I’m going to guess this is a Brazilian soldier…with a jaguar. I posted an image of a solider with a leashed jaguar that looked like a pet. I don’t know if this is the same jaguar or if this one is alive or just being a big lazy cat in his owner’s lap. I know the Russian military has specially bred wolf-dog hybrids for guard purposes…so I suppose a guard or attack jaguar kind of make sense…somewhere.
What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)
Not based on personal preference, but observable fact. An animal kept in an environment that is too small is unhappy and stressed. This can absolutely lead to a short miserable life.
I see a lot of people, virtually every day, who have these preconceived notions about what an animal can live in. A hamster lives in a hamster cage of course, because the happy little hamster on the box says so! This cage is for finches, they even keep them in it at the store! My friend had a rabbit and it lived in that cage so I’ll get that one. This sort of dangerous socially accepted neglect is not just limited to bettas and goldfish. Mammals and birds are subject to it as well.
What people don’t realize is that almost all commercial or common cages are completely unacceptable as homes for what they are marketed for. Those guinea pig/rabbit cages? Garbage. Those tiny finch cages? Torture. That cute technicolor hamster cage? A gimmick.
All animals need a certain amount of space for enrichment and general well being. That does not mean the cages someone is trying to sell you. It means the cages that are best.
And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a hamster in a cage that size and it was fine.”
You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen rabbits in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen parakeets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a hamster who is happy.
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hamsters. (The same applies to mice, gerbils, and rats):
- Biting the cage bars
- Obsessive digging
- "Laziness" (lack of foraging/exploring)
- Running in circles
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rabbits:
- Biting the cage bars
- Running in circles
- Bouncing off the cage walls
- Aggression, irritability when being held
- Cage aggression
- Constantly banging toys/decor around
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined guinea pigs
- Biting the cage bars
- Banging their water bottle on the side of the enclosure constantly
- Aggression tword other guinea pigs or you
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined parakeets
- Feather plucking
- Aggression to other parakeets
- Repetitive behaviors (constant singing into a corner, going from the same perch to the same perch over and over again)
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined finches
- Aggression to other finches
- Flight tracing: Going from one perch to another in the exact same spot the exact same way over and over again
Animals are more complex than people give them credit for. They to do all of the natural behaviors they’re built to do. Exploring, foraging, playing, hiding, interacting (or not interacting) with another animal, etc. All of this is taken from them in cages like the ones above.
People need to educate themselves about an animal before getting one. It’s a thought that’s been said a million times over and yet nobody actually does it. The reality is people who want a hamster/guinea pig/rabbit are not going to sit down and read ten articles and three books waiting 2 months while they set everything up unless they are already enthusiasts who are willing to put that much into their pets. I can say from experience that over 80% of the people who buy pets buy them to make their kids happy with no regard to what the animal needs. What is most important to them is getting a present for their child regardless of any consequences that decision comes with.
So we have to try and get this information out there. We have to try and make THIS the general knowledge about these animals.
Resources and very good reads for anyone who has or wants any of the animals listed here. I’ll add more when I find them.
Guinea pigs: X
This exactly. People always ask why I let Clarence roam about the apartment freely. This is why.
He has a commercial hutch. It is on the bigger side. It is not big enough. It houses is food, water, and litter box. He likes to sleep in it. But the door is open at most times, and he goes in when he chooses to. He is very happy, doesn’t misbehave much, in fact, he misbehaves only on the few occasions during which he is left home alone and Milo is in quarantine away from him. We avoid those occurrences as much as we possibly can.
Also if you want a bunny because they’re cute, you’d sure as hell better have enough time to interact with them for multiple hours every day to socialize them and allow them to get a lot of exercise.
DO NOT ADOPT AN ANIMAL IF YOU WILL NOT PUT FORTH THE EFFORT/FINANCES TO CARE FOR THEM PROPERLY.
Okay, so I just wanted reblog this and say that this post helped a lot. I knew about some of the other animals but never cared about the bird information because I don’t have any birds. But my sister has a bird and I wasn’t really sure if he was in a cage that was too small or not. Turns out he was! So for Christmas, I’m covering half the cost of a new cage. :) His cage size is pretty much doubling and he will be much much happier. Thank you, educational post. The new cage is being shipped to us tomorrow!
We slowly moved my rabbit up from the pet store cage when she was VERY little to a whole room by the time she was fully grown. We still kept the smaller cage in the room for her with the door open though because while it wasn’t a great HOME, it was a nice room for her, and the bottom part of it was a litter pan for her and allows her to have privacy when she needed it!
I had a friend who had a rabbit that she kept in the smaller cage for ages and when I finally met said bun, she had a matted coat, was about three pounds heavier than her breed should be, and a serious case of the sniffles. While the cage was only a factor, when I helped my friend move her to a bigger hutch, within a few weeks she had lost weight, her fur was glossy and clean, and she was able to be treated successfully for her snuffles!
It’s super important to get fuzzy friends proper treatment guys!!
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