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Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:35 am
by prk22
I was looking for stories of direct, or even indirect, household based porcupines. Experiences in (any) training... temperamental observations...or appreciation for age of adoptions.

Thanks!

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:21 pm
by Ash
I don't think anyone here has kept porcupines. But I do know that they make really great indoor pets from what I've read. Bottle-raised ones can be very affectionate, but even wild-caught ones tame down pretty easy.

What kind of porcupine were you thinking of? Like North American or the African porcupines? The African porcupines seem a bit more common.

I don't know whether or not they litter-train. I believe I read that they do, but I'm not sure.

Are you thinking of getting one? They are really neat.

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:52 pm
by prk22
I actually am. I am focusing on European and some random other conservation species...but I'm in a place to finally get a few more, and I wanted to go after some smart critters based here in North America...otters and porcupine are at the top of my list.

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:52 am
by TamanduaGirl
The South American porcupines are real sweet. ChasingTail has and breeds them.

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:51 am
by Ash
TamanduaGirl wrote:The South American porcupines are real sweet. ChasingTail has and breeds them.


Are those the ones with the prehensile tails?

Prk22--That's really neat. That would be really cool if you were able to get those animals. So you'd breed them then?

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:00 am
by prk22
Hmmm...I could not find ChasingTail's profile from the search box. Do you have a website or further info on them?

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:08 am
by TamanduaGirl
http://www.chasing-tail.com/

And yeah the prehensile tail ones.

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:04 pm
by Chase
Would a porcupine be an indoor or outdoor pet? I saw some at the zoo a few weeks ago.... they're interesting. I wouldn't want one though, I like to pet animals, and that's not something to recommended to do with a porcupine :mrgreen:

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:52 pm
by TamanduaGirl
They could be indoor animals but they are rodents so the biggest issue is likely chewing.

Re: Porcupine in the home?

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:51 am
by prk22
I will keep you posted on this through the summer months.