Slightly cleaned up a few more older sketches of Iris tapping into some phoenix power
ᵃᶰᵈ ˢʰᵒʷᶦᶰᵍ ᵒᶠᶠ ʰᵉʳ ᵐᵉᵃᵗ ᵛᵉᶰᵗˢ
some familiar faces in the background of the newest Littlest Pet Shop episode
they must be total Best Besties with the Biskit twins
Best Besties 4 laif
To help with the medical costs associated with Ben’s battle with Chiari.
I’ve known this family for pretty much as long as I can remember. Barb has been my mom’s best friend for ages and Benny, the kid on the far right, is my little brother’s best friend, not to mention Cassie in the middle is the sweetest kid I know. They’re all three of them lovely, wonderful people. Barb volunteers nonstop with disability organizations (including 22q programs, which Cassie is a part of) and schools, and even helped our local elementary school build a handicap-accessible playground for the kids who previously could only sit inside during recess
I have never met a family who deserved happiness more than them, but their lives are constantly mired with problems that they absolutely do not deserve to deal with. Most recently Benny has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation - you can read about it all on the page but it’s an expensive thing to deal with, and they are not in a good financial situation. They are constantly having to pay for medical bills for both the kids as well as car troubles and hundreds of other little problems they have to muscle through every day. Barb is a single mother doing her best to care for her kids but it’s been hard on her.
If you have any money to help them out, please consider donating. And even if you can’t, then please please please spread this around. I’m tagging this homestuck because Ben is a huge hamsteak and he’s recently gotten into cosplaying at cons and I want this kid to continue living his nerd life happily and healthily. You guys have done amazing things for your fandom before and now another hamsteak is in need. Thank you all so much for your time.
Again, you can donate here.
I really don’t usually post this sort of thing on my art blog, but this hits close to home - and honestly, I’m breaking 20k followers. I really, really hope some of you lovely folk could help out or at the very least, signal boost this.
I apologize for posting non art things, but I really don’t make a habit of this, so I hope that kind of says something about the urgency here. Absolutely anything would help!
this is Alice in Wonderland
all of these are fuckin weird I want 20 of each
What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)
For one about ferrets, rats, mice, hedgehogs, and chinchillas go here.
Not based on personal preference, but observable fact. An animal kept in an environment that is too small is unhappy and stressed. This can absolutely lead to a short miserable life.
I see a lot of people, virtually every day, who have these preconceived notions about what an animal can live in. A hamster lives in a hamster cage of course, because the happy little hamster on the box says so! This cage is for finches, they even keep them in it at the store! My friend had a rabbit and it lived in that cage so I’ll get that one. This sort of dangerous socially accepted neglect is not just limited to bettas and goldfish. Mammals and birds are subject to it as well.
What people don’t realize is that almost all commercial or common cages are completely unacceptable as homes for what they are marketed for. Those guinea pig/rabbit cages? Garbage. Those tiny finch cages? Torture. That cute technicolor hamster cage? A gimmick.
All animals need a certain amount of space for enrichment and general well being. That does not mean the cages someone is trying to sell you. It means the cages that are best.
And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a hamster in a cage that size and it was fine.”
You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen rabbits in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen parakeets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a hamster who is happy.
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hamsters. (The same applies to mice, gerbils, and rats):
- Biting the cage bars
- Obsessive digging
- "Laziness" (lack of foraging/exploring)
- Running in circles
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rabbits:
- Biting the cage bars
- Running in circles
- Bouncing off the cage walls
- Aggression, irritability when being held
- Cage aggression
- Constantly banging toys/decor around
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined guinea pigs
- Biting the cage bars
- Banging their water bottle on the side of the enclosure constantly
- Aggression tword other guinea pigs or you
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined parakeets
- Feather plucking
- Aggression to other parakeets
- Repetitive behaviors (constant singing into a corner, going from the same perch to the same perch over and over again)
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined finches
- Aggression to other finches
- Flight tracing: Going from one perch to another in the exact same spot the exact same way over and over again
Animals are more complex than people give them credit for. They to do all of the natural behaviors they’re built to do. Exploring, foraging, playing, hiding, interacting (or not interacting) with another animal, etc. All of this is taken from them in cages like the ones above.
People need to educate themselves about an animal before getting one. It’s a thought that’s been said a million times over and yet nobody actually does it. The reality is people who want a hamster/guinea pig/rabbit are not going to sit down and read ten articles and three books waiting 2 months while they set everything up unless they are already enthusiasts who are willing to put that much into their pets. I can say from experience that over 80% of the people who buy pets buy them to make their kids happy with no regard to what the animal needs. What is most important to them is getting a present for their child regardless of any consequences that decision comes with.
So we have to try and get this information out there. We have to try and make THIS the general knowledge about these animals.
Resources and very good reads for anyone who has or wants any of the animals listed here. I’ll add more when I find them.
Guinea pigs: X
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