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    Animal lovers needed...need opinions

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    I'm working on an illustration activity from the forum and I need some advice from the animal enthusiasts out there. What animals out there would you consider the cleanest. I'm not talking Biblical kosher kind of way, but hygiene wise. For example, I would label an eagle as majestic. What would you label clean?
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    Uhm, some sort of fish probably. They are in a way always taking a bath...

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    Cats spend a good chunk of their time cleaning themselves. Of course they use their own saliva, so you may argue about the hygiene part.

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    Me being the crazy person I am. Domestic Rats. But I doubt anyone agrees.

    Fish for sure, not having fur helps with being clean. Maybe a whale or dolphin.
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    Racoons? I heard pigs are pretty clean, but that's hardly the classic observation

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    I'd go with cats too. Clean themselves, naturally bury their crap (although some domestic ones are lazy beggars), usually look pretty good. They one of the few animals that always seem to have some self respect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skulldog
    Me being the crazy person I am. Domestic Rats. But I doubt anyone agrees.
    My rats would always clean themselves, so I can see where you are coming from Skulldog, but they still smelled bad...hairless one smell better, but they look like a scrotum...

    After some consideration, the rat will work with my overall composition.

    Thanks Skulldog!! And thanks for everyone else that replied.
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    A clean cat smells clean. Even the gigantic ones who seem to always have cat food breath can have nice smelling fur...
    Lizards carry salmonella bacteria
    So do birds
    Rodents carry it too, as well as e-coli bacteria (hamsters, rats, gerbils, hamsters)
    Fish also carry bacteria in their slime
    Dogs are filthy animals unless YOU bathe them all the time
    Ferrets are pretty clean animals, but their natural musk smell can be horrid
    Miniature hedgehogs are pretty clean, but prone to all kinds of diseases...
    Pet rocks are about the best, because you can soak them in bleach anytime you want.
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    Do I detect something against hamsters, madster?
    You also carry e-coli so shutup

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    INSECTS


    They're the cleanest creatures on earth despite burrowing in mud and such. Mammals don't come close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLSEN
    Uhm, some sort of fish probably. They are in a way always taking a bath...
    hehe, funny! Where are you anyways?

    I think doplhins are very clean, their slick skin looks so clean almost sterile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamsta
    Do I detect something against hamsters, madster?
    You also carry e-coli so shutup
    Nahhh. Skin 'em and roast 'em with some nice spring potatoes and garlic, and they're not half bad...
    And I misspoke. Rodents carry salmonella, like reptiles and poultry. Here's the alert. Notice how the hamster mentioned at the end of the article gave some kid tularemia...and I bet he didn't even eat the hamster...

    Yeah, humans carry bacteria like e-coli, but we don't get seriously ill or die just by coming in contact with other people carrying it...can't say the same about coming in contact with "pet" rodents, reptiles, and the like.
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    For fish, think of it the other way, instead of thinking them as bathing all the time, they also live in the same medium where all their waste dissolves into. You all know how dirty the fish tank gets after a week without filter and change of water. Would you still think fish is clean? XD

    Dolphin isn't really that clean either, they rely on some other smaller fish to suck their skin clean. So they'd be filthy by themselves.

    Cat's silava has strong anti-bacteria things which can kill lot of germs and bacterias, but even with the help of those strong spits, they still get sick and their fur can still get filthy without proper care.

    Birds, yuck, they poop everywhere.

    Lizard and snake, mhmm I'd consider them pretty clean, probably would get dusty but that's about it.

    I'd say polar bear is the cleaniest!! cuz it's so cold where they live, they don't get germ and bacteria due to the coldness. And they swim a lot too.

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    Don't fish spawn in the water where they live? Hmmm...think about that the next time you go swimming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by look
    Lizard and snake, mhmm I'd consider them pretty clean, probably would get dusty but that's about it.
    Not even! The CDC has been discouraging people from letting anyone under the age of 5 even touch reptiles, because of the salmonella thing. ANY reptile...Here's just one article about it.
    From the local paper:
    Linda Howard went to the pet store looking for a clean, hassle-free pet for her son. She had no idea the small leopard gecko they chose could carry a dangerous bacteria.
    “I came out with the most toxic thing I could have bought,” she said.
    Two weeks after bringing the pet home, Howard’s 5-year-old daughter, Jenna, fell violently ill with salmonella — commonly carried by reptiles. Jenna’s fever, cramps and bloody diarrhea sent her to the hospital for four days.
    Jenna held the gecko just once, on a paper towel, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented cases nationwide in which children were infected with little or no contact with a reptile.
    In one instance, an infant in California became sick although no reptiles lived in the home. The baby’s father, a high school biology teacher, had draped a boa over his shoulder in class and held his baby later that night.
    I think I'd agree about the polar bear, but I'd rather have a cat...
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    madster, actual the average captive reptile has about as much salmonella as any cricket (I think the cricket has the largest ratio of Salmonella scale to it's size) ... It's lazy people who keep them in stagnant aquariums/terrariums --- If someone locked us in a bathtub, and didn't clean it for 4 weeks, you'd better believe we'd carry some salmonella too

    as far as meat goes, these come to mind...
    -Salmon
    -Tuna
    -Ostrich

    But any desert creature is probobly the most clean by a longshot --- the lack of stagnant water, the constant sun-bleachings, and the isolation from pollutants (natural and chemical) .... desert creatures are in isolation, and survive on the bare necesities... that's pretty clean.

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    Raccoons are surprisingly clean animals, despite their habit of rooting in garbage. They wash their front paws before and after eating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skulldog
    Me being the crazy person I am. Domestic Rats. But I doubt anyone agrees.
    AGREED! As an owner of three ratties, I can vouch that they're some of the cleanest animals I've seen. Aside from the fact that they spend hours a day cleaning themselves, if you keep their cage clean like you're s'posed to, rats actually have a mellow and perfumey scent.

    ...I wish I were joking.

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