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Old 07-25-2021, 01:25 AM   #31
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Lol. Yes I suggested ferrets - loads of those need rehoming. That was ruled out by stepson straight away. I think I have an impossible task. Kept him happy with electronic pets for years

I feel so guilty though - it's so good for children to grow up having pets and having a best friend. I am just lucky they didn't tell me to move out instead of the dog.
Lol! Don't feel guilty. It's not your fault.

Also keep in mind that teenagers go through phases and once girls arrive on the scene his priorities will change again.

It's not so that stepson can't have a pet, he just needs to decide which one he wants that fits in with the whole family.

Shame about the rats but they could be kept in a room your OH doesn't go into. I would work on your OH if i were you. Maybe gang up on him with stepson.
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Old 07-25-2021, 04:30 AM   #32
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We tried that before. Stepson asked for a rat at about age 8 after seeing Harry Potter. Plus 8 year olds have that kind of attitude to shock horror and grim things. He gave up before I did when OH said no way. So Stepson isnt that bothered about rats now. Or caged pets generally. Understandable wanting a free roaming daytime pet. A rabbit could be that. Some rabbits are toilet trained and allowed to wander round the house. We had a friend with one though and it was an incredibly boring rabbit!
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Old 07-25-2021, 05:32 AM   #33
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We tried that before. Stepson asked for a rat at about age 8 after seeing Harry Potter. Plus 8 year olds have that kind of attitude to shock horror and grim things. He gave up before I did when OH said no way. So Stepson isnt that bothered about rats now. Or caged pets generally. Understandable wanting a free roaming daytime pet. A rabbit could be that. Some rabbits are toilet trained and allowed to wander round the house. We had a friend with one though and it was an incredibly boring rabbit!
Yes, i've met people who had a totally house trained house rabbit. Not quite sure what pet rabbits do aside from hop and eat. Never seen one roll in a sandbath, climb up a clothes rail, run on a wheel or build a tunnel system.
Come to think of it, hamsters are quite exciting pets really, when they're awake.

Could be a toss up between an outdoor cat and an indoor reptile then?
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Old 07-25-2021, 02:03 PM   #34
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Apparently neighbour is getting another outdoor cat so probably not that. I’ll see what stepson comes up with next. Yes hamsters are great - when they’re seal lol!
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