Cats, Rats, and Geckos

I’ve been thinking a lot about pets lately. As you guys already know, Gen and I have gone through a few of them since we moved in together. We started off with our long-awaited and pre-planned cat George. I know I shouldn’t pick favorites, but I really have to admit that he was my favorite. Something about those eyes and his fluffy self that always made me melt inside. Then, he became a tad too crazy and we figured that getting him a friend might help. So then came the beautiful black beauty named Duchess. She was quite the lovely and chill cat, but sadly George’s over-friendliness didn’t sit well with her. So off she went, Kijiji to the rescue. After that came Mason, the little tiny orange and white kitty. Him and George really hit it off! But wow, those two took over our apartment, the chaos and rambunctiousness was too much to take. We tried literally everything for a year and half. Nothing worked! One of the most difficult decisions of my life, but we decided to give them away. Luckily we found them the perfect home in a huge house with a major cat-lover.

That was one year ago. With the cats gone, we thought we would try another kind of pet, the more caged kind. Gen has had a lot of rodents in her life, but she hadn’t tried rats yet. After doing a lot of research, we went for it. Two rats, Joey the Albino was mine and Marshall the Rex was Gen’s. So very cute they were! The smell and the pee everywhere … not so much. Again, no matter what we tried, it just would not get any better. Sensing a pattern? I feel like I’m creating a kids’ song… “in they came, cute they were, things went wrong, the rest’s a blur”. I wish nothing more than for these five pets to be living a happy and healthy live without us. I miss them all terribly, still.

Now! We’ve inherited my sister-in-law’s gecko Smeagol. Moving into a small place with her boyfriend, the extra room for the terrarium was just not feasible. What an adorable little guy! Neither of us have done the gecko thing before, so we are still learning how to make him comfy with us. Our journey with these pets has been very eventful, but I have faith that our life with little Smeagol will work out just fine! This giving pets away things has been challenging for me, I tend to get pretty attached to our little friends. But, the truth is, I keep reminding myself that it has all been for the best. Those pets we gave away are definitely better off where they are now. I am always trying to take comfort in this. Their happiness is what counts. I know there may be some not-so-positive opinions out there about these decisions we’ve made. Trust me, they’ve all been hard to make.

One great thing that came from all this, we’ve learnt how each of these types of pets function and live their lives. It has been quite educational, I must say. Cats and rats… totally different beings, but with some similarities. Both are social and cuddly and friendly. Both of them happier when living with a friend. Then, the crested gecko. What a difference! Not as social, but much more calm. The little dude can spend up to 12 hours in the exact same position, just hanging around, literally. It’s like time is of no importance to him. We like to imagine that he spends his days pondering the meaning of life. Another thing that’s different? He could apparently go days without eating! Crazy, right? Anyways, getting to watch him is so special. I think we can learn a lot from his peaceful manner and zen-ness if you will.

Having pets teaches us a lot, mostly the meaning of unconditional love and loyalty. It’s so very special. Gotta love pets!! 🙂

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