Category Archives: ๐ŸŒ My Pets ๐ŸŒ

Ups And Downs ๐ŸŽญ

Today was going really well. I was getting my chores done, and my exercise, and I was eating decently. Our good friend visited after a long time and Christopher was really happy. I was doing my own thing, but happy to hear their noise and friendly arguments from my own room.

For lunch, I had an egg, rice and tofu:

Around 1:30pm our day took a turn for the bad.

Poor Kotoko’s urinary infection/kidney stone/crystals, whatever it is that we medicated her for and thought had cleared, suddenly flared –badly. She began trying to pee all over the place, little drops tinted pink with blood. She vocalized, groomed/licked her private area, and scooted. She looked so miserable, that from when this began to when we were out the door after speaking to the vet took 15 minutes max.

And now we are home again, with a cat that is effectively tripping balls on opiods:

They’ve made her paranoid and anxious, poor baby, but she is not in pain right now. A urine test is being done to check for crystals and any indication of a tumor, she’s on stronger antibiotics, and we ordered a special dry food (in case it IS crystals.) She’s also on two more different pain meds when this wears off. And should she not improve, an x-ray will be needed. Our vet did confirm that her bladder was empty but very inflamed and painful. She was also given fluids to help pass the stone –if it is a stone.

After all of this sort of calmed down, I went out on my kick scooter. I went to Target and got some small weights (just three pounds each) to strengthen my wrists. I may include them in my morning walks too, but not yet. Right now I’m just following advice to reduce my wrist pain and risk of injury –and strengthening them, with care, seems to be the thing I need to do.

On the way back, as I was crossing Pines, there was a big shiny fire truck waiting at the red light. For some reason, right when I was walking in front of it, I had a deep and irresistible childish urge to wave at them and smile –they were three to four guys, fairly young looking, all squeezed into the cab (if that’s what you call it). They seemed delighted and all smiled brightly and waved back at the idiot with a pink helmet.

It happened in like five seconds but for some reason made me happy and made me feel extremely and genuinely Little –something that rarely happens. So I wanted to write about it, but in retrospective it was such a minor thing. ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyway, I’m going to finish my chores, shower and get in bed. I plan to get another morning walk in tomorrow. And hopefully Kotoko improves soon, it’s a big stress on my mind. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and that you have a lovely night.

Snails And Worms, Oh My ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›

Some interesting things have been happening in the snail tanks. For one, I’ve caught my milk snails and roman snails breeding about three times now:

Sometimes, the milk snail/s will come along when the roman snails are in the middle of breeding, and just kinda… push their way in:

Especially when looking at this video, I don’t know that they can actually penetrate and hold it the necessary time…

Even if they did, I don’t know that they could lay proper eggs. It sure doesn’t stop them from trying, though, and the two roman snails continued their own encounter after they had both fondled the milk snail for a while. Kinky.

You may remember that I recently mentioned rescuing a worm from my porch. Having learned that some people keep worms with their snails (as they eat the poop and other stuff) I’ve decided to give it a try. I currently have three worms in the tank. They hide during the day, but at night, very soon after I turn off the lights, if I come back to check on them they are on the surface and eating. I admit, I really like worms. They may become a thing for me, if I can keep them alive.

Here’s a little photoset, showing my snails with their new wriggly friends:

I did get some video of my worms in their new digs as well:

Here’s a video from the side:

Did you know that worms have five hearts? They’re very interesting creatures. Well, perhaps hearts isn’t too accurate… they possess aย heart-like structure called an aortic arch. Five of these arches pump blood around theย worm’sย body!

Early February Snailings ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’˜

My snails have been doing reasonably well. I now have a total of 40 or so Pomatia babes, which I am raising with as much care as you can imagine. I’ve decided to keep them all, including a new clutch that was just laid, and is about 30% bigger than the last (not the amount of eggs but the size of them, which is… eggsciting ๐Ÿฅ). I really adore them. I think my stress levels would be higher without these little animals.

When I clean their tanks, I really take my time, sometimes up to two hours, and do it very calmly and carefully. Afterwards I feel so satisfied and relaxed.

Here are some photos taken after recent cleanings.

With the exception of the newborn Poms, I keep all my snails together, from the Helix Pomatias to the Cornu Aspersum to the Otala Lactea and Bulimulus Guadalupensis. They seem quite happy and have finally begun to thrive.