A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Monday, May 02, 2011


Treats, treats, treats.  You would think that my critters never got fed - that they were a starving pack of wild beasts that have had to scavenge for their meals.....yeah right.  They have access to both food and water 100% of the time as they are all free feeders.  But when the treats come out - it doesn't seem to matter - its as if they have never eaten before.

Nigel the hedgie gets worms each day - that is his consistent treat.  We try fruits, veges, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc as well - its hit and miss.  Since he tends to be so finicky we have moved slowly to a more robust hedgehog specific food and vitamin supplement to ensure he gets what he needs.  If he was allowed - he would eat junk all day long.  His favorite is coconut cookies.....

Clooney - he gets two treats each day.  One is actually a supplement that he needs but he thinks its a treat.  The other is his "stick" - a small ferret sized rawhide treat that he LOVES.  Luckily the animals don't have much interest in the stick.  I have a terrible time keeping Oliver out of the supplement though - he thinks its yummy.

The kitties - they have regular cat treats - both crunchy and soft.  I find if I treat them every day they get to be flabby kitties so its only a once in awhile happening.  As for other things they like - ferret food, milk after cereal, ice cream and a wide variety of people foods.  We try not to give them too much as we really are working on weight and making sure that as they get older they are as healthy as they can be.

Emma - she has all sorts of treats.  Dog biscuits, busy bones, rawhide sticks, etc.  She usually gets about 3 a week.  She also gets pizza crusts - she loves that.  She is the biggest mooch for people food and is probably indulged with bites way more than she should be.

Treat time is funny - with lots of vocalizations and really the only time all of them are willing to be in tight quarters at one time....

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