(Thank you to Bogey for the approval!)
So... I wrote a lovely long post and then accidentally closed the window. C'est la vie.
The upshot of the post was - Mori and I adopted kitties last Tuesday, and I could not see the pet thread anywhere! So here is the new and shiny pet thread.
We've been thinking of adopting for a while, and last weekend we went to a pet adoption fair. After filling out the adoption form (the only way to be able to pet the cats), the lady asked us if we'd consider adopting older cats. We said of course we would! The kittens are adorable (and there were some truly stunning ones - especially Chipper
), but older cats are much harder to adopt out, and come with the bonus of being calmer and already house-trained. She explained she had been fostering these two
orange-and-white sisters for whom she had been struggling to find a home for over three years. How could we say no?
(I must admit, I am partial to black or tortoiseshell or tabby cats, but then Mori is partial to tuxedo and orange cats, so we could never have agreed anyway!)
The girls arrived at our apartment on Tuesday evening and we have been trying to coax them out of the closet ever since.
This is Sugar. She's the shy one. This is the only decent photo I have of her, and it's not even mine! It's courtesy of Mori's cell phone. She remained tucked behind some coats at the very back of the closet all last evening. She has a beautiful, medium-length rabbit-like coat, very, very soft; I can't wait until she permits us to pet her and groom her. She was actually the more outgoing one at the fair, but that's mainly because she's very protective of her sister. She was once adopted out on her own, but was returned after a week as she was missing her sister too much.
This is Shara. Poor Shara had an allergic reaction to fleas, and subsequently lost a lot of her coat. She's completely bald on her stomach and one ear, and her back legs and tail are really patchy. You fortunately can't really tell here! She appears more shy at first, but she's actually the bolder of the two. She played with us last night.
So, hey, if you are considering adopting a cat, give some consideration to older cats! They are pretty awesome. My parents adopted a 12 year old cat last year and she is VERY mellow, just likes to hang out and receive cuddles.
Good resources for cats:
about.cats.com (Some very good articles there. However, I have NO idea about today's front page. Er...)
What about guinea-pigs?
We have those too! I feel really bad actually because we bought ours, and then I came across guinea-pig shelters and saw some awesome adoptables in our area. I have no idea why I didn't consider that there'd be guinea-pig shelters. There're even ones for rats and mice!
I last posted pictures of our piggies when they were young and slim. I read that female guinea-pigs weigh between 700 and 1,000 grams. Um. Ours are 1,680 g and 1,550 g. They're on a diet! I'm trying to give them more exercise and we've switched them to healthier pellets.
EDI is such a lady. Like her namesake, she prefers to stay rooted in one place, and is softly-spoken. She is a shoulder-pig. She is the 'lightest', but also the greediest. She equates every rustle of a bag with the opening of a salad bag, and she takes approximately 0.002 seconds to reach the food-bowl after I have filled it with lettuce.
She is also remarkably easy to photograph. All I have to do is place down some food!
Jack, also like her namesake, is certifiably insane
. She is the strangest non-guinea-pig-like-pig I have ever known. She likes to be petted a little roughly. She chirps happily all the time once she's in your arms, even though she's a little hard to catch. She looooves
Dubh. She also loves anyone who is holding Edi. She will jump onto whoever is holding Edi and butt Edi out of the way. The grass is always greener with Jack.
Look at that fur! She is like a little sponge. Her fur is kinky and pretty coarse.
Guinea-pig and rabbit cages!
Pretty much every commercial cage available for rabbits and guinea-pigs is far too small. They require quite a lot of room. Fotunately it's both easy and cheap to make your own. Actually, I ordered mine from C & C Cages
- the lady provides everything you need, ready to assemble, in any colour you like.
I did need to add a roof for the benefit of protecting the piggies from the cats, however, so I bought some spare grids from Target. The grids at Target are not safe enough for use as guinea-pig cage walls (the holes are too large) but since guinea-pigs can't climb I figured they'd be fine for the roof. You can find grids suitable for the walls at Walmart and other retailers (including Amazon).
Here is their cage, open:
It might not look that big, but it's easily two and a half times larger than the biggest pet store cage. I'm actually thinking of expanding it in the future, as I'd like to fit a litter bin in there, and would also like them to be able to run laps easily. (Jack loves running around).
Here is it closed:
It does not close beautifully, but it is pretty secure.
The beauty with the grids is that you can build the cages just about as high and as long or wide as you like!
Resources for guinea-pigs:
So, talk about your pets! Post photos of your dog and make Mori jealous (I swear, one day we might as well just move out to farm).