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diurnal pet activity

A pet which is innactive whilst you are at work
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How many working people would enjoy the company of a sentient , intelligent pet, but can't stay home all day to ensure said pet's mental and physical welfare. In the high Andes, where summer and winter occur on a diurnal cycle, some animals have adapted to the extremes of temperature by going into "hybernation" every night. One of the fluffier Andean species could be adapted through selective breeding to become adapted to modern urban life. Every morning, as you leave for work, you put your ball of affectionate fur into the deep freeze. When you get back, you defrost your pet and enjoy hours of playful fun.
MichaelW, Aug 12 2002

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       A Pushmepullyou for [blissmiss], please. Are there a lot of cuddly Andean animals?
phoenix, Aug 12 2002

       I was *so* afraid this was going to be about puddles on the floor
po, Aug 12 2002

       Many popular pets are already nocturnal - cats, hamsters, hoot owls - so, what's the problem?
DrCurry, Aug 12 2002

       As in some zoos, you could use lighting to shift its biological clock, so it would sleep all night and not want to go out at 4 AM.
FarmerJohn, Aug 12 2002

       The cats go in, but they never come out...
Mr Burns, Aug 12 2002

       Get a Ringtail
thumbwax, Aug 12 2002

       Get a rabbit or two. Rabbits ain't daytime beasts, not are they nocturnal - they're 'crepuscular' - meaning a double sleep pattern; active periods centred around dawn and dusk.   

       This makes them an ideal choice for working folks. Some claim this crepuscularity (?) is the main factor for their expected overtaking (in ten years) of the dog as the second most popular pet in the UK.   

       Our two rabbits (Eddie and Nancy, cf: 'Sensible Pet Names' elsewhere) are pretty flexible and tend to sleep when we're not hanging around stimulating them.
Ventilator, Feb 04 2003


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