bunsen_h: (Popperi)
Stupid cat is stupid.

Take that as a starting point.  "Paris" is dim-witted, even by feline standards.

Here lies feline toilet-training stuff... )

Well, it's a workable temporary solution, at least.  Not the kind of April 1st creativity I usually go for.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
A hamster tends to choose one particular location in its habitat to relieve itself, usually a spot as far removed as possible from its nest.  I gather that it's relatively easy to train a hamster to use the equivalent of a litter box, i.e. a small pan with absorbent material — put some of its old waste into the pan as a guide, and it will get into the habit of using the pan.

Gerbils, not so much.  A gerbil will relieve itself wherever it happens to be.

This makes an enclosed exercise wheel particularly nasty.  A wire-frame wheel wouldn't be as bad (at least if it was inside a cage), but the combination of the "liberating" effect of the exercise, the containment of an enclosed wheel, and the gerbil's willingness to tread in its own wastes makes such a wheel quite disgusting, very quickly.
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
I was at the hospital much too late last night, helping [livejournal.com profile] mentisiterinvit.  So I was still up at 1:20 this morning, about to get into bed, when I heard a thump and a "patter" from downstairs.  It pretty much had to be something that the cat had done.  After a few seconds, I decided to go down and see if it was something serious, because, you know, cats.  (Young children, too, but there are none in residence.)

It turned out that Oxana/Paris, our not-too-bright-even-by-feline-standards cat, had managed to knock the side tube off the gerbil cage.  (The tube is held in place just by friction; it snaps downwards, and there's no way for an animal inside the cage to dislodge it.)  The gerbil, even less bright than the cat, decided to make a break for freedom, and was being followed by the cat.  Luckily, the cat is more curious about the scurrying critter than malicious, and wasn't trying hard to catch it.  I managed to catch the gerbil without harm to either pet, as far as I can tell, and got it back into its cage.

I spent a few minutes trying to figure out how to secure the side tube, and eventually zip-tied it to the cage so it can't come off.  I don't think that either animal can dislodge it.

I really didn't need the excitement when I was trying to unwind before going to sleep.  I lay in bed composing a letter to the company that makes the cages, suggesting that they should add some kind of lock to the side tube to make sure that it can't be knocked off so easily.

I'm very tired.  I apologize for the title of this post, but I really couldn't resist.

The Cat

Oct. 8th, 2012 01:34 pm
bunsen_h: (Default)
I'm thinking that we should rename Oxana to "Paris".
  1. She is blonde, and has been bred for looks, not brains.  Very effectively.
  2. She spends most of her time grooming herself.
  3. She's very attention-seeking: "Look!  I'm pretty!"
  4. She's innately destructive.
  5. Many people are allergic to her.
  6. Give her a bit of a skritch and she's in a semi-crouch with her butt in the air.

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