two very beautiful ones! Oh, and another things don’t get ANY guinea pig from a pet store, they might have NO human contact and will be scared and frightened of you their whole life. Its ok if you get the cage there though. If I get the 2 I want, they are coming from a shelter and are a bonded pair. Just don’t get any from pet stores. Responsible breeders are fine too just make sure ALL their guinea pigs are healthy and seem to be active and alert.

  254. Christi

    On February 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Your welcome Hestia : )

  255. Jonnie

    On February 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    To: Lisa
    Hi! I really do think that guinea pigs are a great pet! I’ve wanted one for awhile and my parents say no too. But, first I asked them if I could have a different pet with alot less work involved but still a considerable ammount. They agreed and now a have a beautiful fish tank! I have glowfish and fancy tail guppies. Believe it or not fish tanks do have alot of work, keeping up with amonia levels, ph levels, algae, filters, feeding, and changing water once a week. Defilently a good choice for me. I think for you maybe you should try to get a different pet for awhile and show your parents you care. But, also taking care of your dog would help too. Parents just want to make sure you’ll take care of it and won’t leave it to them when they get older. And I know (since i’m pretty young. say 10-15 somewhere in there) that when you say “I just want a pet for me!” The reason you have the others pets is probably because you asked for it. Try to make a compromise. Compromises can work, like trying a different pet like a rat or hamster. They are pretty close realitives, really. Make sure you can afford everything. I know that you probably can. But, try to find the lowest price! Like try Walmart, they’re prices are pretty low. And try to tell your parents when BIG sales are coming up. Lastly, try and make a brochure, powerpoint, or session to tell all about them. Search what kind of dieases are common at certain ages through their life and how much (approximently) it will cost to make them better. Like I have a friend who has a guinea pig and he needs pills to keep him alive b/c he has a defective heart. : (
    If you need anymore advice, I’m here for anyone!!!

  256. Amber

    On February 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    TO: Jonnie

    You know how you mentioned “go for the cheapest” well you shouldn’t always do that because even though they look ok and are cheap doesn’t mean they work good, when It comes to something as important as a pet, cheapest is not always the best. This is NOT always the case though! =)

  257. Brenda Nelson

    On February 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    to Lisa and Jonnie

    Buying the cheapest pet often supports cruelty if you are buying from a store. If the pet is cheap it is because very little money went into the care and breeding of the pet, so not only might you get a sickly pet with poor genetics but very likely you support a cruel industry of breeding pets cheap for profit.
    The BEST places to get a pet is your local Animal Shelter or SPCA, some adoptables even come with free cages and supplies, plus you are saving a life!
    Amber is right.

  258. Amber

    On February 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you B Nelson for supporting my statement, and I completely agree with you :)

  259. Jonnie

    On February 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Yes, i understand getting the cheapest isn’t the best. But, I mean for supplies.

  260. Jonnie

    On February 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    To:B Nelson
    Ok, so like I said to amber, i meant supplies, like bedding. I defilently support Amber and B Nelson in saying buying the cheapest pet isnt thebest way to go. But, things like water bottles are held to a certain standard!

  261. Amber

    On February 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    To: Jonnie
    Oh, I know I was talking about both the pet and the supplies.

    For Example: Cheap water bottles can rust and be worn down by a rodent or a rabbit/guinea pig/ferrets teeth. But thats not always the case just saying!

  262. Ali

    On February 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm


    Im turning thirteen next month and i have been asking for a pet rabbit. I have done loads of research and i wrote a persuasive letter to convince my parents i can look after a rabbit. I also made a timetable to show i have enough time to care for a rabbit however my parents still wont let me have one.

    I used to have a mouse when i was younger but she passed away. I would much rather have a rabbit because they are more playful.

    Any ideas on how i could get my parents to get me a rabbit?

  263. Amber

    On February 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

    To: Ali
    Help around he house a little more than usual, when your parents are in a good mood just simply ask why they won’t get you a rabbit, is it because of money, time, or since rabbits do live long you might not be able to care for it when you go to collage or just leave your parents? Then bring up some good and bad facts about them! Trust me, its takes a long time to get your parents to say yes to a pet, it took 4 years for my fish and I wanted a guinea pig for 6 years and I still don’t have it, so don’t be disappointed.
    Good luck, Amber!

  264. Sammy

    On February 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    hi, well I’m 12, and incredibly mature and responcible for my age, according to teachers and adults… I want a guinea pig, alot. I had one from 2nd – 3rd grade, and my little sister got one a few months before mine died. He was old when we got him ^.^. i had trouble cleaning the cage by myself and my brother helped alot, but I fed them and stuff. I took over my brother’s role with my little sister. After hers died, my mom became conviced that we ‘abused’ it. My dad is all for getting a guinea pig, but apparently my mom’s desicion is the only one that counts. I’ve read numerous books on guinea pigs, so how the heck do I make them let me get one?

  265. Ali

    On February 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks Amber your advice is much appreciated

  266. Amber

    On February 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    To: Sammy
    I don’t have much advice for you but you could try and ask your dad to convince your mom, but that could agrivate her more.

  267. Brenda Nelson

    On February 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    To Sammy.

    First try to think, did you ever forget to water the GP that died, or did it get dropped by accident? These things do happen and are not the same as being intentionally cruel.
    All pets should be family pets, mom and dad should be willing to help and should be willing to remind you to care for the pet. My daughter is 15 and I still remind her to care for and check her pets…

    I would say to leave it alone for a while, then ask them to take you to VISIT the pets and your local Shelter, after a week or so.. try asking again, good luck.

  268. Alice

    On February 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I really want rats. I look after my sister’s guinea pigs (she got bored of them after half a year) and have been doing so for two years. But the G.P.s still prefer her, and it would be nice to have a pet of my own. But my sister says that they’ll upset the G.P.s (how? They’re outside!!) and my parents listen to her, because she’s older. They KNOW that I wouldn’t stop taking care of the guinea pigs, and I love them and wouldn’t ever take rats outside either, but my sister has somehow convinced them that I’m horrible!!!

  269. Selena

    On February 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Maybe you could try to ask your sis to get the rats and give them to you as a present for something (birthdaies, christmas) that kinda thing. : ) Hope I can help!!!

  270. Analise

    On March 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    To: Anyone that can help.
    Hi, my name is Analise and i’m 13 years old I love animals more than my family (maybe 2% more thats all), even though my family are really close. I live on a half farm we just grow tomatoes and green peppers. and the pets I have now are: 3 dogs (all border collies, named Storm, Cassie, and Eli), 1 cat (Stripe, a domestic shot-hair), and my 4 rabbits (all Rex, Jess, Cali, Tina, and Jo.) I am the only child and my problem is I want a horse, and not just any horse, I want a stallion!

  271. Brenda Nelson

    On March 7, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Analise you DO NOT want a Stallion!
    They are powerful and can be agressive and dangerous. They BITE. I know I have been around a few of them. You have to use special equipment and have special fences.

    lots of stories make stallions sound great, but did you ever watch the TRUE movie of the wild horse Cloud? There was a scene of a stallion killing a foal.

    Not all stallions are mean, but most can be especially when not handled by a REALLY experienced person (I went to horse college for 2 years)

    here is a link for you

  272. Analise

    On March 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

    To: B Nelson
    I know everything you just told me, the only thing i forgot to mention is we already have a stallion but my dad wants to give it to this sweet girl that goes to my dads riding classes. Her name is Sweetie and she is one of the best horses. If i get a stallion she/he will be handled by my dad (he is really experienced he went to collage on horses for i think 7 or 8 years). But if I cannot have another stallion i’m leaning toward a Appaloosa (I ride one at my riding class) or a Clydesdale. But if my parents are against those the last horse i want would be a Lusitano. I only want one but I can’t narrow it down maybe you can help?

  273. Amber

    On March 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

    To: Analise
    Hi, Analise, I agree with both you and B Nelson because Stallions are very powerful and dangerous, but since you and you dad are experienced then i agree you might have a shot at a stallion, but I also think that an Appaloosa is a better choice. I love horses alot, because I go to riding camp and my grandma has 3 horses. But have you ever heard of the breed Paso Fino they are my favorite breed and are very friendly, I’ve known a Paso Fino all my life and he actually saved mine! The Paso Fino’s name was Jolt, and I was falling of a ladder (don’t ask) and Jolt caught me, I thought it was unbelievable but its true!

  274. Brenda Nelson

    On March 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    What do you want the horse for? Pleasure riding? Showing? Jumping? Rodeo? you need to get more experience and find out what you want. then find a breed that fits. A Clydesdale is a draft horse, not often used for riding. An Appy is a western style horse… a QH would be good too if you are doing western stuff. Get a gelding, not a stallion. Most shows DO NOT allow people under 18 to show stallions anyhow.

  275. sophie

    On March 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    hi i\’m 11 this year and i\’m desperate 4 either a rabbit or 2 chinchilas. i\’ve researched bout both of them but my parents still say no still say no. i\’ve had nothin bigger than a hamster and we\’ve had 4 pets. can any1 help me with this?

  276. Analise

    On March 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    To: B Nelson
    Yeah, I do know that too. I really want a horse for riding, drafting, showing, or jumping, any of them work for me a Clydesdale would be my last choice anyway. I asked my parents what they think a good horse for me is and my mom hates the stallion idea and like Amber likes the Paso Fino, they are great horses but my dad likes the Appy but hates the QH, they can’t seem to agree on which one which leads me to another problem. But they kind of agree on the Appy. So i guess the Appaloosa works best for me but another problem is the color (my dad like specific colors, and I personally don’t care much about the color just the personality) the color pattern my dad prefers is blanket but i like the leopard pattern, anyway the color doesn’t matter like I said.

  277. Brenda Nelson

    On March 8, 2010 at 11:37 am


    You need to just go looking with your parents and horses for sale.. you will know when the right one comes along.
    For jumping – perhaps a Clyde x TB, or warmblood.
    find out what is available in your area.

    for sure color shouldnt be important.. thats good of you to know.

    good luck.

  278. Brenda Nelson

    On March 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    to Sophie
    Chinchillas are cute but are harder work than rabbits. I like rabbits as pets more than hamsters myself.. Ask your parents if they will take you to an animal shelter to LOOK ONLY at the pets (do not pressure them to adopt one for you) but let them watch you play with it and hold it.. talk to the staff about their care and so forth.. this lets your parents understand about rabbits. The more they learn (NO PRESSURE) the more likely they are to consider it in the future.. plus some shelter pets come with cages free so ask once a month to go back to visit them pets.. again with no pressure
    maybe one day they will let you have one. but make it seem like it was their idea.

  279. Amber

    On March 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I agree with B Nelson

  280. Xlenn

    On March 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hi. I am 13 and I already have one dog. He is really sweet, a little too smart, fun, and the cutest thing you’d ever saw. And as great as Russel has been, I think it would be great to get a second dog. And I can tell sometimes Russel wants to be with other k-9s. He LOVES my cousins dogs. Also, next fall, I will probably be going to virtual school so, I won’t see many kids often (I’m an only child) and I would get lonely at times. So, a second best friend that I live with would be awsome. It’s not that Russel ain’t good enough, like my dad seems to think. How do I convince my dad to get a second dog? Also, the adults that think kids are too irresponsible or dumb to have a pet, you are so wrong!!! As a matter a fact, there are some adults who are so much more irresponsible than kids. Examples: Criminals, Communists

  281. Brenda Nelson

    On March 14, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    to Xlenn

    kids are not always too irresponsible, but they cannot pay the bills or provide a life time commitment to a pet. You will be old enough to move out in 5 years and it is very hard to find a place that allows pets. So your dad is really the owner and the one making the commitment and paying the bills.
    While it might be true that Russel would love a pal, a second dog is a lot of work and more expense. Its really up to your dad to make that decision.
    By the way communists are not all bad, they just think everyone should be equal. In otherwords they feel that there should be no rich people, and no poor ones. That is a part of communism, Nazis are a different thing.

  282. Xlenn

    On March 15, 2010 at 1:00 am

    To B Nelson:
    What you said is all true, but that is not my dad’s reason. He believes that more than one dog is gross. I don’t see why if you train it right away, which I promised to do. We have a good sized home so, two small dogs wouldn’t be cramped.

  283. Amber

    On March 15, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I agree with B nelson and Xlenn, I have 2 dogs but it took like 3 years of convincing to get my 2nd dog Sparky. Also, do you know what breed you want (even a mutt), tell your parents the goods and the BADS of the breed and let them understand the breed. You can also ask to go to a local shelter and LOOK at some of the dogs there. DO NOT pressure your parents though…

  284. Xlenn

    On March 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    To Amber:
    Yes. I have been thinking about a Jack-a-Bee, which is a JRT x Beagle (My dog, Russel, is 1/2 JRT and I love the breed) but my dad likes to gets nice and willing to learn mutts. **Smiley**

  285. Amber

    On March 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Well, technically a Jack-a-Bee is a mutt because it is a mix of two breeds so thats a +!

  286. ?

    On March 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I really want a hamster. I asked my mum about 2 years ago and she said no because of the cats eating the hamster.
    Because it was such a long time ago i was hopeing she might think im more responsable. But i don\\\’t know how to ask her for one because im scared she might say no! :S
    Please help

  287. Xlenn

    On March 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    To Amber:
    true. Do you have any tips on convinsing a parent to get a second dog?

  288. Brenda Nelson

    On March 17, 2010 at 12:17 am

    to ?
    Cats usually dont eat hamsters if they are kept in good cages and you keep the door shut. I grew up with a cat and we had hamsters.. the cat never ate them but we did have to supervise. still its your moms rules, perhaps suggest a rabbit, cats usually get along with rabbits well

    to Xlenn
    If you push your dad will resist. You have to put in an effort to help around the house, gently ask your dad why he isnt wanting a second and what could you do to help. if you over do it all that will happen is it makes your dad frustrated. If his reason is money, or another practical reason, then it is unfair to push.

  289. Xlenn

    On March 18, 2010 at 12:25 am

    To B Nelson:
    I suppose you’re right. I did ask my dad and he believes two dogs in a house is gross and creepy. I don’t see why becuase we have a good sized home and two small dogs wouldn’t be any throuble. Also, I promised I would start training right away. Do know why he might think that?

  290. Emma

    On March 19, 2010 at 5:43 am


    I have 2 dogs in my house, and i think this is a reason why my dad will NOT let me have a kitten.
    Another reason might be that my younger brother basically forced me to get a rabbit- didn’t end well, my brother never looked after them and they eventually ran away.
    Now, my dad thinks I am irresponsible to look after a pet. Am I, because I didn’t really want a rabbit after all so how could I care for it?
    How, will I get my dad to think i am responsible????????????

  291. Emily

    On March 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Hi. I’m 13 years old and I already have one dog (Jack Russell x Cavalier King Charles). I’m going to virtual school next year, so I’ll be pretty lonely. I was thinking that a 2nd dog would be great company. They say 2 is better than 1. Also, I know my dog would love a dog buddy. So, I asked my dad if we could get a 2nd dog. He said two dogs in a house is gross and creepy (but one is ok). Although, we have a nice sized house and two small dogs wouldn’t be cramped. And I promised to start training it right away. HELP!!!!! [I know my story is similar to Xlenn's, but I'm not her.]

  292. puppies

    On March 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    hi i want my own pet but my mum keeps saying we already have to many
    iv been researching on all pets for more then 3 years and telling
    telling her and showing here that i would like any and i am responsible but see still said no HELP!PLEASE!!!

  293. Hannah

    On March 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Hello. I have a situation,also. I am a 13 year old girl. I am responsible, helpful, a good student, and I try my best at everything I do. All my life I have completely ADORED very animal I have ever seen, but I really, really, really, really, etc., want a manx kitten. My sister and brother (12) also would love to own this beautiful creature, along with my older sister (14). My mother has not ever really cared for cats, she is more of a dog person. But recently while at Petco, we saw the the most adorable kittens and they seemed to really like us, and my mother admited that she would like to be the owner of a manx kitten. My father, on the other hand, always talks about hating cats just to make me angry. I have tried EVERYTHING on this website and my dad won’t budge. Idk what to do know. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  294. Cocoa

    On April 1, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I want 2 get a bunny cuz they are soooo cute! My mum and dad says we can’t get one because they will attract fleas and stuff my mum said I have 2 ask my dad if we can get one I asked and he said no like he does 2 everything. Any ideas ppl I am very a responsible 11 year old

  295. Emma-Lee

    On April 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    To: B Nelson

    Hi, B Nelson. I am a regular writer on here but i’m not telling who.
    Anyway do you believe in miracles or wishes being granted? I have one wish (not anything about pets). But it hasn’t come true for 6 years. Now is my best chance but no one cares about it. I just was wondering, you don’t have to answer I guilt-ed myself to writing this…

  296. Emma-Lee

    On April 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    ^^^^^ If you don’t understand i’m NOT Emma-Lee. I just felt stupid if I showed my name.

  297. tajpal bhurji

    On April 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    i need to get my little girl a gini pig for her birthday is on the 9.4.2010.
    she dose not have eny pets

  298. Brenda Nelson

    On April 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    to tajpal… how old is your daughter? kids under 12 are too young to have pets, and you should not get her a Guinea Pig unless you are willing to help care for it. Check your local animal shelters first.

    to Emma-Lee
    Its good not to use your regular name especially if you are a kid.
    Wishes can come true but some take a long time. I dont know what your wish is, but keep working towards it. Good luck.

  299. Savannah

    On April 11, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Hey. My name’s Savannah, and I’m twelve years old. I already have 25 pets. But I have a little problem. You see, we just recently obtained some of these pets. Right now, I really, really want a pet horse or donkey. But the problem is one of our dogs, (who happens to be part pit bull) Rocket, that stays outside. I’ve never heard of cases where dogs and horses (or donkeys) could live together. Plus, I really don’t think my dad would ever in a million years get me something like that. We’re living off of my mom’s job right now because my dad recently lost his job. I don’t know if we have a yard big enough for one either. We have about an acre. But the big question is: which one makes a better pet; a horse or a donkey? Also, is an acre big enough for one and is it safe to put dogs and horses (or donkeys) together?

  300. Savannah

    On April 11, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Oh yeah and do you think that there’s a law against having too many pets because we already have a lot of them and I’ve seen shows where people have, like, eighteen or so and they have to get them taken away. I have twenty-five animals, including many dogs, cats, birds, rats, mice, and a ferret. I don’t want them to take my animals away from me! They all stay inside except for one dog and my dad recently lost his job and we can’t really afford to feed them but I still want a horse or donkey. Is there a law requirement for how many pets you can have? We live in a VERY small house and it smells in here of animals but I still want more. What should I do?

  301. Brenda Nelson

    On April 11, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    to Savannah.

    Most areas have laws about how many pets you can have. or how many of a specific type. Only a miniature horse would be fine on an acre, and horses are herd animals – they do best in pairs, not alone.

    Donkeys are often kept as guard animals against coyotes and feral dogs – they hate canines – and will often kill dogs. Horses are generally better if you have dogs.

    If your house is over run with pets and smells bad you are NOT doing the animals any favors by getting more… if you really love animals you will put their needs first.

  302. Amber

    On April 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Ya I agree B nelson. And Savannah, definitely a miniature horse on 1 acre. Also donkeys are not bad pets but they tend to attack dogs….. So…….. and I think they need more space than an acre.

  303. Savannah

    On April 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Ok, then. My mom says we have to get rid of some of them, so…yeah. I don’t think I should get a horse because I do indeed love animals and don’t want it to be uncomfortable.

  304. animal lover 42

    On April 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Hi, I really want a guinea pig. i have two VERY old but i love them very much. i also have a dog who is hyper and is my friend i love him so much. along with all these animals i sare my bedroom with a short living adorible frog that only needs to be feed twice a week and his cage only needs to be cleaned 4 times a year. i am responsible about my pets i take care of my cats and frog and keep my room tidy and get good grades. i am nice at the house and have done alot of research along with keeping a binder filled with perswaysive letters and infermation. i am willing to wait untill christmas and i am sur i will fully comet to my furry friend. but still my parents say no! i am trying not to be annoying and to ask nicely but i am getting frustrated. if you have any advice PLEASE answer as soon as you can.

    Animal lover 42

  305. animal lover 42

    On April 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    by the way i very much enjoyed reading your artical b nelson but to the people who say kids under 9 should not have a pet i strongly disagree because along with teaching us about responsiblity it also provids a friend to love and play with. how ever i do beleive if you are not fully willing to comit to the needs of the pet you select then as it is probably obvios do NOT get the pet!

  306. animal lover 42

    On April 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    ps in my first comment when i said i have two very old but i love them very much it may have sounded like i ment i have two guinea pigs but really i have two cats (brothers) by the way please respond!

  307. animal lover 42

    On April 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    as you can see ive posted alot of comments. anyone can and please do answer but b nelson i need you to answer. you give great responses but i have to dissagree with the kids under 12 thing. i am 9 about to turn 10 and i have a frog a dog and two cats like i said in my first comment and i am capible of taking care of both cats the frog and i plasy with the dog still making time for school and my very busy social life including soccer everyday of the week (im on two teams) girl scouts and playdates and parties. along with all that i still have free time to play and stuff. im trying to convince my parents to get me a guinea pig. ive said my situation on the first comment so PLEASE read that and my other comment first. just two more things id like to add that could make a difference. 1: i go to my lake house in the summers, not a long drive at all and i would by him two of most of the supplys one for the lake one for both homes. also i am not planing to give him a outside home. i will take him outside under my close supervision though. please respond, animal lover 42

  308. animal lover 42

    On April 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    we are going to petco tomorrow. any one whos ever read this wish me luck. i do not think we will get one right then but i think if i wait untill christmas i might get one if i continue my good attitude and make occasinal visits to petco ps plz respond im waiting and dont be afraid to tell me if you dont think i deserve a guinea pig or it isnt right for my family or msybe i should wait a little longer.

  309. Brenda Nelson

    On April 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    to Savannah – I am glad you are going to wait.

    to animal lover 42 – Kids under 9 should not have pets unless thier parents are fully willing to help and willing to pay for supplies and so forth – I feel this way about any kids living at home really.

    As for your quest for another Guinea Pig, you might want to wait until your old ones pass on, especially if you dont have room for another cage because you cannot introduce a new GP to old ones.
    Also you might want to visit your local animal shelter rather than pet store since animal shelters adopt out pets they are usually cheaper and some pets come with free cage and supplies.

  310. animal lover 42

    On April 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Thank you so much for this infermation! but when you said the kids under 12 thing i thought you ment they just shouldnt get pets even if there parent is willing to help or it will be a family pet. as for my guinea pigs, the thing in when i was typing my 1rst comment i wrote i already have 2 that are very old it may have sounded like i ment 2 guinea pigs that are very old but i ment 2 cats and just forgot two typ cats by christmas will pass probably and im sure my frog will so then ill hasve room thanks again,
    animal lover 42

  311. Amber

    On April 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    If you do decide to get a GP from petco make sure they are healthy. Also, make sure to check the shelters like B Nelson said.

  312. animal lover 42

    On April 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    thanx for ur help but my mom said that puppies and kittens work best for us. wen we hav room were getting another! any suggestions on how to keep kittens intertaned?1

  313. Brenda Nelson

    On April 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

    to animal lover 42

    remember that puppies and kittens grow into dogs and cats. Again – adopt from the shelter – its cheaper than getting a free one and going to the vet to make sure its healthy and getting shots on your own.

    Kittens love toys – they like to have new toys – you can fool them by hiding some toys and every few weeks changing their toys around.

  314. animal lover 42

    On April 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    yeah thanx fer helping me! do u hav any other blogs or articals? i luv reading childrens tweens like me and teens storis encouraging them and giving them advice and writing my own. i also luv ur pationt respectful and caring perspectiv! and that noone is mean or says bad words on here

  315. amaan

    On April 22, 2010 at 3:01 am

    hi, am amaan.i &my friends brought a kitty.but my mom don’t want it.why,i don’t know.i gave her potty training & we are also not going on holidays.please help me.

  316. animal lover 42

    On April 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    try to have ur mom bond with him! i no how much this means to u so dont giv up. cuz if 1day somthing happens and u hav 2 leave then chances r ur mom will get rid ok her/him

  317. animal lover 42

    On April 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    now,(srry) but i need help again! see i really want a gp but my mom says kittens and pups work better but i am like almost in tears every day im so frustrated! i need advice rite away im starting to break down

  318. Brenda Nelson

    On April 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    to amaan
    you should never bring home a pet without your parents permission. shame on whomeversold you the pet without checking to see that it was allowed. please if your mom wont let you keep it – take it to a shelter so they can screen potential adopters.

    to animal lover42
    I am sorry, but until you move out you have to live by your parents rules.

    Guinea Pigs are lots less work than pups so I have no idea why your mom wont let you have one , but eventually you will grow up and move out and can get whatever pet you want.
    Cats are great though, we have 5.

  319. animal lover 42

    On April 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    my mom doesnt like guinea pigs cuz she says there rodents

  320. animal lover 42

    On April 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    ok, so im having a hard time deciding what kind of animal i REALLY want. the animals ive begged for i feel like they were just stages i grew out of untill i move onto my next untill a week a go i wuz searching guinea sites and went to tthis interesting artical about how u can train a rabbit to b litter box trained go fer walks AND b so affectianit that at sum point they sleep with u! my heart kinda just warmed up at the thougt of it. i luv english lops minni lops lionheads and lion head lops! ijm willing to wait untill my dog coms down and my cats and frog pass but the waits so long and hard. how should i pass the time?

  321. animal lover 42

    On April 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    plz respond

  322. animal lover 42

    On April 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    o i forgot 2 say i got 3 cute bunny names

    . Skippers .Mo


  323. Amber

    On April 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    My cousin had I Lion head Lop named Clover so I like that name.

  324. bunny luva

    On April 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    well i hav wanted a bunny fur 4 years and im very responcilbe even more than my older brothers so wut do i do to convince my parents?

  325. BuNnYs RuLe

    On April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I have been doing EVERYTHING to get a bunny! I have a hamster but a bunny is so much better! I have showed them pics and made powerpoints but nothing will work! I now have £70 from saving up all this time! Im not gonna give in please help turn that no into a yes!!

  326. I Want A Chinchilla

    On April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    My mom won\’t let me get a chinchilla cuz she sez callie our cat will eat it. thats the ONLY reason she has n she brings it up every time i ask 4 a chin. its the only reason shes got n im trying 2 get past it…………….

  327. Amber

    On April 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    TO Bunny Luva: Did you read the article? If you did and you still don’t know check out some other questions and see if you can find an answer.

    TO Bunnys Rule: You should have thought about a Bunny before you got a hamster. A bunny may be better but they are definitely more work. Talk to your parents. You may know that I’m looking for a guinea pig but my Mom thinks I don’t have room but there is a big fat empty space in my room. Sometimes they have a hidden reason, like not enough money, or not enough space, try to find more reasons why they won’t let you get a bunny, sometimes it helps, sometimes it’ll make you break down and cry,
    TO I want A Chinchilla: I Can almost guarantee you that your cat will NOT eat a Chinchilla I love Chinchilla’s my aunt has 4 cats and a Chinchilla they don’t go near him because they are scared of it but just to be safe keep them in another room.

    Hope that helped!

  328. Brenda Nelson

    On April 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    thanks Amber… I was just going to say the same things.

    also to all you kids who want pets but your parents wont let you.. please re-read the article.. it sucks but you have to live by your parents rule. My daughter is lucky because I am pretty animal friendly, but there are still some pets I wouldnt allow, and thankfully she hasnt asked for those (wolf…iguana…)
    eventually you will move out and can have what ever pet you want ..
    dont push your parents. instead ask them if you can volunteer at your local shelter – if they see how dedicated you are they might change their mind but this will not happen after your first visit. or even your second. plus you will learn lots.

  329. Amber

    On April 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    The sad thing about me is at my local shelter #1 you gotta be 16 and #2 You can’t interact with the animals until your 21…. :(

  330. Amber

    On April 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I still can’t figure out a way for my mom to let me get a guinea pig… :’(

  331. A fighter for children rights

    On April 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t mean this in a rude way, but I hate the way B Nelson thinks kids are not as expeirenced and smart as adults. Some kids go through alot of “adult” struggles and know that the world is a cruel place and realize the truth more than many adults. I’m not gonna say how or why, but I know from experiences that many adults haven’t even encountered. And sorry, but many adults and the kids who think adults are always right (I know a few), are arrogant. Very arrogant! Sorry. But it’s true.

  332. Amber

    On April 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    TO: A fighter for children rights,
    I don’t agree with you. Most adults who have been fully educated are smarter than children and I respect that. And what you said may be true and I respect your opinion. But, I do agree that some adults think the world is a breeze and everything is easy, sometimes kids do realize the truth more than adults but most definitively not all. But when it comes to animals its NOT just a pet, its a life that needs to be treated with respect even if it only lives for a day. Some kids just don’t realize the responsibility when it comes to animals.

  333. Amber

    On April 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    TO EVERYONE THAT HAS A PET! My grandpa sent me an e-mail about this product called Cocoa Mulch. DO NOT under any circumstances buy this product it has Theobromine in it which is TOXIC to dogs and cats, read this article if you want more info.

  334. Alison

    On May 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    tell your mom that you will take care of team but really if they love you need to love team do not lose your money becouse your mom will get mad at you and your mom will not let you have a pet

  335. Brenda Nelson

    On May 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    to fighter for childrens rights.
    Kids might be experienced, but they are not the home owners, in most cases they are not paying all the expenses for the pets, what if a $3000 emergency vet trip is needed?

    I allow my daughter pets, but I am also willing to care for them when she is sick or on a sleep over and am willing to keep the pets when she moves out if she cannot take them with her

    as a REAL animal lover I put the needs of the pet FIRST, meaning that I wont allow a pet that I am not willing to care for if she cannot.

    I worked at a shelter for many years, you would be amazed at how many pets were dumped because kids got bored of them and the parents didnt want it. this is pathetic, and if you want to think about the rights of the kid.. what about the rights of that pet? many were euthanized because few people are willing to adopt older pets.

  336. Brenda Nelson

    On May 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Amber – thanks for sharing that link!

  337. Sarina

    On May 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

    What do you do if you found an amazing shelter dog, but an application is already in for her and your dad continues to say no becuase he thinks that she doesn’t belong in a house. I’ve already bonded with her and wouldn’t be able to stand losing her. Plz help! I’m running out of time!

  338. Amber

    On May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Sarina, if an application is already in there is really not much you can do. You could try and talk to the people who put in the application and try talking to your dad a little more.

  339. Mahri

    On May 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I live in a house with my mom and dad and my dog, Russel, a neutered male. Recently, I’ve been volunteering at the humane society. I got attached to a 3-year-old spayed female, Sarina (I wrote the comment 2 spaces up), but my dad doesn’t like her for a reason that doesn’t make sence to me. She has quiet paws and you’d never know if she walked up behind you. Dad doesn’t like that. Anyway, I’ve basicly lost hope on Sarina. I was really depressed about it for a while and now I have a new problem. 2 7-week-old females, Maddie and Miley, came in. I told myself not to get attached to them, but I failed. I have taken a huge liking to Maddie, as though loving my Sarina wasn’t enough. I managed not to fall for Maddie’s twin, Miley somehow, but I still like her. My dad does kind of like Maddie, but not so much Miley, cuz she is the alpha of the 2. Still, for some stupid reason, I have hope that Dad’ll adopt Maddie. What should I do? I clearly have an attachment problem and I can’t lose that little bit of hope that I’ll get my way.

  340. Amber

    On May 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Mahri, I know what you mean. I have a huge attachment problem. Ask your Dad to come visit the shelter so he can see how Maddie and Miley act. Do they have to be adopted together? If they don’t then focus more on Maddie. But if they do make sure you equally love them.

  341. Brenda Nelson

    On May 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    its tough but the youngsters have a good shot at getting adopted, it the 3 year old that needs a home most, perhaps your dad will have a change of heart.. if not just continue to hope she does get an adoptive home… talk to your dad but in a nice understanding way. Also consider Russel may not want another dog at his home either.

    good luck.

  342. Mahri

    On May 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    To Amber and B Nelson:
    Thanks for the advice! I’ll try it. And they don’t have to be adopted together, but being sisters and all, they want them to be. Russel hasn’t yet met them, but he loves most dogs and I think he’d get used to them. I’m confident that all three will get adopted. Sarina, though an adult, is young and popular. While Maddie and Miley are pups. Still, I’m hopelessly attached to them. Also, Dad did meet all three. That’s how he made his judgement. Any advise on changing his mind? Thanks.

  343. Madisen Kamin

    On May 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Ok I really really want a hamster and we already have 2 turtles and 2 dogs and we’ve rented a house and our landlord doesn’t allow pets what should I do cuz everytime I ask my parents they say “NO” and make little jokes about it + I always tell them I can pay for the whole thing myself because I’ve saved up $129 and hamsters at my petstop Hamsters only cost $5-$10 and i’m really responsible i’ve been asking for about a month and researching it forever! WHAT SHOULD I DO PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  344. Brenda Nelson

    On May 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    to Madisen

    Firstly you should know that pet stores are not a good place to buy pets. Look for breeders or adopt from a shelter.
    If your landlord does not allow pets you should not even have the turtles or dogs, if your landlord gets a complaint or does a surprise visit they can confiscate the pets, which means they may be put down if you cannot find them accomodation, so it is not responsible to get pets when you are not allowed them. wait until you grow up and move out. save lots of money, if you own your own home you can set the rules.

  345. Haley

    On May 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I reeeaaallly want a hedgehog. I’m 11, and I have two cats and a hamster. I’ve been researching if its legal in my state, how to take care of it, and breeders in local areas. Before I ask, I’m gonna start taking really good care of my hamster so I can prove I’m mature enough to own a hedgehog :) I always asked for a dog, but thats not gonna happen until my cats are gone, and I don’t want my cats to die :( If I can’t have a dog soon, then its time to start aiming at a hedgehog.

  346. Haley

    On May 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Respond to my comment if you have any tips or advice, please :)

  347. Brenda Nelson

    On May 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    to Haley
    My daughter is 15, she got her hegehog when she was 14, and really loves her, but they are tricky, and more boring since they are only awake at night, when you are asleep.

    my daughter probably stays up later than you so she lets her hedgehog out 8pm-10pm sometimes later, just be patient… love the pets you have.

  348. Haley

    On May 22, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Thanks for the tips B. nelson :) I’ve been following your advice from the article, and my mom has fallen in love with the hedgehogs. My dad isn’t thrilled about any type of animal. He says, “Any animal that doesn’t pee or poop, you can have.” and of course I tell him every animal pees and poops. He always comes up with the same response. He’s not willing to even try another animal. My cats pee and poop on the carpet (I’m not sure why) and thats why he always says no. Sometimes he acts like he wouldn’t care if the cats died. Its extremely frustrating, but I guess I’ll have to deal with it and be patient, or not have anymore pets.

  349. hannah funk

    On May 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    hi im nine i really want a hampster i have 2 dogs and 1 cat that seems like enough for my parents how do i persuade them to get me one p.s. my parents take a long time to get me an animal

    please write back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  350. Brenda Nelson

    On May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    to hannah

    you have more pets than most 9 year olds.

    Be happy with the pets you have especially if its all your parents want, its not fair to any pet to get one if its more than your parents can handle.

  351. lain

    On May 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    im 13 and I want a chinchilla ive had one before but i forgott to clean its cage one week so my mom soled it ive done lots of research on them and everything and have enough money to get everything but my mom still wont say yes. does anyone have any advice for me or anything?

  352. Amber

    On May 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Iain, thats your fault that YOU did not clean the cage.

  353. lain

    On May 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    i no but i think she’s being a little hard on me i forgott to clean it one day from an entire year of having it and she sold it and wont let me buy another

  354. Priya

    On May 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

    The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a
    baby brother – and they’ll settle for a puppy … every timeツ

  355. Addie

    On May 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Priya, That doesn’t work. I want a baby sister and NOPE!

  356. Amber

    On May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    To: B Nelson

    Do you know anything about monarch caterpillars? I volunteer at a preschool and they gave me a caterpillar, I told them it would be a good way for 4 year olds to learn responsibility but they said I should keep it, they got it off one of those commercial things (which I think is wrong). I am feeding it milkweed (like they normally eat) and I have some water in a bottle cap in there, its almost ready to start a cocoon and its in a cage ( well not like a cage but you get it). Just wondering,
    Amber :)

  357. Amber

    On May 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    P.s. Its kinda fat…

  358. Amber

    On May 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

  359. Brenda Nelson

    On May 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    to Amber

    The only thing I know about caterpillars is they MUST have a stick or branch on which to attach their coccoon or they do not hatch properly.

    Also thanks for your help answering the other peoples questions

    to Iain a responsible owner NEVER Forgets to clean a cage and even if they didnt do it one day they surely would do it the next, clearly you can see and smell if a cage is dirty, you need to be honest first, you didnt forget, you got lazy.. have you changed?

  360. lain

    On May 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    i can honestly say i have, ive been cleaning are fishtank every week and cleaning are cats litter every secound day

  361. Amber

    On May 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Thats good Iain, and your welcome B Nelson, I honestly didn’t know what you stated and now there is a branch in his cage thingy!

  362. edward

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I want a chinchilla but my mom thinks that there naturally stink and they dont and I tell her that but shes not bugging. anyway I can convince her that they dont stink?

  363. Beth

    On June 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    How do you convince your dad to get you a second dog when his only reason for not getting a second dog is becuase he just doesn’t want two dogs? Doesn’t have a reason really. I promised to take care of it.

  364. natasha

    On June 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    well its my 10 year old sister thats getting a bunny and im doing all the reaserch cause she dont know squat diddly about bunnies. i sent my parents an email on why she needs a bunny and things you should know before purchasing a bunny. im also going to build a model home or the bunny, a blueprint, make a pursuading powerpoint and i’ll force them into a pet store when we’re at a mall just so they can understand the price of one, how much there cage is and stuff like that. oh and you might b wondering why i am helpin my sis- its cuz they never listen to her. and when she gets one im going to ask for one too.(ill just say they need a playmate or something) this has to work. IT HAS TO!!

  365. Makayla

    On June 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Im turning 13 in a week. i have a cute little bird i love to death and care for VERY well (i may forget to clean the cage SOMETIMES but its not a big deal she’s very clean anyways and its not like i put it off for very long…) but anyways im not aloud to get a sugar glider, even tho my parents KNOW iv done SOOO much research and they also know i can pay for all the expences except for the cage, wich i know my dad can build in a snap (hes really good at tht type of stuff, i see him do it all the time) . they hide behind the stupid “knowladge” ill just push all the responcabilitys on them after a while cuz thts what my older sister did to them with her SEVEN rabbits when she was my age. what they dont remember about that story is i was the one who helped take care of them when she “didnt have time” for the poor things. They also overlook the fact i mainly take care of my little brothers turtle for him because hes so forgetful. they are so stuburn!!! i help around the house all the time, get awesome grades, babysit my friends various pets all the time, and am very responcable at all times!!!! why cant i get one??? i did all research possible! im going to die! i dont even nag or cry and they say im pushing it just bcuz im asking! >:( grrr i used to have 2 ducks my sister bought for me for easter tht i cared for so awesomly, even my very ignorant dad noticed!!! so how can they say no???? im at a loss here……….. im so sick of waiting

  366. Makayla

    On June 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    oh ya and my mom says she wont have anything in this house tht looks like a rat…. THEY DONT LOOK LIKE RATS!!! THEY ARNT EVEN RELATED!! so i guess i just have to convince her theyr CUTE, and then convince her theyr CHEAP….hmm…;)

  367. Brenda Nelson

    On June 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    To Makayla
    My daughter is very familiar with pets, and even she things that Sugar Gliders are too much work… we know many people who got them and got tired of them.

    Where are your ducks? if you are such a good owner, you would still have them.. which makes me wonder..

    Again.. if your parents are NOT willing to help care for the pet and dont like them you shouldnt get them

    here is good info

  368. Amy

    On June 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    How to convince your parents to get you a 2nd dog when they don’t have a reason for not getting one?

  369. Elizabeth

    On June 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Dear B. Nelson,

    I have quite a problem. I’m 10 and I will be 11 this month. (Yay!) Currently, I have two Shih Tzus and one very elderyly fish. What do I want? I… want… rats… Maybe if we hadn’t gotten the 2nd Shih Tzu I could have gotten them, but our second darling is such a trouble maker. I love him but he is just a baby and makes a mess. I have been researching since March (now its June) and I have been telling them many facts. My mom said yes for the first couple days, and then just changed her mind. I have a lot of money, and my grandma offered to help me pay for them. I do chores and I walk the dogs and clean and everything! My dad is sorta on the maybe side. He just wants my mom’s answer. It’s no, so I don’t get them. I told my parents that rats are the only thing I want for my birthday, and they still said no! I guess I won’t be getting and presents this year. I need your help, PLEASE! I’M BEGGING!

  370. Bunny Fan

    On June 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Dear B Nelson,
    I’m 12, going to be 13 in July. Almost a year ago, on July 18th, I made a deal with my grandpa. The deal was that if I take care of my dog and pony, get good grades, and keep up with other chores (which I do anyway), he’d get me a bunny in exactly one year, kinda a birthday present since mine is the 30th, but only if my dad is ok with it. I talked with my dad and offered to do alot chores around the house, and other helpful things around the house that I don’t have to do, but I would do anything to get a rabbit. My dad wouldn’t pay for a thing. My grandpa said he’d pay for the rabbit and we already have a cage that I’ll clean. And Grandpa and I’ll take turns buying food. I earn money different ways and can afford it. Dad doesn’t have to play any part in the rabbit, but he still doesn’t let me get it. He thinks rabbits aren’t good pets. And he gets really mad when I try to talk to him about it? What should I do to get him to let me have a rabbit?

  371. Amber

    On June 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Dear, Bunny Fan I think you should ask your Dad about his childhood, ask him if he ever had a rabbit. Maybe he had a bad experience with rabbits when he was younger and does not want a repeat.

  372. Gina

    On June 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    At my house, there’s a shed where barn cats live. A few years ago, I started taming them. Right now, my current barn cat, Shadow, just had her first litter, two gray striped cats. She had them 2.5 days ago. I found them in the hay wagon (NOT in use don’t worry) a day after Shadow no longer looked pregnant. Today, I went back and actually looked at them. One was close enough to touch, and it was kinda cold. The other had it’s tongue hanging out of it’s mouth. Does this mean they’re dead? (I didn’t expect them to move or anything. They’re only 2 days old) Shadow still thinks they’re alive. She purrs around them, cleans them, and obviously loves them. I don’t know if she’s nursing. I tried to get her to roll over so I could see if she looked like she was nursing, but she was too playful. I could wait about a week, when their eyes are supposed to open to see if they’re alive or not, but I don’t think I can wait that long. Shadow also has distemper, so they could have been stillborn, but I hope I’m wrong. Are they really dead?

  373. Amber

    On June 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Its a possibility try checking with a vet. Lure the mother in a cage and take them to a vet or have the vet come to you.

  374. seth

    On June 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    my parents say that they absoluty hate birds but i want a parakeet so i have already told them y they arent dirty but they wont give in becuase i already have 2 geckos

  375. Brenda Nelson

    On June 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    to Gina, if Shadow was not fed a good diet of kitten food while pregnant, and even now it is possible her health prevented her from having healthy kittens and milk. They may be dead or near dying you can call a vet.

    to seth
    birds are messy, dont lie to your parents. I have birds and it is a simple fact they have dander and get seeds all over. you can offer to clean up the mess but for sure do not pretend they are not messy

  376. Gina

    On June 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Dear B Nelson,
    I fed Shadow good food everyday and she always had clean water avaliable. I did all I could to cure the distemper. Sadly, that’s not much becuase my dad doesn’t care all that much for the strays and won’t take any of them to the vet becuase it costs too much and gas isn’t cheap either. Do you know anything else I could do to help Shadow and her kittens (if they’re alive)?

  377. kassandra

    On June 17, 2010 at 12:27 am

    hi,im kassandra and i have 9 pets i used to have 19 pets and realy know a lot about animals – but i realy want a mouse sept my mom keeps saying we have 2 many pets i despretly need advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh and B.Nelson, how do you know so much about animals? ttyl for now P.S. (if anyone needs advice im happy to help)

  378. Brenda Nelson

    On June 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

    to Gina
    They should be on KITTEN Food, Shadow too. If you cannot care for the cats they should really be taken to your local animal shelter and surrendered so people who can afford to care for them will.

    to Kassandra
    I know lots because i am in my 40s and have been to College to learn about horses and other animals plus worked in an animal shelter for 5 years and took other classes.
    Mice are smelly and if your mom doesnt want more pets it really is her rules in the mean time you keep learning so when you move out you can have whatever you want

  379. kassandra

    On June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    To B. Nelson thanks 4 the advise i realy should wait until im on my own besides im saving up 4 a farm and when i have enough money i will turn my farm in to a horse reserve, do you have any horses of your own?

  380. Gina

    On June 18, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Dear B Nelson,
    The kittens aren’t even a week yet so they’d still be nursing and only nursing. The cats are from a long line of barn cats, so their tougher than most. Besides, I know Shadow. She’d be heartbroken if she was kept inside. Anyway, I could just leave them be completely and not feed them at all and let them take care of themselves like they have been for thousands of years, but I chose to help them a little and give them food. I think that since they’re alley (not pet) cats, they can (and have been forever) care for themselves, but I chose to help out a little and feed them. If that’s not good enough, I can do nothing at all (but I do want to help with what won’t hurt them). I know that alley cats don’t belong in a house like pets do, so I don’t think the humane society is the amswer. They were fine for thousands of years. And they’re fine now. Alley and pet cats are very different. Alley cats don’t belong in a house. Pets do. These cats are alley cats.

  381. Brenda Nelson

    On June 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I have had horses in the past, but now I have a donkey and pet sheep.
    here is one of my horses

    to Gina

    alley cats DO belong in houses, they deserved to be cared for and loved. It is not their fault their last owner discarded them to live outside on their own, full of worms and always at risk. Cats are domestic animals. Some shelters will take in alley cats and adopt them out to farms…. the main thing is to get them spayed and neutered so they stop contributing to the problem of homeless cats.

  382. Gina

    On June 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Actually, my local humane society has a strict “All cats must stay indoors 24/7″ policy, so Shadow would be trapped inside. And Shadow’s old owner DIDN’T abandon her. I help her mom raise her as a kitten. Shadow’s mom, AC, WASN’T adandoned either. I helped Midnight (AC’s mom) raise AC, as well as her litter, as a kitten. And they were all happy, and for the most part, healthy (only rare exceptions). So, I think I know about loving cats, considering I raised and loved many barn (NOT pet) cats. And alley/barn cats can (AND HAVE BEEN FOR EONS) take care of themselves. Pets can’t (well, they probably can, but why risk it?)

  383. Brenda Nelson

    On June 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

    to Gina.

    without human care few alley cats or barn cats survive more than a few months, many die as kittens. If you are feeding them, in many areas you are considered their legal owner.

    If you had been responsible you whould have taken Midnight to the vet and spayed her. Thus the cycle of suffering would have ended.

    Or you would have taken the kittens to the shelter so they could have become well cared for pets, and would have been totally fine indoors only.

    Get Shadow Spayed as soon as possible. You are caring for her and this is part of caring. Even if she continues to live outside, at least she wont contribute to the problem of kitten over population and spaying will help her health over all.

    Domestic cats are DOMESTIC, their lives are meant to in as house pets and companions. They have not even been around for eons.

  384. Gina

    On June 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    To B Nelson,
    My cats aren’t suffering. They get sick an = amount house cats do. Sure, they have some rough spots, but I always give them care that heals them in a few weeks, just like indoor cats. I agree spaying Shadow after these kittens are 8 weeks (I do think they’re alive. YAY!!!) might not be a bad idea, but I still asure you most of the time, my cts are happy and healthy.

  385. confused

    On June 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Hi. I used to have 2 cats but one just died and it was really sad. The 2 cats were brothers and now my other one is really old and lonely and misses his brother/best friend. they used 2 sleep together every night and clean eachother’s fur. We’re being extra nice to him now and giving him tons of extra love but we think he’s depressed and just wants to join his brother. Putting him to sleep is not an option because even when he’s in pain its still such a hard desicion and hes healthy as a ox. we are givng him lots of luv but hes still sad. what 2 do?plz help me and my poor kitty! ) :

  386. confused

    On June 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

    btw if this helps i hav a huge puppy 2 but hes been here 4 a while a sense this started. around 2 or 3 years.

  387. Gina

    On June 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    To Confused-
    Maybe getting another cat will help. If this is not an option, try talking with a professinal. They might have some ideas and tips for you and your cat.

  388. Paige

    On June 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I’m 14 going on 15, I’ve been in want of a gerbil for a year. I begged at first and my mum said I could have one because I seemed willing to look after it. But she said after I’d finished my holiday with my friend. I came back and she went back on what she said! She goes on an on about liking guinea pigs and rodents and such.

    I even look after my younger brother (now a human is difficult) and take him to places, feed and clothe him, so why should a gerbil be any different? I’ve researched all the facts she’d need to know, got all the items I’d need, the shop prices and best deals and even worked out a timetable suited to her and my needs.

    I mean, I’m sooooo willing! She keeps holding onto the fact that when I had two guinea pigs I did nothing with them, looked nor looked after them – I was seven at the time, and I wasn’t interested in having any pets. I have a dog, who nobody can touch. She’s terrified of children, so she’s pointless in terms of playing. I’d love to play fetch with her, but after four years and I still can’t near her.. Well.. Y’know. My dad would let me have a pet but he lives in a flat and can’t have any pets, mama lives in a house and I live with her. I don’t understand. I’d done all the research, I even asked my friend with three gerbils about them. Cleanest, easiest rodents apparently.

  389. Abby

    On June 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    LOL, I said “MOM I wanna Hamster!!” And she said “No Honey.” And Isaid “I can pay and she goes no their dustusting” And Then I said “DAD I wanna guinea pig!!” and she was like “Ok,but use ur money.” LOL I think thats funny(:

  390. Amber

    On June 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Its not funny.

  391. Ur Momma

    On June 25, 2010 at 12:16 am

    pretty good article i have 6 pets- 1 dog 1 bearded dragon 1 beta and 3 tetras (of course u may not count the fish individually). The beta was a present for my b-day cause our old one passed away he was four which is really old for a beta betas got a nice big five gallon tank with the 3 tetras got a filter and a little heater so its nice the dog will be three in a few days (hes a family pet) and the beardie i worked for two or three years to get i got her when i was ten thats a long time to want a lizard my parents and i have been talking about getting leos (leopard geckos) and breeding them of course id b the one taking care of them but my parents still like the lizards especially my dad found out i have a lot of $$$ in my bank account so id b able to pay for them i think that this article gives good advice but kids have to be realistic parents suck we all know that sometimes theyre great but in the end they suck u have to observe them what is it that u do that gets them really pissed what is it that makes them super happy is there a chore that they dislike for ex: my mom hates cleaning the pots and pans so i try to do um for her when i can some of us got those really awful parents that r just gonna say no to everything and nothing will work or they may b reluctant cuz they r control freaks and if something wasnt there idea then they dont like it (i know parents like that) mention what u want once or twice just to be sure they know or let them catch u researching this animal waht ever it is and just do ur best to get the chores done that ur parents hate and keep doing things ur parents luv and try not to do things that piss them off as fun as it is they may bring it up themselves happened to me once especially if u have parents who like animals or a particualr kind of animal its all worth it though luv my beardie she sits on my shoulder and we take her out in the summer and get stopped by so many people people sitting inside there cars will point at us with the dragon its hilarious actually the girls like her more then the guys which is pretty funny but anyway there may be nothing u can do to get the pet but u must be ABSOLUTELY POSITIVO THAT U HAVE TRIED EVERY POSSIBLE THING U CAN THINK OF EVERY POSSIBLE THING if nothing works try guilting them i know adults would say no to this but if u basically tell them this is something ur really passionate about and they r stopping u from having it and not in a begging way just in a sad sort of helpless nothing left way then they may give in because they realize its important to u this doesnt mean cry though NEVER CRY thats just looks childish if they just wont let u have a pet no matter what it is (and try as many animals as u can) then see if u can work or volunteer at a pet store (some r to young to actually work there for money) or an animal shelter or just ask ur parents about what oppurtunities there r to work with animals around ur home there is a farm by my house which kids can volunteer at and a place called the grove which is like a little nature perserve and then they have a building which houses a lot of birds, reptiles and fish being honest though some people may just a have to wait for a pet of there own until theyre out of their parents house sorry guys :’( hope this helps fellow teens and kids out there

  392. Tay

    On June 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I’m getting a job. I need $500 by the end of the summer. I need more than one job, I want a bull dog puppy but I need a cage and the bulldog, cages cost alot and so do bulldogs, I want a Angelic Bulldog from a breeder. I hope I can get one but then, my parents won’t let me get one either they say I have to many pets all I have is 2 betts fish (girls), two dogs, and two cats. I need help. But I’m only 11 how am I gonna convince my parents I NEED a bulldog and $500.

  393. Abdiel

    On June 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Tommy is a killer and animal hater. punk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  394. rungirl

    On August 18, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I am 13 and really want a rat, before you say eww gross listen to this… rats make really good pets they are clean they don’t smell, they are cheap to own and if you keep them in a large fish tank they are quiet and easy to look after, they don’t bite they come when called, they can do tricks and even swim under water if trained, they don’t even squeak like mice do! Also if you hate the tail there are tailless breeds and if you are alergic to fur there are even hairless breeds! and kids love em! Ieven converted a rat hater with my old rat Alex! Now you Know Why i want one i’ll tell tou why my i cant have parents wont let me, i can aford the rat,its food,bedding and even tank! my Parents don’t hate rats they just think that they will have to look after it what can i do!!!!!!!!

  395. Haayleeiighh

    On August 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I want a dog,I had a dog last year but it passed away at old age,my mom has just redecorated the house and i think that is why she is not letting me,she has a big garden and everything,she knows i am responsible because im 14 years old,my dad and mom is split up and my dad don’t have a garden at his house so he is letting me have a Hamster next week,i would do anything for another dog though,when i had my other dog it felt like i had some one to talk to when i was upset and ever since she has passed away ive not been my self,SO Can you PLEASE Help me out :)

  396. Brenda Nelson

    On August 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    at 14 you might think you are responsible but it is still your parents paying for the dog.. food, vet, and so on. So really you still have to live by thier rules. if you live with your dad and dont have a fully fenced yard, you should not get a dog.

  397. Tabbi

    On August 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I saw this dachshund at my local shelter the other day, he is SO cute! I want him so bad, My parents think he is ugly though, just cuz he got burned when he was younger, he is 4 years old and super sweet, I even convinced my mom to come in and meet him. His name is Tuffy. I love that name. he is good with dogs and cats. ( I have both, 2 dogs 2 cats) But they absolutely won\’t allow me to get any more animals except a fish. Fish are boring and they don\’t live long. You can\’t be friends with a fish. You can\’t bond or play with a fish… I bond well with the dogs I already have but they weren\’t my idea… My mom wanted this puppy we found on the side of the road. And my Dad loved this Black Lab mix, so why can\’t I have my own dog…

  398. Tabbi

    On August 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

  399. amber4841

    On August 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I really want a guinea pi but i am too afraid to talk to my mom. i hav been keeping my room clean and doing my chores for lik 5 months now. i wanted to get it at the mspca. i am 13 but im tooo afraid.

  400. amber4841

    On August 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

    i am alo gonna pay for everything. i sat her down once and she wont listen to me!!!

  401. Horse Lover

    On August 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I’m 13 years old and I really want a horse. I already have a miniature horse that is somewhat saddle broke, but I’m getting too heavy to ride Spirit. She can still carry me (she’s larger than most minies, but is still small), but I think it’s getting harder and I don’t want to hurt her.

    Unlike the pets I’ve gotten in the past, I’m more than willing to pay. So far, I’ve raised about $150, and am no where near done. I’ve seen great saddle broke horses on Craig’s List and the news paper for as little as $300, and at the rate I’ve been earning money, I’ll have enough in about a year.

    I understand I can’t pressure my dad too much, becuase about a month ago, I got a rabbit, but I probably won’t get the horse until next summer anyway. What can I do to convince my dad that I’m ready to take on the responsibility of another horse?

  402. Amber

    On August 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Seems like u got alotta pets…

  403. Tabbi

    On August 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Hi, its me Tabbi again. I found a way to earn money. I went to my local park and sold cookies! It worked I sold 2 for .50 and ended up with $60!! But still I need to convince my parents. Can someone help?

  404. wondering...

    On August 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    My mom says ‘when you move out you can have whatever pet it is your wanting.” she only says that because i like small animals. when i was asking for a rat she said ‘I DON’T WANT A RAT IN MY HOUSE AND IF YOU KEEP ASKING ME YOU’RE GONNA BE GROUNDED!!!’ its totally unfair. i wasted 2 hours of my life earlier typing a 9-page paper with 27 reasons i deserve and information about guinea pigs. i emailed it and she just said ‘you may as well find a new hobby because that cat will just eat it and you’re not getting oone and if you keep asking you’re grounded.” I asked ‘did you even look at the thing i typed?’ “no you may as well not have typed it.’ OMG! she has a couple different reasons i can’t have a small pet. first, she thinks the cat’ll eat it. second, she thinks that i’ll get bored with it and neglect it(untrue!!!). and thirdly, she agrees w/ her fiancee n he sez u wont take care of it n ur catll eat it when you get it. i know a few tricks to tweak a C&C cage that way she can’t jump up and get them. why does my mom like to c me angry n sad? she just sed well ur complaining when i was t;lling her that my friend said i complain 2 much. that just made me angry n sad. i can only sulk around the house all day. my big sis keeps promising pets but her stepdad makes her call my mom n she tells her dont bother it wuldnt last a day anyways. AAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! y wont she read my paper?! help B Nelson!!!

  405. Brenda Nelson

    On August 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

    to wondering – and others above.

    your mom doesnt like rats. find a pet she does like – perhaps a rabbit – cats are good with rabbits, or a hedgehog. One advantage of rats which perhaps you need to tell your mom is that they have short lifespans compared to many other pets.

    ask her if she will take you to an animal shelter to visit pets once a week – DONT push for the pet.. but eventually she might see how nice they are – try asking again in 4 months or so

    ALL of you need to remember it is your parents house – you only live there, save your money so you can buy a house of your own one day and get pets you want.. until then talk to your parents about volunteering at an animal shelter – this will help you, help animals AND show your parents you are commited..and it will show your parents different types of pets too.

  406. millieeee

    On August 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    hi i have really wanted a dog since i was four (im goin to be 13 in oct) but after begging for tht many years i have realised im nnot allowed one and never am goin to b. i am a REAL animal lover though and have researched different kind of pets and found tht guinea pigs r perfect for me now my mum doesnt mind animals but doesnt want one and my dad thinks animals r just something tht im gunna get bored of and will cost loads of money i know how much a guinea pig is including the cage and food etc… and because i have a small “job” which is walking ppl’s dogs i have enough money to pay for everything. i am prepared to take care of 2 guinea pigs a i am very responsible and my parents know tht its just every time i ask they just get huffy and say NO also i have made a power point about all the pros and cons and how much everything would equal to i just dunno how to present it to them PLZZZZZ hellp me xxx

  407. Tabbi

    On August 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm


    Yeah, I’m definitely committed i’ve wanted Tuffy for a couple of weeks (since he arrived at the shelter), he is perfect. He’s not a puppy, his name (Tuffy) is cool, he is smaller, he is easy to carry, and he is sweet and easygoing. My two dogs Sparki, and Pepper are good with dogs so that wont be a problem. Im doing everything that can possibly be done so my parents will let me get him. What stinks is that she said maybe when we move. We are supposed to move in 2011… in August… I have everything. Toys, I have extra cages from my grandma (she used to be a pet-sitter) she said she’d be willing to give me one. I have space, Im gonna put him in my room. I have food because I have 2 other dogs. Since Dachshunds are diggers I lined the bottom of my fence with concrete and rocks so he cant get out, I also have a sandbox built for dogs so he can dig there. Please can u help?

  408. Brenda Nelson

    On August 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    to millieee
    Guinea Pigs are good pets if you know that is what you want.. however your parents are saying NO for their reasons and unfortunately part of being mature is accepting their reasons even if they suck, or seem unfair. Like I said earlier, try asking if they will take you to the shelter to volunteer- your mom or dad would have to go too.. but this will help them learn about animals and help you too! If you cannot OWN a pet for yourself you can sure help love the shelter pets until your parents allow you to have one – also are you sure you will have time for a pet if you are walking peoples dogs?

    to Tabbi
    Sounds like you know what you are doing, but really if an emergency happens – sickness – your parents will be paying the bills so it is up to them…
    I realize Tuffy will be gone by next year but if their is a risk that you will be moving to a place that doesnt allow dogs it is NOT worth getting a dog now because it will only make things very difficult.

    Good luck to both.

  409. rungirl

    On August 28, 2010 at 7:03 am

    TO: B Nelson

    Do you have anytips for keeping rats quiet at night? I am getting two girls in october and know everything about them except if you can keep them quiet at night!

    don’t say put a blanket on thier cage already thought of that

  410. millieeee

    On August 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

    hiii B nelson again i have asked my mum tht i would like 2 guinea pigs and all she said tht she would think bout it sooo hopefully i might get them for my b day and also i have taken ur shelr tip and have voluntered to help out there and if i did get guinea pigs i’d definatley make sue i have at least an hour and half free for them =D thx for your help xx

  411. Tabbi

    On August 29, 2010 at 9:21 am

    To: B Nelson;

    We are buying a home, and we would never leave any of our pets. If its “no pets” we aren’t moving there. I just want Tuffy out of that shelter ASAP. He doesn’t deserve to be in there, he should be treated like a prince. I don’t see how someone could not think he’s adorable. We were walking at the park and the shelters volunteers were walking the dogs and I was walking my dogs and Tuffy and my dogs get along fine.

  412. Brenda Nelson

    On August 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    to rungirl

    you can play with them more in the day or evening to tire them out but other than that.. I dont have tips, rats are illegal where I am.

    to millieeee

    good luck!

    to Tabbi
    its still up to your parents, I am sorry to say.. sometimes the more pressure you put on them the more they get angry and may come to not like the dog because of that…
    small dogs almost always get homes where I am.. perhaps people are still waiting for summer holidays to get over and school to get back in before adopting?

  413. Tabbi

    On August 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Maybe, But where I live bigger dogs (like shepherds) get adopted faster. I’m not sure why. Tuffy is special to me though. I’ll never see another dog like him. Did you see the picture of him I put up, here he is if you didn’t (just paste it in your browser) I’m going to see him next weekend though! I’m looking forward to it! The thing is I don’t want him to get adopted into the wrong home. I don’t want him to be neglected like he was before. As you can see he has severe mange and his hair won’t ever grow back (on his ears and back). He needs someone (me) that understands his needs. Sunscreen in the summer. Lotion twice a day, and sweaters, clothes, and outfits in the winter. My grandma had a dog Daisy that had a similar problem, she was a Pit Bull, Labrador mix. She lived to be 13 years old and died of heart failure on November 4th 2009.

  414. Rungirl (aka ratgirl)

    On August 31, 2010 at 7:18 am

    TO: B Nelson
    thanks for the advice good idea but it is extremly hard to tie rats out that have been doing not much all day but i’ll try.

    Plus i think it is odd that where you live you can have exotic pets like sugar gliders and gekos but not your everyday rat.

  415. millieee

    On August 31, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    thx b nelson xxxxx

  416. R2 R9

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Hi, i am a 10 year old and i have 9 pets, 2 tortoises, 4 cats, 2 african snails, 1 hamster, i find the trick is to get my mum on my side of the argument, sister 2, then my dad wont give in until we have a family meeting then we overule my dad, but i really want a snake because my hamster died on my sisters bday, we have all the equipment but not the snake can someone help me?

  417. Brenda Nelson

    On September 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    to R2 D2

    you have quite a lot of pets already… are you sure your parent are happy with all those pets? are you sure you have all the right equipment – snakes need special lighting and heated rocks?

    I suggest not asking for at least a month. then see if you still want one and ask again.

  418. hannah

    On September 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    hi i am 13 and today i have mentioned about getting a pet later this year and my mum said don’t mither now so that sounds like a maybe and then later me and my brother who is 9 made up a list of reasons why we should have a pet guinea pig and my mum had gone out then so we told our dad and he sed no and i sed why and he said you+you pointing at us and i sed why and he replied you are not fit enough to look after one and i said please and i am, our neighbours have kittens and i always go round playing with them and looking after them and my mum&dad have seen me but my dad just won’t budge!!!

  419. hannah

    On September 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    my mum also said who is going to look after it when we are in holiday and when it dies ur going to be very upset !!! but i will be 18 by then !!!!

  420. ash

    On September 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I have wanted a Ferret for two years, I have two Dogs and one cat I just asked my mum again and she got realy angry and now im crying, have I wasted 2 years ???

    What can I do? :(

  421. ash

    On September 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Also, i am 11, she used 2 have loads of pets, so why wont she let me? :( :(:(:(

  422. Brenda Nelson

    On September 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    to ash

    Ferrets are hard work – very demanding pets. all you can do is ask her why not.. and accept her answer.. she might be having financial problems or tired of the pets you already have and if you keep pushing her it will only make her more angry.

    you are plenty young, one day you can move out and if you still want a ferret you can get one.

    Also you need to be aware that many ferrets in pet stores come from mass breeders and have lots of health problems – so will require vet attention.. I would wait until you are older and can buy one from a good breeder.

  423. hannah

    On September 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

    please can somebody answer my comment i really really want one!!!!!! :’( what can i do please help….

  424. hannah

    On September 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    toash you shud be grateful you have pets I have never had a pet and i am 13 not even 1 pet and i have asked a few times but not too much

  425. wanttohavepet

    On September 26, 2010 at 3:34 am

    im 12 and idont understand why my mom is not letting me have a pet i said i would take responsibilty and i meant it.Still she is saying no!

  426. hannah

    On September 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    i just asked my dad if i could have a guinea pig and he said
    “N O spells…. and my brother who is 9 said yes” and so my dad turned the music up!!!! I am sick of this because I caan never ever ever ever imagine us having a pet !!!! I don’t understand why we can’t have one, they just say no everytime me & my brother ask grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! :( I feel really sad about this !!!

  427. hannah

    On September 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    i just asked my dad if i could have a guinea pig and he said
    \”N O spells…. and my brother who is 9 said yes\” and so my dad turned the music up!!!! I am sick of this because I caan never ever ever ever imagine us having a pet !!!! I don\’t understand why we can\’t have one, they just say no everytime me & my brother ask grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! :( I feel really sad about this !!!

  428. hannah

    On September 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i just asked my dad if i could have a guinea pig and he said
    “N O spells…. and my brother who is 9 said yes” and so my dad turned the music up!!!! I am sick of this because I can never ever ever ever imagine us having a pet !!!! I don’t understand why we can’t have one, they just say no everytime me & my brother ask grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! :( I feel really sad about this !!!

  429. Emily

    On September 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm


    My birthday is in 8 days. I want a hamster more than anything so please do not say to get a guinea pig cause people have said that but I do not really like them :P . The only real problem my parents have is that I have a 2 year old Westie TERRIER!! they say that little Alfie will try and eat him. However, one time my cousin kept her rabbit here, even bigger and smellier than a hamster and Alfie didn’t even find it! if i kept it up high in my room with the door shut wouldn’t that take away the problem? please tell me how to convince them that it can work!! thanks :)

  430. rtgartabnjy

    On September 29, 2010 at 10:04 am

    can someone help me im trying to get a guinea pig i dont have a pet (exept a turtle) to keep in my room(icant put my turtle in my room becuase my mum think he/she smells when he/she dosnt! and my mums crazy about the idea about the about the guinea pig too cause she thinks it will smell even more! some one please nelp me!

  431. rtgartabnjy

    On September 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

    can someone help me im trying to get a guinea pig i dont have a pet (exept a turtle) to keep in my room(icant put my turtle in my room becuase my mum think he/she smells when he/she dosnt! and my mums crazy about the idea about the about the guinea pig too cause she thinks it will smell even more! some one please nelp me!!!!!!!!!!!

  432. hannah

    On October 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

    emily&rtgartabnjy you shud be lucky you actually have a pet I have never ever ever had one in my life and I wud just love to get a guinea pig but my dad is so stubborn that he wont even let me pick y own wardrobe for my room because he wants to get one that he likes!!!!!! :( honestly he is so selfish! I never get what I want!!!!

  433. horses

    On October 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    i want a horse so bad.I have took lesons for 5 years and my cousn has one.i have 3 dogs , crabs,gerbal,and a hamster. but i just want a horse.

  434. Wanda

    On October 18, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I’m attempting to persuade my parents to let me have a guinea pig for xmas.

    I have had guinea pigs before a few years ago, when i was, humm, seven or six? I didn’t take very good care of them, so my parents are pretty wary about letting me have one.

    Anyway, I’m a lot more responsible now, older and wiser! I turn fifteen this May. Last May I asked for a guinea pig, (I kept my room clean, helped out around the house, etc) but mum didn’t get me one for my birthday and dad doesn’t trust me with another one.

    Anywho, it’s coming up to xmas very soon. My plan is: get a job, raise enough funds so that i can fully support my little piggie withut the help of mum and dad, keep my room PRISTINE for the months leading up to xmas and make a chart (cost of piggie, food, straw, etc–i already have a hutch) for all the costs and then calculate it to the exact price. Then I’ll be uber responsible in the weeks leading up to asking and then, I’ll ask.

    I want a little piggie more than anything :) So no one can say i need to want it more. I don’t want anything for christmas. Not anything apart from a guinea pig. In fact I don’t even need mum to buy guinea pig. I want PERMISSION to get a guinea pig, and I can buy it all myself.

    Does anyone (preferably adults) have any tips, warnings, etc to help me? I know I’m responsible enought o have a pet, I’ll look after my little piggie splendidly.

    Help is appreciated!

  435. Brenda Nelson

    On October 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

    to Wanda

    to be fair – pets should NEVER be christmas presents.

    my tip is to get your pet (when allowed) from an SPCA or animal shelter NEVER a pet store.. also some shelter pets come with free cage and supplies.

  436. emma

    On October 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    my daughter wants a horse.she will not stop anoying me about it what should i do.get her one or not.plz help me plz

  437. Wanda

    On October 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Ah yes, I see your point about christmas presents. But to persuade my parents about a pet it would have to be for a special occasion, like a birthdayy or christmas. This isn’t just a whim–i’ve been plotting this since November last year.

    As for not purchasing a piggie from a pet store– i had no idea that was bad! My friend mentioned something recently about guinea pigs from pet stores, they’re mass bred and kept in too small cages or something? Well, the farm at my school sells guinea pigs for five dollars– they live in pretty healthy conditions and they’re bred on the farm. Would that be a better option?


  438. Brenda Nelson

    On October 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

    to Wanda
    I always prefer the shelter or a quality breeder – the farm you mention isnt a quality breeder – rather a place that breeds for profit (do they take the animals to shows to prove they are worthy of breeding or not)
    at a shelter you are saving a life
    the farm is probably still better than the pet store, its hard to say for sure.

  439. Brenda Nelson

    On October 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

    to emma

    unless you live on an acreage and can afford a horse, I would not suggest it.

    my folks never bought me a horse either – they did give me riding lessons which were more valuable.

    also are you sure you are the mom, not the daughter? your typing is more that of a child, than a parent.

    it is NOT a parents responsiblity to buy their kid a horse.

  440. split

    On October 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I feel kind of ridiculous browsing these comments of preteens conspiring to get their parents to buy them pets. I’m 21 and still having trouble with parental permission!

    I wanted a dog since I was three, but was always told to wait until I was ten. My tenth birthday rolled around, and lo and behold – no dog. It was a real let down. We didn’t get a dog until my younger brother was ten (I was 13). The wait was worth it, as she’s the sweetest German-Shepherd-Pitbull you ever did see. The problem for me was that after all the waiting, though I love her to pieces, she’s really more of my brother’s dog.

    I’m graduating from uni in a month, and my heart’s desire for a graduation gift to myself is a puppy of my very own, whose vet bills and food, of course, I would pay for. Unfortunately, my parents – with whom I still live, and probably will until I get my Masters/PhD and the job that I truly want – refuse to have another dog in the house. Mom says it’s the mess, dad says our dog would eat it (lies, she’s a pansy), and my brother insists that he only has enough room in his heart for one dog (Grinch!).

    So as of right now – and considering the economy and the improbability that I will be out of my parents house any time soon – I’m looking at another five years wait. B Nelson, any tips for a “responsible” adult in a family of other responsible adults?

  441. Hannah

    On October 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    hey x B nelson please may you answer my comment, I would be entirely grateful!

  442. Brenda Nelson

    On October 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    to split

    A dog is super tough when you dont own your own home and may move out at some time, really because its hard to find a place that will allow you to bring a dog, and how likely is it that you will be able to buy a house in that time? so any dog would be left with them and they clearly dont want that..

    the best thing you can do.. is SAVE your money like a mad man/woman… so you can buy a house eventually and have your dog, I know it sucks, but thats the sad truth if your parents are not pet people

    to Hannah

    its hard to answer a comment, but as with most kids – its your parents home.. its their rules.. if they dont want a pet – you simply have to deal with it. clearly if your dads response is by turning up the music.. a pet would not be happy in that lifestyle which would cause it stress, so as with what I say to others.. wait til you grow up and move out..

    to all.. I am sorry your parents are NOT pet people.. but at least YOU are.. and I know all of you will be awesome pet parents when the time comes.

  443. Ladida

    On October 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I have wanted a hedgehog for as long as i can remember but i just cant get one because i have 2 cats! I have done LOTS of reserch and it says that they get along great with cats and dogs on every website! but mom still does not believe me what should I do?!?!

  444. Brenda Nelson

    On October 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    my daughter has a hedgehog. fine with the cats – we put her in a LARGE ball for rolling around.

    some dog breeds have a high prey drive – that might be a problem

    also they are noctural.. you DO NOT want them in your bed room.

  445. hannah

    On October 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you B nelson for answering my comment :) x x x

  446. max

    On October 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    my mom n dad keep sayin NONOnonoonNONO!!! i want my dog now but i get onononoononoononononoonono!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  447. Rabbit lover 18

    On October 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I really want a rabbit and my parent are sort of going along with it, but the anwser is allways wait till winter has gone, but I can`t wait that long, I`m dessperate my brother would like one too what should I do i need help please reply.

  448. rabbit lover 18

    On October 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Did I mention that once I begged for a dog and i got two goldfish, that died not that long after we got hem, but they were both old though. I`m ten now so let`s see when I get a rabbit, if i do get one, please please reply and I`ll do the same for you when you need help.

  449. Brenda Nelson

    On October 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    to rabbit lover 18

    ask your parents if they will take you to your local SPCA or animal shelter to LOOK at the bunnies and to play with them – see if you can become a volunteer, one parent would have to be with you. Do this 4-5 times without asking for a pet, then if you still really want one, ask them if you can adopt one – and save its life. By then your parent will have seen how good you are with the bunnies, and you will know if you really still want one.

  450. Aleesia

    On November 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have 1 guinea pig and 2 dogs. I’m currently trying to convince my mom to let me get a lot of guinea pigs, but she always says to be happy with what I have and focus on her. But I am! Guinea pigs are supposed to have piggy friends! Whenever I tell her this, she always says “Your guinea pig is fine.” Help!

  451. Brenda Nelson

    On November 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    to Aleesia

    guinea pigs that have lived alone often do not accept new friends, as long as you give it a lot of attention and time out of its cage – and it has a good sized cage – your mom is right… if a person wants 2 they need to get them at the same time otherwise they tend to fight.

  452. Jess

    On November 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    i really want a chinchilla for christmas but my dad just says we have too many pets we have 2 dogs , 2 fish and 2 rabbits i am very responsable and love all of my animal to bits i really want one sooooo bad will take great care can somebody please give me some advice!!

  453. jess

    On November 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i would appriciate any advice just please help me … :s

  454. Brenda Nelson

    On November 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    to Jess

    pets should never be given for Christmas, most shelters do not adopt as such and good stores would not do this either.

    if your dad thinks you have too many – it means he is stressed with care or bills, so I suggest trying to help him in any way you can. Maybe in the summer ask again.
    Until then learn more about chinchillas and their care – see if you can find a breeder in your area – of course you do not want to get from a pet store.

  455. jess

    On November 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    thanks B nelson i will

  456. Madie

    On November 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Please i need HELP i really want a sugar bear i have been begging my parents 4 ever like more than 2 months i have told them how much it was i added up all the stuff they need and it wasn’t that much money and we only have a cat and a dog but they say its like a zoo and i said i take care of them but they wont give in I TRIED EVERY THING and i looked them up on the sugar glider web site and told them all the good facts about them we have a place to put them and every thing but they wont give in and i really want one for christmas what should i do?

  457. Brenda Nelson

    On November 16, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    to Madie
    some kids ask for years… so relax and keep in mind that pets should never be Christmas presents.
    How much money do you have now, if you want a pet, how much are you willing to pay for it… and remember vet care for exotics is more costly.
    It sounds to me more like you want a whim pet. wait a year and see if you still want one, it sounds like a long time, but you are young and have lots of time, its really not so bad to wait.
    My parents never bought me the pet I wanted either, but now I can buy my own pets and really that is better.

  458. kylie

    On November 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve been asking for a dog since my last one died! I cried and cried! I was about 7 then. Now i am 12 and completely responsible. I babysat a 3 year old EVERYDAY this whole year. My parents know im responsible, but they just don’t want a dog. They think i should wait untill my brother gets older, but I DON’T WANT TO! Im writing a 3 page persuaive letter to them, and all im asking for on x-mas is a dog! i don’t care if it’s a purebred pricy puppy or a mutt adult from a shelter. I just want something to love. I’ve been getting A’s and B’s only on my report card & helping every minute i can! i’ve been listening as much as i can. AS i said earlier, i am only asking for a dog for christmas, however i will probably not be getting a couple weeks after christmas! i don’t want to get it christmas day! I WILL NOT BE READY! I know that, i just want to know i can get one! Everytime i hear the word dog or see one, i feel weak! Please tell me what to do! i may sound pathetic, but I NEED HELP! Please! B Nelson, tell me what to do!

    I do want to adopt from a shelter, & save a dogs life! i dont want ot go through the puppy years of a dog, thats just harder! i want a older dog at the shelter, ( maybe 3) YOu dont have to go through their puppy years & you save them from getting euthailzed! HELP!


    Thanks, to all helps me!
    Please answer soon! <3 =)

  459. kylie

    On November 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    you are lucky you have any pets, i dont have any , but love them more than anything! dont ask for a chincilla , well i mean you could, but, itd be rude! you have enough pets, if you get to many NONE OF THE PETS WILL BE EQUALLY TREATED thanks

  460. kylie

    On November 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Nelson B, this is a really cool website! i like reading all the advice you give people! :) will you please give me advice ASAP! IVE been checking the web for replies every hour! lol haha

  461. Brenda Nelson

    On November 18, 2010 at 1:04 am

    to kylie

    sorry I have animals of my own to take care of so only check here once or twice a day.
    You sound like you have given alot of thought and I think the fact that you want to adopt an adult dog from a shelter is AWESOME, and yes pets should never be Christmas gifts.

    Why not as your folks if you can volunteer to dog walk at your SPCA once a week or twice a month. One of your parents will have to go with you because you are not old enough to be by yourself. They might learn to love a dog as much as you, but if you pressure you parents they probably will say no.

  462. kylie

    On November 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks B Nelson! I will try that! Im not sure if they have that, but i already know how to check! i am faimilar with 2 shelter websites that are close to my house!

    I finnally finished my letter, to them! It is very persuaive, but yet very kind and hearttoching! IT also states the fact that i am responsible, and what all i do! I think this will persuade them to finally agree that i AM RESPONSIBE, thanks again

    You said above pets should never be christmas gift!, well they could be, you just should wait untill after christmas and you have all you suplies! and that is what ill be doing! ill let you know what they say asap! thanks b nelson! you give really good advice <3 kylie :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  463. madie

    On November 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    okay than you b nelson:)

  464. Cupcake101:)

    On November 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    hey guys, cupcake 101 here. i REALLY want a guinea pig but i already have 3 boring hermit crabs! they dont do much. my parents hate(my mom mostly) pets. which is ironic, becuz every summer, my mom would get a freakin’ bunny! can u believe it?! and im totally willin to pay but noooooooooooooooooo! she just has to come up with dum excuses that make no sense!!! arrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!

  465. emily

    On November 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    i really want a sugar glider like madie i am very good to pets and take care of them i have two dogs and my parents do not want any animals and i am offering to pay i have told them how great they are but they say its a flying rat and i am not getting one and it has to be a christmas present or it will be to much money but i take care of pets i told my parents great stuff about sugar gliders and i have been asking for one for a year so what should i do?

  466. kylie

    On November 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Cupcake 101, tell your mom your extremely responsible & prove it to her! ask her about her fun times with her bunnies& and then shell start to understand! tell her youll get rid of you hermit crabs! but you should not abandon a pet just for a differend what?

  467. kylie

    On November 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    emily- try writing a pro & con list with your parents ( list good & bad things) go from there! sugar gliders are cute, i wanted one at a time but theres one problem with them! They are not in there normal habibtat! they are from austrailla, they DON’T belong in new york! IF you lived in flordia, your whole LIfe & THEN maybe you need foster care,( this is just an exapmle) you would move to alaska without your family and with a different one~! now that will probably never happen, but THAT is exactly what your doing to A poor BABY sugar glider! this is not good & they do not belong in america

    yes i know there osm pets, but PLEASE consider that before you adopt one! thaks = )

  468. Brenda Nelson

    On November 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Cupcake try asking if she will take you to the local animal shelter to volunteer, sometimes adults find it hard to say what the reason is but you have to understand they have them, eventually you will grow up and have your own place and can have whatever you want.

    to emily
    Sugar Gliders are NOT easy pets, I know many kids and adults that wanted them but then realized they are not good pets.
    Pets should NEVER be Christmas presents.
    what should you do, consider a pet like a rabbit or guinea pig or save your money.

  469. cupcake101:)

    On November 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

    cupcake 101 again! thanks B nelson + emily! i’ll try that!!! you guys are such a big help!!! :D

  470. Gracie

    On December 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I’m 13, I’m a girl, I’m very responsible, and I have had rats since I was 10. I also have had dogs all my life so i know about taking care of animals. My rat Ellie recently passed, and so now I am wanting a rabbit for the first time. I have done loads of research, and I have had civalized conversations with my parents, but I dont beg; they wont even budge! They know that Im responsible enough, I have enough money, so why wont they let me have one? I care so much about this, and its not just an impulse decision! please give me some advice!
    P.S. I love this article! great great great:)!

  471. kylie

    On December 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Well i would say Gracie that you should tell them everything that you just told me! Tell them you are a teenager and are very responsible enough to get a bunny! Maybe the’ll understand?

    Nelson B. – this is the kylie that asked you about getting a dog a couple comments ahead! and IT WORKED! i will get one in the summer! that is if i have no c’s on my report card! Thank you so much!

  472. Brenda Nelson

    On December 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    to Gracie, you have to ask them why.. we dont have the answers for that.
    to kylie, thats great news, keep up on your school work and you should be fine. I hope you can look at animal shelters and SPCA, so many dogs need homes!

  473. Josie

    On January 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hi im josie and im 9 yrs old

    ive got a cat called william and hes ssssssssoooooooo boring sometimes. ive been begging my mum and dad for AGES but they just keep saying no.i understand that we have a cat and we cant have a dog too but when he goes i thought we couldhave a puppy ive said ill be recponsible and take good care and i wont keep playing on the computer.BUT no nonononono always a BIG FAT NO!! HELP ME IIM DESPERATE

  474. Brenda Nelson

    On January 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    puppies grow into dogs, if you cannot have a dog, you cannot have puppy.
    wait a few years, in the mean time ask if you can go with them to visit the dogs in a local animal shelter but NEVER ask if you can get one, one day your parents might find one THEY like.. and thats the best.

  475. Echosong

    On January 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I have wanted a ferret for ever but my parents won’t let me> I have had guiena pigs gerbials fish and I took care of them. The fish a ll died because while fish die the piggies we had to get rid of because no one but me could stand the small even though I cleaned the cage by myself. Geibls of old age. No I got a cat and dog and I spend more time with them then anyone else but still no ferret because they “stink”.

  476. xxlaura15xx

    On January 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    plz help me. i am 13 (14 in april) and hav recently started doing volunteer work at a farm in mitcham. yesterday, we were walking and playing with the ferrets. they were soooooo cute and i loved them. i tlked to my mentor and got 38 pgs of info from him!!!! i asked my mum if i could hav one and she sed she wouldnt mind but we would have noone to look after it wen we go away but my dad laughs at me and thinks i am joking. i am an only child so it would b great company for me. my mum has a cat and my dad has fish but i looka fter them most anyway. i rly rly rly want a ferret to play wiv and look after. i am quite responsible and hav no younger children who could harm it in my house. my cat cnt cum in my room so it could live there with me. hav u got any ideas on how to persuade them to let me hav one. plz help me soon. xxx <3 plz help me. i am 13 (14 in april) and hav recently started doing volunteer work at a farm in mitcham. yesterday, we were walking and playing with the ferrets. they were soooooo cute and i loved them. i tlked to my mentor and got 38 pgs of info from him!!!! i asked my mum if i could hav one and she sed she wouldnt mind but we would have noone to look after it wen we go away but my dad laughs at me and thinks i am joking. i am an only child so it would b great company for me. my mum has a cat and my dad has fish but i looka fter them most anyway. i rly rly rly want a ferret to play wiv and look after. i am quite responsible and hav no younger children who could harm it in my house. my cat cnt cum in my room so it could live there with me. hav u got any ideas on how to persuade them to let me hav one. plz help me soon. xxx <3

  477. Brenda Nelson

    On January 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    laura15 – you need to work on spelling and school work befoer you start begging for a ferret – ferrets are very demanding pets then need at least 4 hours out of their cage a day.
    Its great that you are volunteering – but take more time to learn about them and be sure they are the right pet for your.
    Wait a few months – get your grades (and spelling) up before asking again.

  478. Tara

    On January 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I absolutely love animals. I have 2 cats and have had 100s of fish. But i want another animal. I realllllyyyy want a sugar glider. My mom doesnt mind but my dad just says no because he says they are rodents and they will chew everything. But they wont I have tons of research and have wanted one for over a year. I have been really responsible. and i havent begged. I have seaved my money but he still says no.So i have given that a rest and im now asking for a red eyed tree frog as they are siompler to keep and I can prob get a cage from my moms friend for free. But i have to ask my dad first. I dont kno wat to say cuz he will say no before i have even explained to him wat it is. i want it for my birthday. It is in march and im turning 13. I reallly want a sugar glider but im working my way up. Anybody have any advice?????????????????????

  479. Brenda Nelson

    On January 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    to Tara
    Sugar Gliders are tough pets to own, I know many peopel who have gotten them and not been happy with it.
    Sugar Glidersare MARSUPIALS!

    we have a red eyed tree frog they are simply to keep but sleep all day and really are best when not handled, this is not a pet some kids will enjoy.. its just a lump all day, and they get stressed in the light.

    perhaps a rabbit? have mom and dad take you for a few trips to your local shelter to visit the pets they have there. Rabbits are not rodents= but also will chew so you need to watch them when out.

  480. Mrs McDonald

    On February 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    B Nelson, I commend you on answering all these people’s questions.
    I am a mother, the one on the receiving end for this pet and that.
    We bought a dog for the family and my husband and 14 year old daughter are sole carers.
    But now my daughter wants a guinea pig AND a rabbit. The reason is that she was originally only wanting a rabbit so she looked up rabbits advertised for sale in my area, this was all well and fine until she found a rabbit that was perfect, but there was a catch- the rabbit CAME with a guinea-pig, I didn’t like that phrase they advertised it for, as if it was a spare part, because guinea pigs are pets in there own rights.
    I said to my daughter there is no way we are getting the rabbit and guinea pig as it would not be fair on the guinea pig, so she looked up guinea pig personality and care, she went round to guinea pig carers houses as well, and she came home one day and said “Mum, this may sound greedy and I understand if you say no, but I want a guinea pig and a rabbit, as you can see I have researched guinea pigs, and I can assure you this guinea pig will not be treated as a spare part. I promise.”
    My daughter has taken great care of the dog so far, so me and my husband agreed.
    So my daughter looked up care for rabbits and guinea pigs, she has money saved up and everything is going fine.
    But recently my husband asked me “Will two animals not be too much for Caitlin, she already takes care of Buster (dog) and both the guinea pig and the rabbit need a lot of care.”
    We are really worried about this, I know my daughter is responsible and mature- but will this not be too much work for a teenager?

  481. Brenda Nelson

    On February 19, 2011 at 12:31 am

    to Mrs McDonald
    My daughter is also a teen, she has a pet hedgehog. I think with school work too many pets can be a lot. Mind you we also have 6 family cats, and pet sheep, donkey…llama…

    Rabbits are more work than Guinea Pigs, they need more time out of their cage for exercise, Guinea Pigs and rabbits should not be housed together and need slightly different food. It would be easier for her to get 2 GP than one of each, I suggest adopting from a shelter of course!

    I never agree to letting kids have pets unless parents are fully willing to help, so ask yourself and hubby if you are willing to help, as when she is sick, away at a friends house, or studying for exams.

    I think one pet in addition to the dog would be fine, but you know your situation best. Good luck

  482. Nivia

    On March 3, 2011 at 12:47 am

    i really Want a mini pig and i know the breeder and they only grow 48cm and anyway at first my parents of course said no i said i was paying but still no then i got all the things they could use against me like where to keep it what to do if on holidays and stuff like that and answeered all of them in a mature way and also made a booklet all about mini pig then they said maybe and they will talk about it so that stratergy works well

  483. Brenda Nelson

    On March 4, 2011 at 12:08 am

    to Nivia
    you need to do more research – teacup pigs grow slow but are stunted from poor breeding and poor nutrition – IF they stay that small for 4 years or more I would be shocked.. and if the pig doesnt have major health issues by the time it is 6 I would be more amazed -

  484. coolcoola11

    On March 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    hi i m neja and i whant to bye a hamster for my sister BUT the problem is i have a dog called lucky a cat lola a bird koko but were geting a new bird because were traveling to awer contry and he whont survive i love animals i what millions

  485. coolcoola11

    On March 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    i what to bye my sister a hamster because i whant her to have a rusponsebilety and she likes hamsters i just whant her to be happy but i dont think mom will be happy i know that my dad will but i m sure that they both think that i m not responsbol enough not HAPPY

  486. JASMINE

    On March 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    i want a ginnie pig bunny baby chicken or a turtle my dad SAYS AM NOT RESPOMSIBLE I AM AWNSER HELP BUT DO NOT SAY BE PATIONT PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME

  487. kylie

    On March 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    ok theres this dog thats the neighbors..and the guy sometimes abuses him bc he has mental problems…the dog is always at our house…and today i went to their house to sell candy and he asked me if the dog still comes to our house i said yes and he told me to hit him to go back to his house…but i dont want to bc he abuses him…sometimes i just want to get the dog when hes at our house and take him to the animal he has a better home. that would be mean but he would just think he got hit or something bc he goes on the road all the time…and always comes this close to getting hit…i love the dog and hate seeing him getting abused..i would take him but they would notice…….b nelson what do i do??? im getting a dog in a couple months and im siked thanks to you im kylie if you remember

  488. Brenda Nelson

    On March 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    in most areas a dog OFF the owners property can be taken to the local animal shelter.
    The guy would have to pay to get the dog back.. so if you think he would not pay then the shelter would keep the dog and if it is a nice dog it could go for adoption.

    Another idea is to call the shelter -they will not give the man your name -tell them the problem and how he abuses the dog. maybe they will take it away.

    if you love the dog, and your mom agrees you might even ask the guy about letting you keep it.. just a thought – good luck,.

  489. kylie

    On March 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    thanks for all the ideas.. i thought about the last idea..but hes not really the dog im looking for…well he is…i just want a ( no affence to the dog) but better dog…but not like hes not good or anything but i just want a different one..that i could do many things with. i love the dog more than anything but he wonders sometimes …which can be fixed ! ok well my point is i was looking foreward to adopt a dog and i would like to see snickers in a better home for him…i will try the first or second ideas…im sure my mom will be okay with it! thanks!!!!!! i only have one more quarter of a’s and b;s and i get my dog!!!!!!

  490. kylie

    On April 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    today the owner of the dog snickers came to our house while me and my little brother were playing outside…..i tried to get my brother to go inside when i saw him coming in the drive and said he was a bad man to my brother. the owner was watching me and my brother play outside and clearly had to know we were out there…..he took snickers and violently shoved him into his truck while cussing….and smacking him….;( i was secretly watching in the gurauge holding back my tears…i called two places that i thought would work to report abuse…but they both were no good…..wat do i do ….snickers is already back at our house maybe and hour or two later….he never leaves and i dont want him too……..i know you kind of said what to do earlier but how will i get proof it i want to report abuse without buying spy cameras and stuff…i need to help out this dog PLEASE

  491. Brenda Nelson

    On April 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    to Kylie, sorry it took so long to get back to you, I have been sick.
    talk to your mom or dad, the next time snickers is at your house they need to take him to the animal shelter, or can call the animal shelter themselves to report the abuse.

  492. GregNB

    On April 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I will like a sugar glider, but when I asked my dad about 5 times in the past week about getting me 1 he says (I don’t want to talk about it now) and he holds it off. My mom likes them but she never asks my dad.I have done research on them and love them but nothing works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What should I do? O and Y do people say mum in their questions? Write back anyone please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  493. GregNB

    On April 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    O and does any one have a sugar glider?,so they can tell me more about them. Also does eney 1 know ware i can buy one for about $100.00?

  494. GregNB

    On April 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Does any one use this eney more? Because a was exspecting an answer by now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  495. GregNB

    On April 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Sorry I keep spelling any wrong i rush! O and you can call me Greg!

  496. Brenda Nelson

    On April 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    to Greg, yes I still use it but am also busy in life.

    Sugar Gliders are very demanding of time

    If you happen to be in Alberta you can often buy them at the Innisfail Odd and Unusual Action, which happens Easter Friday. Otherwise check your local animal shelter for ones for adoption, or look for a breeder, dont buy from a pet store.

    Some people in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand spell mom as mum.

  497. GregNB

    On April 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks, and do you have any info on them and how can I convince my parents I also will he willing to give a lot of time to to it/ them ,Greg

  498. GregNB

    On April 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I also will do alot for it (Sugar Glider) I alredy have 1dog, 1cat, 2 guppys, about 10 baby guppies, 1 chamelean, 2 leopard geckos, 1 green anloe, 1 Bahoman anole, 1 long tailed lizard, 2 fire belly toads, 1 green candy cane frog 1 green tree frog, and 1 hermit crab!!! I know its alot but my dad has his own landscape company so we have alot of money for food and supplies!!!And we also have alot of room for it.My dad is starting to give in alittle now too for the sugar glider!

  499. GregNB

    On April 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Dear, Brenda I also will like some info on sugar gliders do you have any? And I live in New York So what is Alberta? Greg

  500. GREGNB

    On April 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I also need help convinceing my parents

  501. HANNAH

    On April 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm


  502. Brenda Nelson

    On April 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    There is a link to Sugar Glider information in my last response….Alberta is a province in Canada, too far away from you to come for the sale!

    Sugar Gliders are VERY demanding pets, you have to carry them around and they pee on you.. my own daughter is allowed pretty much any pet – she has a hedgehog – but even she does not want a sugar glider because she knows they are too much work and we have seen many people who have got them and wish they didnt.

    Have your parents take you to your local SPCA instead, learn more about all kinds of animals.

  503. GregNB

    On April 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Brenda Is there any way for you to break the habit of sugar gliders peeing on you? Greg

  504. Hamster Lover16

    On April 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Hi my name is Brianna.I am 9 years old.I already have a hamster but i want another one really really bad.I bought it with my own money.I also take care of it by my self.My mom when i am at school takes care of it for me and says that i do not take care of it.I Tell her to stop and to let me take care of it.I finally got her to stop but the bigger problem is that she says that i barley take care of this one.She said that i improved a lot in taking care of her but she still says no.what do i do help me i rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyyyyyyy want one did i menchin that my hamster is bord and lonley.hhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeelllllllllppppppppp

  505. Hamster Lover16

    On April 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    sorry i might be up late but messege me back soon i am really desprit i am not very good at spelling as you can tell sorry.

  506. Brenda Nelson

    On April 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    to Greg, this is not a habit, its their normal behavior and you cannot train it out of them or punish them for it

    to Hamster lover

    it is VERY hard to keep hamsters together – most will fight and kill each other, some breeds are okay together but only if raised together from the start and kept in a huge cage.

    If your hamster is bored and lonely you need to play with it more, hamsters prefer to be by themselves but need lots of time out of their cage.

  507. Hamster Lover

    On April 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    she is onley a few mounths old and i get what you are saying i will get the same kind and gender.But i still do not know to how to get her to say the way her sisters had not ben adpopt mom is in love with the one i have now she taiks about how cute it is all day long and kisses it on the face and is not alergic. i can also put them in seprit cages.

  508. GregNB

    On April 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Then what other pet do you recomand for an 11 year old (BOY)?

  509. Brenda Nelson

    On April 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    to Greg, how about a cat, or guinea pig?

  510. lu

    On April 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    i really want a lamb(they are so cuteeee+ so are sheeps), and my parents say i can have one if i get more than 75% in my tests which are in two weeks, is there anyway you can think of off getting it quicker?

  511. Brenda Nelson

    On April 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    to lu

    I actually have pet sheep.

    you should not just get 1 because they are herd animals, get two, or three. Hair sheep are best because you dont need to shear them – try to get friendly ewes or wethers. However it is best to get your exams finished first, two weeks is not long. Spend the time learning more and getting your pasture ready – and study for your tests too.

  512. GregNB

    On April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I alredy have a cat and my sis wants a guinea pig but my mom says no because she thinks the cat will eat it

  513. GregNB

    On May 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    But wil baby chickens do ok? AKA (chick(s)

  514. GregNB

    On May 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    or will a corn snake do ok

  515. top secret

    On May 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    ok im trying to get akitty but me pernts are to keen the yehll kill me if i mensions ti helpppppppppppppppp

  516. GregNB to top secret

    On May 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

    to top secrtet,
    My parents do the same thing but the only way for your parents not to yell is if you only bring it up once or twice a week.

  517. GregNB

    On May 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Brenda N? How can isolve my prob my i have a cat and my cat might eat a guniea pig but will chicks do ok?

  518. Brenda Nelson

    On May 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Greg, Cats are good with rabbits, and should be okay with a GP, but Guinea pigs are usually caged.

    Cats are usually good with Chickens but might not be so good with chicks. I have chickens and my cats dont bother them… but chicks would be too tempting.

    to topsecret, slow down on asking, instead just as her to take you to the shelter to visit cats and DO NOT even ask for one, do this a few times -she will have to go with you of couse, but NEVER ask for one. Then one day she might bring it up. If you beg she will not want one though.

  519. GregNB

    On May 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    thanks Brenda N…………..But there is only 1 prob I have 16 pets(14 are small pets like lizards, frogs and fish the other 2 are my dog and cat) so my mom and dad thinks I have 2many pets (but like i said they are mostly small so how can i solve this BIG PROB? ,Greg

  520. Chloe

    On May 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Hey i’m 15 and i not allowed to have the pet i want but my family owns 2 small dogs and 3 gold fish and i’m not complaining but i want a pet cockatiel or anorther pet bird of some sort. last year i was super happy when my parents let me get pet mice but they didn’t last longer then 2-3 months because my family wasn’t really into them and they couldn’t with stand the smell like i could so due to a family vote i had to move them out side in the shed, the cage was knock over that night, i have no more mice. I was upset for a few weeks and my parents couldn’t understand why because they were just mice. But any way back on subject I’m not allowed to have anymore pets because of the reason no pets(animals) in the house unless its fish which you know are so interactive they way you can hold and play with(sarcasim) I’m proberly being unfair but hey i just want a pet.

  521. Brenda Nelson

    On May 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    to Greg,
    the best thing I can suggest is to ask your parents to take you to the animal shelter to visit the pets there maybe 2x a month or something, that might help you enjoy bigger pets sometimes and maybe your parents will reconsider in a few months. I know most parents do not like to be pressured.

    to Chloe – birds are a big commitment, and are a lot of work, you will be moving out in a few years, its best to wait until then before you get a pet, since you may not be able to take it with you and your parents might not want to keep it.

    Birds ar very messy and most do not do well if their owner is away a lot (you in school)

  522. Chloe

    On May 19, 2011 at 3:09 am

    To B Nelson yes i’m still in school and I know birds get messy at times the bird I wants is a cockatiel or a smaller bird.With school I catch a bus at 8:20 am and get home around 3:45pm so that gives me plenty of time to play with and give it enough attention it needs in the morning and after school. but you are right I will be moving out in the next 5 years and I might attendent universty or TAFE almost straight after year 12 and no one else is interested birds in my family so it is best to wait and i know that i just don’t want to believe it( if that makes sense).

  523. Jane

    On May 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Dear to anyone with advice,

    My name is Jane, and for two months I have been researching rats. Actually, I started by researching snakes, but decided it was not the pet for me- I wanted an interactive pet that will actually bond with you yet do not require too much space and work.

    I decided I can take care of rats. Cleaning the cage once a week, spot-cleaning, wiping down the levels and letting them roam under supervision for an hour a day- I can handle this. And I really want them, more than anything I have ever wished for. They are quite lovely pets, from the friends I have talked to and the self research I have been doing.

    I considered from the rats’ point of view too, of course. Would they really be happy with me? Would I be able to support them- as they are prone to respiratory illnesses and tumors? I truly believe yes; I have already picked out a vet I would go to for emergencies, and I have some cash saved up.

    Of course, SOME cash is not enough to raise 2 bucks (male rats) to live a happy, long life. I definitely need the support of my parents in this as well. I am willing to use all my money, but if that is not enough, I need to be assured my parents will also help out.

    So, the problem: like many others here, my parents simply do not want rats- my mother, anyways. Her reasons are valid as well, and I will not lie to you all- I have neglected several pets in the past, and each pet ended with me being broken-hearted (a bearded dragon, a budgie). So it is understandable why she doesn’t want to get me rats. I feel rather than the “hassle of raising them”, the core reason is that she doesn’t want to see me heartbroken if I neglect them and they die.

    But people learn, and people grow. I learned from my past mistakes- truly I did! I feel different about rats than any other pets I have had before as well.

    So I have been trying very hard, trying to prove that I am now responsible enough to raise two rats with care (in fact, before I typed this, I was cleaning my room). I am going to do all my chores without being asked, maintain my good grades, and be as mature as I can be for a month, and then approach my mother again.

    My 16th birthday is in October, and so I was hoping she would get me my companions then. Also, this question is directed specifically at B NELSON: I know in your replies you have often stated that pets should never be gotten as a Christmas present- why is that? And is getting a pet as a birthday present okay?

    I also want to write a persuasive essay and make a small PowerPoint on rats. Do you guys think this is an effective method, or would they just be annoyed with my persistence?

    If you read this whole thing, I congratulate you. I like being thorough in my explanations. And if you by any chance decide to give me advice, I heartily thank you!

    ((PS- Some people on this comment section do not seem very serious about the pet they want- I’d like to advise EVERYONE on this board to seriously consider, reconsider, and reconsider again about a pet. I didn’t do this for my bearded dragon and budgie, and learned the hard way on what getting a pet not right for you is like. A pet isn’t something you get for only your selfish pleasure- it comes with so much responsibilities… responsibilities that can destroy or support a life! I also agree with B Nelson in that younger children should not raise a pet alone, as most (not all!) just get a pet because they’re “so cute”. Research on every aspect of your pet please- not just the pros.))

  524. Brenda Nelson

    On May 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    to Jane, thanks for your comments.
    To answer the question why pets should not be Christmas or Birthday presents is a long story, because there are many reasons, one being that people bond better to pets they pick for themself.. as such a person can give a card saying “I will pay the adoption fee for a pet” or something like that and let the person select their own particular one. Other concerns are that birthdays and Christmas can be busy and hectic and are not suitable times for getting a pet, wait a few days.. there are other reasons too but those are the biggest.
    Power point is good but most parents get annoyed at constant begging by kids

  525. Ericsean

    On May 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I want a German Sheperd but my mom says no because I have Dust Mites allegies and that a German Sheperd need alot of exercise. What can I do to convince my mom to get a German Sheperd.

  526. Eran

    On May 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I very want a German Sheperd as a pet but my mom says no because I’m allergic to Dust Mites and that a German Sheperd needs alot of exercise. Is there anything I can do to convince her to get me a German Sheperd.

  527. 22301

    On June 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I am trying to convence my mom into geting a pet mouse but she says they are gross! Well i thank they are cute! I mean thats all that matters right? She knows i can take care of a pet!We have 4 cats 2dogs and like 12 fish i ride horses and i want to be a VET when i grow up!!! Whats the big deal?! My DAD totley agrees with it!!! I mean i am 10 years old!!!!! I have been living with ANIMALS WHOLE LIFE!!!!!!!!!! I have done RESEARCH!!!!!!!!! So why can’t i have 1????!!!!!!!!!!

  528. Brenda Nelson

    On June 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    to 22301
    It is still your parents house, their rules. Mice are smelly pets I will warn you about that, we had them as kids. yes they are cute.. but they smell..

  529. Edona Demiri

    On June 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

    hi, i am trying to convince my parents into getting a cat that my friend has but will be going to the HUMANE SOCIETY next week i dont have alot of TIME! she thinks that it is going to go in the house and she also thinks she will have to take care of it! My mom also does NOT like BLACK CATS but, its stomach is white and it has a white birthbark on its neck! I HAVE VISITED THIS CAT MANY TIMES AND I LOVE HER! she has never bit or scrached anybody or anything! My idea was to let her see and pet the cat but she is refusing…………..COUSE ITS SO CALLED BLACK! please guys i realy need some oppinions.

  530. Edona Demiri

    On June 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

    OH YEA! i forgot to tell you my birth day is coming up so we can use this as an advantage! BY THE WAY MY MOM IS VERYYYYYYY STRIKT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  531. Jane

    On June 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you, but my plan was to get permission to own rats for my birthday, not necessarily the rats themselves. I understand your point of view though, I agree it is hectic. (Well, I don’t really have parties, so maybe not.)

    “Well i thank they are cute! I mean thats all that matters right?”
    No! No, that is not all that matters. This is exactly what I meant by my PS on my previous post…

    @Edona Demiri
    Well, my mother is strict too… I love cats as well, but my mom would definitely say no as she hates the fact they shed so much. Its not an argument I can beat, as you really cannot stop a cat from shedding, nor can you clean the house of its hair by yourself! Sometimes a no is a no. If its the color black she hates, you can’t really win unless you want to dye the cat another color (which is obviously absurd). Nothing will change it. Its a good thing the cat is going to Humane Society; it won’t be put to sleep, and if it as sweet as you said, it will probably find a good home. If you love the cat, that should be good enough for you. Other than that, just try to counter any arguments she brings up with logical solutions. Don’t cry or plead. They hate that and will just reject your requests, heedless of any logic. Be mature, and they will hopefully see how serious and how ready you are to raise the cat yourself. I hope you are ready, as a cat is a pet with demanding needs.

  532. GregNB

    On June 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    It has been a month so I took the advice not to get a sugarglider. My dad is tinking about baby chicks, quails ,or ducks. Since we have a cat, I will keep them in my room (where the cat never goes) ontill they are ready to go outside. But do you have any care tips or convinceing tips on baby quails, chicks, or ducklings?

  533. Brenda Nelson

    On June 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I would suggest ducks or chicks because quail will always be small and your can will always want to go after them unless you want to always keep them in your room.

    I have ducks and chickens and my cats dont bother the adults but we keep them penned at night with a coop because foxes and other animals will bother them, check that they are legal in your area.

    If you get chicks get sexed ones so you know you only have hens, I perfer to get mature hens myself. Chicks are a lot of care you need heat lamps and so forth, do more research before getting any.

  534. GregNB

    On June 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Dont U need a pond for dusks, and dont they fly?

  535. GregNB

    On June 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    what type of chickens lay eggs that hatch into pure yellow chicks?

  536. Brenda Nelson

    On June 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Greg NB

    any chicken that is white will have yellow chicks but the chicks will grow up to be white.

    you do need water for ducks, I have mine in an aviary so they dont fly away some people clip their wings.

  537. GregNB

    On June 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Do all types of ducks fly? And do you have any tips on hatching eggs because 3 nights ago my dad baught me an hova bator incubator on ebay, so I will be hatching chicken/duck eggs.

  538. GregNB

    On June 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    sorry forall the questions as you can see i love animals.

  539. Savannah

    On June 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Hi I am a very responsible girl and my parents are divorced. At my mom’s house, a beautiful black stray cat always comes to the porch with her baby to get food. Of course we feed her! Recently, the black cat is beginning to push her baby to us. She seems like she does not exactly want it. I can understand that because she is a very young mother herself. Since i got all A’s every marking period this year, my dad said he will give me money as a gift. he said that he really does not want to adopt the baby cat, but he said it can be my choice to either use the money he gives me to get the cat fixed and vaccinated OR put the $ in the bank. My mom already has 4 indoor cats at her house and it would be hectic to have one more. How can i convince my dad to let the baby cat stay at his house? (i already decided that i will use my money towards the kitten, so the vaccines and everything will be paid for by me)

  540. GregNB to Savannah

    On July 1, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Dear Savannah,

    I know how your feeling about wanting to keep that kitten, at my old house we had over 7 stray cats there and i wanted to keep them, but when cats were born in the wild , they are going to act wild I would take the kitten and it\’s mother to an animal shelter so they can treet them there. And they might be carrying diseases or rabies. Pluss its ok to feed them once every so often but dont do it every day, because then they will forget how to catch other food, and that the food will attract other animals like rats, raccons, and opossums. take my atvice because I have 19 pets,if you want a kitten try your local brreder or rescue an animal from a shelter. From, greg

  541. GregNB

    On July 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Savannah, sorry for all the typos

  542. Brenda Nelson

    On July 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

    You just have to ask him. I am sure if he is willing to give you the money then he has already considered that you might keep the cat with him, and that might make him feel good because he knows you will want to visit the cat.

    If possible it might be a good idea to spay the mom too, or keep her and take the kitten to the local shelter because kittens have good chances of getting adopted and if the mom stays loose like this she will keep having kittens.

  543. GregNB

    On July 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Brenda can u answer my question please it is above savanna’s

  544. Brenda Nelson

    On July 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Whoops sorry Greg.

    yes all ducks can fly but some are less likely after they have bonded with your home.

    Some people do clip the wings of their ducks, or confine them in covered aviaries. My own ducks have a large covered aviary which also keeps predators out.

  545. GregNB

    On July 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    do u need a pond for ducks or can u use a big plastic container? And do u have any tips on hatching eggs?

  546. Mel

    On July 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Hi a couiple weeks ago i bought a bunny and my mom made me give it to my aunt and 2 little kids. Her name is “Feather,” but her true name is Sephora. I didn’t get a last goodbye because I was at band camp )’: I really miss her too how do I get her back? And it’s so weird how the 6~year~old next door has her own cat, and I’m 12 and can’t keep a bunny! And I also bought Sephora with my own money and still had over $50 to buy supplies i could’ve made her an NIC condo n my mom still said no. All my friends sided with me and said I should be able to have her. Can I please get tips? Thanks.

  547. Brenda Nelson

    On July 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    to Mel

    Your mom is probably mad that you bought the rabbit without her permission. As a parent I can understand why she would do this,you should have asked permission first.
    Nobody should be selling rabbits to kids without the parents permission.

    Wait a while then ASK first, and please adopt from a shelter, some even come with a cage and supplies for free.

  548. Greg NB

    On July 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Brenda N not trying to be rood but you skiped my commeny Again!

  549. Brenda Nelson

    On July 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Sorry Greg!

    With ducks you do need water for them, baby ducks can drown so shouldnt have water deeper than 1 inch for at least 2 weeks their feathers can become water logged it is best not to risk it.

    I have a large feed tub full of water for mine.
    We just let the ducks hatch thier own eggs, so I cannot help more with that.

  550. Maddy

    On July 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    hi my mom doesnt wanna get me a mouse cuz wen i was 10 i begged for a dog not realizing what a huge responsibility it was. We still have the dog and i take better care of him (im 15 and started taking on the responsibility again when i was 12) but now i want a mouse. i hav all the money, do good in skool, and am now very responsible but when i asked my mom she said no. (for two reasons one: she thinks i wont take care of it two:she doesnt like rodents) what should i do? i kno mice only last a few yrs and i wont be moving out until im 19 so abandoning it isnt an issue. Help!!!

  551. I am never getting a snake

    On July 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I will like to get a small snake like a ribbon or a garter snake but both my mom and my dad always say no they are gross they eat mice and the say that u will never see a snake in my house i have done my research , iknow that they can eat small fish and my Bff just go a ball python for their birthday my other friend has a Bp and so does my nabor’s son i am so jellous! HHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!

  552. Marisa

    On July 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I have a lot of pets I have two dog and two cats and I really want a guinea pig I did so much resccearch like a ton I take care of my pets very well and I haven’t loss intertested I have enough money for one guinea pug and all of it’s essentials just I don’t have the money for buying food for it everytime I run out I’m only 13 and I can’t get a job the only reason I can’t get one is because we have to many animals but I’ll take care and everything pleasee helpppppp.!! Thanks (=

  553. Natasha

    On July 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I really want a hamster and so does my big brother, but my mum really hates them. I had one before but it ran away and now my mum won’t let me get another one. I have a cage and I will even pay for it out of my own money or get it for my birthday but she still won’t let me. My mum doesn’t like rodents so she’s making up excuses like they smell or they need cleaning out all the time or you already have two dogs, you don’t need a hamster as well. All of these are untrue except for having two dogs, which I do and even if we try and prove her wrong she still won’t let us get one. I want to look after it by myself and I know every thing about them, I have two books on them and I have experience in looking after them and I really want one but I don’t know how to persuade her. I’ve already sent a presentation to my dad but I’m not sure if he’s read it. please help!

  554. Brenda Nelson

    On July 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    to never getting a snake – you can always get a snake after you grow up and leave home. I wanted a horse, I never got one until I left home.

    to Marissa – I am sorry but unless your folks are willing to pay there is not much you can do, I will tell you its lots cheaper to adopt a pet from the SPCA than to buy one from the pet store, some shelter pets even come with a free cage and supplies.

    to Natasha – I had lots of hamsters when I was a kid, they were great and I loved them. I would allow my daughter one if she wanted, but she picked a hedgehog instead. Anyhow – just wait a while, dont ask for maybe 3-4 months, then ask again, maybe she will have rethought it.

  555. Natasha

    On July 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

    She keeps saying that she’ll think about it but she always just makes up her mind straight away that it’s a no. Plus my birthday’s in 11 days (I’m so excited I counted) and I want to get it for my birthday and I don’t want anything else except a hamster.

  556. Mel

    On July 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I did my research on bunnies and stuff for almost 2 years, since I got my laptop for Christmas ‘09. I ask for chinchillas, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, ferrets and other small animals that I do lots of research on but I never get anything the closest I got was seamonkeys and they died in a few months cuz I couldnt feed them while I was at camp. I even typed like an 8~page paper that took me like 2 HOURS to write on guinea pigs and a powerpoint on bunnies and I do hours of research weekly. I miss my bunny too and she’s housed with 2 loud little kids I tried to tell my uncle the benefits of housing Sephora in a C&C cage or an NIC condo but my mom told me to shut up and its their bunny so they can do what they want with it and blah blah blah. I did my research and it’s all because of the stupid cat that I want to get rid of. She’s really aggressive and bites my hand and hisses or lunges at me or other cats, and when my hermit crabs were housed in an open tank she tried to use their tank as a 2nd litter box and buried the bigger one and nobody wants her help me!

  557. GregNB

    On July 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

    To Brenda N,

    It was strange but I got 2 red eyed tree frogs!!! :) They are great pets!!!They are sooooooooooooo colorful, and love to jump!!! I setup their tank to look a lot like a real rain forest. It has vines, both live and fake plants, a big water dish and a wonderful water fall!!!!!!! I spray their tank 2 times a day with a mist bottle. I got them from lll reptile ( I highly recomend to any who wants to by a reptile or amphibean). Greg

  558. Natasha

    On July 24, 2011 at 6:09 am

    To Mel
    Are you at camp often? If you are it means that looking after a pet especially something like a rabbit may be difficult and the responsibility would fall to your parents and this may be a reason they won’t let you get one. Do your parents have problems with certain types of pets or pets in general or do they just disagree because it’s too much work. Maybe you should consider getting a pet your parents like taking care of so that they would take care of it while your at camp.

  559. Animaless 4ever

    On July 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I have tried all these things and none have them have worked. My parents are so stubborn… and don’t like animals… :’( I LOVE ANIMALS!

  560. Marisa

    On July 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks brenda nelson but i got enough money for food for 6 months so far lol and my parents went from a no to a maybeh because how responsible I am so I’m making progress Xp I’m juss hopeing I’ll get one and to save money I’ll probly go to a shelter most likely the ASPCA thanks again (=

  561. Collette

    On July 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I have been trying to convince my parents into letting me get a corn snake. It might actually work.. I think.

    I have made them a huge power point, explaining why I want a corn snake, and EVERY thing about them. I also wrote them a long letter about how I want to become an exotic ( reptile ) vet, so they should let me get a snake to gain experience.
    My mom has a friend who has a corn snake, and so we are going to go over to her house and look at the set-up. I am also going to hold it, to get used to holding a snake. She is actually thinking about it, like she is talking to my dad, she is asking me questions, and I am so anxious to know the answer.

    Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I have 3 bearded dragons, 2 leopard geckos, and 2 whites tree frogs… so she is used to animals. But she didn’t like the idea of a snake.

    What should I do? Besides wait?

  562. Collette

    On July 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Oh, I am 14, going on 15 this year.

    I got my very first frog when I was 5, and I took care of it by my self. I am VERY responsible, and don’t loose interest in my pets

  563. Brenda Nelson

    On August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Honestly Collette.. the only thing you can do really.. is wait.. the more you pressure your folks the more angry they might get. You can ask to visit your mom’s friends snake again though… but not too often. Consider yourself lucky you have more pets than some other kids.

  564. Rebecca

    On August 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I would like a ferret ( or two it depends on the personality of the first ). My mom and I were at the pet store and we found out that you could hold the ferrets. I did and I fell in love again! Before when I was younger I asked and she ( my mom ) said no. My mom is just worried our dog will freak out and try to harm it. Also the money it takes. I am and have been researching and there is nothing about knowing how your dog will react or helping he/she adjust. Please help!!!!! this is one of the only milestones!!!

  565. Rebecca

    On August 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Please respond! I love my dog, but he can’t really run around anymore! How do I help my dog and ferret adjust I take care of my dog, but at this stage of his life he can only take short walks and no running around. ( he has hip displaysia ). Also, any ideas on me raising money? My mom doesn’t want to have to pay for him.

  566. Rebecca

    On August 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    She doesn’t want to pay for the ferret. should I start off with something smaller…… I would have to wait a year to get a ferret bcuz there is a ferret asscociation by my house but the yongest kid has to be 5 and my sister is 4. Should I get a hamster first? Then a ferret?

  567. Brenda Nelson

    On August 9, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Ferrets have a high prey drive if you get a hamster and it is still alive in a year (they live 2 years) your ferret will want to eat it, so either get a hamster and wait 2 years or just wait the one year.
    Some SPCA have them for adoption and free cages too

  568. Rebecca

    On August 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks Brenda! Do you know how I could help my dog adjust to a ferret? This is one of the only things my mom is worried about.

  569. Brenda Nelson

    On August 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    If your dog is a breed with a high prey drive you may have problems. Hunting breeds and Huskies would be a concern with a ferret in the house. you have to know your dog, Make sure your dog is trained for Drop it and Leave it

  570. EquestrianPassion

    On August 28, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I’m nearly 14 and I’ve wanted a horse ever since I learned what a horse was. I’ve been riding since I was 6 years old, and horses are my life. I used to take lessons every week, but things have changed alot and now I can only have a lesson around once a month. 
    My room is plastered with horse posters. I have too many horse models and books to count. I look at horses for sale in my spare time. I dream of horses and they are my passion. But I never get to ride and it just breaks my heart.
    I know my parents would love to buy me a horse, but they can’t even afford weeky lessons, so that isn’t possible.
    Recently my grandparents (who are fairly wealthy) bought a 10 acre farm. It has pastures and a barn. I’ve been thinking alot and me and my cousin both would love it if they (my grandparents) could buy us a horse and keep it there. My cousin isn’t as horse crazy as I am, but is starting to get into it. The farm isn’t very close to where we live, but we have 3 or 4 relatives living right next door to the farm, one who used to own a few horses and loves them to death. We are thinking they might be available for any emergencies or anything when we aren’t there.  My cousin and I are trying to figure out how owning a horse would be possible. I’ve looked at a bunch of horses and found some nice ones in a good price range. I’ve lent her books and I’m teaching her alot about horses. We’re saving our money and trying to show that we are responsible. I already have some supplies (hand-me-downs from when my mother owned a horse) and we have the space for one. My cousin and I are very hopeful. It is just a remote possibility right now, but we are planning everything out if it were to happen. I’ve even already found good vets/farriers in the area. Any tips would be appreciated!!

  571. Aron

    On August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I think this is a good artical! I’m 18 and I keep asking my dad if I could get a snake. He keeps saying no and I ask why. He says he doesn’t want another animal in the house. I had a dog, a cat I got from a friend, can’t remember how many chicken, ducks and gees I’ve had, and 2 gueny pigs. All the birds died, gave the gueny pigs away, cat died at age 17, and we had to put the dog down at age 10. (sorry if I miss spelled any thing) I am really into reptiles and I know some one that can get me a snake, captive bread. Does any one know how to confrunt this?

  572. Amber da jem

    On August 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    hi i soooooo want a dog i know that they take a lot of time looking after but i so want one but i know my mum wont look after them when i go away so i wanted a cat cuz they take less to look after so when im away my mum wont have to do much but she still wont let me have one i have showed her why i should have a pet where we can get the cat from and which cat i want plz can any one help me im very good at giving help to others but im not sure how to help my self

  573. Brenda Nelson

    On September 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    to EquestrianPassion, good luck. Riding lessons are very important to have, perhaps you can get a part time job and save up some money to use to contribute to lessons and such. I never got a horse until I was out on my own, and I had begged for years.

    to Aron. Snakes are pretty easy to care for, your dad probably is just stressed from having so many pets in the past and needs a few months break. I would wait a while until you ask again. Good Luck.

    to Amber If your mom does not want a pet, I am sorry but you have to accept that since she wont care for it and will get mad at having to pay for food and vet care, its best to wait until you move out anyhow and can get whatever pet you want.

  574. GregNB

    On September 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Brenda N,
    Right now I whould do anything for a shih poo puppy. My dog dosent want to play anymore.But both my parents think it isent the best idea! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  575. Brenda Nelson

    On September 4, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    hi again Greg NB
    Your dog would probably be very upset if you brought home a new puppy, and I am sorry but it does not sound like your parents are interested at this time.
    A Shih Poo pup would also outgrow the playful stage too at some point – have you asked if your parents will take you to an animal shelter 1 x a week so you can play with the animals there? that might be fun but a parent would have to stay.

  576. GregNB

    On September 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Brenda N,
    My mom and I noticed that when we leave the house fairway (my dog) whines alot and when we get back he doesnt stop following us around! So I thought he might be lonly so geting a puppy will give him a play mate. Plus he gets along whith other dogs great! Besides my local animal shelter is about 30min away from my house so I cant go there once a week. and if we get a puppy then maby my dog might get more playful. HELP!!!, Greg

  577. Brenda Nelson

    On September 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Greg, most dogs do whine because dogs are basically pack animals they do not like being alone, having another dog, or even a cat, can help, but really it still is up to your parents and sometimes the more you ask the more they say NO because it makes them frustrated.

    Sorry I am not much more help, but have you tried trainng your dog more to play?

  578. Becky

    On September 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I really want a small pet. I have tryed to ask for one for my birthday. One year thats the only thing that I put on it. It’s near to my birthday now and I don’t know what to do. I hae also tryed pretending I have a lizzard. Managed to look after it for about 3 months but then it got borring pretending. Please help!

  579. Anonymous

    On September 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I really want a dog! We have one pet but she is so boring! I want a dog that can be my compainion and sort of like a best friend. We tried a dog a year ago and our experience wasn’t that great and we got rid of it. But I just want a dog so bad. But my parents always say (what’s that word again?) NO. I will do ANYTHING!

  580. GregNB

    On September 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    You know how i wanted a puppy, well since i cant get one i think maby i can get a micro or a tea cup pig. Do you know any website i can get a baby black 1 from for around $400 – $800?

  581. Rin

    On September 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Hi everyone. Well, I’m 17 goin on 18 in december, a senior in high school, with a little dachshund and three betta fish. I love my betta’s so much, take care of them and clean their tanks– I go above and beyond for them. They have medicine and special salts, special toys and a 14 gallon tank (with dividers). My dog, now 5 years old, is mine– When I was little I nagged my parents for a dog, and I had a lot, but something always went wron.g Mt dalmation died of cancer, my lab ran away, my other bit my eye, etc… My dachshund has been great though, I train her and walk her everyday, she sleeps with me and takes showers with me. I clean my own room once a week, vacume and mop, etc. For the past four years I have REALLY wanted a budgrigar (parakeet, budgie) but my parents just wouldn’t let me. When I fist asked they said “maybe when you are older” and now I am almost 18, I can buy all the supplies myself, but they still think I’m not responsible. I just don’t get it. I’ve done the research, I found the sales on cages and toys, my fish are happy and healthy, my puppy loves me, so how can I convince them? I mean, I think I’m close, but it’s taking a long time. I’m also applying for a job at PETCO to get discounts and more money. Any suggestions? ALSO! I believe a kid should always have a pet, at least one. A pet is like a childhood/growing up experience. HOWEVER, consider the pet. As people reviously said, the kid learns a lesson if they do not take care of it, BUT, that pet suffered and died. I don’t think it’s a good idea to take that approach to test a childs responsibility. It’s a good idea to start with goldfish– they have a very low lifespan, so it is a good test pet to see if your child takes care and cleans its water.

  582. Brenda Nelson

    On September 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Greg NB Teacup pigs are stunted with poor nutrition and poor breeding, I would never support buying one, their outsides stop growing after a while but their insides keep growing, its very cruel. Pigs are as smart as dogs so are as much work.

    to Rin, since you are almost 18 you will be moving out soon, its not good to get a pet before you move out because what if you cannot find a place that allows pets?

    I think kids should have pets too, but ONLY if the parents like animals

  583. lizzy

    On September 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    i\’m 10 years old and i want a chinchilla. i can\’t get one cause my mom says they they live 2 long. (they live 10-15 years.) i\’ve already begged and begged so how else am i going 2 convince her???? we already have alot of pets though (1 rat, an eel, a bunch of fish, 1 wild bird that can\’t fly, finches.) i REALLY NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  584. phillip

    On September 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    ok im 10 years old and i really really want a mini micro pig they are so cute but my parents dont care i tried my best to be as good as i can be but the answer is the same all the time no so i dont know what to do i been reserching on the internet and i cant find anything what to do but this is a good advice website so i stuck with it but tell me what to do please

  585. Brenda Nelson

    On September 29, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Hi Lizzy, maybe talk to your mom about adopting an adult Chinchilla from your local animal shelter, that way its older so it wont live as long, or consider a shorter lived pet.

    to phillip.
    Micro pigs are REALLY cruel. They grow slow but they do get big, they were stunted from poor breeding and poor nutrition, eventually their outsides stop growing but their insides continue to grow. When you buy such an animal you reward cruel breeding practices. They are also sold as teacup pets, but you will note that all these overly small animals have health problems mostly later in life and require a lot of vet care. Pigs are as smart as dogs and need a lot of care. They are cute but are not an easy pet for a kid, particularly if your parents are not willing to help.

  586. Emma

    On October 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I have asked for a bunny by making a poster of facts and articles. I did not continue to ask by begging my mom said that I need to show responsibiliy if I want a bunny. This is how I got my bunny so if you want a pet just make a poster of the animal you want and DO NOT beg.

  587. Cain H.

    On October 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Im thinking about getting a pure white siberian male husky..he is around 3 mounths old..Id like some tips. I love dogs and the way they play.

  588. K.P.!!!

    On October 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Ok, so i’ve never had a “real” pet that we actually bought. we caught a stray cat wen i was 4…and then two years ago we caught a parakeet outside, and my friend gave me another parakeet. but now all i have is two mean skwakin birds! i really want a dwarf hamster!!!. I asked my dad,and he said “mabie”.
    then about two weeks later, i asked again, and he said “not rite now!” cuz it was like 9;00.and i said “next week?” and he said mabie… he seen=ms interested but hes not sure… how do i convince him… i love my daddy…and hamsters! <3 <3 <3

  589. Emma

    On October 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hey, hi, waz up. ok here it is: I really want a guineapig and im pretty sure my mom will say yes, and my dad (being my dad) will probally agree with her. The only problem is that we have a cabin that we go up to ALOT and it is a 2 1/2 hrs away. I was just wondering if guinea pigs do well on car trips, I dont want to leave them if I have to!

  590. Eva

    On October 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I am 13 in December and I am in grade 9. I get very good grades and I have been caring for orphaned wallabies for 2 years. Last year I wrote a letter to my parents asking them to let me get mice, and they agreed. I got 2 mice, but the pet shop got the genders wrong and it turned out one of them (Chip) was pregnant. She had 6 babies, and I found good homes for all of them. Later my parents said that I should let them be together again and she had 12 babies. Once again I found good homes for all of them. I kept one. Earlier this year my original two mice died, because of age and complications from mites. I have 3 mice, Chip and Munk’s babies and I take very good care of them. I also look after my mum’s colleague’s labrador, Lilly frequently. I also take good care of her. Last year my friend’s dog had puppies and I asked my parents for one. I also made a poster with information about the puppies. They said no. I haven’t bugged them since then, but I have been researching and researching madly. I have decided I will save up my money so I have a sufficient emergency fund, as one of my mum’s reasons not to have a dog was that her other colleague’s dog got a paralysis tick and the vet costs were very expensive. Is there anything else I can do? We also have chickens, that I look after. I would like either a Yorkshire Terrier or a West Highland Terrier. Thanks!

  591. Brenda Nelson

    On October 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    to Cain, Huskies are beautiful dogs but are high energy and need to have a good long run every day, when I say long run, I mean miles.

    to KP, as others have said, dont beg, it wont work

    to Emma Guinea Pigs are okay in car rides only if the weather is not too cold or too hot, if the car breaks down your pet could be in trouble.

    to Eva, keep in mind that Terriers are bred to hunt so they might go after your chickens, or chicks. A dog is very expensive, just let your mom decide because emergency money is a concern and it would be a shame if something did happen.
    Don’t beg, it just makes parents mad.

  592. julia

    On October 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

    i got a pet rabbit i stoped interest and my parent said no more animals but after 2 months i started playing with him again and i spend so much time with him that i wont another pet frog but my parent say i that i lost interest in my rabbit and i didnt so they will not buy me another pet

  593. mikky357

    On October 17, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Hi im aiming on getting a lamb but i need to convince my mum and dad, my mum works at the spudshed and my dad does fly in fly out i go to school and mum says we have no time to care for it. My dad has a mate that works on a farm, he said i could have one and so did my dad but the condition was i had to hand it back when it grows up, i basicly bersted into tears because 2 me that is wrong, I would have a really loving relationship with it to just be teared away from me, I dont know weather to say no to the offer or to get one and then be heart brocken but either way i will still be upset please HELP ME!

  594. Brenda Nelson

    On October 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    julia, you are a perfect example of why parents do not want to get pets for their kids, because the kid is not making a true lifetime commitment, and they often get bored of their pet and the pet suffers.

    to mikky
    I have pet sheep. Lambs are very expensive to feed, if you are talking about a bottle baby lamb. They need to be fed many times a day and really you should have at least 2 or they get lonely.

    If you do want to get lambs first find out how much food costs for them in my area farmers want to get rid of orphan lambs because it costs more to feed them then they can sell them for, so you might soon find a lamb is very expensive pet, and does take time.

  595. Emily

    On October 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hi, its nearly christmas and im desparate for a small dog. I have a large dog and a cat already. I have been asking my mum and dad for one for ages but since reading this have changed my attitude for the better, now i tidy my room and help around the house. My parents are still saying no but i keep saying how i will walk it every day pay for food when needed and will spend as much time as i can with it but will balance it out with my other pets, what else can i try and if i did get one would it be okay if i left it alone for school times??? Thanks, Emily-June x

  596. Emily

    On October 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry just an add on to my previous comment,
    I would like to get a pomeranian puppy. x

  597. mikky357

    On October 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I know But im very commited, I tryed to show my mum i was responsible but doing EVERTHING around the house.After that i sat at my computer and my mum saw me looking up sheep and she said she hopes all that work wasent all because i wanted a sheep

  598. mikky357

    On October 20, 2011 at 3:34 am

    •Hi everyone. Well, I’m 12 goin on 13 in September next year, im at Pinjarra primary school, with a little Chihuahua and a labridore. I love my mice so much, take care of them and clean their cages– I go above and beyond for them. They have a wheel and a house, special toys. My guinea pigs, now 5 weeks old, I nagged my parents to let me breed my other two, and I had a lot, lab has been , I train him and walk him everyday, he sleeps with me on the couch. I clean my own room once a day, vacume and mop, etc. For the past four years I have REALLY wanted a sheepy but my parents just wouldn’t let me. When I fist asked they said “No way” and now I am almost 13, I can look after it myself, but they still think I’m not responsible. I just don’t get it. I’ve done the research, my g-pigs are happy and healthy, my puppy loves me, so how can I convince them? I mean, I think I’m close, but it’s taking a long time. I’m also geat with rabbits,chickens as well as cats, dogs and everything inbetween . Any suggestions?

  599. Haileebum2001

    On October 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    hi guys, i am 10 years old going to 11 in Jan, I EXTREMELY want another kitten. i already have a cat a dog and 2 rabbits( me and my brother share). But i am the reason we all HAVE the pets, (i am the animal lover in this house). I have looked up all kinds of research and health and food and personalitys of kittens but my mom and dad said “WE ARE NOT LOOKING TO ADD ANOTHER ADDITION TO ARE FAMILY HAILEE!!” i know it is bad to beg and plead and stuff, but it KILLS!! please help! ( i have also wrote 3 persuasive letters too!)
    Brenda PLEASE help
    i am sinking! are 2 fish and guinea pig already died this year, :( i cant help it ! any addvice!

  600. Haileebum2001

    On October 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I am also very responsible(no brainer) my mom and dad even said so thierselves! I mean i am not trying to be greedy at all!
    please hely me Brenda!

  601. Haileebum2001

    On October 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

    My mom doesnt really like cats but shes warming up to Hollee (my cat) pretty wll already. My dad really likes animals and rescued a whole bunch of abandoned animals when he was a kid, there being really nice about it, and I think I’m ettin close to breaking the glass. I just dont know if i’m doing everything right!
    advice please!?

  602. I♥Dogs

    On October 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I’m 14 years old and a freshman. I’m very responsible and get straight A’s. My family farm house will become a ranch soon(ish). The next horse will probably come in the winter. It may be over a year before the other horses come and I don’t expect a second dog until then. I have one dog now (a jrt mix) and I’ll never be able to love a dog more, but he’s 6 now and will likely be a companion and only that for the rest of his life. When the horses come, I’d like a ranch dog to train from scratch. A puppy to take with out to the horses and teach commands without any past knowledge in her mind yet. I’ve done the research and decided a Norwegian Elkhound would be the perfect fit. They’re friendly and affectionate as well as a strong country dog. Plus, my dad (who I’ll have to convince) loves the breed. However, my dad has the very strong belief that when you have two unrelated dogs, they ignore you and no longer care about humans as much as they do dogs. My current dog, Russel, does ignore me some when around other dogs but I can work with them. My dad even said himself that if I want him to mind me when around other dogs, all it takes is training. Thus would be good training. He’d live with the new dog, so while training the Norwegian Elkhound to be a ranch dog, I’ll also be training Russel to listen to me better. He also says I have too many pets, which is kinda true. I currently have a mini horse, Russel, a rabbit, and too many barn cats. I’m also boarding a horse for a friend, but sadly, she’ll be leaving in the winter. She might return in the spring but I highly doubt it. Again, I don’t expect the puppy until the ranch is up and settled. I want the training to be instant and easier to learn so she should come after everything is established. I haven’t even hinted at wanting another dog yet because I want the first confrontation to be perfect. My dad is hard to pursuade, but eventually gives in. Russel is the dog I’d never have and Spirit (my mini) is the horse Idnever have. I’d never have a riding horse either but I’ll be getting one this winter when prices go down. And now, we’ll be getting a little private ranch when we can afford it. I’d never get a rabbit either. But I want this to be different. Those persuations took years and my dad wasn’t for it til the very end when he decided it wasn’t so bad. I want him to agree with me this time and to take much less time than the usual 2-4 years. The older I get, the faster he seems to be persuaded, but I’m almost certain a second dog will be different. He thinks that just because Russel is cute (and I’ll never be able to love a dog more, don’t get me wrong) that I shouldn’t want anything else (there was a time when I got attached to a shelter dog and wanted to adopt it two years ago) but this is different. Its not just me wanting another companion, but a dog to work and ride at my side. What should I do?

  603. Brenda Nelson

    On October 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    to Hailee
    I am sorry your parents feel that way but you have to respect their decision. Maybe in a year they will change their mind. I know a year seems like a long time to you, but it will go fast. Perhaps in the mean time you can ask them to take you to the local animal shelter so you can volunteer to play with the cats and kittens, this is very rewarding and you help many animals, not just one.

    to I Love Dogs
    Its not true that dogs ignore you when you have more than one, if raised right they will all still see you (or your dad) as their leader and boss. Maybe your dad just needs some time, dont push because sometimes the more you push, the more adults push back.

  604. I♥Dogs

    On October 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks Mrs. Nelson for answering. I agree. There are many loyal dog pairs. That’s which I plan to start training Russel now and continue when and if a new dog comes. But how do I bring up wanting another dog when the ranch is set up? I wont pressure him but I wont get a second dog if he doesn’t know about it.

  605. Emiily-June

    On October 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Hi, its nearly christmas and im desparate for a pomeranian. I have a large dog and a cat already. I have been asking my mum and dad for one for ages but since reading this have changed my attitude for the better, now i tidy my room and help around the house. My parents are still saying no but i keep saying how i will walk it every day pay for food when needed and will spend as much time as i can with it but will balance it out with my other pets, what else can i try and if i did get one would it be okay if i left it alone for school times???

  606. JESSIE

    On October 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm


  607. Brenda Nelson

    On October 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    to I Love Dogs, I know you want a dog now, but you really just have to wait and let your dad decide, I am sure he already knows but does not want to be always reminded.

    to Emily June, pets should never be Christmas gifts this is a stressful time for a pet, its better to get a new one at summer when you can house train it but if your parents say no then it is their rules, maybe find a part time job and start saving up so when you are older and move out you can get your pom.

    to Jessie
    Again your parents are worried that if you dont care for it they will have to. If a mother is unwilling to help then its best not to get a pet because what happens when you are in high school and dont have time for it? Its not fair that your parents have to help. If you keep nagging her she will keep saying no. Perhaps wait another year then try again.

    Good luck all.

  608. Hannah

    On October 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Im 12 years old and i want a pet rat so very bad! I have been for awhile now. I have been being more responsible latley though and i know for a fact i will take care of it! I have already learned and researched so much about rats ! my mom says no. I would pay for it and its food/water/cage and boarding it at a veterinarians when im on a trip. Please help convince my mother. Thank you.

  609. JESSIE

    On October 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm


  610. JESSIE

    On October 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm


  611. Emiily-June

    On October 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Im only 11 and wont be ables to get a job but thanks for the advice x

  612. Anonymuss

    On November 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Heyyy so i really want a hedgehog and i pet sit for our neighbors by myself for two weeks at a time, so i have plenty of money for care (supplies, the cage, vet bills…) this is a very good article but my parents still wont do anything. we have only fish right now, but i used to have a hamster. It got too expensive and i didnt think i was giving him a good enough home, so i gave him to a trusted friend. i have planned ahead now with a hedgehog, and there are a few reasons i chose a hedgie.
    -dont smell as bad as other pets, i could clean the cage everyday so it isnt bad
    -costs are completly covered, with extra
    -only live up to 6 years so i will have it until college and i wont have to worry about it
    -have taken care of a dog before all by myself for two weeks so i have experience with the care of animals
    -done lots and lots of research, with books too
    -know the breeder
    -feel i am ready for a hedgie and i can care for it and give it all it needs(:

    Oh and one more thing, im almost 13 (decemberr)

  613. unknown

    On November 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I want a mouse im almost 12 is that a good pet?

  614. travis

    On November 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    i have always wanted a snake but i couldnt get one i keep asking know what do i do know.

  615. Brenda Nelson

    On November 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    to anonymuss My daughter has a pet hedgehog, she is quite a good pet but they need to be out of the cage 8-10 pm most nights, so be sure you can do that, maybe your parents just need more time to think about it.

    to unknown, mice can be a bit smelly, but are alright as pets in general.

    to travis, snakes are great pets too, but have special needs such as lighting and warm tanks, maybe just ask if you can visit places that have snakes so you can learn more about them, if you have a reptile center in your area check that out.

  616. A Girl Who Wants A Dog :(

    On November 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Hey guys. So heres the thing… I REALLY want a dog SO BAD. But my parents always say “NO!” They really never look into it, or even listen to me… They always try to ignore this “Topic” whenever I try to mention it. :(

    Me and my sis, hve been wanting to want one SO BAD!

    One day, I was looking through my stuff, and i found a picture I drew when I was 7, and I still wanted a dog, bck then!

    I always mention, that this is a life time commitment, tell them I would do all the feeding, cleaning, and etc. But they never say anything close to yes! IDK wat to do anymore… I’ve been asking since I was 7, and I am 12 right now. I no some of my friends hve multiple pets, and I can’t even hve 1. Does anyone know how I can convince them to letting me hve one?? And it’s jst a small puppy. Not like a HUGE drooler or anything.

  617. Hugo

    On November 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm


  618. Brenda Nelson

    On November 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    To girl. As much as kids say they will look after pets they often do not do so every day, and never pay for the food or vet bills. Small puppies are more work than adult dogs just so you know. Why not just ask them to let you walk dogs at the animal shelter instead? This is very rewarding and the dogs really need it. Do not push your parents it only makes them mad, save your money to move out and then get a dog when you have your own backyard.

    to Hugo. Kittens are super cute, maybe you can get one when you move out too.

  619. Bell

    On November 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Hi, I’m Bella
    I really want my cousins chinchillas and he says he trusts me with them and his parents want them out. My mom knows I would dedicate all my free time to them and that I would take care of them so well, but she still won’t budge. I research them everyday and I have been for months now. I know so much about them, but my moms saying just because I have a horse that I shouldn’t get chinchillas. I love making things for them, though, like pouches, name labels, and drawings. My cousins parents want me to have them too, and he’s going to give them to an inexperienced person he told me about, so I don’t want it to be too late. I’m trying not to push my parents, but I still ask. I really don’t want to wait to move out to get chinchillas, because if I go to college they may not allow pets. Please help me convince my parents to get them? Thanks!

  620. Brenda Nelson

    On November 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I realize its tough but its up to your folks. You are pretty lucky to have a horse.
    After college you can get a chinchilla, if your parents do not want you to have one now, but I cannot do much more than that it’s your parents decision to make.

  621. Jaycee

    On November 15, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I’ve been wanting a hedgehog for almost 2 months. When I found out they were kept as pets I immediately started researching them. I know they are legal here and I have found breeders in our state. I’ve done plenty of research I could probably answer any question my mom could ask about them. I know they are pricey, but I have found a cheap alternative to a cage. I’m also willing to pay as much money as I can. My mom’s main problem is that we recently lost a family pet. We had a rat terrier named Jax and he disappeared in August. We don’t know what happened to him, but he was accidentally left outside for a few hours then we never saw him again. I feel empty when I’m home I need the company of a pet but im not ready for another dog. She doesn’t think I should get a pet until I’m over the loss of Jax, but I tell her I won’t get over it because I will never have another dog like him. That’s why I want something completely different that I can still care for and bond with. I’ve been persistent in letting her know that they are pretty low maintenance pets and I could care for it very well. I could even take if to college with me. I am an animal lover so even if I got tired of it like you say could happen there is no way I could leave it behind. I’m sixteen years old, I am ranked top 5 in my class, make straight A’s in school.. What else can I do to show I am responsible enough for care for a hedgehog?

  622. Brenda Nelson

    On November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

    to Jaycee
    I assumed you contacted your local animal shelters and left them a Lost Report on your missing dog?

    My daughter is 17 and she has a pet hedgehog So I know they can be good pets but are nocturnal if that is an issue for you.
    Not much you can do to convince your mom except give her time. Your new pet will not replace the loss of your dog and you dont need to “get over the loss” either. I think its just your moms way of telling you that she needs a short break from pets.

  623. Jaycee

    On November 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Yea we called everywhere around us to see if they knew anything and we put up fliers around town. I guess I should just save up my money and ask her next year.

  624. Mel

    On December 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hi, I’ve posted on here before, and you may not think I’m responsible, but I’m not stupid and would definitely look after a small animal. You don’t understand. I am *DESPERATE* for a small animal. I have 2 travel carriers set up, 1 for hamsters/gerbils/mice and one for guinea pigs/ferrets/rabbits/chinchillas/rats. I also took my old 10 gallon aquarium we no longer use and have a hamster habitat set up. My mom just keeps milking it and I think she broke though (; because she asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I said a guinea pig and she replied, “I’m not getting you a guinea pig, but keep guessing; I know you’ll love it.” She said the EXACT same words 2 years ago when she got me a mini laptop that I had been asking for for moooonths. But I have done in total, probably about a month of research on small animals. I go to care sites often, and I attend the rabbit show at the county fair each year and show my mom which breed I would want (Dutch, Nether Dwarf, or really any kind of breed, I just typically like those the best =D) And does anone know if there is a such thing a an REB (Red Eyed Black) rabbit or cavy, I just think that would be soooo gorgeous (: But if anyone can help me, P*L*E*A*S*E respond! Thanks (:

  625. Brenda Nelson

    On December 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I am not your parent so it doesn’t matter what I think, my daughter has a pet, but I am not your mom.
    A 10 gallon tank is too small for a hamster, also although pet stores keep them in tanks, they are not suited for long term as they have poor air circulation the pets can get sick, a tank would have to have 4 x the floor space of a 10 gallon aquarium to even start being appropriate size for a hamster, unfortunately many people keep them in small cages but this is very very cruel. In the wild they would have more room than your whole bed room!

    The best place to look for a pet is your local animal shelter because they do not support cruel mass breeders – the pets are more friendly, and you get a better price, sometimes they even come with their cage and supplies.

    Good luck.

  626. dog

    On December 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I have wanted a dog for a really long time and like many other people i have helped more around the house, learned to wash laundry, vaccuum, wash dishes, clean the cat box, clean my room and my brothers room, and i have gotten straight A’s all my life. Every day i go for a long bike ride and could easily substitute a dog walk and i would be willing to wake up half an hour earlier to walk her as well. My mom takes me to the shelter often and we have bonded with a 5 year old dog that nobody wants and they were going to put her down yesterday. We asked them to do a cat test with her and we will find out tomorrow if she passed. It seems like we might get her but im not sure yet. Any advice on how to push my mom over the edge to say yes my dad has already agreed to get a dog its just my mom.

  627. holly3993

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    hi i have tried everything there and more my mom and dad still said no to me getting a lamb

  628. holly3993

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    hi its me holly3993 again i still cant get them to say yes plaease help please

  629. Brenda Nelson

    On December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    to holly 3993

    I actually have sheep myself, several of them. Lambs should not be kept alone, they like to have company of other lambs or sheep, even goats. Raising a bottle lamb is very expensive. Again the main point of the article is that since your parents own the house, and property it is their rules.
    This is my sheep blog.

    to dog (above)
    As I have said, the more you push your parents, the more they resist and if they do give in they will often dislike the pet because they felt pressured to get it.

  630. Maggie

    On December 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I really want a Guinea Pig! I want one so bad!. I have been saving my money for 3 years and I have enough to buy everything the guinea pig needs, the adoption price, and food for 3 years assuming the price doesn’t go up. I have read this article multiple times. I have asked for pets before by begging and they never worked. My parents always had pets their whole lives. Even if they didn’t want them they still got to keep it. They wont let me have a chance to show I’m responsible and that I can take care of these pets. Right now I have fish and we have dogs. I volunteer at my local SPCA. I am 13. I have taken their small animal training classes and I currently am the manager of their small animal room. I have tons of experience taking care of them and would really like to adopt one of the Guinea Pigs. I want to ask my parents but I want to ask by not begging like I always do. I want them to actually hear and analyze what im asking for not just shooting it down right then and there. I have been researching for 3 years.I asked for a rabbit awhile ago and they just shot it down. I kinda understand why. Our dogs have killed wild rabbits. I know it wouldn’t be safe for the rabbit to be around them even if doors are closed. The rabbit could still get scared by noise. I think a guinea pig would be such a great pet but im not sure how i should try and ask. Any advice from anyone will be so helpful
    Thanks please respond.

  631. Brenda Nelson

    On December 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    to Maggie

    You sound very responsible.

    I would still worry about the dogs, any dog with a high prey drive is just as likely to attack the Guinea Pig as it would a rabbit.

    Just ask nice when your folks are not busy say “hey mom and dad, as you know I have been working hard and saving my money, I am wondering if I can adopt a Guinea Pig to keep in my room. I will sign a care contract with you if you are worried that I won’t look after it” or something like that.

    Good luck

  632. Maggie

    On December 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks B Nelson. I am making a power point of my research. I have made pie graphs of the initial start up cost and the cost per year of what the guinea pig will need. Do you have any ideas of what I need to put in the care contract

  633. Eleni

    On December 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hello! I know I should feel bad about wanting another pet again but this time I feel it is the one. I’ve done research about it for 3 months and I feel it is the one for me. I had about 14 small animals and 6 big before (small animals like love birds, squirells) (big ones as dogs,cat and parrots) and some of them died some flew away because a bigger parrot cut a whole on the cage to escape and some of them were given away to other people. They all were pets for all the family. On 2009 I had the pet dog Chihuahua I wanted (and I still have him and love him more than anything) , and this Summer I found a puppy left on the beach so We decided to keep him until we found another owner. When we gave him I felt horrible but kind of better because I could be fully for my Chihuahua. I know my mother doesn’t want any other pets she was trying to get rid of them, to tell the truth. Now I’m left with two parrots (African grey+Maccaw) and a Chihuahua dog. I feel very bad to say that I’m not the one taking care ofcthem but I’ll change. I have some problems with my health and I’m not fit so I feel awful. By the time I go back to my country I’ll go and take my dog for a walk, clean my room, the parrots cages, help with tge dishes and whatever else. I’ll do it for a month, I will not speak a word to them because they will shout at me if I want another one again. The pet I want is a Manx kitten. Please any more tips?
    From Eleni.

  634. Brenda Nelson

    On January 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    to Maggie. You need to include how often you will clean the cage and so forth and that you will not complain if your parents have to remind you to do so. You need to ask them to be willing to feed and care for the pet if you go to a friends house for the night or what ever.

    to Eleni
    I would not ask for a pet now if your mom is trying to get rid of the pets you have and your health is a concern that limits your ability to care for them. It would not be fair to bring another pet into this situation. Also keep in mind that Manx cats often do not use their litter boxes so that might be an issue.

  635. alexa

    On January 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    My parents are not giving me any reasons on why i shouldn’t have a pet hamster. We have four dogs that i feed, water, walk/exercise and i ever pick up their poop in the yard i also give them there medicine every morning and night. I have to hermit crabs i bought all the food, habbitat accessories and tanks, shells, etc. I also bought my mom two huge angile fish that measure 6inch by 6 inch with decor food a 60 dollar filter and heater a 30 gallon tank gravel and treatments with my allowance for her birthday that she wanted and i clean them and feed them. same with my two water turtles and sword tails and guppies i’ve payed for everthing thing of those sorts. I also help take care and train my two horses. I clean my whole house and do all the little side chores and babysit my little sisters for my parents im a hard working student in all advanced classes my parents even aggred that i could bunnysit dogsit hamstersit and fishsit all my other family members pets. I’ve done reasearch on hamsters for over three years ive started saving my money and ive been working harder in school and i have been doing my chores. i need help and tips b nelson and other people ( i havnt been begging)

  636. alexa

    On January 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    to eleni
    I do agree with be nelson on waiting until your health is better. But when I wanted my cat angel i pitched in a little more i made sure everything was spick and span for 8 months then after i got here for a christmas gift i knew which one id be getting if i could choose because we went to the animal shelter everyday for two weeks straight but one you start getting in a ruteen of making sure all your pets are in the best condistion it becomes a habbit so then mabye your mom will stop trying to get rid of pets and get you that manx kitten you want

  637. alexa

    On January 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    to a girl who wants a dog
    I have four dogs and well lets just say that one is a huge handful. My puppie that my gave was born from our now spayed female german shephard he was a small as a baby rat. but now he’s tons bigger and is a wild man. the training commemitment is hours of work sometimes you have to get up a couple times in the middle of the night to let them go to the bathroom. Also theres a lot of money involved in the first year. obedience classes toys anything the puppy destroys and the deworming microchipping food spay or nuter. So it a ton more than a life long commitment. My line of advice is start small small like a fish and work your way up to show responsability if your parents dont think your ready then just keeping doing chores working hard in school and taking care of your current pet if u have one

  638. Mirchi

    On January 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Hi. Im not sure if i should a cat or not. My parents are fine with getting one, but im a little shaky on the subject because i got one when i was eight but he ran away when my family was over seas. (We travel alot). Its not hard finding someone to take care of one but im really undecided. Plz tell me what you think. Dont get me wrong i love cats the only pet my family is fine with.

    -if i get one he will be kept indoors since my neighbors said they are better to handle and are calmer (their cat had many litters, they have experience.

  639. alexa

    On January 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    b nelson can you please respond to my question.

  640. Brenda Nelson

    On January 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    oh sorry Alexa, I missed it.

    It is very hard sometimes for parents to put their reasons into words. I was very lucky my parents did let me have a hamster, my sister had one too.

    Perhaps they are just under stress in their life and fear that another pet will add more to their stress, its hard for kids to understand I know.

    But.. just remember if you are not allowed pets now, it is not the end of the world, all the money you save up can still be used later if they change their mind or when you move out and can have whatever pet you want.

    I do suggest adopting from animal shelters, they sometimes even have pets that come with supplies.

  641. bla bla man

    On January 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    hey peeps i really want a sugar glider but the parents won’t let me get one because when we had a gini pig we were to young to care for it and work so we had to sell it to a better (i think) home.So now i want the sugar glider but my parents aren’t on board and hate the idea and all i can tink about is their furry cuteness and kind video from my months of research.HELP. please give me some idea’s tnx.

  642. Hallie Stephenson

    On January 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I am in the same mode! Want one so abd but parents wont budge. Do A LOT of research, and I mean A LOT! You need to be reallly in to it and make out plans like diets and cages and EVERYTHING! Anyone out there please help me too! I want a sugar glider! I will pay, be responsibly because I take care of my bunny, and Its my dad who says NO! HELP!!!! :)

  643. alexa

    On February 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    to bla bla man and hallie stephenson
    i honestly think that you should try to figure out different ways to convince your parents. Research is good but you will most likely have to do more in order to get a pet sugar glider. First off stop asking. loose the grumpy moods and if they tell you to do something just do right away dont make a big huff about it just say ok in a positive voice and go do it but make sure its done the right way the way your parents want it. and this will have to continue over a few weeks to a month not just a two day thing otherwise you are just wasting your time and if you keep it up for that long then it becomes habbit. Then if you have pets clean up their poop and pee feed them make sure they have fresh water and make sure that if you have aquariums that they are always clean. if you have younger brothers or sisters then you can babysit for your parents or you could stop aruing and fighting. Another tacktic is to get your siblings to want one to so your parents will have more to think about. Also before you even bring the topic up make sure that all your chores are done and wait until your parents are in a good mood. And if your parents got mad at you for doing or not doing something then dont ask for a few days. Also make sure your room in clean all the time not kid clean i mean mom and dad clean. Also make sure you have enough income to pay for the pet. My last tip is that give them clues that you really want one like look at a lot of sugar glider stuff when they are around. You could also go on youtube and watch sugar glider clips. Also if your parents dont dread going into a pet store if your pet store has sugar gliders then you could show them the sugar gliders and look at the sugar glider stuff and say oh if i got i a sugar glider then i would get it whatever you would get it. And if you get one parent on your side then ask them to convince the other parent. This is all my advice sorry it was so long hope it helps. And the only reason i know all this stuff is because i’m in the same rutt and i want a hamster so bad and i’ve convinced my mom who was completly against it now she is saying she dosnt care if i get one. So she coming up with a plan to convince him. and trust me i have the strictest parents in the world so i know this stuff will work and if you get to the stage im at then dont stop the good behavior just because you have one parent say okay go all the way with it and keep doing it if you get the pet. So good luck and let me know how it goes!!! : )

  644. Nobody

    On February 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    i really want a sugar glider but my parents say that we already have a pet(a dog) but i want a sugar glider.they say HECK NO because we didn’t do well with another small pet so i’m sad because our stupid dog does nothing and all the research i’m doing isn’t helping and from this sites way i don’t think my dream will come true :( how will i ever get them onboard PLEASE HELP

  645. alexa

    On February 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    to nobody
    Check my suggestions on the post above written by alexa i was trying to help two other people who want sugar gliders just like you and this is what im doing to try and convice my dad to let me have a hamster. if you have any questions i promise i will have an answer good luck!!! : )

  646. Brenda Nelson

    On February 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Kids – the thing is not all pets are great for kids, sugar gliders in particular are better for adults who work from home and can carry them around all the time – this might seem like a cute thing to do but you smell like pee, and really the animals are happier in the wild, not being pets. Just wait until you are older, or pick a pet that is better suited to your lifestyle sugar gliders are not really suited to teenager lifestyles.

  647. liz

    On February 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    i want a pet and my mom said i can have a snail…
    she was so serious she is taking me to the pet store for one today

  648. alexa

    On February 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    to liz
    mabye the snail is a test to show your responsibilty. And if your gettiing a water snail you might want to get some fish with it. because i have two water snails coka and cola and they wouldnt be able to live without the fish because they live off all the grime from the tank like fish waste and fish food that falls to the bottom of the tank because snails are actully bottom feeders. And i know this sounds kind of weird but snails are kind of fun to watch. they look like they might move slow and they seem boring but if you walk out of the room for a minute and comback the snail will be on the complete other side of the tank. But im think the smallest thing is amusing.So i would recommend taking the best of care and giving your snail the best love possiable so that you can to show your truly worthy of having a more advanced pet and i bet you\’ll get one. So have fun with your new pet even if its the not most exciting pet. Even a snail needs TLC just like any other pet. : )

  649. Maggie

    On February 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Hi b nelson. Its maggie I posted awhile ago about a guinea pig. So I presented everything to my parents and they wouldnt even look at it. I have been doing research and saving money for over 3 years. I still continue volunteering with animal shelters. I spent 2 months making a power point presentation and video and they wouldnt even look at it. They said it was a waste of my time to being making these. They wont give me the time of day to ask them. My fish recently died so I dont have an animal that is mine anymore, like completely my responsibility. I even made an animal care contract like you suggested but they wouldnt even let me read it or show them it. :( My family has 3 dogs and I feed them, bathe them, walk them, play ball with them. I do everything for them except pay vet bills and buy them food. I buy them their toys and dog beds also! I decided I am going to become an exotic vet as my career choice. But my parents think that I am stupid for ever wanting to work with these animals. I love them I love all small animals, but I have really fallen in love with and taking a liking to guinea pigs! I would like to adopt one and own it but they wont let me. Any advice please would be appreciated! Thanks again. BTW I am still maintaining great grades, doing all chores when asked, not back talking!

  650. alexa

    On February 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    To maggie
    I was in a situation like yours and i asked my parents to give me explanation to why they wouldnt let me have a hamster and they said i dont want to talk about it and I said if you give me a reason besides no then i will work on it and stop asking you why and asked them to at least consider it. If that dosnt work then post it and i will come up with another plan.

  651. lucy

    On February 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hi, I have two guinea-pigs and I love them to bits but my fish died and we have still got the old fish tank which is a decent size to size to make it in to a hamster cage but both of my parents keep saying no so I asked if I could keep an African snail and they still said no.i need advice on what sort of pet I could have and also I need some help on trying to persuade them thanx.

  652. alexa

    On February 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    If I were you then I would wait a while before I asked for another pet. and You could also ask them what you have to do to get another pet.

  653. Zoe

    On March 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Okay, so theres a huge chance I can get a cat. My dad is allergic so where getting a siberian because he doesnt have reactions to those. My mom loves cats and agreed right away, my dad not so much but hes going along with it.

    The main problem though is our housekeeper. Shes affraid of cats, and my parents said that if i can get her to agree on a cat. We can get one. So my question is, how can i convince her not to he affraid of cats?

  654. Brenda Nelson

    On March 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Zoe

    Getting a person who is scared of cats to learn to like them is hard.
    Some people were taught as kids that cats are dirty or mean, some people never had any kind of pet and do not understand why people like them.
    You need to talk nice to her about them show her pictures and stuff, tell her kittens are small and very playful, they can hurt a bit, but grow up to be nice if you are nice to them. Or you can promise to keep the cat away from her as much as possible until she gets use to it.

    If your house keeper only comes once a week this will not be too hard but if she is the type that is there more often that is tougher – of course the cat should never be her job.

    Good luck

  655. zach

    On April 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    dear B. Nelson i want sugar gliders but my parents don’t and if i have to go to a college with a no pets rule they won’t take it so i don’t want to have a sad sugar glider or any thing so i can’t at any cost please help

  656. Brenda Nelson

    On April 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm


    You’re best to wait until you are done college then get a pet.
    Sugar gliders are very demanding, they are not a good pet to have if you are not home the majority of the day – some people carry them around in pouches for most of the day which you would not be able to do.

  657. Kathryn, UK

    On April 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I am 43 now .(only child)

    My parents NEVER allowed me to have anything but a goldfish. My friends laughed at me as my Mum would not even allow me to bring home the primary school class hamster for the weekend when it was my turn to do so. ALL my friends had pets of some description (not fish) and I DID feel left out at times.

    Both my parents had been brought up with dogs in the family, and that I think hurt more than anything. Growing up, there was always someone at home and we had a large house/garden – so things like that would not have been an issue.

    I became obsessed with having a dog of my own to grow up with and I remember crying myself to sleep many nights after rows (and smacks) over the subject.

    This carried on into adulthood until I left home. I was still desperate to have a dog of my own, but *flats* run by the council did not allow them.(THAT I understood lol)

    Now I am back with my parents as their full time carer, and I’m still *not allowed* to have a pet. I turned down the offer of an aquarium. I’m just not interested in fish as pets – however pretty they are to look at.

    I STILL dream of one day, being able to own and care for a dog of my own – possibly a rescue one.

    Things like this CAN have a lasting effect on children, which can – as with me – reach into adulthood. For me, life as an only child was lonely (an still is sometimes), and I can’t help but wonder if I had had a canine companion to share life’s trials with, would my childhood have been happier?

    I would urge parents saying an outright **NO** to ANY pet for their kids, to think again (especially if they are only children, and you have the space and financial resources to accommodate a pet).

    Even if I am 50 or even 60 and fit, the day I own my very own dog, will be one of the happiest in my life x

  658. Marilyn, England

    On April 19, 2012 at 4:30 am


    Wow! :( What a sad story. I also said No to my twins aged 11 having a rabbit, but having read your story, my husband and I are talking it over again, and are considering a rabbit for the girls.

    Many points are raised here, and I now believe that as parents we should ALSO listen to what our kids feelings are on the subject of having a pet.

    I hope one day, Kathryn that you will have your dream to finally aquire a dog of your own, and put the misery of the past (and present) behind you.

    Much love xx

  659. wrcfanatic

    On April 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm


    I can relate with you. I hope to someday move out of my parents place so I can have a pet of my own.

  660. Taylor

    On May 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Its like I want a guinea pig but it would have to go in my room but I already have gerbils in there and my parents dont want my room to smell bad. They say that when my gerbils die that we can get one but in my care they will live to be 10. They are only 1 right now. I have cried a lot of times cuz it doesn’t seem like they understand. My grandpa owned a pet store and my mom worked there. So I’m getting the short end of the stick cuz my mom had guinea pigs,rabbits,dogs,cats, mice, rats, my grandpa even owned an elephant (of corse it wansn’t in the backyard.) I dont know what to do.

  661. katie

    On May 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I really want a hamster?!?!I’ve been going to my local library and getting books out about hamsters and been searching up hamster care.My dad said I could get a hamster but my mom say no because there rosents and “mice”.I asked my mother what pet I could get and she said a ant or spider and then laughed.How do I convince her how to get one,BN??!??!?!

  662. Brenda Nelson

    On May 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    You can actually keep pet spiders – they sell tarantulas at stores, something tells me she would rather you have a hamster than a tarantula!
    Do you think she would let you have a rabbit? They are not rodents.
    Ask her to take you to the local SPCA just to look at the animals, do not ask if you can have one. Ask her every week to take you to look and play with their animals, eventually she might decide to let you have your own pet.

  663. katie

    On May 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks,BN I’ll ask her if i can get a rabbit.

  664. Katie

    On May 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Aww!!!!I asked if I could get a rabbit and she said no!=PAnd about the SPCA idea,My mom does’nt want to drive  all the way there.I made a powerpoint and also showed it to my mom but she still is not convinced.What now,BN?

  665. mandy

    On June 9, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I want a kittin so bad my parents still say no :’(

  666. rose

    On June 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    hey guys,
    my parents won’t let me have a pet and i don’t know why, they won’t give me a reason. i have tried talking to my mum, (as she’s the leader of the house) but everytime i ask her, as soon as i say cat she starts shouting at me and won’t even hear me out. i know my mum likes cats, she knows i’m responsible enough and that i have the time to take care of one. my dad said he doesn’t want a cat because they’re ’smelly’ and ‘dirty’ but i have seen him with my friends cat. i don’t get why they won’t let me have one. we’ve had a cat before so i don’t see why they won’t let me have another one. Please help??

  667. mohammad

    On July 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    i take care of a turtle and i had him for 3 yrs the point is to keep the pet company i can talk to him im serious

  668. Alameda

    On August 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I want a pet fancy mouse, and so does my sister, but my mom says no “because it’s a rodent.” How do I get around this, because it’s the only pet I’ve found that both my dad, my sister, and I all agree on, and is easiest to care for. Please help!!

  669. Alameda

    On August 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    @ Rose: Try for something smaller than a cat. If they don’t want a litter box, that sucks but it’s normal. Try for a rabbit or a guinea pig, that’s what I did. Don’t get a bird, though, they poop a lot.

  670. Diarmuid B

    On August 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

    ok basicly ive been asking for a dog every 1 or 2 monthhs now for about 3years i did have a dog but i was 2 it was for my brother and he was 7. im 11 coming 12 and ive had 2 fish and a rabbit and they all died of age. every time i ask for a dog my mum says you wont take care of it the same as the llast one my excuse is that i was just a toddler you seriously dont know how much i want a dog its like my dream! just some advice to convince her please:

  671. Amelia

    On August 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I REALLY REALLY want a tortoise! I don’t know why, but i find them really adorable :D First i asked for a turtle and them gave up. I have fish but one has all ready died and ones gone mental (thankfully those were my sisters mines fine XD) My mom doesn’t mind if we keep it in the garden, but my dad isn’t too sure. Ive tried tips like acting mature and they seem to get me a bit closer nut I’m just not close enough. I get good grades and am head girl in my school, so I’m going to beg for one at Christmas but i still need more tips in order to convince them! My siblings would love one too. Thank you.

  672. Eva

    On August 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Hi Brenda, I commented on this page in 2011. My mice have all died now (of old age, they were about 2 and a half years old) and I have recently been thinking of the possibility that I could get a cat. I haven’t asked my parents yet as I want to earn money for it first, and get a part-time job. My dad sleeps through the day as he works night shifts, do you think a cat would wake him up? Also we sometimes go away on weekends, but we have a family friend with a cat who lives close by, would it be fair on the cat to have this friend drop in and feed it? We do the same for them when they go away. Thanks a lot, you do a great job helping kids all over!

  673. Isaac

    On August 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I’m 10 years old and I really want a leopard gecko in my room.
    I have spent around 2 months researching and I know that they are easy to care for.
    Do you think I should get one and how can I convince my parents to let me have one. Thanks!

  674. Brenda Nelson

    On August 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    to Amelia – pets should never be for Christmas its too stressful to get a pet then.

    To Eva, I have cats, they sleep about 18 hours a day. If you get a young kitten it could be a problem, but you can adopt a 1 year old cat (cats live more than 12 years) and that might be a better idea. Cats are fine alone for a weekend as long as you have food and water out, any longer and they should be checked and the litter box scooped! Thanks for your support, I think having pets is great and that all kids should be able to have a pet but that the parents need to be involved too.

    to Isaac – Anoles are slightly easier, but in general reptiles are not that easy because they do need special lighting and such- I guess they can be easy, but the equipment can be expensive at first. You just have to ask once to see if they will even consider it.

  675. Kate Jameson

    On August 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi. So I agree partially with this article. The thing is alot of scenarios are true but I think teenagers and pre-teens should be allowed pets. Some will get bored but people read this article and lump all kids together. NOT ALL CHILDEREN will get bored with their pets. I have been trying to get my parents to agree on a pet we could get. The problem is my dad is completely sold on the idea my but my moms not buying it. The only pet my mom might allow is a dog but she expects my dad and I to care for it and I don’t think we have the time at this stage in life. I grew up having my older brother to talk to but now he is in college and never around. I have a little brother but if I tell him anything everyone of his little friends know about it. I’m looking for a pet I know I can care for , talk to and cuddle with. I came up with a guinea pig ( probably two). I have been reading and looking up facts in them. I really have been doing research and it seems like the perfect pet. I know with this I’ve been jumping all over the place but basically I found a pet that I can care for(I have experience caring for guinea pigs), that pretty inexpensive , and three quaters of my family want to get that pet. The writer of this article says unless everyone wants the pet we shouldn’t get it. The guinea pigs would be a family pet my mom just wouldn’t interact with it as much as everyone else. I know I’m pretty responsible and if I had to leave or move ( which I haven’t done ever in my life) my dad would gladly care for them. If he couldn’t we could find a suitable home for the two. Pets provide kids with companions and character building responsiblities. What is wrong with getting one even if everyone in my family isn’t completely sold on the idea?

    ps I’m 13

  676. Kaylyn

    On September 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Hey I really want a rat like so bad. But my parents say no and when I asked them why my dad said because it was mainly his decision no because we have to much going on so I was like ok and said to my mom at least when we are less busy I can get one. She said acctually that is not true that\’s not what he told me. I was like what he lied to me and it turns he thinks I don\’t take care of the dogs enough which is bull. I clean them feed them Play with them and snuggle with them. So total lie and my mom knows that and she didn\’t back me up. What should I do I have done tones of research and know what I need to know tell me what to no please!!!!!!!!

  677. Kaylyn

    On September 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hey does anyone still use this I really need help so help please!!!!!!!!!!! HELP please post your comment please please pleas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  678. Eva

    On November 1, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Hi again! I got my cat, but not how I expected! She turned up at our house, hungry and disheveled, and hasn’t left! Although luck would have it, she was (and is) a healthy Burmilla, spayed and all! She’s allowed inside now and is happy but the next door cat always fights her when she goes out, any tips?

  679. Ruby

    On November 10, 2012 at 1:26 am

    It’s my 16th birthday in 3 weeks and I have been asking for a pet mini lop rabbit for about a year now, and I’m asking for one again for my birthday this year.
    I’m in grade 12 next year.

    I already have a small lhasa apso dog but thats it. I’ve already picked out the baby rabbit that I want and its from a certified purebred breeder and it’s still too young to come home but it will be ready in 3 weeks on my birthday so its perfect.

    My parents don’t want one and their main reason is that “we just don’t want any more pets” They also have so many misconceptions about rabbits they just make up excuses. I keep telling them that I have the money and ability to take care of it.. (I get $100 a week from my job, I get straight A’s at school pretty much, I am a good daughter and I am not a fuss…) but they just don’t listen. It’s mainly my mum who doesn’t want it because when my mum was out one day I spoke to my dad and showed him all my research and he was saying things like “Oh, I didn’t know that about rabbits” and the whole conversation he didn’t interrupt me or anything so I feel like he might be a bit more lenient than mum because I’ve shown her all my research and she just says “No” without even budging.

    She also thinks that when I move out of home and go to University that I will leave the rabbit with her but I’ve already got the next few years planned out and I know it’s not going to happen. I would never move in somewhere that does not allow pets, I have even researched pet-allowing apartments and share houses in my area and there are plenty, and it’s not like rabbits are messy creatures anyway if you litter train them and keep their cages clean (Which is not difficult and I know how to do it properly)

    I am willing to pay for everything regarding the rabbit and I’m willing to look after it too. Rabbits sleep mostly during the day which is good because I will be at school, and they are active in the mornings and evenings when I am at home.

    I don’t see how there is a problem.

    My parents also think that they smell a lot but rabbits clean themselves like cats and the only thing that smells about them is their pee but if you clean our their litter boxes every day (I can easily do that each day when I come home from school or in the mornings) Then they don’t smell at all.

    Please help me! I have no idea what I’m doing wrong, it’s not like I have a lot of other pets or anything! This is something that I really want and I wish they would just let me do it, they know I’m responsible they just don’t want a pet.

  680. Ruby

    On November 10, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Try putting all your research into a powerpoint or a big collage for them. Show them all the things that you know about rats as pets (All the good things AND the bad things) and Show them how you will counter the bad things. So for example a bad thing would be, rats could chew things around your house, so you would write on your powerpoint that you will cover up all the cords in your room where you keep it, or you will keep it in the cage etc.
    Make sure your parents know you have thought it out fully and know the cons as well as the pros and that you are prepared to look after it. Have a group discussion with your parents. Sit them down after dinner-time or on the weekend when your parents are relaxed. Don’t do it when they have finished work and are stressed! Sit with them in the lounge room and present all your research to them and let them know that this is something you really want and you’re willing to take responsibility for it. If they say no, ask why, and counter their responses with how you would deal with that issue why they don’t want one. If they still don’t budge, just say “Okay. I’d just like you to consider it. Thanks for talking with me about it” and leave them alone. Confront them again about it in a few days and just say “Have you put any thought into the pet rat?” just keep persisting but don’t bug them.
    Let them know it’s something you really want.

  681. Chloee

    On November 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Hey :) I’m 13, turning 14 next September. I really would love a Guinea Pig. I have two small dogs, but they do not make good company as they are more attached to my parents. I would really love to have my own Guinea Pig that I can look after myself and be responsible for as I am very lonely. My parents sit in front of the TV all evening and I do not really enjoy TV that much. I sit in my room on the laptop and have a shower from the minute I get home from school until 9:00, my bedtime :L I would really love to become more responsible by looking after my own Guinea Pig which includes spending my money more wisely and saving up for a Vet funding, feeding and giving it water everyday, giving it fresh hay everyday and many more things (Like cleaning out the hutch once a week every week.) I’m moving houses early next year and I would like to start fresh with a new pet Guinea Pig, and to show off to my parents about how responsible I am. I’m moving near my friend who owns two Guinea Pigs, 2 Rabbits and 2 dogs. I don’t want that many pets, I only want one Guinea Pig, however, because I have to go to school, I think it should be sensible to get two so the other one doesn’t get lonely. That is nice for me because I will have company in my room. I haven’t really asked my dad, But I’ve asked my mum sensibly If I could have a Guinea Pig. She said it was because she didn’t want any more animals :/ Is there anyway I can persuade her? Thank you :) xx

  682. Brenda Nelson

    On November 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    To Chloee
    It is always hard to convince parents to let you get a pet – they are worried they may have to help care for it. My own daughter has a hedgehog and just yesterday she got a turtle, she is older than you but I know I do have to help care for the pets, I do not mind, but maybe your mom does not want to help – even though kids think that the parent is not needed, a good parent is still concerned about the pet and will help.

    If your dogs are terriers or huskies they might not be good with small pets so that might be a concern too.

    You may want to just ask her to take you to an animal shelter so you can volunteer to play with the guinea pigs there – do this every few weeks and maybe one day she might let you get one.
    If not you still know you have helped improve the lives of the pets in the shelter!

  683. Tara

    On December 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hi :) I really would like a rabbit or a dog. Our family have NO pets. I really want a rabbit or a dog. My parents don’t really have any reason not to buy it though. They still won’t get one. My sister would probably like one too. She is eight so she would probably give in only if it is “cute” :D My parents said we might get one. I am not going to share when because It is kinda personal :)

    From Tara

  684. Brenda Nelson

    On December 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Tara. I am sure part of the reason is that they just do not want the extra work. Even though kids think they can do everything for the pet its usually not the case, and particularly not for dogs who need to go to obedience lessons and the vet and so forth.
    If your parents are ready please suggest they take you to the local shelter first so you can look there and save a life!

  685. Jaynna

    On January 8, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I have two dogs. One is fully mine but my dad has a scedual with them. When he gets up for work he usually feeds them and lets them out and before he leaves he lets them back in and their me and my mothers problems. I am fifteen. I had tried the next thing closest to what I have wanted for about two years. I want a cat but I tried two guinea pigs. They made big messes in my room and the food cost to much between the two of them so for a few days they were on a all hay diet. But we got rid of them to someone who really wanted them. I am willing to earn money to pay for all the food, bedding, litter stuff and toys. But yet my parents still say no because we live in a rented house and they believe they will stink the place up. Any suggestions that may help convince them to atleast let me foster a cat until it can be adopted. I have no problem with letting a pet go. I ain’t the most cleanest teen. I have a messy room and have trouble doing dishes all the way. But I am responsible enough for animals. Specially ones who either wag their tails and kiss me out of the blue. I’v had my dog for four years now and hes happy as heck. He’s a rockaholic hahaha he loves rocks. One time we were camping and the little kids were throwing rocks. We had to stop them because he was catching them and his mouth was bleeding. Thats why we try buying balls but he easily breaks them on the first day.

  686. caitlin

    On January 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hey guys this is good help but my parents keep denying to all of this so how else could i prove to them that im responsible enought to have a rabbit?

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