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So I'm living in a dorm this semester, and my suitemates and I are good friends and get along well. One of my suitemates has a facebook friend who posted about a (older) kitten he found on the street that can't take care of (pic related). I KNOW that this sounds incredibly stupid and exactly the opposite of what /an/ would advocate, but my suitemates are considering keeping the cat in the dorm. I'm almost 100% positive I'm going to be living in a studio on my own in the fall, and one of my suitemates knows she can take it home for the summer, so it would only be living in the dorm with us for about four months. Obviously this is against the school's rules, but I consider the likelihood of actually getting caught to be pretty slim (there aren't any random room checks or anything and we have weed/booze in the room without a problem). The suite we live in has two bedrooms, a kitchen/common area, and a bathroom so space isn't really an issue; we're essentially in an apartment. We're all responsible people who have owned pets in the past, and I understand that it has the potential to be much more time-consuming and expensive than I would first think.
This is a shit idea, right? I just need you guys to tell me it's a shit idea so that I stop obsessing over this cat.
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Endangered and with a restricted range, logging continues to pose a critical threat to Leadbeater's possum. The logging in 1993 of "much of the possum's habitat, known as zone one" a five hectare reserve east of Powelltown, followed a "mapping error." Author Peter Preuss stated that the possum's population faltered in 1997 with current habitat (limited to a 50-square-kilometre area) under threat from logging. He emphasised the need to relaunch a breeding program.
Despite a joint Federal and State government plan to save it, since the 1980s, the Leadbeater's possum population halved to around 2000 even before the Black Saturday fires. Many more were killed early in 2007 when Government Backed Enterprise company, VicForests bulldozed large firebreaks through Leadbeater's monitoring stations following the Christmas fires - firebreaks and clear-felling also prevent breeding with nearby colonies.
Dr. David Lindenmayer (Australian National University) has argued that the need for nest boxes indicates that logging practices are not ecologically sustainable for conserving hollow-dependent species like the Leadbeater's possum. Studies have shown that clear-felling operations, such as the logging run in state forest between the Yarra Ranges National Park and Mount Bullfight Conservation Reserve in February 2006, lead to the deaths of most possums in the area - "Adult animals have a strong affinity with their home range and are reluctant to move".
Salvage logging since the fires has posed a further risk to this extremely diminished population with clear-felling also approved by VicForests in the few remaining unburnt areas, such as the Kalatha Creek area of Toolangi State Forest in 2010, a move opposed by the Yarra Ranges Shire Council.
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My dwarf hamster died today (he climbed the bars on his cage and fell, which caused a nosebleed and did something to his lungs because his cheeks kept inflating with air every minute and then released, followed by an exhale.
I decided to just put him to sleep, as he was trembling and lost consciousness every few minutes during which he made pained wheezes and squeaks.
Now this guy was awesome, even at 3 years old he was still climbing, running and spinning in his treadmill.
His name was Big Mac, because he was pretty fat when I bought him.
He broke out 3 times and then just ran off my desk, strangely without visible injury as he did not seem to have trouble moving around.
However, I didn't know that the fall gave a severe blow to his teeth.
The first 2 months he seemed fine, but eventually he slowly started to lose weight.
He ate, but couldn't gnaw anything to sizable chunks.
I had his teeth trimmed at the vet when I could finally check them.
4 weeks in, everything seemed fine, but then he lost weight again, this time with diarrhea. (not wet-tail)
So after this trip to the vet I payed for the teeth trimming and antibiotics.
Two times every day,
The antibiotics didn't need to be administered anymore but the teeth trimming cycle kept going.
Eventually Big Mac stopped gaining much weight and started getting bony.
Throughout all this he kept running in his treadmill, he kept climbing, still wanted attention and did not let his spirit down.
He was 1.5 years old at that time.
Then today happened.
I'm balling my fucking eyes out, /an/
He suffered in his final moments before the injection, and I feel guilty for it.
He never bit, and never even tried to, even when the veterinarian trimmed down his teeth
It's been 10 hours now, and I just realized how silent this room is without Big Mac running in his treadmill or climbing his cage
How do you deal with this without crying like a faggot again?
Because I haven't had to deal with loss for a long while.
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Hey /an/ I grew up with a dog, it died several years back. I miss having a dog bro. Can't have on at my current location, but am currently looking for an apartment where dog's are allowed.
Now, considering I was a kid under my parents roof when I had my first dog, I didn't actuall pay for any of it. I'm looking at the feasibility of a dog bro. I'm assuming for an apartment, I would want a small to medium sized dog. I am worried about not being home very often (although part of the reason I am moving is so I am closer to work so I don't have to spend all day driving). My other question is, how much, on average does a dog bro cost per year with all the vet/food etc costs?