The best (pet) friends!

From insects to alpacas, pets come in all shapes and sizes. Many families feel that they are not complete without some little (or large) creature to love.
This is how i feel too!
I have always been partial to pets over humans when it comes to friendship. I have been burned so many times after being the kindest, most caring person I could be, that I find serenity in my relationships with pets! The possibility of them turning on you is much lower than that of a human, and they never judge you :)
Ok, it’s not like I don’t have good friends, it’s just that I try to avoid as much as possible people (who I know of) who don’t like animals, because… I can’t trust them.
How can anyone trust someone who can’t love unconditionally? Unconditional love is the only kind of love you can feel towards your pet, and in my opinion, that’s how it should be in human relationships too, even if not 100%, but as much as possible (so about 90%) :)

And now, let me tell you a little bit about my pets: I have 2 cats (Mili and Onyx), and a bunny (Tapsi). Also, I’ll throw in a few advices you may find useful.

Pets page 2009

The sweetest little furballs :)

Cats make wonderful companions for children and adults alike. They are by nature curious creatures, independent and like to go where and when they please. Ever heard of this saying: “Dogs come when they’re called, but cats tell you to take a message and get back to you later”. Ask any cat lover and they’ll tell you how true this statement is. I’m sure most of you already know all about cats, so I won’t bore you too much, here are just a few tips.

Before you think of purchasing or adopting a kitten, it’s very important to look at all aspects of owning one as a pet. You should be prepared to care for him for his basic needs, that is food, shelter, annual check ups, vaccinations and most important of all, your time spent in building that special bond with him.
I don’t always get to spend as much time as I’d like with my cats, but they are great. We have overcome a lot, and even if a few times we had some accidents that needed surgery and had to spend more than we had on them, it’s worth the effort, cause seeing them get well and their affection is most rewarding!

All creatures have their endearing and not so easy to deal with qualities. Before bringing any pets into your home it is vital that you do the research and consider if that particular creature is a good fit for you and your family. So if you don’t want a pet that leaves the house, maintained easy, or you wish for an animal who is more or less noiseless, you could opt for a bunny. I’ll elaborate on this one, cause not too many people have house rabbits as a pet :)

House rabbits are very quiet animals to share your life with. Aside from a gentle clicking of the teeth when happy or a low grunt when irritated, rabbits are virtually noiseless pets (this may depend on the cage and toys you provide them with). There are a variety of bunny body language signals that house rabbits use to let you know how they are doing and even what they want. If you want more details, click here.
When treated with respect and care, most house rabbits show their love in clear ways. A happy bunny will give you soft licks akin to kisses, run around your feet and follow you, pull your pants a bit if they want attention, bite gently on your slippers, etc. They will also indicate if they are angry or feel threatened. Of course, each house rabbit’s personality is different, so everyone finds out on their own bunny these things.
Be sure to research breed temperament tendencies and if possible, spend time with the rabbit before adoption. Once home, a close bond can be encouraged between family members and the bunny by providing plenty of social time. Rabbits need at least 2-3 hours a day out of their cages or pens and they tend to like to be around others, especially during those peak activity times of day.
Rabbits are vegetarians and can easily share the abundance of your garden or purchased produce. There are many diet choices you can make for your bunny rabbit. However, it is vital that you feed him/her mainly fresh hays and green vegetables. And they are odorless if you use kittie-litter instead of saw dust, cause it’s a very good absorbent and it comes in lots of different frangances too. You can even recycle while playing with them, like providing your bunny with cardboard tubes as toys :)
Contrary to what you might think, with careful training and gradual introductions, your house rabbit can coexist peacefully with other pets. In most cases, other pets can be trained to treat your bunny with respect and they may even become buddies! For example, Tapsi doesn’t even care that much about our cats, but the cats are mostly afraid of her if she tries to approach them… so this is the peaceful coexisting part, they don’t bother each other :)
Another reason why house rabbits are so unique is how playful and personable they can be. Especially during their most active hours (early morning and early evening) so don’t be surprised to find a happy bunny racing and leaping about your home providing just about the best entertainment a pet can offer!
Providing proper care can be a lot of work and deciding to adopt a house rabbit in the first place should never be taken lightly.
I sometimes wonder if I made the right choice, but one ticklish lick from my nose-twitching lagomorph Tapsi, and I know, that a bunny may just be one of the best pets I’ve ever shared my life with!

So if you really think about it, pets, no matter what species, can be great friends and comfort us no matter where we are on our journey of life!


5 Responses to “The best (pet) friends!”

  1. :) Remember how little Mili was when we brought her home? And how small Tapsi was, with those tiny little ears (one up and one down ’till she got older and got her original form of this breed she is)?
    And remember how Onyx was born on my birthday, and he could fit in my/our palm and could get lost even then? :P
    Such great memories…
    I’m glad I could share them with you! :*


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