Our house is slowly evolving into a zoo. We started with two cats. (My wife might argue that I should be counted among the animals, but we won't go there.)
Now we've got the same two cats, two canaries, three canary eggs, seven fish (a mix of catfish, goldfish, and koi) and a plethora (let's get loose and count the back yard as part of the house) of lizards, squirrels, birds, toads, and frogs.
But we've only signed contracts with fourteen of the animals--from the cats to the koi. So that's the official family zoo.
That said, we've had kind of a traumatic month. As far as the animals are concerned.
First, the female canary got sick. (The avian vet, who I still think is some kind of Dr. Doolittle, said she had an infection in her right lung.) We got various drugs to feed her, right in her water and food, and she's better now. She got a calcium shot, too, which she apparently needed. But more about that later.
Just this last week, one of the fancy goldfish got another smaller fish caught in its mouth. That's what we think, at least. It's hard to say for sure. Whatever the reason, the fish died after a day of acting very strange.
On the day we found him, our female canary laid an egg. She hasn't done this for some time, due to a calcium deficiency (note the shot she received) and we're pretty excited about it. She has since laid two more (one per day) and so we're expecting new canaries in a couple of weeks. We won't keep any of the babies, but we've already got good homes lined up.
And last night, our siamese/tabby mix got sick somehow, and she has been sick all day. She also got a trip to the vet (not the avian one, of course) and now they're doing bloodwork on her to see what the problem is.
So the cycle continues. Actually, I'm going to go find Jota right now. She could probably use some scratches under her chin.