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Thursday, January 28th, 2010
10:56 pm
I Need Help
Hi, there.

I very recently joined this community because I need help, and you all seem like a nice group of people.

I apologize if this post is inappropriate for this community, and I will gladly remove it if asked.

Here's the scenario:

I am a college student living with my dad in an apartment whose landlord will not allow us to have companion animals. Before I moved in with my father, I had a cat named Makuro. When I moved to my dad's apartment, which was necessary because of unfortunate and uncontrollable circumstances, I couldn't bring Makuro with me. My sister and her husband have been fostering him for me.

I have been planning, and still plan, to move into my own cat-friendly apartment, but there have been difficulties delaying the process.

My sister and brother-in-law, because of recent and similarly uncontrollable circumstances, are moving tomorrow to an apartment where companion animals are not allowed; and unless I find new homes for both Makuro and their own cat, Onyx, both kitties will be surrendered to a shelter. I realize that sending them to a shelter isn't the worst thing that could happen to them, but I want to avoid that option as much as possible.

I still want to have them live with me once I get an apartment, which I am working to get by the end of this spring, so I am trying to find them a new long-term foster home.

Seeing as there's so little time to arrange this, my current focus is finding them, at least, short-term fostering of, perhaps, a few days or a couple of weeks until I can find them a new long-term foster home.

Makuro and Onyx are black, short-haired male cats. Onyx is at least three years old and Makruo is over two years old. Onyx is neutered, but Makuro isn't. They are not declawed (and I do not want them to be declawed).

Though money is very tight, I will help pay for their food, litter, and other necessary care-related costs.

They are sweet boys and I love them so much. I would love it if they could find a safe, loving, drug-free, and smoke-free foster home.

I am trying to spread the word to as many people as I can with the hope that someone will soon offer to foster them.

If anyone here is able to help, or knows anyone who is able to help, please, let me know as soon as possible. You can send me a LiveJournal message.

At the very least, I ask you to spread this message to those who you think can help.

Thank you.



P.S. I am in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Makuro and Onyx are in Malden, Massachusetts.
Friday, September 5th, 2008
6:59 am
Has anyone read this book?
Pet Clean-up Made Easy by Don Aslett?

Is it worth shelling out for? The review on Amazon is pretty lukewarm.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
5:00 pm
Drooling on microfiber.
We recently bought a new microfiber couch and turned down the extremely pricey fabric treatment they offered us at the furniture store. Unfortunately, I have a Dogo Argentino who is allowed up on certain pieces of furniture (including the new couch) and while we've used some throws and stuff to help protect the fabric (and he gets a blanket on there at night when he's on it the most) he is quite the drooler and has already slobbered all over the parts that aren't protected by throws and blankets.

What's the best way to remove doggie drool from microfiber?
How might I be able to remove potential kibble-slobber stains from it?
Is there an inexpensive way to help protect my new couch besides throws and the like?

And just so it's not all brain-picking, here's a photo of Caiman on the aforementioned sofa.
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Current Mood: working
Friday, August 15th, 2008
4:05 pm
house cleaning advice: maintaining a clean home
i need some house cleaning advice. especially from pet owning house cleaners :) how do you maintain clean spaces for your creatures (not meaning the cages necessarily, unless it affects the environment around the cage)? do you follow a routine, or do you wait until it's a hideous mess? what about the rest of your house? how do you decide when you need to clean bathrooms, vacuume, ect?

any house cleaning tips from those who live with rabbits and parrots specifically?

i appreciate any input. i'm starting to feel bad about how there's always bird seed or hay all over the floor (although my dog helps by hoovering some of that up, lol), how messy i am in general and how my family is so nice enough to put up with me. i want to help my mom keep this place a little cleaner. thanks.


Current Mood: productive
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
7:09 pm
How did the doggie do composter go?
buela asked how the doggie do composter went.

It went brilliantly, it's the middle of summer now and the smell is not offensive. We dug an extra bin pit, and we have one "maturing" and one for putting current poop in. The ground cover around the bins has grown back again, and now you'd not even know they were there. We do have to make sure we water the poop as the climate is pretty dry, but that's not a major problem.

All in all, a success

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, August 17th, 2007
2:08 pm
for those with storage under their birdcages
i have one of those "flight cages that everyone has" and it has a convenient shelf below the cage to store items. however, it's no longer convenient after my birds fullfill a usual day's routine. the floor is not the only thing lost to bird food, feathers, and dander... everything sitting below the cage, NEATLY on the shelf, becomes engulfed in a layer of budgie debris.

does anyone have any ideas to keep what i store under the cage from needing to be dusted regularly? it's alot of small open stuff, making it quit a pain to clean up.

right now i'm thinking of just storing the absolute "need by cage" items and finding a new place for everything else. guess that would be the easiest route.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
7:08 pm
Product Recommendation: Bac-Out
My partner recently found a product called Bac-Out at our local health food coop.

We picked up a bottle to see how it would fare against the stinkiness of our compost bins and rabbit and cat litterboxes. (Let me tell you, rabbit pee stinks!)

This stuff works like a charm! It has a very pleasant lime scent and it gets rid of odors astonishingly well. It's an enzyme-based product, and it's human- and animal-safe.

This week we were bringing a bowl of cucumber salad with a yogurt-based dressing to my sin-laws' house, and the dressing spilled all over the back seat of the car. I was afraid the dairy-based dressing would curdle and stink, especially in this heat, but my boyfriend used Bac-Out on the seat and it didn't smell at all.

I'm sold! It's a really effective product.
Monday, June 25th, 2007
10:08 pm
cleaning a bird cage?
So I've got these two small parrots who live in a big, palatial cage. Everything scrubs off of it nicely with vinegar water and a scrubby sponge, but where the bars are welded to the frame there are these little gaps where crud accumulates.

Every couple of weeks I get out a handful of toothpicks and pick all the crud out of the cracks. It works, but it takes a while and some places are hard to reach.

The bird boarder who takes care of our birds while we're on vacation has the cleanest, sparkliest cages. How does she do it?!?! She can't possibly spend her whole day toothpicking gunk out of the crevices of all of her birdcages.

Other pertinent details: I can't really drag it outside and hose it down (too big, and there's a flight of stairs between my apartment and the outdoor hose), nor is it practical to take it apart. It's far too big to lug into the shower.

So I'm appealing to you, o wise internet folk. Any cage cleaning tips for me?
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
3:27 pm
Pet safe drain-unclogging
This may have already even been suggested here, but I did it last night with happy results (I was reminded when I took a shower in a non-flooded tub today!)  Pour about half a cup of baking soda into a clogged drain, then pour in about half a cup of vinegar.  After it sits for 20 minutes or so (longer is probably fine, as it isn't as corrosive as something like Drain-O would be) flush.  Voila!  Bird-safe, non-toxic drain cleaning!
Saturday, May 5th, 2007
8:01 pm
Doggie do compost bin!
Today we put a dog poo composting bin in our back garden. We being me, trixtah and the Bear (aka faxon). There's about 4 medium sized pix behind the cut.

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Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
9:50 pm
I recently bought a refurbished Roomba (on sale from woot.com, which seems to have them at a steep discount every so often). I was a bit skeptical, but this thing is amazing! It thoroughly vacuums my whole apartment while I'm at work (I've got the "Scheduler" type) and I come home to a sparkling clean apartment. Awesome!

The Roomba is very good at picking up cat and rabbit fur, bird feathers, crumbs, cat litter, bits of hay, and everything else my pets throw down. It's incredibly good at sucking up dust, too - I didn't even know my house was dusty until I emptied its chamber.

It's a little pricier than a regular vacuum (which is why it took me so long to get one), but if you've got the cash it's a great investment. My apartment has never been cleaner!
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
8:31 pm
I'm going to get a new aquarium soon, the fish are getting a little crowded in their current ones. 200 litres should see us right, with some space left over to maybe get an extra fish or two. I've pretty much worked out the aquarium will need to be in the kitchen, because that's where I've got a nice bit of wall space. However the cupboard under the aquarium will need to hold kitchen stuff because our kitchen isn't terribly large.

I'm looking at this aquarium
(although not from that shop) and with a different light and an internal filter.

Fish don't much like sharp vibrations. Putting dishes down in the cupboard will disturb them, even if only a few times a day. I'm looking for sheets of that thick black sponge stuff that mousepads mostly used to be made of ages ago. I sort of figure that with that stuff padding the inside of the cupboard vibrations won't be much worse than if the aquarium was on a wooden plank floor... which it isn't, the floor in the kitchen is one of the few concrete floors in the house.

What is that stuff called again? And where is a good place in the bricks and mortar stores to start looking for it?
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
9:40 pm
Dogs = = smelly!
Hi everyone, the last post about keeping your house clean when you live with birds was a great idea! This one is about dogs, feel free to start one about the pets you have too (cats, rats, rabbits etc).

We have inside dogs who are allowed on the furniture, so things we have done are:
  • Everything we buy for the house is subject to two key criteria. Can it be wiped clean or washed in a washing machine? If not, then we very rarely buy it. We've gone from a house with carpet and curtains and fabric upholstery to one with polished floors and blinds and an industrial vinyl couch. I keep it from being totally "hard" in an interior design sense by using washable throws and cushions.
  • When we last replaced our washing machine, I bought a ten kilo sized front loader. At the time I was a bit worried I was being excessive, but it's perfect for washing big batches of dog blankets and dog towels and large washable dog beds just fold up and go in it easily. I never buy dog bedding or coats unless I can machine wash them.
  • Designated place for dog mess cleaning equipment on top of the dog food fridge. Paper towels, enzyme cleaners (spray and liquid) and latex gloves. That way any mess is quickly and easily dealt with. We also have designated spots to store dog blankets and towels
  • Large thick cotton bath mats, they are sold here as "bath rugs". We put them by the back door on wet days to catch the worst of the muddy paws.
  • We feed raw meaty bones, but we don't keep the old ones especially as they get brittle. We used to let the place end up like a cow graveyard, but now once they get the new bone the old ones go in the bin at the same time.
  • Long handled poop scooper in the backyard. It's a small thing but it makes the dog crap cleanup job so much easier and more pleasant.
What kinds of things do you guys do?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
8:24 pm
parrots == messy!
Hi all! I'm wondering how everyone keeps their houses clean with pets running around.  Specifically, for all of you parrot (or other bird) owners out there, what are your tricks for keeping your cage area clean? What do you do to cut down on the mess? How do you make things easier to keep clean?

Things I've done are:
  • Pin a big sheet of stiff, clear plastic to the wall behind their cage. (This is actually the clear plastic pieces from 2 big poster boards taped together and nailed to the wall.) It's super easy to wipe down after they've flung bits of wet food everywhere during a meal.
  • Put a plastic office chair mat underneath the cage. This helps with cleaning poops up off of the floor. (Our floor is wood, but the poop doesn't cement onto the plastic the way it does the wood.)
  • Take the grating out of the bottom of the cage. It's one fewer thing to scrub, and my caiques love playing on the bottom of the cage now. The caiques are too big to fit through the resulting gap, although I'm brainstorming ways to block it off anyway.
  • Get a little Dustbuster handheld vacuum. It makes cleaning up the crumbs around the cage a snap. (It works great on rabbit poops and Carefresh bedding, too!)
  • Keep a roll of paper towels and a squirt bottle full of vinegar water under the birdcage. This way it's handy for cage cleanings, and I can wipe up poops when they're fresh instead of scrubbing them when they've already turned to cement.
  • Use a scrubby sponge (it's like a regular sponge sewn inside a scrubby sack) for cage, floor, and windowsill cleanup.  One-stop scrubbing! :)
What kinds of things do you guys do to keep things tidy around your birdcages?
Sunday, April 15th, 2007
3:27 pm
Great Community!
I'm so glad this community was started and its just perfect for what I was wondering!

I have a beagle/basset puppy I recently rescued from the shelter and a congo african grey parrot.

The poor little girl is having some health issues (diarehea, can't control her pee) and has made a mess on the carpets. I know to take her to the vet (which has been done), but I need a bird-safe way to clean up the smell!

Luckily I'm moving out in a little over a month and they were already planning on tearing up the carpet to remodel anyway so stains aren't as big an issue as smell. I need to live here in the mean time and the smell bothers myself, guests, the bird, and probably the dog as well.

I'm afraid to get pet carpet deodorizer because of the bird, I don't want to cause respiratory distress or poisen him. I've been using an oxy-magic on the fresh spots but there is still a lingering smell.

Any suggestions on an all over freshening/smell remover that would be safe around my parrot?

xposted to parrot_lovers

Current Mood: anxious
7:20 pm
This community is brand new and I am in the process of pimping it. Don't wait for me before posting, if you have something to contribute or a question to ask, fire away!
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