Buttons the Jack Russell was rejected by her mother and Kitty the kitten was abandoned and later found on the street. Button and Kitty were put together and they immediately seemed to like each other. The employees of the animal shelter even suspect that the two think that they’re sisters.
Does your dog stay by your bed and watch you the whole time while you are nursing a flu? This is its natural instinct to care for a sick or wounded family member, just as they would in the wild. A dog extends its love and care to its sick or injured owner by quietly and patiently watching over him/her. But make sure you hide any superficial wounds away from your dog! It might actually lick your wound as its form of first aid.
They Bring You Gifts
Last but not least, they bring you gifts….possibly from your flower garden though… but you just gotta love them! xoxo
Obviously there is NOT an easy way to give your cat a pill and if you ever attempt it, I am sure you will be reminded of this story! ROFL
1) Pick up cat and cradle it in the crock of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of the cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3) Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.
4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm while holding rear paws tightly with left hand Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Retrieve spouse from outside.
6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees. Hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold hear firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8) Wrap cat i large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible form below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
9) Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans. Drink one beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10) Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door on neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot of scotch and drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check record for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw shirt away and fetch new on from bedroom.
12) Call fire department to retrieve cat from across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
13) Tie the little &#^@’s front legs to rear legs with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak. Be rough about it. Hold cat’s head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
14) consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the ER. Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15) Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.
Owning a pet of any kind requires care and attention. Exotic animals can prove to be way more challenging than your average dog or cat, so please do your homework if you ever consider adding an exotic animal to your family.
These cats grow to be upwards of 50 pounds, and love to hunt. Keeping them strictly as an indoor cat will not work, as they are nocturnal and will probably jump on you while you’re sleeping. Also they mark their territory by peeing on everything – yes even you, dear reader.
If you’re a small home or apartment dweller, the wallaroo is not a good choice – they need room to hop about. They can jump as high as 6 feet, so a decent fence is also a must. They are sociable, and can even be taught simple commands.
Crocodiles and Alligators are arguably cute as babies, but do not let that cloud your judgement. They grow quickly, and can reach terrifying sizes. A six foot version of either of these could easily be too much to handle for a small group of grown men. They can not be tamed, therefore they should always be considered dangerous.
Though they are extremely cute, you need to be thick of skin to get close to your pet hedgehog. Think of it as a rolling pet cactus. They do not seek out human interaction, so only in the rarest of cases have they been trainable. They also sleep most of the time, so don’t expect to see it do much other than that.
In the wild, sloths spend the majority of their time hanging out in trees – literally. They really only come down to ground level to relieve themselves about once a week – but when they do it’s a considerable mess. As an owner, you can expect this behaviour as well. However they are very affectionate and love playing peek-a-boo.
If you know nothing about lizard care, you should rule out a bearded dragon. They require a very specific habitat, temperature, and feeding/bathing routine. If they eat anything larger than the space between their eyes, they can become paralyzed or die.
These little guys do not grow much bigger than a Chihuahua – roughly three to three and a half pounds. They can be trained to use a litter box, and are sociable to their owners if they are constantly around them. They do seem to have their own personalities and temperaments.
Honestly, this thing looks like the cutest Pokemon character brought to life. It also has amazing regenerative powers, including regrowing lost limbs, if attacked by another animal. The downsides are that it produces a LOT of waste and can be difficult to keep it’s aquarium clean.
In case you haven’t guessed, the capybara is the largest rodent in the world. They also love the water. It isn’t legal to own in every state, but if it is, the capybara should get some serious consideration for your next pet.
Genets look like a cross between a cat and a ferret. There are several different species of Genets which can range in fully-grown sizes of 1 to 7 pounds. They are affectionate and curious, but easily spooked. If you’d like to know more, you can start here.
“Oh. We’re taking pictures? I didn’t know we were taking pictures.”
These cute little marsupials are extremely social, and will could actually die from depression without interaction with it’s owner or another of it’s kind, so needless to say, properly caring for a sugar glider is demanding. But look at it! JUST LOOK AT IT!
Owning an armadillo is not for everyone. They are, like most unusual pets on this list, nocturnal. They are only awake for about four hours each night, and as a non-domesticated animal, they tend to be quite destructive to a home. They also are infamous for carrying fleas and having a strong, musky odor.
They are intelligent, easily trained, playful, affectionate, mostly quiet, and clean/odor free. I bet most of those attributes shocked you. Pigs make great pets, and can easily become part of the family. The downsides are a non-stop quest for food, constant digging and rooting, and aggression issues. But if you’re prepared as a pet owner, these issues can be overcome.
The chinchilla is relatively easy to care for, but they do require daily attention – which includes a sand bath. They are better off housed with a familiar chinchilla of the same sex, as they breed quite frequently.
Yup. It is seriously this cute. The kinkajou is playful, quiet, docile, and not really all that smelly (which is a plus). They rarely do, but can become aggressive when agitated. They have a longer lifespan then you’d think, ranging from 23 to 41 years.
Skunks have a bad rep, but if you properly care for the skunk from day one, it will be a great companion. Typically, you will buy your baby skunk with the scent gland removed, which leaves the only danger being their sharp teeth and claws. Skunks are very intelligent, and will not forget any abuse – meaning you need to be a patient and loving owner for the relationship to work out.
Definitely one of the more easier to care for animals on this list, but you still need a lot of room. They love to climb and jump, so a proper enclosure with room to explore is a must. They live for about 15 years, and require socializing – so it’s best to get two.