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Well, I just thought I would take the time and introduce myself. My name is Jackie. I am a new cat owner, I have 4 guinea pigs (which I love to high heaven) and one turtle. I love the pigs the most. They beg squeal for treats and are cuddly in general (when they dont poo or pee on you). My cats name is Smokey. I found out about him from a girl at work. I was thinking about getting a pet that I could sleep with at night because my boyfriend is going to Iraq on Jan 7, 2008. He will be there one year, and I really wanted something to keep my occupied and basically something that just loved me. I was waiting to adopt from the SPCA. I had not even had the chance to go and see the cats. I really was not in a rush. Anyway, a girl at work found out I was considering a cat and she told me about a vet that had a feral cat that was hit by a car, had scabies and soon later (a week after getting him) ear mites. I really did not want a cat with all those problems. So, I said no. But, she then showed me a picture, and my boyfriends mother just put her cat of 13 years to sleep because it had something wrong with the spleen that could not be fixed. I personally loved my boyfriend's mother's cat and when Cathy at work showed his Smokey's picture, he looked just like my boyfriends mother cat that was put to sleep. I instantly said yes. I went and got "butch" (the name the vet named him and instantly renamed him to Smokey. When I first got him, he bonded to me immediately, however he hissed at my boyfriend. He still does. I knew I loved smokey when he decided to sleep on me one night on the couch for about three hours. I just love him. Plain and simple.

As for thew pigs, Spike, whom I have had for 4 years, my boyfriend got him for me as a present. I really did not want a pig. I wanted a ferret. My boyfriend wanted a pig. He came home with Spike, and the first night I had spike, he started to cry immediately. I knew I loved Spike at that moment. At first spike was not well taken care of. I did many things wrong. But when I joined a guinea pig forum, I was quickly out into my place. Those people who did that, saved Spike's life. He was in a small aquarium, on cedar bedding, at the time he got no unlimited hay and he got yogurt drops, no veggies. The things I did wrong were countless. He now is provided the proper care. I assure you, he gets the best care. I have completely changed all of my ways. So, part of my changing was guinea pigs are social animals. Spike was by himself, I had to get him a friend. I then got Junior. Junior and spike got along for awhile, but then there was bloodshed. I then had two pigs that needed a friend. I then got Harry (who was infested with lice from a backyard breeder). Harry was with Junior until, Junior started to fight with harry. Harry then went with Spike. They have been together for a year. Junior still needed a friend. The last boy, Cuddles, the rescue helped me bond him to Junior since Junior is bosey.

The turtle, I got from my mother. She had him in a small tank and he is NOT 4 inches. I took him and researched him. I found out he/she was a red eared slider. also, got a huge tank, a basking area floating rock and live aquatic plants. He is a cool turtle. We call him Mr. Turtle. Thats the story of my life and my farm house in south FL.
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Hi, and welcome to TCS!
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Hi Jackie, welcome to TCS.
So glad you've joined us! We love hearing about each other's kitties.
Smoky won your heart.
I will look forward to seeing pictures of all your sweet animals.

As you learn your way around the site, if you need help,
please feel free to contact me.
Simply click on my user name and send a private message.
I will get back to you asap.
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Hello & welcome to the forum. That's quite an introduction. I hope Smokey is all better now? I had a Smokee many years ago, he was a silver shaded persian, much like the cat in Stuart Little. Hope to pics of you critters soon.
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Hello Jackie, Welcome to TCS! Glad you take the time to learn how to properly care for your animals You will learn tons here and hope you enjoy the forums!
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Hello Jackie! Welcome to the Cat Site!

All your little pets sound adorable Hope to hear more about them!

Best Wishes to all of you! Enjoy the forums
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Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
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Welcome to TCS, Jackie!!! See you on the forums
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Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
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Welcome to TCS Jackie! Hope to see you around the forums.
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Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your Smokey to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
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