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Palimpsest

Hi and welcome!  We are going to put all the discussion of our other furry, feathery, scaly, and slithery companions here for the moment, but we can always break out them out into separate topics on request. 

So if you love your pocket pets, pigs, goats, and llamas, own a fish (it doesn't need to be a 5 figure one), love your birds, or insects, or reptiles - then here you go.  

Please introduce your pets and have fun. 

 

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catlady

I have two elderly zebra finches; they're males, about 6 years old, and still as noisy as they were in their youth.  they like to chirp at certain cel phone ringtones.  

this summer we unexpectedly acquired a pair of goldfish from a carnival.  definitely not five-figure value, and since i have to clean their tank every couple of weeks, they are definitely not constipated.  

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Palimpsest

@catlady, I'm a bit surprised that you don't have any cats.

I had to google zebra finches.  They are very pretty.  How long do they usually live?

And I hear you on cleaning out the gold fish.  :)

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catlady
19 minutes ago, Palimpsest said:

@catlady, I'm a bit surprised that you don't have any cats.

I had to google zebra finches.  They are very pretty.  How long do they usually live?

And I hear you on cleaning out the gold fish.  :)

oh, i do have cats (three, and a dog), but cats and dogs appear to have their own threads, so i didn't want to derail this one.  

Finches can live about 5-9 years, so my little guys are in their twilight years.  horror story:  we had five until the St. Patrick's Day Incident Of 2014.  one of the cats decided at about 5am to go hunting.  he knocked the cage over, set them all free, and um, exhibited cat-like behavior with two of them.  we rescued the other three (one has since passed on under more peaceful circumstances) and got them a sturdier cage.  they've been happy ever since.

our fish tank is just a little one-gallon that i picked up at WalMart at 11pm the night the little fishies were won.  (i'm actually surprised carnivals can still give them away; they are live animals, after all.)  Mr. CL and our cousin had come home with them at 10:45, and i said, "where will they live?  what will they eat?"  and he said, "ummmm...."  so off i went for supplies.  they appear to be your basic feeder types.  one is bright orange and has doubled in size since mid-August, and the other started out orange/white and has since turned all white.  he's still pretty small, but he looks healthy enough.

we also have three hens in the back yard.

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

I would be interested if anyone has experience with hamsters. My almost 9 year old daughter has been campaigning heavily to get a pet hamster. I had gerbils as a kid, and I've taken care of rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and rats, but I don't have any real experience with hamsters. Anyone have any advice?

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

Well, we now have a hamster. The cat is verrrry interested. :pb_lol:

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Bajovane

Hi folks!  I'm Jo Ann (aka Bajovane) and I am the mom of a beautiful Sheltie named Buffy, who is 13 years old.  I am also the mom to three cockatiels, ranging in age from 19 to 9 (yes, you read that right, 19.  PB is my little old man, then Molly, who is 18 and Bailey Birdie, 9)

Howdy!

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Palimpsest

Hi @Bajovane!  If that is Buffy in your avatar she is really beautiful.  I love the names of the cockatiels.

@WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? - what is the hamster's name?  And is it one of the really fluffy ones?  

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

@Palimpsest--He's a dwarf hamster of some kind. He's brown, black, and white, and only medium fluffy. My daughter named him Cutie. Fortunately, I don't think he cares what his name is. :my_biggrin:

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Palimpsest

:D  Cutie is better than Wigglebum, as a guinea pig of my acquaintance was named.  The kid's mother tried changing it to Wiggles, but was unsuccessful. 

Just keep him safe from the kitty!  

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

Wigglebum is an awesome name! (At least if it isn't our pet! :pb_lol: )

We are definitely going to do everything we can to keep Cutie safe from our cat. I had an unfortunate incident with one of our pet gerbils when I was about 6, and I wouldn't want my kids to have that kind of experience. (Details of incident under spoiler.)

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Dad rescued the gerbil from the cat, but it bit his thumb and wouldn't let go. He had to shake and shake his hand to get the gerbil to let go. The gerbil died upon impact when it finally left his thumb. I was the one who accidentally let the cat get the gerbil, so I always knew it was my fault.

 

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Destiny

Lunacat says says she’s gonna let you all finish, but she’s the cutest of all time.

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Bajovane
2 hours ago, Palimpsest said:

Hi @Bajovane!  If that is Buffy in your avatar she is really beautiful.  I love the names of the cockatiels.

Yes!  That is my Buffy in the avatar photo!  

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Destiny

Crap. The picture didn’t upload. Stupid slow internet. I’ll add it later.

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Bajovane

How do you add photos?  NM.  Obviously figured it out

My Bailey Birdie 

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My Molly and PB 

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And Buffy

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Palimpsest

They are all beautiful, @Bajovane.  Bailey Birdie has 'tude and the other birdies are so pretty.!

And Buffy.:romance-inlove:

@Destiny, Lunacat is incredibly beautiful.  But she may have competition.  There are so many lovely cats around here. ;)

@WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?, that is so sad.  But you were a child. 

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WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

@Palimpsest--Thanks. :) I've usually looked at bad stuff like that as a lesson on how to do better in the future. Of course, as a human, I still keep making mistakes anyway. ;)

We gave Cutie a little time in his exercise ball. He figured out pretty quickly how to make it work. I'm not really sure how we're going to get him used to being handled. He really freaks out when we try to touch him. (He doesn't try to bite, he just tries really hard to escape.) I may try holding him quietly for little bits of time while things are quiet, like when the kids are in school.

@Bajovane, your cockatiels are very lovely! I don't think I've met any as old as yours. You must give them very good care to keep them healthy for so many years. :)

Buffy looks like a real sweetie. Does she like to cuddle and get petted? In her picture, she looks like she's begging for loves. :my_heart:

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Bajovane
On 12/11/2017 at 12:07 AM, WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo? said:

@Palimpsest

@Bajovane, your cockatiels are very lovely! I don't think I've met any as old as yours. You must give them very good care to keep them healthy for so many years. :)

Buffy looks like a real sweetie. Does she like to cuddle and get petted? In her picture, she looks like she's begging for loves. :my_heart:

Oh Buffy loves a cuddle! 

Cockatiels have a lifespan of about 15 - 20 years but I have heard of a cockatiel that was 32 (or so the owner claimed).  PB and Molly are in their twilight years so I treasure every day I have them.  Their feathers aren't as full and lush as when they were younger, but they still get around well enough.  PB is prone to hurting one of his legs (they occasionally fall off a perch) and the other day I worried that he might be in trouble.  He's bounced back and is back to his normal sweet self.  I never thought they'd live as long as they have so I guess I must be doing something right! 

I joke to my husband that if PB and Molly were human kids, we'd be seeing them off to college!

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