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How about this little guy :) so far he's my favorite baby rat.
A bunch of babies and mom. Im gonna find homes for the pretty ones. The rest are snake food.
More babies born today by a diffrent rat- Mom is white, thats dad guarding the nest. And yes, I do get bit a LOT when I mess with thier babies.”
“my rat named mozart looked just like that first one SC...got any boys?...man they are nasty...they got the balls of a rotwieler(sp)”
“th, I dont know yet. none of them are showing any balls yet, too young :)”
“my pet mouse kept me up a good deal of last night...Vinnie finally discovered the wonders of running on his/her wheel....”
“Sqeaky wheel? Grease it!”
“my cockatiel was ringing his bell till four in the morning. I guess it was his night out. Now he looks like he's hung over..........and his stuffed Pikachu is layin on its side........hmmm, musta been kinda wild last night.................”
“if you guys could bring your mouse and that cockatiel over my kitty would have a lot of fun”
“The vet has prescribed anxiety medication for my cat. He's licked off much of the fur off his back and hips. Doesn't seem like anything physically is wrong with him. General consensus is that my cat is really missing me.
I had to move my cats to my fiance's house, my current (and temporary) living arrangements wouldn't allow cats.
Anyone ever had a pet on these kinds of meds? Does it change the pet's personality? I love my kitty, I just don't want him to continue licking the fur off of him for the next 5 months!”
“look out Susie is in the hood
“treebeard needs a shave.”
“Mapes that dog is grinning!”
“susie - "Please, God of All Dogs, don't let any other dogs see me with this ridiculous get up on!" ;-)”
“Much too cute!!!”
“Okay so this isn't exactly bragging. I've been upstairs packing lots of stuff for the move, so I didn't hear the commotion downstairs. Pinky, my white cat, tore into a brand new bag of crunchy Cheetos. Damn cat's now orange. HPM has the camera with him.”
“tore into a brand new bag of crunchy Cheetos
That would be a kick the cat across the room violation. ;-)”
“I couldn't catch the little blankity blank. Now he's locked in a bathroom. As soon as I get back from picking up Laurel from my mom's house, I have to bathe the cat.”
“That will punish the cat and you.”
“Pinky, my white cat..... now orange.
this alone is hilarious...”
“HPM named him.
My orange tabby cat is named Red.”
“yeah, i can't brag on mine either...ever since the baby came they've taken a step back behavior wise...i think they're rebelling for attention
LOL, i didn't catch earlier that you said you were gonna bath the cat...yeah, good luck with that one...take lots of pics and give us a report...should be pretty funny ;)
last edited: 7/18/06 2:51:27 PM”
“Pinky's always been like this. He's particularly bad about freeze dried and dehydrated bags of food. It doesn't matter if it's just veggies, he will rip open the bag and try them.”
thang god we have the internet... (and google)
“How to Bathe a Cat
Cats generally do a good job of keeping themselves clean, but for various reasons, there will be occasions you'll need to bathe your kitty. It's not as hard as you may think, once you both know the routine, so practice when your cat is young.
Difficulty Level: average Time Required: 30 minutes
Assemble your "tools" next to the kitchen sink: Two thick towels, cat shampoo, conditioner, (for longhaired cats), two large cups or mugs, clean sponge.
Put a rubber shower mat in the bottom of the sink so kitty will not slip and slide.
Run about two to three inches of body temperature water into the sink-- just enough to come up to kitty's belly. Test the water on your wrist, much as you'd test a baby bottle. You should not be able to discern heat or cold.
Place a capful of the cat shampoo in a mug of warm water and mix well, to keep from shocking warm cat flesh with cold shampoo.
Pick up your kitty and lower her gently but quickly into the water, talking calmly to her all the while. Another human helper is optional at this step.
Give her a few minutes to relax to the idea that you aren't going to kill her, all the while talking to her and petting her.
Turn on and test the temperature of the shower spray and holding it right up against the cat's skin, wet her body, taking care not to splash in her face.
When she is well soaked, pour the diluted shampoo evenly over her entire body, again staying away from the head.
Massage the shampoo gently into her fur for several minutes. Now is your chance to give her a full body massage. You may even find that she enjoys it.
Rinse well, using body temperature water and the shower nozzle, stroking it the way you would a brush, in long strokes from the base of her neck down over her tail. You can gently pat some water on her tummy at this time, with your other hand.
Give her several long petting strokes with your hand to slick away excess water, and to test for any remaining soapiness.
Repeat steps 11 and 12 until all evidence of soap is gone. This is the most important process, as soap residue can dry her skin, leaving it vulnerable to rashes and infection.
With a clean, moist sponge, wipe down the back of her head and her muzzle, again being careful to avoid her eyes, ears and mouth.
Using a large bath towel, lift kitty out of the sink and pat her down, using the towel to blot up as much water as possible.
Repeat step 13, using another clean towel, then leave her alone to continue the drying process by herself. Don't forget the praise!
If your cat won't tolerate the shower spray, use a large measuring cup to pour the water over her in steps 7 and 11, taking care not to splash.
If your cat is cool with it, you can use a hair dryer set on low to speed up the drying process. This is helpful with longhairs, but don't brush until completely dry.
Although not necessary, diluted cream rinse may be applied after the first rinsing, then thoroughly rinsed out.”
“How to Bath the Cat
This handy hint arrived in my mailbox via Stephen Barnes:
Thoroughly clean the toilet.
Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water and have both lids lifted.
Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape). CAUTION: Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for anything they can find. The cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from your toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power wash and rinse" which I found to be quite effective.
Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.
Stand behind the toilet as far as you can and quickly lift both lids.
The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet and run outside where he will dry himself.”
“Dave Barry has another great cat bathing story.”
“Mmm Cheetos, well at least it has good taste! The cat-bathing reminds me of a PBS show I saw...there was lots of cat bathing (and completely insane people) in it:
Show Cats - The Standard Of Perfection
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
"Show Cats" revolves around the owners, animals and judges at the Cat Fanciers' Association International Cat Show, one of the world's foremost feline competitive events. The program shows the training, pampering, bathing, grooming and fussing that go into preparing a "campaign cat" for the biggest event on the cat calendar. (CC, Stereo)”
“ROAM...I darn near spit my coffee on the office computer.....”
“Well, I promised my youngest that if he cleaned his room he could get a turtle... his idea. I thought I was safe and had set him up for failure (the place looked like someone blew up a the toy isle at WalMart). I guess one should NEVER underestimate the power of a motivated 8 year old. I was amazed at the level of organization. So now I had to pay up.
All I know about turtles is where to look for them when I backpack.
So after some research I decided not on a turtle but on a tortoise. I figured less water was a good thing. Anyway, after further research I settled on a Russian Tortoise. These things are cool as he**! I'll let you play Google to learn about them.
Anyway, I set up an enclosure for them in the house after a LOT of research (I now know what "Bed-a-Beast" is). It's my little piece (VERY LITTLE) of the life of Crazy Mike.
We go to get the tortoises tomorrow, a male and female pair.
Very cool animals. 70 year lifespan so the darn thing will outlive me and possibly even the 8 year old if he doesn't live a good life.
last edited: 1/16/07 6:20:22 PM”
“You SURE you want to get a male and female?”
“I have a 12 foot boa he could have....”
“got a 120 lb irish wolfhound mix you could borrow if those turtles get out of hand. he took care of our hamster "problem." actually, we didn't realize we had a problem until baron took care of it...”
“Not-So-Great Outdoors April 26, 2007
Letting your dog romp around as you garden allows for quality bonding time. But beware:
• Insecticides, fertilizers, weed killers, and lawnmower gasoline can all be harmful if your pet laps up even a small amount.
• Chemical treatments used on grass should be dry before letting your dog walk on it. Follow instructions on the product label. If your pup licks the chemicals off his paws, he'll soon have an upset tummy -- or worse.
• Garden plants should not be nibbled. Lily of the valley, azalea, yew, rhododendron, and kalanchoe can cause heart problems; rhubarb leaves and shamrock may lead to kidney failure; and sago palms can damage the liver.”
“chemical treatments shouldn't be used on grass.”
“Dogwood is toxic too.
I prefer organic treatments when possible, but some of them are just as toxic as their synthetic counterparts.”
“Oleander is poisonous, too.”
“Let Them Eat Cake
Why not bake your dog a birthday cake? To make it safe as well as nutritious, skip the chocolate and sugar and make a mix of ground or finely chopped turkey, beef, lamb, or chicken (not pork) and broccoli, carrots, peas. Recipes on the Internet are plentiful (search "cake for dogs"). Or try this vegetarian delight from Real Food for Dogs. In a large bowl, blend 3 cups of water, two shredded carrots, one egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix in two mashed bananas. In a separate bowl, combine 4 cups of whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon each of baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Combine the flour and carrot mixtures and blend well. Spray a cupcake pan with nonstick spray. Fill each cup three-quarters full and bake at 350 F for about an hour. Cool before serving. Makes 24 cupcakes, so your pet can invite his friends.”
“ok I can not seem to hear the sound on this one. if you can hear it please let me know it is working (note to self, keep teenager away from new PC)
Loki and Lulu's babies. I went to clean the cage and all hell broke out
“Sounds like the audio from a Japanese Monster Movie...”
“i know right. it was freaky. can not wait till they try to fly”
“Then it really WILL be like a Japanese Monster Movie, LOL”
“Mothra vs. Gidra??”
“I always thought Gamera would get Really Dizzy after spinning around like a frisbee.”
“huh, mine always let me handle the babies. I would pick them up and get tehm used to people so they were very tame and friendly by the time the parents pushed them away LOL
the only time they hissed at me was when they were sitting on eggs.”
Our feral cats, socks & corky have made it ~1yr:
“OMG...they are sooo precious!!!”
“Iggy does live a cat's life. :-)”
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