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Adventures in Pet Ownership - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
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Adventures in Pet Ownership
Last weekend, Beckett had a little Incident with worms. Let's not go into the details, save that... well, no. it's too early in the morning for ANY of the hilarious anecdotes from that night.

As a result, Richard wormed Beckett and I decided to worm my three as a preventative. None of them had shown any evidence of worms, but dude, I NEVER want to see them do what Beckett... well, again, let's leave it at that. I decided on worming paste for my mob, thinking it'd be easier than the usual rigmarole with making a cat swallow a pill it doesn't want to swallow. WRONG. The paste may be easier to jam down their throats but this advantage is more than negated by the fact that you have to stick a metric tonne of it into them. By the time I was done there was paste in the cats, on the cats, on the floor and on me.

Heads-up to Brisbane cat owners - around June, the Council is introducing mandatory registration for cats. No indication of pricing yet, but they currently charge $85.50 per dog (discounted down to $30.70 if desexed), so it's a safe bet that cats will be about the same. Thank goodness for the desexing rebate, but even so, my three will cost over $90. I will definitely register them though - that, in combination with microchipping and collars, will help ensure that if one ever gets out of the cat run and gets lost, they'll be returned.

Speaking of collars, I'm currently investigating custom tags. I couldn't find anything awesome enough for a good price, so I thought about designing one and getting Chris to get it cast for me, as getting three of those cast and cleaned would cost about the same as buying three high-end tags online. And then I thought, fuck it, that's overkill, and decided I'll probably just get the round engraved aluminum tags from Ebay.

In the world of the Hermit Crabs, Doktor Krabbe has been put back into the main tank. I'm surprised and pleased that he actually survived, and even more pleased that he seems to have perked up considerably more now that he's in the company of the other crabs. Hopefully he will grow his big claw back in his next couple of molts. We've also had a death in the tank: I found the remains of Lightning, one of the baby crabs, buried in the food bowl. One of the other crabs has a macabre sense of humor.

In non-pet-related activities: Joe and I went to Erinn and Ro's place on Friday night and had dinner with them, Greg and Cameron. It was really, really good fun - awesome conversation, lots of laughs, good music, great food, and we ended the night by playing group games of Boom Blox 'til midnight.

As we drove home, a young man ran out along the side of the road, naked but for his underwear, waving a beer can in the ear and screaming "WOO!!"

We spent the rest of the weekend being lazy and playing videogames. After hectic last weekend it was a welcome break.

I've gotten back into walking. The knee is as good as it'll ever be and I want to keep my aerobic fitness up so that I can get the most out of the pole pump class (which is tonight, incidentally). Also tonight I'm going to sign up to the Beginners Pole Dancing course, which is on Wednesday nights starting in a couple of weeks. And we've convinced Joe and JB to do a once-off pole dancing class (Joe didn't take much convincing) so that will be Awesome Sauce.

Breakfast time!
3 have fought ~ fight the power!
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uniformgrey From: uniformgrey Date: February 9th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know that in Canada, some petshops have engraving machines that let you choose your style of tag, font and info that goes on them and is engraved while you watch - not sure about Australia, but it might be worth a look in any larger petshop chains to see if you have that service available for you. Also some vets may have the service available as well.
tengukun From: tengukun Date: February 10th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
OH god, I went through worming with one of my puppies many, many years back. Yeah... not... not the most pleasant of visuals. D:
From: ex_avianity Date: February 10th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
My vet suggests 'maintenance' worming twice a year, even if you don't see any evidence of....yeah, that. For some reason, it's not at all unusual for naturally-carnivorous critters to have parasites.

...I have a Becket!kitty...after the saint, though, and not the playwright.
3 have fought ~ fight the power!