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03 Sep 2010, 8:18 am

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A HUGE place with meerkats all over the place. Instead of lions on the steps, there would be meerkats. I'd even have live meerkats runing about. I'd dress them up in diamond and rhinestone collars and give them huge sandboxes to dig in and acres and tall posts to climb and and several acres of enclosed (so nothing could get them) of outdoor area to play in. A posh palace for meerkats. Better than any zoo.


Meerkats are horrible pets. They go insane if kept alone and need constant social stimulation, they'll ruin your house, give you nasty bites, have trouble breeding in captivity (most of the babies die), and they're illegal to keep as pets, so you can kiss your dream of having pet meerkats goodbye. Oh yeah, and sometimes they kill each other's babies. I hope you like baby meerkat corpses lying around your dream home.


Troll alert! Oh yeah, look at this: http://www.meerkatsinthehouse.com/home.shtml


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03 Sep 2010, 3:33 pm

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A HUGE place with meerkats all over the place. Instead of lions on the steps, there would be meerkats. I'd even have live meerkats runing about. I'd dress them up in diamond and rhinestone collars and give them huge sandboxes to dig in and acres and tall posts to climb and and several acres of enclosed (so nothing could get them) of outdoor area to play in. A posh palace for meerkats. Better than any zoo.


Meerkats are horrible pets. They go insane if kept alone and need constant social stimulation, they'll ruin your house, give you nasty bites, have trouble breeding in captivity (most of the babies die), and they're illegal to keep as pets, so you can kiss your dream of having pet meerkats goodbye. Oh yeah, and sometimes they kill each other's babies. I hope you like baby meerkat corpses lying around your dream home.


Troll alert! Oh yeah, look at this: http://www.meerkatsinthehouse.com/home.shtml


First of all, you can't even have a pet meerkat in the United States unless you have the proper permits and licenses. Secondly, most meerkats that are kept as pets were taken illegally from the wild. If you really care about meerkats, you'd leave them alone.

Oh, and read the articles linked on this page.


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03 Sep 2010, 3:51 pm

Has anyone added my son's pacing room yet? Very long, no obstacles of any sort in the middle, but maybe some padded goodies at the ends for climbing, banging, or just fidgeting.


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03 Sep 2010, 4:10 pm

Wow, I used to pace up and down a long hallway, banging my fist repetitiously against the wall as I went, in a group home when I was 15 years old. I don't often remember it. I guess the staff didn't love me for that. It's hard when you can't talk and there's an awful lot that needs talking about, and they made a real big deal when I finally said something. I was surprised and never thought of or noticed myself.



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03 Sep 2010, 4:22 pm

DW_a_mom, I was under the impression that we'd be pacing in every room anyway. All through the house. Far more fun to wander into other people's bedrooms to stim with their nightstands along the way. :D


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03 Sep 2010, 9:12 pm

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A HUGE place with meerkats all over the place. Instead of lions on the steps, there would be meerkats. I'd even have live meerkats runing about. I'd dress them up in diamond and rhinestone collars and give them huge sandboxes to dig in and acres and tall posts to climb and and several acres of enclosed (so nothing could get them) of outdoor area to play in. A posh palace for meerkats. Better than any zoo.


Meerkats are horrible pets. They go insane if kept alone and need constant social stimulation, they'll ruin your house, give you nasty bites, have trouble breeding in captivity (most of the babies die), and they're illegal to keep as pets, so you can kiss your dream of having pet meerkats goodbye. Oh yeah, and sometimes they kill each other's babies. I hope you like baby meerkat corpses lying around your dream home.


Troll alert! Oh yeah, look at this: http://www.meerkatsinthehouse.com/home.shtml


First of all, you can't even have a pet meerkat in the United States unless you have the proper permits and licenses. Secondly, most meerkats that are kept as pets were taken illegally from the wild. If you really care about meerkats, you'd leave them alone.

Oh, and read the articles linked on this page.


I don't think I would have trouble getting permits but anyway I plan to move to the UK or South Africa in the future anyway and have at least one pet meerkat. I kinda only want one anyway so I can keep with me constantaly and take it EVERYWHERE. I wonder if South African or English service animal laws are as lax as they are in the US. I'll probably be a shut in anyway. The crazy old meerkat lady. There are meerkat breeders in the UK and other countires, and besides if I truely had to get a wild one, I'd get a disabled one that couldn't survive in the wild anyway but could still have a decent quality of life in "captvity". Perhaps I'd start a meerkat rescue. Pet tigers, meerkats, etc. seem so much happier than inprisoned ones at zoos.


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03 Sep 2010, 10:01 pm

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I don't think I would have trouble getting permits but anyway I plan to move to the UK or South Africa in the future anyway and have at least one pet meerkat. I kinda only want one anyway so I can keep with me constantaly and take it EVERYWHERE. I wonder if South African or English service animal laws are as lax as they are in the US. I'll probably be a shut in anyway. The crazy old meerkat lady. There are meerkat breeders in the UK and other countires, and besides if I truely had to get a wild one, I'd get a disabled one that couldn't survive in the wild anyway but could still have a decent quality of life in "captvity". Perhaps I'd start a meerkat rescue. Pet tigers, meerkats, etc. seem so much happier than inprisoned ones at zoos.


While you can have a pet meerkat in England and South Africa, they're still a lot of work. They're highly social and will go insane if they're alone, they'll destroy your house, and they aren't really meant to be domesticated. And you can't feed them regular pet food; they have specific dietary needs.


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03 Sep 2010, 11:42 pm

Its also just plain not good for the animals. Seriously, Punkycat, listen to what Delirium is saying, this is good information. If you really care about meerkats, and other animals, then you would oppose the trade of exotic pets. Meerkats do not belong locked in a cage in someone's living room, they belong in the South African wild, among their own kind.


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04 Sep 2010, 12:15 am

I'm guessing most people don't look after them properly but we'll build a sanctuary for them where they'll be free of predators. If they really are that bad I'm sure we could work around it, like put some warning signs around the sanctuary in binary and a fainting couch at the entrance in case LabPet takes a wrong turn while sleepwalking. I'd love to have Meerkats running around. I live in a converted barn so I can be alone, and I'm surrounded by 2 alpacas, 4 goats, 3 chickens, which visit me once a day by tapping on my front door when they're not laying, a rooster which likes to terrorise me by hiding in my garden then suddenly making a noise when I go outside, lots of sheep, 2 lambs run around the garden with the dog cos their mothers rejected them so the dog has adopted them, and a turkey.



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04 Sep 2010, 12:23 am

I would have a place in the mountains, a self contained log home totally off the grid, with a greenhouse and solar power, it would also have to be located near a hotspring since I love soaking in them when my back is sore



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04 Sep 2010, 12:11 pm

my mansion would be made out of a single top gem quality fire agate. in the middle of a place that looks like swizerland



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04 Sep 2010, 7:36 pm

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Its also just plain not good for the animals. Seriously, Punkycat, listen to what Delirium is saying, this is good information. If you really care about meerkats, and other animals, then you would oppose the trade of exotic pets. Meerkats do not belong locked in a cage in someone's living room, they belong in the South African wild, among their own kind.


Delirium is being a bully. Meerkats are my main special intrest and I think I would be more than qualified to have one of my own.


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04 Sep 2010, 10:49 pm

PunkyKat wrote:
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Its also just plain not good for the animals. Seriously, Punkycat, listen to what Delirium is saying, this is good information. If you really care about meerkats, and other animals, then you would oppose the trade of exotic pets. Meerkats do not belong locked in a cage in someone's living room, they belong in the South African wild, among their own kind.


Delirium is being a bully. Meerkats are my main special intrest and I think I would be more than qualified to have one of my own.


No, I'm telling you why having a meerkat as a pet is a bad idea. Not only do they belong in the wild, but pet meerkats are traded illegally and end up being completely miserable in their new homes. You can love your pet meerkat all you want, but it would far prefer to be in the wild with other meerkats. Also, you might even be breaking a law by having one.

Just because you like meerkats doesn't mean you're qualified to have one as a pet. You need an exotic animal license to keep one as a pet in the United States, and you can't just walk into a government office and demand that they give you a license. It's really, really hard to get one.


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04 Sep 2010, 11:53 pm

line from an old humphrey bogart film.....the stuff that dreams are made of.........(maltese falcon)

i'm in, please. i'll even promise to be nice.

hey ebonwinter.....how about the castle halfway between lex and versailles? wouldn't that be perfect?



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05 Sep 2010, 12:24 am

delirious lady from hell......why argue with punkykat.......she really likes her meerkats......you know, for some of us the real world sucks so...intensely...that to have this one site to dream...we should be able to dream what we want.for me, to have a place where there's no pain, where my companion animals are not banging on death's door, where i can have a triceratops to care for, what's wrong with that. having a 100 acre compound specifically for meerkats to live in so punky can be happy...well, why the hell not?

p.kat....please do not get mad at me, i'm just trying to keep the peace....signed..sheriff of atlantis



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05 Sep 2010, 4:50 am

My own addition to the mansion would be a huge fully heated workshop full of the best damned tools and equipment for car related work; air tools, welders, paint, etc. Then I'd take 4x4's into the trails whilst the fast stuff would go for a rip on a Top Gear esque track. Or you can just cruise around quiet roads when ye don't feel the need for speed. And of course, there would be a whole fleet of vehicles for people to borrow, from motorbikes to heavy duty pick-ups when you need to haul stuff. :)


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