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23rd Apr '16 8:01:22 AM Katsuhagi
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* Ferrets are very frequently mistaken for wild animals due to their scruffy, weasel appearance. While there are species such as the Black Footed Ferret, pet ferrets are no more wild than a Siberian Husky is a wolf. They're domestic animals who can't survive on their own however are frequently depicted in fiction as being able to. Even a few real world laws against ferrets mistake them for exotic pets.

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* Ferrets are very frequently mistaken for wild animals due to their scruffy, weasel appearance. While there are species such as the Black Footed Ferret, pet ferrets are no more wild than a Siberian Husky is a wolf.wolf and have been domesticated since at least Ancient Egypt. They're domestic animals who can't survive on their own however are frequently depicted in fiction as being able to. Even a few real world laws against ferrets mistake them for exotic pets.
4th Apr '16 1:45:58 PM Pichu-kun
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* Ferrets are very frequently mistaken for wild animals due to their scruffy, weasel appearance. While there are species such as the Black Footed Ferret, pet ferrets are no more wild than a Siberian Husky is a wolf. They're domestic animals who can't survive on their own however are frequently depicted in fiction as being able to. Even a few real world laws against ferrets mistake them for exotic pets.



* This seems to be used for humor in ''WesternAnimation/FoodFight'. The FunnyAnimal dog likes both raisins and chocolate. He's not technically real, being an "ike" (a food mascot), so no damage is done.



* in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games, you can display the fish, bugs and sea creatures that you can catch in your homes as decoration. The tanks are far to small for the fish to even move around (unless they happen to be tiny species). Goldfish are also displayed in goldfish bowls. Of course, the games aren't supposed to be realistic.

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* in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games, you can display the fish, bugs bugs, and sea creatures that you can catch in your homes as decoration. The tanks are far to too small for the fish to even move around (unless they happen to be tiny species). Goldfish are also displayed in goldfish bowls. Of course, the games aren't supposed to be realistic.



* The early strips of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally show cats playing with yarn. An unsupervised cat is likely to either become entangled or accidentally swallow yarn, the latter situation pretty much guaranteeing a trip to the vet. [[note]]''Never'' tug on a piece of string protruding from either end of an animal. If it's caught on something, yanking could prove fatal.[[/note]] This is averted in the commentary of many strips, written years later, wherein the author clarifies that he didn't know better at the time and advises against giving cats yarn.
** Oddly, he even goes into this when the one playing with yarn is a cat-girl. This is likely just to reinforce the idea not to give pet cats yarn, but it's still pretty funny.

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* The early strips of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally show cats playing with yarn. An unsupervised cat is likely to either become entangled or accidentally swallow yarn, the latter situation pretty much guaranteeing a trip to the vet. [[note]]''Never'' tug on a piece of string protruding from either end of an animal. If it's caught on something, yanking could prove fatal.[[/note]] This is averted in the commentary of many strips, written years later, wherein the author clarifies that he didn't know better at the time and advises against giving cats yarn.
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yarn. Oddly, he even goes into this when the one playing with yarn is a cat-girl. This is likely just to reinforce the idea not to give pet cats yarn, but it's still pretty funny.



* ''LittlestPetShop2012'':

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** Really, the main premise of the show could count. Multi-species pet day camps don't exist for a reason. Aside from the obvious risk of predatory behavior, each of these animals needs different care that isn't really fulfilled by what's seen on the show. Also, small pets like Vinny and Russel could easily be left at home in a safe enclosure throughout the day, rather than needing to go to a day camp or having someone watch them.
*** There is also a pet door leading from the day camp room right out onto the sidewalk. Why this isn't a good idea should be obvious.

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** Really, the main premise of the show could count. Multi-species pet day camps don't exist for a reason. Aside from the obvious risk of predatory behavior, each of these animals needs different care that isn't really fulfilled by what's seen on the show. Also, small pets like Vinny and Russel could easily be left at home in a safe enclosure throughout the day, rather than needing to go to a day camp or having someone watch them.
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them. There is also a pet door leading from the day camp room right out onto the sidewalk. Why this isn't a good idea should be obvious.


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* Fluttershy from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a job dealing with wild, non-CivilizedAnimal animals. This includes ferrets, who apparently live outside and everything.
16th Mar '16 10:16:15 AM PDL
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** All of this was actually enforced by the original series bible. Not wanting to raise ethical questions about eating Pokemon (which are obviously more sentient than the average animal) the show was officially supposed to stay away from showing any person or Pokemon eating meat of any kind and avoid implications of a food chain altogether, and thus even Pokemon obviously based on carnivores like Persian, Arbok, and Gyrados are seen eating either generic kibble styles of food or just whatever the humans are having.

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** All of this was actually enforced by the original series bible. Not wanting to raise ethical questions about eating Pokemon (which are obviously more sentient than the average animal) the show was officially supposed to stay away from showing any person or Pokemon eating meat of any kind and avoid implications of a food chain altogether, and thus even Pokemon obviously based on carnivores like Persian, Arbok, and Gyrados Gyarados are seen eating either generic kibble styles of food food, fruit (both real and [[FantasticFruitsAndVegetables made up]]) or just whatever the humans are having.having. Even then, Pokemon eating only human food is something that's frowned upon in-universe.
11th Mar '16 7:05:37 PM Menarker
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* Mammal pets and milk:

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* Mammal pets Pets and milk:



** Aside from mammals, birds and reptiles cannot digest milk and attempting to make them do so will cause them to suffer or die.



* Feeding dairy products to birds and reptiles, which cannot digest lactose like mammals.
11th Mar '16 6:58:54 PM Menarker
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* A common, romantic depiction of raptors (eagles, hawks, falcons, etc) is to have the bird sitting on the hand, arm or shoulder of its owner, ready to fly off at command. In reality, this is a terrible idea. Raptor talons are designed to tear meat to ribbons--they can easily cut through human flesh and clothing. Most handlers wear heavy leather to protect themselves. It's also very strongly recommended that you keep the bird attached to you via rope. Oh, and ''never'' pet a bird of prey. They ''hate'' it. (With the notable exception of some hand-raised owls.)

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* A common, romantic depiction of raptors (eagles, hawks, falcons, etc) is to have the bird sitting on the hand, arm or shoulder of its owner, ready to fly off at command. In reality, this is a terrible idea. idea for two reasons. Firstly, it is an innate instinct of the raptor family birds to GoForTheEye and it is severely advised to not have them sit anywhere on your person but on your outstretched hand. Secondly, even on said outstretched hand, Raptor talons are designed to tear meat to ribbons--they can easily cut through human flesh and clothing. Most handlers wear heavy leather gloves to protect themselves. It's also very strongly recommended that you keep the bird attached to you via rope. Oh, and ''never'' pet a bird of prey. They ''hate'' it. (With the notable exception of some hand-raised owls.)
26th Feb '16 6:01:36 PM Kereea1
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** All of this was actually enforced by the original series bible. Not wanting to raise ethical questions about eating Pokemon (which are obviously more sentient than the average animal) the show was officially supposed to stay away from showing any person or Pokemon eating meat of any kind and avoid implications of a food chain altogether, and thus even Pokemon obviously based on carnivores like Persian, Arbok, and Gyrados are seen eating either generic kibble styles of food or just whatever the humans are having.
25th Feb '16 2:33:18 PM MsChibi
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** Although betta fish can ''survive'' in small amounts of water, they will not thrive in it. Like goldfish, they're kind of messy fish, so they really need gentle filtration. (Or if you don't filter, you need to change the water ''daily,'' but that can stress out the fish.) And they really like to have space to swim around and places to hide in. As with the goldfish, tiny bowls (some no larger than a regular coffee mug) are marketed as being adequate for bettas. They are not.

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** Although betta fish can ''survive'' in small amounts of water, they will not thrive in it. Like goldfish, they're kind of messy fish, so they really need gentle filtration. (Or if you don't filter, you need to change the water ''daily,'' but that can stress out the fish.) And they really like to have space to swim around and places to hide in. As with the goldfish, tiny bowls (some no larger than a regular coffee mug) are marketed as being adequate for bettas. They are not. Also, they cannot be housed in the same bowl or tank as goldfish; most goldfish prefer much cooler water than what bettas need. (Bettas are tropical fish; they need warm water.)
25th Feb '16 2:32:10 PM MsChibi
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** Although betta fish can ''survive'' in small amounts of water, they will not thrive in it. Like goldfish, they're kind of messy fish, so they really need gentle filtration. (Or if you don't filter, you need to change the water ''daily,'' but that can stress out the fish.) And they really like to have space to swim around and places to hide in. As with the goldfish, tiny bowls (some no larger than a regular coffee mug) are marketed as being adequate for bettas. They are not.
8th Feb '16 5:01:32 PM Minni128
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** A diet of nothing but carrots would kill a rabbit, the which is noted as something that rabbits don't normally eat and should mostly be given as treat food [[http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rabbits/diet/myths]]. The deal with carrots was WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[ShoutOut paying homage]] to a Clark Gable movie called ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''. This got LostInImitation, and carrots became the StockAnimalDiet of all cartoon rabbits, with disastrous real-life consequences.

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** A diet of nothing but carrots would kill a rabbit, the which is noted as something that rabbits don't normally eat and should mostly be given as treat food [[http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rabbits/diet/myths]].uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rabbits/diet/myths]] or, as noted above, not at all. The deal with carrots was WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[ShoutOut paying homage]] to a Clark Gable movie called ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight''. This got LostInImitation, and carrots became the StockAnimalDiet of all cartoon rabbits, with disastrous real-life consequences.
4th Jan '16 10:33:52 AM CJCroen1393
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* Deconstructed in [[http://cjcroen1393.tumblr.com/post/130560885909/wire-man-why-animals-do-the-thing this Tumblr post]], which explains exactly why owls should NEVER be kept as pets. A few excerpts:
-->'''Fluttersheep:''' [[HairTriggerTemper owls are predators. theyre destructive]]. they will [[InterspeciesRomance potentially look at you as their mate]] and will become aggressive around your friends and family. they can seriously hurt you. [[WolverineClaws their talons and beaks are sharp as fuck and even on accident can cause you to need stitches]]\\
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you cant train them like a labrador either. they will wreck your house and tear into your furniture and clothes. [[{{Squick}} they will perch and shit wherever they want]]. they dont care how expensive your furniture is and they will not be using a litter box or ringing a bell to be let outside\\
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speaking of a lifetime of late night screaming, their life is fucking long. around 30 years. so when you get tired of the non stop owl shit and pellet cleaning and the fun of having an owl wears off, youre stuck with them. you cant just dump them in a shelter or release them. and even if you find an owl rescue to take them in youre still fucking them over because they will either [[DespairEventHorizon become depressed from the absence of their ‘mate’]] or [[AxCrazy act aggressively toward other humans they have not imprinted on]]. [[TearJerker they will never be able to be released into the wild]]\\
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'''wire-man:''' Not to mention that as far as birds of prey go [[TheDitz owls are pretty dumb]]. The majority of their skull is occupied by their eyes. Their brain case is super small in comparison. This means they spook easily, will not learn commands easily (if ever), and will cause all sorts of mayhem on a regular basis. They’re best left in their natural habitat.
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