Monday, January 24, 2011

The Pets Go Dying Off One By One

I give up, we've killed off four pets in the last three months and I can't figure out for the life of me why.

First it was the beta fish. Next to go was the iguana. Following after were the African dwarf frogs. Last in tow was the gecko. All we have left is the guinea pig. At this rate, his chances aren't looking good. (Actually, he seems to be as healthy as ever and is as loud as ever.)

The only plausible explanation that I can come up with is the cold weather. They all seemed fine and dandy till winter reared its ugly head. We fed them, loved them, petted them, and called them George but they were all destined for the big pie in the sky.

I don't care how much the kids beg, borrow and steal, I'm not purchasing or acquiring any more pets. It's taken a toll on me.


Marlene said...

That's rough. It could be the cold. Also - you haven't introduced any new chemicals into the house have you? Think aerosol supplies....paints...that kind of thing. Even TEFLON coated pans, I've heard give off fumes that are toxic to some animals (especially birds).

Heidi Jane Blankets said...

Fish die so easily! Don't know about reptiles though, I've never had any!! :) Our 6 inch Cichlid fish (sp?) just died the other day.

Susan M. Heim said...

I've never had reptiles as pets, but I live in Florida and all of the iguanas and lizards outside begin to die or go into deep hibernation when it gets really cold. They have no way of keeping their body temperature stable. You may need to look into warmers or find some way to keep them warm when it gets cold (if you get any more reptiles, that is).

Misfit Momma aka Missy said...

I feel the same about acquiring any more pets. We just got a new pup in the summer and now we need to move. It's looking like we will have to give him and the other pets up because the new place will most likely have a no pets policy.

I know it's not the same as death, but it's just as hard. Some people will argue that when we move we should just be sure to find a place that allows pets, but it isn't as easy as it sounds... especially when my budget is very low so many of the houses that allow pets are instantly ruled out.

I love animals, and have always said that having pets is an important part of a kids life, but if I do need to give them up because of this move I won't be getting any more until I am able to BUY a house so that I never have to do this again.

Grace said...

I feel your pain about the fish. They seem a little temperamental. When I had mine it required air flow but not when it was eating. Mine didn't last as long as what I thought it should with all the time and effort I poured into it.

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shopannies said...

wow that is a lot of pets and you could be very right the cold weather could have a lot to do with it all hope the last pet stays around for a while

Nichol said...

I have no luck with "water" pets. After losing a few fish as a child I gave up. I lost a bird once to the cold, it's was heartbreaking.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I think you're right-Winter can be a nasty, vindictive lady when she wants to be O.o

I honestly don't think it's anything you all are doing. Sometimes these things just happen.

The circle of life and whatnot.

Stay strong and good luck with the little furball :)