|Photos of today: Shinto the iguana & shaming the neighbours for not taking proper care of their cats
||[May. 13th, 2015|09:10 pm]
Photo of the day: 13.5.2015 (day 133)
People often think iguanas are stupid and lazy. Those people have clearly never met Shinto. She's very clever, and whilst she _is_ lazy most of the day, she's quite happy to rampage through the entire house (she's free roaming with a good hot spot). She'll even go downstairs and jump (yes, jump!) onto the chair in front of the front door window to look outside :)
Pluisje is in reality the next door neighbour's cat. As is Sok.
But in reality, their owners don't seem to actually care much for/about their cats, because the cats often come into our garden or sit in front of the front door, begging for food or simply some kindness.
My husband and I have started buying some extra kibble, just so they don't have to go hungry, and when it's cold or the weather is bad and they can't get inside their own "home" they sit in the chicken coop (because this is a household that cares for our pets, and even our chickens have a nice and roomy coop, and thankfully they don't mind sharing with two unfortunate kitties).
Today Pluisje had decided that seeing he was so hungry, and the bird feeder was where hungry birds went, he was going to sit in the bird feeder and hope to get fed. Obviously, I fed him because I thought it was just too sad he resorted to stuff like that (he probably sat in front of the front door whilst we were out and resorted to different tactics).
I know I'm not exactly teaching him good manners, but we have other safe spaces where we feed birds, so it's not like any neighbouring birds are going to be going hungry.
Ironically, Pluisje is two months older than my Loa, and bigger. But weighs about half as much (and Loa isn't overweight at all, he's at normal cat weight). I think that says plenty. He is also covered in ticks, and Sok has quite a few too. Loa has _none_ (because I brush him with a lice comb after walks).
If you have pets people, take care of them properly, care for them like you should. If that's not something you can or want to commit to, then don't get pets. It's really as simple as that.