Question of the day.

Do your pets get along?

My answer:

Well as many of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while probably already figured out, Misha isn’t too easy to get along with and it’s not easy for him to get along with others. And those of you who’ve been around here last autumn are most probably familiar with our other Russian blue cat – Sasha’s – story, and how we failed at having another cat in our family. Now, apart from us humans, the only other company Misha has here are the fishes and he is happy with them and always very interested in watching them, so, yes, I can say he gets along with them. As for their relation to him, I guess you’d have to ask them, I’m not sure what they would say. 😀 And there’s Jocky outside too. They say that cats and dogs don’t get along, and I’m sure there are such cases, but from our experience and from we’ve heard from behaviourists, it would rather seem that a cat will get along better with a dog rather than with a fellow cat. It’s also true that Misha and Jocky see each other maybe once in a couple of days, nevertheless there’s no visible anxiety or lack of confidence on either side at all when they do meet. Misha is very interested in Jocky, you know, in a way that you would be interested in aliens, maybe not someone to hang out with for longer, but interesting to see, observe and make friends with. Jocky on the other hand really wants to play with Misha, but also seems to have some respect for him, which I find a bit amusing. They usually meet though only through the door so there’s no direct physical contact and no playing, they only played with each other once soon after Jocky’s come to us, and ran around the living room like crazy, seemed to have lots of fun, very different from what it was like with Sasha.

How about your pets? 🙂

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Question of the day.

Hi people. 🙂

My question for you today is:

How do you choose names for your pets?

My answer:

Well we certainly don’t have any rules for it, and it’s usually a bit of a dilemma because people always have different opinions on different names of course. Our current pets, excluding the fish, have been named by me. With Misha… hmmmm… well let me think, I don’t even remember how I came up with Misha haha, it’s just so natural, he’s just a Misha ain’t he? He just couldn’t be anything else. 😀 OK I guess it was very spontaneous. I remember that even before we actually had him but knew that we are going to most probably have a Russian blue cat, I thought about him as Misha. My distant aunt to whom we used to sometimes go for holidays when I was a very little kid had two dogs, one was Masha and the other was Misha, and I always got those word obsessions, I still do actually, anyway then when I was there I somehow picked up the word Misha and would go around saying Misha all the time whether it would be with a context or without, though I didn’t really care much about the dog himself. My fascination with the word Misha got even stronger when someone, my uncle I believe, told me that Misha means bear in Russian. I loved bears and teddy bears as a child, and even more so the Polish word for bear, which is miś, so pretty similar to Misha. But somehow with time I forgot about those dogs and didn’t hear the word Misha too much so didn’t think much about it either anymore. But when we started thinking about having a Russian blue cat, of course I also thought a lot about a potential name for it and wanted it to be Russian if possible. And naturally the first thing that come to my mind was Misha, and my fascination with the word Misha started all over again but twice as strong. Zofijka liked the idea, and my Mum seemed too, however when Misha finally arrived, it looked like they were rather unsatisfied and inconvinced to the name Misha, my Mum claimed that it sounds infantile and no one will call him so, that we should change it and started coming up with loads of gross ideas, some of which I call Misha now when he’s particularly annoying because no one normal and well-behaved deserves to have such names for real. 😀 But I continued to call him Misha and they somehow seemed to accept it or get used to it, and then there was no other way because Misha started reacting to his name. If I wasn’t so determined, he’ll probably end up as Jaguar, which was his birth name in the breedery, which isn’t bad, but not good either. Misha is indeed a little bit infantile and means a little bear but I like it about it, and at the same time it is also a legit form of Michael and is elegant and sophisticated and masculine, despite ending in -a, which is normally reserved for feminine nouns in Polish, and that internationally Misha is a unisex name. I don’t know how anything can be infantile, masculine and unisex at the same time but I’m probably just strongly biased. 😀 If cats can like or dislike their own names, I suppose Misha likes his, and seems to enjoy hearing words containing the sh or especially -ish-
sound, be it Misha or whatever else, it always draws his attention and he becomes all ears, my Mum noticed it.

And with Jocky it was that his original name was Jacky, and it was the second dog that we’ve had (second in a row) whose name was Jacky when he came to us, which perfectly shows that it is a fairly popular dog name in Poland. While I LOVE Jack, Jacky, Jackie, anything along those lines, as I’m sure I don’t have to repeat ’cause you already know it, I don’t like the fact that Jacky is so popular for dogs, and my Mum doesn’t either. Plus my Dad is Jacek and while Jacek and Jacky don’t have anything in common etymologically, people sometimes call my Dad Jacky or Jack, so… a little awkward it would be. But I felt that at the same time it would be so awful for him to not be Jacky anymore, because it’s really a lovely name. I let them name the first Jacky that came to us and they chose Bobby, and I always regretted that because actually Bobby is not much less popular and recognisable and to me sounds much less charming on a dog. So I suggested Zofijka a compromise that maybe his name could be Jocky, which is actually the same but literally unheard of over here, well I at least don’t know any other dog named Jocky, and I liked the Scottish feel to it. And Zofijka said it sounds even better, Mum also said it’s more zesty and suits him better, and also, as she pointed out, it rhymes with Rocky (as in Rocky Balboa, yes, my Mum openly admits that she really likes Sylvester Stallone), and Rocky is for some reason another crazily common dog name in Poland, God only knows why. So, now we have a completely unheard of hybrid of two painfully overused names, which is quite cool I guess, at least when it comes to naming a dog, not so much, or not always, a baby.

The fishies also have their names, but no one really uses them. Zofijka came up with them, or rather with an idea to call them with names of people in our family.

How about your pets? 🙂

Question of the day.

What do you think of clothes on pets?

My answer:

I guess I don’t have any very strong opinion on that. The only one pet that I’ve ever saw wearing clothes was a little dog, a York, he was my teacher’s dog. I never heard about what she did before and at the beginning I felt rather apprehensive to the idea, but in her situation it definitely makes sense and is helpful. She was blind and living on her own in a block of flats, so it would be hard for her to clean up after the dog or control when and where he’d do his business. So she bought pants and nappies for him and just whenever he pooed or peed she. changed him. Well as I said at first it was like a shock for me, like how you can do this for a dog, he must be very uncomfortable, it’s unnatural! And probably it is indeed, and when she stayed at our place for a few days we could see how much better and freer, lighter and cooler he felt without it on himself, as if he immediately got twice as much energy, but also I don’t think it’s a huge harm for him to wear it and, if there’s no other option, that’s really not a bad idea. Also, he looked really cute with those nappies. So, for someone, I have no problem with it, especially if it’s for a reason like that. But if I were to do such thing to my pet… I’m not sure. I certainly wouldn’t dress Misha in clothes, maybe it’s just my impression but looking at him I usually have a feeling that when we decorate him occasionally with something, like with some small ribbons for example, it seems to make him agitated and annoyed. I also really like Misha’s fur, and wouldn’t like it squeezed in between clothes so that I can’t touch it easily, without a good reason for it. If I really wanted to have my own dog, while living on my own, it’s very likely that I would do the same as that lady, simply because I’m blind too and certainly wouldn’t handle the poop otherwise, but then it’s highly unlikely that I would want a dog for myself, especially when living on my own, because I think cats are easier to care for and I just resonate with them a bit better.

What’s your view on this? 🙂

Question of the day.

Hi people. 🙂

Today, my question for you is:

Who was the most difficult pet you’ve ever had?

My answer:

Well, I feel tempted to say Misha again. How can one pet be both the best and most difficult? Seems like it’s possible. Well it’s not really that he’s difficult like challenging or very problematic, but he has a difficult personality, which can make him a bit demanding, and you need to know him well to know how to approach him, how to get along with him. Misha is complicated and not your most cuddly and loudly purring average cat. Yet I wouldn’t change him to any other.

The most difficult time that we’ve ever had with a pet was certainly with Sasha, but then again, it was mostly because of Misha and his needs, and that he couldn’t adapt to living with Sasha and they were stressing each other out. It’s not that I blame Misha for what happened, if it’s anyone’s fault what happened with Sasha it’s only ours, and that we didn’t consider Misha’s needs in the first place or didn’t try to predict his reaction but rather decided to act egoistically and on our whim. This was a very complex situation overall. Sasha himself was a very nice and cheerful kitten and way less complicated than Misha, but we made his start very difficult, and to all of us it was very difficult, sad and stressful. For those of you who don’t know, Sasha was a Russian blue kitten whom we got from the same breeder as Misha, but it failed because Misha simply wasn’t able to adapt to having a new cat in the house, because he was the only one for years and also because of his anxious nature. So we needed to find a new home for Sasha.

Other than that we had a dog two years ago, some time after we moved to our current house. We tried a few dogs but weren’t lucky with them, they were all kind of stupid, each in its own way and ran away after some time. But the most difficult one was called Bobby. Actually his original name was Jacky, which i loved, but my family wanted to change it, because Jacky is a fairly popular and mainstream dog name over here. So we called him Bobby. Bobby was very beautiful, but incredibly foolish, noisy and happy to jump on any chance to run away. He was really annoying.

And Masha, the dog whom I mentioned yesterday, whom we had when I was a kid, was also incredibly stupid.

But other than that, we were mostly lucky with pets.

How about you? 🙂

Question of the day (10th March).

Hi guys. 🙂

From now on I’ll have some pet related questions for you, so I hope you will enjoy them.

Do you currently have any pets? If so, what species?

My answer:

I guess if you aren’t completely new here I don’t have to say it again that I have a Russian blue cat whose name is Misha. He is 3 years old, is with us since April 2016, and he is almost everything for me. As long as I can only remember we’ve had fishes, my Dad has them actually. I don’t really care about them but my Dad does a lot and so does Misha, it once even happened that the fish bowl was open for a while when Dad was doing something with it and Misha scratched one fish very badly so the poor thing died. He loves looking at them and I guess is determined to one day catch one of them and eat it. And then we have a dog since last December, he’s mostly Zofijka’s, because Zofijka loves dogs and has always dreams about one. He’s extremely attached to her and treats her like her playmate and always cries when she goes out to school. His name is Jocky and he is a mixed breed dog though we’d had suspicions that he’s a Havanese, he looks very similar to this breed, but it’s rather impossible for him to be Havanese. Misha is in-door only, while Jocky lives on the backyard. He is small, I don’t know exactly how old he is, but he’s rather fluffy and I usually call him Jocky the Ball. While Misha is very withdrawn and introverted, Jocky is always full of beans and extremely touchy-feely and childish.

How about you? 🙂

Jocky.

Hhrrru? 😻

It’s your Misha Pisha, how are you peeps and pets doing? I am very excited. I just met another animal, and I think I don’t have to be afraid of him, so maybe we can be friends. His name is Jocky, and he’s a dog, he’s just a few months old and almost the same height as me. Jocky is Zofijka’s dog, she got him for Christmas, but he came yesterday, but I only got to meet him well today. I slept most of the day and I woke up about an hour ago, and came down and Jocky was there. I guess Jocky won’t be living here with us but either in the cellar or on the backyard, but then he was here in the house. And at first I was very scared because I didn’t know him and I am scared of those I don’t know. But he was very friendly and he said he will listen to me and he wants to play with me so we did. Jocky is cool, and he listens to me really and doesn’t want to tell me what I should do, and I am more clever than he so we get along, he is very joyful and even more talkative and happy-go-lucky than Sasha and as lively and noisy as Zofijka, but he can’t run as quickly as I can. Now they closed him in the cellar and he’s crying, he wants to play with me more. But for now I don’t, I need to think about it. But I like him, he is not scary.