Morning, everybody! Last night I introduced you to Pete, the baby birdie who showed up on my back porchand thought my broom was his nest. Here's an update!
This morning, Pete was still there, but he'd moved his little feathery self to the bushes and garden area off the porch. He was kind of in a little ball, so I was worried at first that he'd had a rough night. He also had a little bit of straw, like a thread from a palm, kind of wrapped around his little foot, but he seemed OK.
I petted him a little (the recording last night assured me that touching Pete wouldn't make his mom reject him) and untangled his little foot -- and he seemed to be happy and perked right up! This is a video of the two of us having a cute conversation:
After I took the video, I started to hear a bigger bird chirping around, and Pete started to look up and open his little beak mouth. In hopes that it was Momma Bird coming to get him or feed him, I went back inside and watched quietly from my sliding glass door.
And a couple minutes later, Mommy Crow came down and gave Pete a little food in his mouth! (So now we know he's a crow -- a cute crow.) Yay, Pete! All this makes me very happy because now I know his mom is still around and that she'll take care of him.
If he's still hanging around for a while, I'll keep up with the Pete updates. He's really cute!
Note from Cute: If you missed the first post where I introduced Pete (and some cute pictures of him!), click here to read it.
Note from Cute: An update on Pete the next morning! Click here to read it...
Hello, everyone. Meet Pete.
I came home from the mall tonight to find the boys (my two cats, Pimp and Moo) with their butts parked by the sliding glass door, just staring out to the right. This usually means there's something fun out there... but usually it's a squirrel or another cat.
Not this time. I went over to see what all the excitement was about and this is what I saw... Pete! I named him Pete because I name everything.
Pete is a little baby birdie and, apparently, he thinks my broom is a nest. (Its straw. Makes sense, right?)
I have no idea where Pete came from because there aren't really any trees right out back -- there are bushes and a palm tree, but no real nesting spots. But, what I do know is that if he was going to show up on anyone's porch, it would -- of course -- be mine. I am Mother Nature and everything (and I do mean everything) comes to me to feed, pet and find a home for.
So, naturally, Pete somehow made his way to MY broom. And he's welcome to it. I'm not using it (clearly, from the pictures...), so he might as well.
I have never had a baby birdie experience, so I immediately called our Wildlife Rescue Center to see if maybe they'd come pick Pete up and take care of him. They were closed, unfortunately, but there was a really helpful recording that explained what to do if you find a baby bird.
Since Pete is fully feathered and not in any immediate danger, I'm supposed to leave him alone. His parents are nearby, the recording said, and will take care of him.
So I guess that's it. Pete's just going to hang out with my broom for a while until his mom comes to pick him up from his visit with us. He seems pretty safe out there. I'll check on him in the morning and if he's still there, I think I'll box him up and take him to the Wildlife Rescue Center after all.
Just one more little animal for me to care for. For Pete's sake...
>>> Read the next morning's update on Pete -- click here!
Fuzzballs, cat scratches and dirty litter boxes may be top complaints from cat parents, but paws down, hairballs are among the worst of the worst. With peak shedding season underway, our cats are in full swing when it comes to grooming themselves, which means an increase in hairballs (since hairballs are caused when the cat grooms itself).
Friday, April 24 is National Hairball Awareness Day, and to help both cat and parents alike, below are some tips on how to prevent hairballs in cats:
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2. Home Remedies: Try adding a little butter and canned pumpkin to your cat’s meals once or twice a week. The butter may loosen the hair clod and the fiber in the pumpkin can help move it through the system.
3. Stay Hydrated: Encourage your cat to drink plenty of water by placing various bowls throughout the house. The water will help flush out the hair before it has time to clump in the stomach.
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