Anyone out there co-habit with another species? I believe the preferred term is ‘pet-owner’, but funnily enough a recent post from my old boss (Hi Phil! *waves*) sums up how I feel about animals: “People are not property; they should not be owned…” Similarly animals should not be viewed as property either because with that mindset we can easily become less sensitive to the fact that these are living creatures, to be loved and cared for; not as property, but as family.
Anyhow. I digress. You’ll get used to it. So do any of you co-habit with other species? You do? Oh good. I knew I liked you. Well then here’s a quickie for those of you who have cages/kennels/hutches to line.
My bunch of reprobates (commonly referred to as a Business of Ferrets) live indoors in a rather snazzy Ferret Nation cage*, mainly because I refuse to go outside at unsociable hours to clean up ferret poo. Oh okay then, and because I hate to think of the poor wee helpless creatures with their complete covering of body hair, and an extra undercoat, being outside when it’s less than 10 degrees Celsius.
So where many people with outside hutches may use bales of sawdust as cage lining, this makes an awful mess when used in the house. With this in mind, I popped into our local shop and asked if they had any old newspapers: some newspaper companies require retailers to return all unsold papers, but some only require the dates to be torn off and returned to them (as proof of how many newspapers remained unsold).
It turns out several of our local newspaper companies only require the dates sent back, leaving the shop owner with piles of papers which he has to throw out for recycling (getting charged in the process as it’s business recycling). Perfect! So I get to take as many as my arms can carry and which last me a good while as cage lining, and the shop keeper gets to save on his recycling bills.
Free and recycled cage liner. What’s not to like?
*No I’m not on commission, I just really like the cages and if any other ferret families happen upon this post they may find it a useful link.