Brutal Conditions: How To Live With A Cat, Chinchilla, Parrot And More

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Brutal Conditions: How To Live With A Cat, Chinchilla, Parrot And More
Brutal Conditions: How To Live With A Cat, Chinchilla, Parrot And More

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Video: My chinchilla is a parrot 2022, November

Deciding to have a pet, we understand that in addition to tenderness and fun, new responsibilities await us, as well as wool, feathers, smells and sounds that we are not used to. To make the stay of pets in the house safe for themselves and our own health, we have to take a fresh look at hygiene. Recently, a veterinarian told us about the rules of living with pets - from the prevention of major diseases transmitted to humans, to vaccination and treatment of wards in everyday life. But it is impossible to prepare for everything: taking care of pets grows overgrown with its own characteristics in practice. How to keep them, not forgetting about our own health, we asked the owners of pets - from dogs and cats familiar to all of us to less common snails and a parrot.

Olya Polovko

clothing store owner

Finn is some kind of mestizo terrier, wheaten and shaggy. Francis looks like a Thai cat, but was found in a box near the garbage cans, so no one knows his true origin. I have always had pets, so with the advent of these two, life has not changed much. But thanks to the dog, I got rid of perfectionism. I used to be very squeamish, in the first weeks after Finn's appearance I shuddered even from the touch of my wet nose to my hands and immediately rushed to wash them. Then I relaxed a little (but it's good that Finn is not a slobber). The only thing that is always and everywhere is wool. Even if you vacuum and mop the floor twice. I just got used to it and resigned myself, and I offer guests a sticky roller for cleaning clothes.

My disgust has disappeared, but the habit has developed to constantly wash my hands and be sure to remove everything from the table and kitchen work surface to inaccessible places. After every walk with the dog, I wash his paws, belly and muzzle in the shower. I've had a cat before, so I'm used to cleaning the litter box regularly and sweeping around it three to four times a week. It becomes a habit, and you stop noticing. Once a year, before vaccination, we undergo a routine examination by a veterinarian, and if necessary, then more often. The dog was castrated last month, so there is no smell. Francis will suffer the same fate in a few months. I plan to take it for a second examination: the kitten has already recovered and got stronger, and I think it will soon be possible to vaccinate it.

Previously, I always believed that dogs should not sleep with their owners, but cats can - they are usually more delicate and neat. When Finn arrived at the house, he was given a chair. A couple of months after the death of my former cat, I allowed the dog to lie down on the couch, and a few months ago and to sleep on the bed. He turned out to be very modest and, as a rule, lies down at his feet, and often even goes to sleep on the floor or on the rug by the front door. I do not forbid the kitten to lie in bed: I decided that he would choose his place himself, especially since they had to find a common language with the dog. As far as I know, Francis sleeps on the bed, but he does it so unobtrusively that I do not always notice. Tonight I found him purring on the edge of the blanket not far from me. It does not interfere and does not climb on your head - that's nice.

Oleg Levin


To keep the parrot, I had to take some measures for home improvement. First of all, we installed grids on all windows so that the parrot does not fly out: it seems to many that they cannot fly away, but there is a risk. In addition, we made vandal-proof repairs with an emphasis on porcelain stoneware, glass and metal in the space accessible to the parrot - no wood or other materials that the bird can chew on. For the purposes of hygiene, comfort of the animal and the safety of the room, the parrot has a separate space - a spacious glazed aviary.It has an entrance for people and an entrance through which the bird can enter the corridor. Ababa does not fly in other rooms. The sounds he makes do not bother me: sometimes continuous vocals drag on for an hour and a half, and this can be annoying, but usually he shouts out something funny, so it's impossible to get angry. At night, the bird is silent, so its presence does not affect the quality of sleep. Rather the opposite: the parrot does not allow reading in bed - it starts shouting: "Sleep, sleep."

Parrot Ababa, 16 years old, red-tailed gray

With the advent of the parrot, new hygiene requirements have arisen. It is necessary to regularly remove feathers and droppings, in addition, the birds constantly and quite actively flap their wings, so that the remains of food scatter around. Every day I sweep the enclosure, and once a week I wash it thoroughly. Parrots can carry psittacosis, which is caused by chlamydia, as well as a fungal disease called aspergillosis and various strains of avian influenza. Nevertheless, the question of vaccinations has never bothered me much, although there are certainly some recommended vaccines. For the sake of my own health, I did not conduct veterinary examinations of the parrot - I take him to the doctor only if he is unwell. Once a parrot got poisoned by gutting and eating a cigarette, and somehow he fell ill with aspergillosis a long time ago - he was cured, but now he needs to be examined every six months.

There is one peculiarity in handling parrots: they bite. The Grays have a powerful beak, and if it bursts violently into the skin, it can leave quite deep damage - I would not call it a wound, but it may take several weeks for it to heal completely. To prevent the parrot from doing this, you need to anticipate his reaction and not tease (though I sometimes tease - I like it). The parrot loves to sit on its shoulder with its head bowed to the owner's head, but it can bite by the ear. Several times he bit me lightly, but I immediately drove him away and showed that this is not possible. Games are games, but when dealing with parrots, safety is an important issue. They even joke that the absence of one eye and the characteristic black bandage the pirates owe to their parrots, who all the time sat on their shoulders.

Ivan Chernyavsky

co-owner of a comic book store

Before these three, I already had rodents, and I understood something about the maintenance of these animals. With small, unpretentious gerbils, everything is simple: they are very hygienic and, unlike hamsters and ferrets, do not smell at all - you just need to change the filler in time. Chinchilla is a larger and more mobile animal. At first I thought Robert was very handsome and associated with the surreal characters of Lewis Carroll: such a sad head with big eyes. Now, after a long observation, I sometimes call him Cheburashka and I see much more stupid features in him: for example, he can fall very funny without timing the jump.

As for hygiene, there is one tangible problem: while running around the cage, Robert scatters his boluses in a small radius around it, that is, feces, which forces him to vacuum and sweep more often one specific corner of the house. But, since he practically does not leave the cell, the rest of the living space does not suffer. Chinchilla does not cause allergies - its cover is designed so that parasites do not survive there. Mice, fortunately, do not shed, but a chinchilla can discard pieces of fur in case of danger, in a stressful situation, when a predator grabs it or holds the owner too tightly.

Chinchilla Robert, 1.5 years old, two gerbil mice, 1 year old

Previously, we had a rat - however, it did not live long: it got sick with something and died after a month and a half (rodents have congenital diseases, and not all of them can be recognized when buying). Rats have increased intelligence, and we allowed close contact with ours: she crawled on the bed, and when my wife went out to smoke in the stairwell, the rat went with her and sat on her shoulder. We sometimes let mice run in a chair or in a walking ball, which they don't really like, and that's all.If you allow the rodents to run around the house, the mice will cram into the gap, from where they will have to be lured away with food, and the chinchilla, according to the information on the forums, is likely to gnaw through the wires or even jump out of the window.

There are not very many ratologists - veterinarians specializing in rodents in Moscow, and even fewer are those who treat chinchillas. But the plus is that all existing ones are on the hearing, and in the communities of the owners there are entire databases of doctors. Recently I had to take Robert to the doctor in the middle of the night: he was beating on the cage in some kind of seizure. It turned out that the animal is stressed. Chinchillas are very sensitive: a car with a siren passed two blocks from the house - and that's it, shock. When purchasing rodents, and especially a chinchilla, you need to understand that additional efforts will be required to keep them, but you should not be too afraid about hygiene. Healthy individuals do not have viruses transmitted to humans, but, be that as it may, you cannot eat with mice from the same plate. After each contact with an animal, it is recommended to wash your hands, but let's be honest: owners of dogs or cats do not always follow this rule, so I would not demonize rodents in this sense either. True, we have an eight-month-old baby, and when he starts crawling around the cages, from which sawdust periodically fly, we will need to think of something.

Daria Kryzh

tattoo master

We are not particularly worried about hygiene in a house with an animal: the cat is completely indoor. Several times, when the door remained ajar and the cat ran out into the street, within half an hour it returned by itself or we caught it - and still, in these cases, I washed it very thoroughly and cleaned its paws. If you suddenly gape while cooking, the cat can easily snatch a piece of raw meat (a predator after all). Noticing this, you need to give the animal an anthelmintic suspension. Of course, the realization that a cat may have parasites causes discomfort, because the risk immediately applies to everyone who lives in the house. I am absolutely calm about toxoplasmosis and other things. We vaccinate the cat according to the recommendations once a year and a half, not more often. It is vaccinated against rabies, panleukopenia, calicivirus, and leukemia in cats.

Dita von Teese cat, 3 years and 7 months, Canadian Sphynx

To protect yourself and the animal, you have to carefully look after it. I clean the ears of the cat with cotton swabs, and I cut the claws and clean them with wet wipes. This prevents dangerous diseases: when Dita's kittens were first born, they together fell ill with Staphylococcus aureus - and all from the dirt under her mother's claws. With bald cats, here's how: the more often you wash them, the dirtier they get - they have good self-regulation of fat and sweat secretions. Sometimes I wipe it down with wet, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free wipes. When it comes to the toilet, my cat is very clean and demanding, sometimes she demonstrates this in a peculiar way: if I do not clean her tray at the right time or do not immediately, I can get a pile on the bed.

There are many nuances with bald cats. Ours often sleeps with me and her husband, because she is always freezing and can catch a cold at any moment. I noticed that the cat has cold paws - you need to warm it up. In addition, our cat was diagnosed with bronchial asthma, and this changed all the rules of care. I had to buy a humidifier, remove fragrances from the house, use perfumes and aroma sticks is also not recommended. I give Dita corticosteroids, and she needs X-rays every four months. The hassle has increased, but what can you do: the cat is a member of the family. Sphynxes and Devon Rexes, in principle, have a lot of features: the genetics of the breed are unstable, respectively, and the rules for keeping are special. At the same time, by nature, cats of these breeds are more like dogs. Dita is very attached to us: she meets us on the doorstep, always sits in her arms and climbs to hug. In general, the contact is extremely close - and safe.

Julia Suvorova

UX analyst

There are seven snails and a rabbit in our AGIMA company.We call the rabbit Daisy, and the snails - like the seven dwarfs, and each time in a random order. The rabbit is still living in a not very spacious cage, but we are working on it, and the snails occupy a meter-high rack of three transparent containers. From time to time, there are small wars with the management: our small zoo makes life in the agency something special, dear and humane, and the chiefs have a strong belief that there should be no animals in the office.

The advent of animals was not without difficulties. As a filler for the rabbit cage, he had to switch to hay: it is easier for him to throw sawdust, and quite a lot of garbage forms on the floor, and the cleaner is not happy about it. We tried to get a kitten, but objective circumstances still prevailed: many employees have allergies, besides, the cat walks by itself, including on the keyboard, it is difficult to accustom it to the tray in the office. So the kitten passed into the hands of our designer Katya, where he still lives. But the rabbit and snails are very compact, problem-free animals. Daisy is isolated from allergy sufferers and does not interfere with anyone's work - apart from the fact that when we let her walk around the office, she can gnaw on the shoelaces or wires.

Daisy Rabbit, 2 years old, Achatina snails, 1 year old

The rabbit needs care: you have to cut the claws and make sure that it does not blow; a rabbit with a cold is a sad sight. Unfortunately, it is not known whether our rabbit was vaccinated, and we ourselves did not vaccinate. Fortunately, in the office he has nothing to get infected with - Daisy sits in a cage all day and does not come into contact with other animals. We gladly pick up both a rabbit and a snail, but after contact, hands should be washed, despite the fact that, for example, snail mucus is considered useful. By the way, there were originally nine of them: we gave one away, and another died for unknown reasons. They say this is characteristic of snails, so although we were upset, we attributed the incident to natural selection.

When we got office animals, we were not ready to become so strongly attached to them. It turned out that when everything falls out of hand, the rabbit is the main anti-stress. When my colleagues and I conflict or move away from each other, but teamwork is still necessary, everything becomes a little better when we feed and pet the pet together. Or we go to the store for a snail salad. Or we drill new holes in their containers so they don't suffocate. In general, when you get one animal and you realize that you can handle it, you immediately want to take more and more. So we got the idea to start a jellyfish, and in the analysts office we tried to grow the word "Anal" on the wall with moss. It ended up with a Venus flytrap and named it Gertrude.

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