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#203 - nighkey
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(10/26/2013) [-]
I was curious. There was a baby American opossum that was trying to eat cat food and I startled it into playing dead. So being the curious young human I was at the time, I picked it up with gardening gloves, caged it, and kept it in an outdoor building that was well ventilated. (Feel free to scorn me for risk of disease/caging any kind of animal/blah blah blah it was small in that huge thing and healthy. Flea free even.) Face it. If all wild animals were sick there would be no wild animals. That aside..

I researched its diet immediately and began hand feeding it. At first, it was scared and there was a little distance. Then, it reached out with its little hand and grabbed the food, chowing it down. They hold their food in their front feet when eating, poop in a corner like a ferret, and lick themselves clean like a cat. =D

We grew to bond through hand feeding, I made it come a little closer and a little more closer to accept food, until it would come out and curl up on my lap for meals. We began harness training, so that it walked around on a leash and enjoyed the walks. About the time we were starting on litter box training, a family member thought it was too dangerous, dumped it out of the cage, and it proceeded to go get smashed by a van on the nearby road.

That's my possum experience. Outside, a cat's hair isn't soft and is gritty. Inside living, a cat's hair is soft and smooth. When raised inside, a possum's hair is not coarse and gritty, but very long and slick. They groom themselves meticulously, though they climb and tear things up that aren't conventional. There is a slight odor, like a dog has, but not bad or overly noticeable. Not an easy pet to keep overall, but quite possible.
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