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养猫

(2011-12-10 21:22:29) 下一个
小时候,我妈一直养猫,我算有一些经验的,但在美国没有养过。我家孩子,尤其老大一直想要一个pet,今年终于同意了,觉得这两年孩子跑来跑去,很不安定,算是心理补偿。暑假去当地shelter,我女儿先查了一下,其中一个shelter猫多,其它狗多,就直奔很多猫的shelter去了。先填表,当时感觉很可怕,问你那些问题,类似生老病死都不离弃类的,让人感觉肩头很沉重,差点想放弃。还要两个推荐人的电话,调查品行是否具备领养资格。我说希望要一只小kitten,这样可以尽量长地和我们住在一起(后来被一位女士抱怨了,说老猫没人领养,而她收留了6只,只只都很难看,还有一只猫在on diet,有肥胖病,承认和她比境界差得不止一点)。刚好,一周前shelter从街上捡了有一双小猫咪,一只黑白的,一只棕黄的,特别可爱,很难想象如何也会遭遇遗弃的命运。shelter的女士说一只猫时间长了,可能develop loniness,劝我们都收养了。我家俩立刻开始讨论谁要黑猫,谁要黄猫的问题,我想想,养一只和养两只大概差不多,就同意了。shelter给猫猫们打了大多数的疫苗,但本月还有一次doctor appointment。我们去super walmart买了床,饭碗,水槽,litter box,和一些玩具等等。一个月下来,发现养猫也不简单。两只小猫猫,每天dry food和wet food,花费不少于1元,最麻烦的是cat‘s litter,每天至少换一次,每桶6元钱左右,一星期至少一桶。最贵的是虱子药(Advantage),两只猫每月30元。所以总花费在100元。换litter的工作,每次一元,还是没人愿意做,我儿子很爱钱,商店总有那么多的玩具,他抵抗不了,想攒钱买,但是litter太臭了,两次后就不干了。老大开始总想喂猫wet food,一一段时间后,发现罐头走得太快,开始嫌猫猫太好吃,罐头越加越少,变得很小气,终于矫枉过正了。还把自己的60元交给我了,说要cover这些费用。最没有想到的是小猫猫每天poop那么多,两只猫简直就太多了,每天要换,要用水洗litter box,不然就很臭。这美国猫和中国猫几乎没有文化和习惯的差别,也是饿了,就绕着你的腿挨挨擦擦,细声细气的喵喵叫;poop前在盆子里嗅来嗅去,竭力要找一块净土出恭,完事了,用litter盖上,一样小心翼翼地嗅来嗅去,竭力要掩盖臭味。黑猫和黄猫,刚开始黑猫小一些娇柔一点,粉红鼻子,鼻梁以下白色,四只脚爪象穿了白靴子,很时髦,很可爱,但时间久了,黄猫爱讨人喜欢,黑猫孤僻,连老大都偏爱黄猫了,为了让懒儿子写作文,说不写story介绍猫猫诶给爸爸,没准儿他会让我们把猫猫送人,老大在一边吓坏了,早上起来给爸爸发了这封信。For Dad Written by OliviaBasic facts:1) Sugar’s name used to be Robin, but we changed her name – Spice was originally Wren. 2) Spice is a tabby cat. Sugar…I’m not so sure.3) Spice can be aggressive when he doesn’t want attention. But still, he can be very sweet and he won’t struggle when you carry him.4) Sugar is shy and likes hiding in dark places. But she can be very sweet, just like Spice.5) Spice squeaks when he’s hungry. 6) They always purr.7) Both of them were rescued from the street and were found sitting together.8) They’ll like any wet cat better than any dry cat food. 9) They already know how to use a litter box, cat bed, and scratching post. 10) They do fight sometimes. 11) They are both slightly scared of Eric, because he always tortures them and treats them badly. I mostly take care of them. I cut their nails, feed them, dump the litter box (sometimes), give them baths, buy their supplies, store their supplies, and I also give them their daily kitty treats. You won’t have to take care of them, don’t worry. And I also pay for them too, although I AM going broke…nah, Eric will fill in for that. He’s rich, and he’s supposed to pay too. The thing is, you should always leave your electronics out of their reach. They seem to be very interested in wires, for some reason. But you don’t have to get too worried. They’re kind of used to seeing wires now. But I’m just warning you just in case, okay? They also are very interested in things that move on their own, which might seem to move on their own, but to them, it does. For example, me pulling a wire or a rope that drags on the ground, or bugs. They might eat bugs, so please take notice to kill all the bugs you can. And they might eat stuff on the ground like dust parts or cotton balls or whatever. So if you make a mess, clean it up, please. That IS an order. And that is also why I am trying to keep them out of Eric and Mom’s room, because their rooms are like a tornado touched down in there. My room’s perfectly clean, because I cleaned it. Also, when you are done using the bathroom, close up the toilet seat and close the door. They get mixed up between drinking water and toilet water. There is also one rule: do not treat them too harshly on purpose. If you have because you feel like your bad side, or as I like to call it evil twin, has taken over you, well, it’s not your fault, right? Believe me, I have an evil twin, which appears constantly, but I’ve been trying to keep it under control. Just calm your constant storm, okay? That would be great, thank you very much. That is pretty much all I can think of. If you have any questions, ask me in person. You could ask Eric, but I have to say, I’ll probably always have a better response.
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