Po has a brother to play with!

Po is the rescue kitten we’ve had for about a month.

He’s a crazy kitty, overflowing with manic kitten energy. He enjoys playing with flirt poles and laser pointers, but he gets bored quickly. He loves playing with our other dogs, but they get bored of him, or are too tired after walks.

This energy spilled into annoying habits, most notably biting feet, going crazy when we typed, and chewing wires. He’s not a very hands on cat, and although he’s extremely affectionate and loves to lay on you, he doesn’t really like being stroked, and we’ve never heard him purr. He needed something new to enjoy and to stimulate him.

What to do?

Get him a kitten brother of course πŸ˜‰

At this point Po is about 12.5 weeks old, and the kitten we brought home was 8.5 weeks old. There is a 4 week age gap between them, yet the new dude (Bacon) is only ever-so-slightly smaller!

Bacon is a Ragdoll x Siberian cat, so he will be a big boy. Po is an unexplainable mutt, and as his mum and sibling died, he’s always been on the weedy small size haha!

Bringing Bacon home, we were nervous how Po would be. Would he accept another cat? He’d never had a kitten to play with before, what if he didn’t understand?

We initially let Bacon out of his carrier in ‘cat jail’ (a 42 inch dog crate) in case Po tried to attack – but Po was wonderful! He was extremely curious, but when Bacon would pass by (doing his own exploring), Po would retreat ever so slightly, with no hissing at all.

Within minutes I let Bacon out, and as he explored Po would creep up and sniff his new brother, then shrink back a little before creeping closer again.

I caught their first ‘proper’ interaction on camera!

Very soon after this clip, they began playing πŸ™‚

Bacon has been home a few days now, and Po is like a completely different cat.

He’s stopped biting my partner’s feet and legs, he actually accepts a few strokes and has butted his head against us, and he sleeps SO MUCH MORE!!

As for him and Bacon, they *love* each other. They’re always running about together, wrestling, and we often find them in nooks and crannies curled up napping together. It’s made a huge difference and we couldn’t be happier with the decision πŸ™‚

Relaxed Po πŸ™‚

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And Bacon cuteness!

A variety of cockroaches

The other day we brought three new roaches home, Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches.

I first owned these in 2009, and they’re fascinating little things. Although our two at the time were both females, about five months after they came home, they had babies! Unbeknownst to me, females can store a male’s sperm until they believe they’re in the perfect environment for babies…I guess we were privileged!!

A few weeks ago we decided to own Hissers again, this time with the *intention* of breeding them πŸ˜‰

I have two adults (one male, one female) and a juvie that I’m also hoping is a female.

Hissers get their name due to the incredible hissing noise they make when they feel threatened. For their size, it’s crazy loud! The best way to elicit a hiss is to tap or very gently put pressure just behind their head, where the horns are on the males πŸ™‚

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Hissers are fun and easy to handle. Unlike Dubias, they CAN climb, and they can also fit through spaces that you will be 100% sure they cannot fit through πŸ˜‰

Baby Hissers, for example, can fit through the tiny slats on plastic fish tank lids.

Dubias on the hand can’t climb, and they are also slightly different visially – for starters, males have wings, and females have what look like half wings. Despite the wings, Dubias can’t fly.

On the left is a female Dubia, and on the right is a freshly moulted young Dubia roach.

And here are our Musk turtles feeding on an adult male Dubia! I let them hunt it, then cut it into bite size pieces for them. They can eat the babies no sweat, but I don’t want to feed themΒ too many of those – I keep saying “I’ll wait until we have just a few more babies”, when at this point I think we have over 200!

 

Kittens are full of fun!

This little dude recently joined our household.

He came to us at 7 weeks old, and was unfortunately the sole survivor from his litter. Both his mum and sibling died.

Our house is pretty good for teaching appropriate play and animals socialisation though haha, and he’s a very confident and robust kitten mentally. He’s been here five days now, and we’ve bonded beautifully – I get a lot of adorable kitty cuddles on a daily basis! πŸ˜‰

His first few days home

Being a kitten, he is full of energy and fun!

Quail, guinea pigs & mice

Bit of a new set up for the quail, so I thought I would show it off πŸ™‚

And to give you an idea of quite how reliable these girls are with laying…this is 4 days worth of eggs!! They’ve not missed a day’s laying so far, and some days one of them has even produced two eggs in one day!

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Elsker is my little rescue pig. Her name means ‘love’ in danish. She’s about 3 months old now, we adopted her from a rescue we’ve volunteered at for many years.

She was handed in as a very young pig, and absolutely hates other guinea pigs. The rescue tried pairing her with other babies, older females, and older neutered males, and she attacked them all!

She’s a very special case, because whilst she hates pigs, she has bonded very strongly with me and I love our cuddles πŸ™‚

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Teaching her how to pig!

Finally, some photos of the mice.

Feeding time for the girls. The two in the food bowl are 5 weeks old.

And Tate (who is a boy from our very first litter, and was father to our last litter!) will be turning one year old soon! He’s a fantastic little mouse, just as adorable as the day he was born πŸ™‚

Musk Turtles

I thought I’d post some more of our herps!

These two are Shaemus and Cesaro, 18 month old Musk Turtles that we adopted after their owner no longer had the time to care for them.

Musk Turtles stay quite small, at about 4 inches, and enjoy a varied diet of live food. So far these guys have tried adult Dubia roaches, baby roaches, mealworms, and mealworm / darkling beetles. They love them all πŸ˜‰

They’re actually really impressive hunters, and loved ‘playing’ with the adult Dubia…I did eventually cut it up into bite size pieces though!!

It’s often said they should only have access to shallow water (about 4 inches, so they can reach the surface from the bottom of the tank), however they’re actually decent swimmers and, providing you give them things they can climb to reach the surface, water depth isn’t really an issue for these guys.

Currently our two are at close to 6 inches of water, but I’m adding around an inch weekly until we hit 10-12 inches πŸ™‚

We provide rocks, drift wood / cork, and plastic plants so that there are many, many ways they can access the surface. If at any point they seem to be floundering or panicking about getting to the surface, I’d reduce the depth again, but so far they’re doing great!

Here they are using some of their tank furnishings

We couldn’t be happier with these guys. They are great fun to watch and care for; really entertaining and active pets!