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Cats and Porky

First of all, I'll reply soon to those who were sweet enough to comment their thoughts in my yesterday's post about North Korea.

I'm so sad and so angry at myself!

I lost Porky, my hedgehog, yesterday! I always put him outside in the morning, in this great big wagon, so he can get some fresh air, and then I bring him in, right before I leave for work. I forgot!

He somehow got out of the wagon! I just can't imagine how he did it. I stayed up most of the last night looking for him. I still haven't found him. He is in so much danger because of my dogs and cats. DO CATS EAT HEDGEHOGS? DO DOGS? DO YOU THINK PORKY IS DEAD BY NOW?!!

I've had ALL the once stray cats spayed and neutered, but TWO! I've gotten the trapper but haven't been able to catch these TWO cats that must be neutered and spayed. I keep catching the same ones that have already been fixed, but these to stinkers just won't take the bait! Ever! Not too long ago, I heard the two of them making this awful noise, so I ran outside to try and stop them from having sex!

Well, I'm going to have more kittens!! I'm really going crazy because I already have 11 cats. Another stray cat has entered the picture from no where!

Now, I have 5 cats to have spayed and neutered! Plus, the new kittens will come to this world any day now!! Plus, I'll have to start all over again with the trapper, because I have to catch them to take them to the vet to have them micro chipped because it is now a law that all animals must.

I'm starting to get very depressed, so, in a little while, I'll make a post about my favorite topic, bubbly BUGGERS!

My Fault


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Jul. 8th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
That's the exact position Porky gets into when he's scared.

Well, thank goodness there aren't any wolves, foxes or mongooses around here!

Thank you for making me feel better about my little critter! I still have hope of finding him!
Jul. 8th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
You do more for your animals than most folks do. Quit beating yourself up all the time. Give yourself a break. Hedgehogs live in the wild and Porky will most likely be quite all right. There is a good chance he will come back when he gets hungry enough. I don't think dogs or cats would find hedgehog palatable. So relax. You spay and neuter your pets. You microchip stray cats for God's sake. The city can't make you responsible for strays but you step up when others wouldn't. So instead of being down on yourself for making a mistake that anyone could have made. Be proud of you for all the extra lengths you go to for us strays that come into your life. That includes me but, I'm telling you now.....No microchips, no spays, no neuters, and you can't put me in the wagon either. Now square your shoulders, put your chin up, and be aware that you are a special person. A right wing conservative special person but wonderful never the less.
Jul. 8th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm suddenly very worried about my kitty population! They do stay in my front yard most of the time, and especially in my front porch, but I'm starting to worry about having some neighbor make a complaint about me having so many cats.

I now have so many cats that I've run out of bowls to feed them and have started using tuna cans. When the momma cat has her kittens, that will maybe add my kitty family to 15!! And what if I can't get those two cats ever? My God! I'll have more and more cats!

And now the micro chipping! I am so against this law, because I'm finding more and more dogs abandoned out on the Border Freeway. I know this law is only to screw us more and more financially. I believe it should be an option for pet owners to have their pets micro chipped if they want to.

Forget the Humane Society! They could give a damn about animals. I've tried to get the trappers, but they must have ONE for the entire population around here. And there use to be funds to have stray animals spayed and neutered. Not anymore because there aren't any funds. I'm wondering now where the hell my, as well as the rest of the city's animal lovers, contributions went! I've had to pay out of my own pocket to have them fixed. Thank God for my vet, who has taken pity on me and charges me very little!

And now Porky. I am sick with worry. I keep going out my backyard looking for him. I think he's gone forever! He's such a little scaredy cat!
Jul. 8th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
I stumbled across your journal today through Bethanne's. You are one of the most incredible people I have ever read about on LJ. I have friended you, I hope you dont mind. I was awstruck just from your user page. You appear to be the kindest, most giving soul. I look forward to reading you.
Jul. 8th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Bethanne is so very precious!

Thank you, and I will add you, also.
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Jul. 8th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
I hope so Sweety Pie!
Jul. 8th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm no Jack Hanna, but I bet that against common urban or suburban animals he'll easily be able to persuade them to stop bothering him. I hope he comes back to where the food and comfort is after he finds in short order that it's harder work out there. I'm crossin' all the stuff I can cross on my body that he'll come back after a brief jaunt and want food from mommy again.

Incidentally, I'm petless now (lease restriction) but when I live somewhere else I've been eyeballing a hedgehog as a pet. They fascinate me and appear to be low maintenance from the 'net research.
Jul. 8th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
I never new hedgehogs existed until I went to the Swap one winter morning, and saw Porky in a box. This woman had a bunch of critters for sale.

Porky was terrified because people would stick their hands in the box, scaring him to death. I know he was cold, and felt he wouldn't survive, so I ended up buying him for $75.00. I went and bought a 2nd hand fish aquarium, chips and water dispenser.

Hedgehogs sleep all day, and play all night. I have some empty tuna cans, and he plays with them all night. I feed him Whiska's cat food, and little pieces of fruit and vegetables, or rather, I use to! I hope I find him!

Jul. 8th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
The hedgehog will be fine on his own. As others have said, he has those spines for a reason.
Jul. 8th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
I do have a rock fence throughout my back yard, except to the very back where I have chain link fence.

Now I'm worried that he'll somehow find his way to my neighbor's yard, and then onto the street.
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
You are such a dear sweetie pie. Porky is a cute lil' hedgehog! :)
Jul. 9th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, he is as cute as can be, but I really don't think I'll ever see him again. I missed hearing him play with his tuna cans last night. So sad!
Jul. 9th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Trying to save the world all by herself.
At least you are a responsible pet owner! Spaying and neutering. I wish my neighbors back home would be as good as you!
You need to set (pet) limits, girlie....you can't care for them all...
Jul. 9th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
How I wish everybody would spay and neuter not only their own pets, but the strays also. It's so sad seeing unwanted animals suffer so.

How I wish I could set pet limits, but it's impossible for me. They all have me wrapped around their little paws!

10 stray dogs and a turtle confined in my backyard and 11 stray cats and a rabbit in the front. They don't bother any of the neighbors, and I just pray nobody reports me for having too many little critters!

Still no sign of Porky!!

By and by, you added me to your FList. YAY!!
Jul. 9th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
some day you may have to set a pet limit
just think if you don't find Porky that he is out
having some fun in the wild and he may still
show up:)
Jul. 9th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
If Porky did come back someday, do you think
he'll bring a bride and a bunch of little
Porky's? I've never had little hedgehog
grandchildren! haaaaaaaaa
Jul. 9th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
hahahahahaaaa.... :) now I was thinking all most the same thing,
he is just out looking for a woman
thanks for getting me out of the blues
if I was there I would give you the biggest Hug You ever had!:)
Jul. 9th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
Greetings from afar
Hi there. I certainly hope that you find little Porky. I'm pretty concerned about him too!

Your Friend,

Brett A.
Jul. 9th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Greetings from afar
I still haven't found him and am quickly losing hope. Do you remember when I had his picture here, where the fish is?


I'm really sad about it, as is Granpa and the rest of the 4 legged family!
Jul. 9th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
Re: Greetings from afar
Well I certainly hope you find him. Those critters like hiding in dark safe places, so look there. Also, remember how they like coming out at night, it may be a good idea to get a flashlight and walk around your yard looking for him. Hope you find him.

Brett A.
Jul. 9th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
Porky is way too cute
i hope he wasnt taken by someone and i hope he somehow finds his way home. =)
Jul. 9th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
He is the cutest little thing you've ever seen. I've lost hope of finding him!
Jul. 9th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)

Best source of info in the UNIVERSE is Wikipedia.

HH is a wild creature and should be fine.
HH is not native to the Americas or Austrailia.
They are nocturnal and eat about 200 grams of bugs a night. so your yard should be pest free :)
Jul. 9th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the informative link.

Now I won't be able to mow my lawn for fear of chopping him up!

Maybe I can put a little trapper with some food to see if I can get him that way. I'm so tired of walking all over the yard at night with a flash! I'm starting to look like a phantom wondering the earth at night!

I think Porky's gone forever!
Jul. 10th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Anything new on Porky??
Jul. 12th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Not a thing! :o(

The grass is knee high and must be mowed. This coming Saturday, I'm going to crawl right in front of the lawn mower that Grandpa will be pushing, just to make sure Porky won't be chopped up in tiny pieces! If we're lucky, maybe we'll find that little stinker!!
Jul. 15th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Have you had more than one "porky"? How long have you had your little hedgehog? He's run away before, right?
Jul. 15th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Just one Porky. I'm positive he's the only hedgehog in my city.

I've had him for about a year.

He has gotten out of his aquarium, inside the house, but never outside.

Grandpa and I just mowed the front yard. It was very hard to do because I had to crawl around on my knees (looking for him), as Grandpa followed me with the lawn mower. I'm sure we looked very funny doing this!

The backyard is going to be a terrible chore because it's an acre and the grass is already knee hi!

I think Porky is gone forever! :o(
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