senashenta: (Sailor Iron Mouse)
Two days ago, Ichigo died.

The poor girl, she was a year and a half old, and had developed a bunch of big tumors... they ran in her family, but Tohru and Kisa had them too. At least for Ichigo, it didn't drag on forever; both Tohru and Kisa lived a long time with huge tumors that were clearly very painful and hard to move around with.

But with Ichigo gone, that left Bedrock alone again, and the poor old guy got really depressed, just like when Granite died a couple months ago. He went into his little cabin and wouldn't come out for anything; I don't even know if he came out to eat or drink at all.

So today I went to the pet store and bought two little mice for him; one is blonde, and one is black, and I named them Roxas and Axel even though they're girls. XD;; Roxy is twice Axel's size, too, which is kind of funny...

Anyway. Bedrock immediately came out from his cabin and sniffed them out, then groomed them for a bit (as much as he could while they were zipping around exploring), and now he's settled down to eat a bit. I'm quite relieved to see him eating, given how he's been since Ichigo died.

So R.I.P. Ichigo, and good luck to Bedrock and his new girlfriends. <3


Bedrock and Ichigo. Haha, I snapped this right before I cleaned the terrarium and the glass was such a mess! ^_^;;
senashenta: (Zodiac Cat and Rat)
The last day or so Ichigo's been feeling sick. She's just been looking rough, and clearly feeling sorry for herself. Tonight instead of hiding out in the nest like normal, she holed up in the crook of the piece of driftwood that's in there for her and Bedrock to climb on...

And poor Bedrock doesn't know what to do! He's fussing over her and bringing her food, and has moved almost their whole nest out of their little cabin and spread it out around where she's curled up. He keeps snuggling up with her to keep her warm and grooming her. I feel so bad for him, it's like he's lonely already. ;___;

Honestly, the way he's acting is a lot like the way Tohru and Ryu acted with their babies, which wouldn't surprise me. Ichigo's so little in comparison to him I sometimes wonder if that's why he accepted her so easily; he just thinks she's a baby. So he's trying his best to take care of her, since she obviously isn't feeling good. And apparently degus (females and males both) are excellent parents anyway.

If Ichigo gets sicker (she's actually a year-and-a-half old now, so she's getting on for a mouse <3) and doesn't make it, I'll have to get him another mousie to keep him company. Not that I want Ichigo to die. They love each other so much, it would be really sad...
senashenta: (Minty & Wysteria MLP)
Okie, so, I thought on the whole thing with Bedrock a bit, and decided I'm not going to get another pair of degus just to keep him company. I don't know if I really want them for the 10-ish years they'd be around, and if I decide to get more, I want it to be because I really want them. <3

But that still left me with poor sad Bedrock, who was moping in the corner of the terrarium, clearly super depressed and put out.

For a bit I wondered if he would get along with the rats, and he might get along with Yuki alright, but Kori is very territorial and probably wouldn't like having him around; and Bedrock is so quiet and non-violent that he wouldn't stand up for himself if/when Kori started picking on him.

Then I thought... Ichigo!

She's been on her own for a couple of months now, too, since Kisa and Kagura died. Mice are really communal animals, the same as degus, and it was obvious that Ichigo has been pretty lonely the last bit. She's also very friendly and gentle (just like Bedrock), since I hand-raised her from a baby. ^^

So I cleaned out the degu terrarium, put everything back in place, lowered the water bottle so that Ichigo can reach it too, then filled the food dish to heaping, and put Bedrock back in... then transfered Ichigo over.

There was a moment of "" from Bedrock, but Ichigo didn't even blink twice. She went right over and perched on the edge of the food dish and helped herself. So Bedrock wandered over and gave her a good sniff... then just set to eating, too.

I sat and watched them for a bit just in case, but they seemed to get along alright, so I finally went to bed, and when I got back up and went to check on them they were sitting on top of the cabin grooming each other. They're such an oddly cute pair! X3

Just before I left this afternoon to come over to Mom's for laundry and stuff I shredded some kleenex for them, and when I took off they were in the process of building a big nest together. <3

They both seem really happy. I'll have to take pictures to show you guys. Ahhh, I'm so glad it all worked out for both of them! ♥ ♥ ♥

EDIT: Mom goes "now, you don't think they can crossbreed, do you?" And I'm like "...for Ichigo's sake, I hope not!" XDD;;


Mar. 25th, 2007 09:52 pm
senashenta: (I Can't Let The World Bring Me Down)
Granite died last night. When I got up this morning and fed everyone, he didn't come out to eat, and I found him in the little cabin.

It's weird... I've had Granite and Bedrock for seven years now. Longer than I've had Neko.

Besides which, it was Bedrock that was the sickly one; he kept losing weight and had big bald patches, so I don't see why Granite would be the one to go first.

And now Bedrock is really depressed; degus form very strong bonds (even two males like Bedrock and Granite), and get quite upset if they're suddenly sepparated. They're also much happier living with two or more of them together, they get lonely on their own... besides, having a companion can lengthen their lifespan, and not having one can significantly shorten it. Degus have been known to hurt themselves when they've been sepparated from their bondmates. I know when I sepparated them a while back when I thought Bedrock wasn't getting enough food, they both started pulling their own hair out, and Granite was chewing on the end of his tail...

I dunno, I should probably get another pair to keep Bedrock company until he goes, but that's another 7-10 year commitment, so... do I really want them for that long? I don't know... I can't decide, but at the same time I hate that Bedrock is so unhappy...

I really can't decide...
senashenta: (Zodiac Cat and Rat)
Today I was supposed to go over to Mom's and do some cleaning... and I totally slept through my alarm instead. -__-; Jeez Sena. So I'm going over tomorrow, and today I spent a while cleaning around here instead. Did cages and vacuuming and stuff.

It's been getting warmer outside, which is great, but starting about this time of year for two to three months, my allergies get to be really really bad. I go through a box of allergy pills every couple of days, which I'm sure can't be good for me. =.= But I mean bwuh~ I can't breathe through my nose, and my eyes are all itchy! Stupid springtime! ><;;

I guess I need to start running all my air filters more often again...

Anyway, so the buns and the squirrels and the rats are all clean and shiny again; I gave another litter box to the girl bunnies in the big cage, since they've recently decided that the corner opposite from their original litter box was good for using as a bathroom. Mrr. Now there are boxes in both corners! HAHA, I win!

The girls were all like \o/ and spent about three hours digging in it after I put it in, lol.

Maa ne, I was playing with Yuki and Kori for a bit after I cleaned their cage, and poor Yuki is starting to lose weight... that's what happened to 'Nashi before he died. But Yuki's about two and a half years old now, so he's really getting on. Even Kori's two years old. Poor guys, all they have the energy to do is eat and sleep anymore.

And Yuki's got a stripe down his back where he's losing hair. I didn't know rats could go bald in old age, but apparently it's possible...

I'll miss them when they're gone, and I think I probably will get more rats; I've really enjoyed having them, they're so smart and have such personalities on them. They've just been a lot of fun to have around. :)


I went at last night and painted the kanji on the jyuunishi ponies in my Furuba set (so like, 75% of them)... and did it all with toothpicks. Detail brushes? What're those? XD; For the most part they weren't too bad, but Yuki's was a pain, and I did Ayame's three times and it still just looks like squiggles. -_-;;

Now I'm starting my Gravi ones, and my KH ones tomorrow after I borrow Mom's printer to print some pictures of the characters to use for reference. >>;

Yep yep~~


Mar. 8th, 2006 07:13 pm
senashenta: (Working Hard)
I had it pointed out to me by the helpful people at [ profile] houserabbits that pine bedding is bad for rabbits (I knew about cedar, but I didn't realize pine was bad for them as well); so a couple of days ago I picked up some nice paper mulch bedding for them, and they seem to really like it, so we're all good.

Happy bunnies = happy Sena. =3

Yeah... and yesterday I emptied/cleaned my aquarium and converted it into a terrarium for Bedrock and Granite... and my place is a mess from it. -_-;; Le sigh... I have a huge bowl of river rocks sitting on my table, empty jugs of water by the smaller aquarium that my goldfish were transfered to, and a bag by the edge of the couch, that has all the plants and the filter in it...

Now I'm trying to work up the gumption to actually tidy it all up. :P
senashenta: (Procrastinators Unite)
So, since my aquarium has gone seriously downhill (ARGHSTUPIDALGAE!!) and I can't seem to get it worked out, I've decided to convert it into a terrarium for Bedrock and Granite. :P

Yesterday, I transferred my two piddly goldfish into a smaller aquarium, and tomorrow I'm going to empty out the big one, scrub the hell out of it, and then make it into a nice, comfy home for the degus. I was supposed to do it today, but I wasn't feeling 100%, so it didn't get done. ^^; Ahaha...

EDIT: Bah, I just got off my duff and did it tonight. It was a pain in the butt to empty the 20-gallon tank and haul downstairs to clean it out, but it's done. Now my squirrelies are in their new home, and seeming mighty happy. Next time I'm at the pet store, I'm going to get them a new nest-box type thing. :)

Degu Degu

Jun. 5th, 2005 08:18 pm
senashenta: (Default)
I had to go to the pet store today to buy rat/mouse and cat food, and while I was there I ended up picking up a little book on degus; it had information on health and overgrown teeth, which was why I got it. BUT. When I got home and started reading it...


Everything I was told about how to feed/care for degus when I first bought them was crap! I have been maltreating them for five years without even knowing it! I was told they couldn't have sugar, when in fact they can and should have it. I was told they could only eat chinchilla food (w/out raisins), when they should eat a combination of rat food and guinea pig food, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and dry corn (for their teeth). They are also very fond of raisins and nuts of any kind.

So basically, they're horribly malnurished because they haven't had anything but plain chinchilla food for five years. =_=;;

And I feel really, REALLY FREAKING GUILTY about it, though I know it wasn't really my fault...

Anyway, so I picked up some guinea pig food, raisins and nuts. I also picked up some alphalfa hay for them (it's supposed to be good for them) as well as a half-dozen dried cobs of corn for them (as well as Yuki and Nashi! ^^)

Then when I got home, I opened up a huge metal bin (formerly a dog food canister), and dumpted everything in; guinea pig food, rat/mouse food, chinchilla food, raisins, walnuts, pecans and a couple of handfuls of cat food, and gave it a good stirring. The end. That's what all my rodenty friends are eating from now on, as well as lots of fresh veggies and some fresh fruit as well. ^^

I really, really hope that the new diet/lifestyle for Bedrock and Granite will help them both feel better, and help Bedrock gain weight and grow his fur back...
senashenta: (Default)
Mm. Bedrock is very skinny right now. He's not sick or anything, he's just lost a lot of weight. I think Granite is hogging the food or something, since he's a chubby little rodent, despite Bedrock's skinny-ness. *pokes degu* Bad squirrel.

Anyway, I took Bedrock out and put him into another cage, where I intend to leave him for about a week or so (maybe two), and see if that helps at all. If having him with no one to pick on him over food is all it takes to get him gaining a bit of weight back, then I guess it's just Granite. In which case I really have no idea what I'm going to do... ^^;;

They're not happy about the whole situation, though; the cages are about a food apart, and the two of them are right up at the sides of them most of the time, scratching at the bars or just squeaking and looking sad and lonely.

Makes me feel bad, even though it's for their own good... ;__;


Mar. 14th, 2005 02:22 pm
senashenta: (Cute Little Thing)
Mom and I had an appointment this morning (what else is new?), and she showed up early to pick me up... gah. I was on the computer, chatting with [ profile] cassandracsenta at the time, so I had to bail all of a sudden, run around to get my stuff together, and then dash out the door. Meanwhile, Mom sits in the car and looks up at my window, waiting for me to come down. :P

Now, our chiropractor's office (for those who don't know, lol) is about an hour's drive away, in Bracebridge. ^_^; Which is okay with me, because it means I have a chance to chat with Mom for a bit... also, the only store that I buy animals from is about a block away from where we go for treatment, so I make Mom stop by there to poke around about once a month or so.

Today was one of those times, because I had a mission: FISH. For my aquarium.

I also needed algaecyde... but when I looked for it, it wasn't there. And when I asked about it, the guy said that they can't sell it anymore because it's illegal in Canada. O_o; Meep... I ended up getting a filter addition that's supposed to stop algae growth instead.

Whatever. As long as it works, I don't care what it is.

Then, as they were having a sale on fantail goldfish this month (1/2 price!), I bought five of them. *shrugs* You should see the looks I get when I say "I want five fantails... what? No, I don't care what they look like." I'd rather they weren't sickly (duh), but other than that, I don't really have a preference--though I did ask him to grab five that were different, so that I had a bit o' variety in my aquarium.

So, algae-filter thing and fish in hand, I hied myself over to the "small animals" section; I was looking for a water bottle for a terrarium (tank-habitat) and a little ceramic-type food dish. Found both. WHOOT.

About the time I was grabbing the dish, Mom pokes me and picks up this mineral-chew thing (a solid rock-type mix of limestone/minerals/vitamins/salt/etc. for rodents). Here's why this is so important; I have degus (a type of African ground squirrel, I named them Bedrock and Granite). They're adorable, and friendly, and I love them to bits.

They are also going bald.

Yeah. I have NO IDEA why! They're healthy and fine in every way, except that their hair keeps falling out. O_O; But... because degus are sort of diabetic, they don't have much they can eat. So Mom was thinking that maybe they were missing something in their plain-chinchilla-food diet that would contribute to the hair loss.

I asked the clerk if the mineral-and-vitamin-bar would be okay to give to a degu (since they're so touchy with what they can and can't eat), and she said yes, they give them to the degus at the store all the time. So I picked one up. Here's hoping the extra nutrients help a bit.

*shrug* I figured either way, it won't be bad for them.

So I've got a filter-thing, goldfish, a bowl, a water bottle, and a mineral-rock-chew-thing; next I poke through the food area and grab a bag of rat/mouse food. Mom gives me this O_o;; look.

At which point I turned around and told the guy (who'd gotten my fish) that I wanted two mice. >^-^< Ehehehe...

Again, he wanted to know what kind. I told him I didn't care what color/etc., as long as they were both of the same gender. ^^;; I definitely don't want a breeding pair... I ended up with females, not that it matters.

He got me two mice, and I took everything up to the cash. ^_^ Maaa... the problem with only buying things from one pet store (and one I only get to go to once a month at that) is that by the time I get there, there's usually ten things that I want/need to buy.

Anyway! I didn't even get to see my mice until I got home and put them into my little terrarium, but they're so cute~! =3 Sooooo~ tiny! One of them is dark brown with white patches (I named it Noriko) and the other is white with light brown spots around it's head and shoulders (I named it Ryuichi). Next time we're up there, I'm getting one more and naming it Tohma. XD

*giggles in a slightly unbalanced fashion*

So, overall: 2 cats (Osiris aka "Neko" & Triton aka "Tri"), 2 degus (Bedrock & Granite), 2 mice (Noriko & Ryuichi, and soon-to-be Tohma) and five goldfish. ^__^

I'll be getting more goldfish some time soon, too, assuming these ones don't die.
senashenta: (Cute Little Thing)
Well, got a roll of film back from being developed today, and I figure it's about time I paraded pics of my kitties and squirrels for all to see. >^-^< I love my babies...

Osiris, Triton, Bedrock and Granite )

*huggles wonderful kitties and squirrelies*

I'm also considering getting a rat. I'd name him "Socrates". ^^
senashenta: (Default)
I've had my degus (Bedrock & Granite) for about four years now (I believe), and only now am I finding out that they should be supplied with dust for dust bathing--like you would do for a chinchilla. =_=;; I just read that in a pet magazine that I got when I took Tri and Neko to the vet last month...

Supposedly, dust bathing is good for them. I should let them do it once every couple of days or so. And because I love all my little furry friends and I want them all to be as happy and healthy as possible, I will be going out and buying dust for them ASAP.



That's an ENGAGEMENT ring! )

Nazoko just flings things at Nozomi a lot, doesn't she? ^^;;;


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