*Cough* Cat believes that Zuko may have some trouble with his little swimmers....In other words, he may have low sperm count because MARI IS NOT PREGNANT. Zuko is an older gent, you know. Try 83 in human years!! He's going to be 3 years old in December...
In fact, the anticipated day came, and while Cat was cleaning out the cage, what does she see?? Zuko chasing after Mari for some fun mating action! And, boy, was she having NONE of it! Mind you, his courting behavior could use a tad tweaking. He'd just grab her and start that thrusting action without noticing if everything was---uh---placed correctly. She turned around and BALKED at him. Cat never heard such high chirps coming from a rat before! Unfortunately, clueless, Zuko looked down and began to groom his private part, as if to say, "Ok, dear, better luck next time." OH ZUKO! 83 years old and you're still full of panache!
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In fact, Cat has been working on her website, Katz Qzine as of late. Soon, she will be offering raw and vegan classes in the Montreal area, as well as life coaching/psychotherapy and even raw and vegan e-books (some will be free!). Cat has been in the veggy movement of things for over 8 years now and has over 10 years working in the field of mental health & disability. If you would like to be informed of the launch of Katz Qzine, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The website should be up and running by the end of October (latest early November). Cat is also available for freelance writing in raw, vegan, health or psychology. Email for details.
Well, the good news about Mari not being pregnant is that she can now go on a much needed diet! The other day, the two of them were having a "move-out-of-my-way" kind of fight. They were both wedged in the door of the dining room, each one with food in their mouths and each one wanting to eat by themselves in the box. Mari just had enough, puffed herself up to three times her size, and shoved poor Zuko right over!! Cat laughed, oh how she laughed!! She scooped Zuko up and told him that justice has been served for all the times he had pounced on his brother Millefeuille and been mean to him. Beaten up by a female, Zuks! remember that!!
Ah, but Zuks is alright. He doesn't have any hard feelings. In fact, although he's gotten tired of Mari stealing his food (even right from him!), he's come up with other strategies to be nice to her, like eating by himself, finding a good hideout in the kitchen where he can eat alone, and even (nicely) pushing her aside to give her a message to leave him alone. Then, too, today Cat caught him grooming her, and so often they snuggle together in the same bedroom. AH, rattie love?! Cat estimated that at 1.5 years old, Mari is around 40 about in human years...and it may be even less (say 1 year, putting her more at 30)...Sleeping around with Zuks, it's like being with her grandpa!! No wonder she's a-bound with energy while Zuks sleeps his days away!
Yes, Cat has noticed that Zuko has gotten les agile and is less mobile. He tends to rest more and he hasn't climbed the barrier to the living room in ages. He's also very careful when he goes into the recycling bin, and Cat has noticed that she has to keep a watchful eye on him when he goes onto her shoulder. Just last week, he bounded down from her shoulder onto the floor, thinking he was still his old, springy self. What happened? He sprained his foot and seemed stunned by the shock of gravity on his older body. Cat, naturally, nurtured him tons of love.
"You'll always be my special little guy," Cat told him.
As for Mari, she LOVES to zip around the kitchen, and she climbs the living room barrier at least 10 times a day. Cat brings both of them into the bathroom when she takes a shower. She has found them kind of stuffy, as of late...Hm, perhaps too many raw treats!! Dr. Daddy advised no more nuts for a while, and Cat has been giving them plenty of raw veggies and seaweed and even a little bit of cooked brown rice. Mari was nipping at Cat's finger and checking for food in Cat's mouth just last night, definitely signs indicating she's feelin' the new lighter diet!! All in time for Xmas, Mari ;)
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