cats are dangers to reptiles, snuggling or not their saliva is highly toxic
Hi Anon, these two mostly coexisted in the same space and were never unattended. Zoya had her own enclosure and not being a water turtle the saliva issue was not a direct threat.
At the time of the photo, I had gone blind and was hospitalized for several weeks. This left me and Zoya homeless. We were lucky to be given a place to live by our friend and her beautiful boy CM. I created a makeshift enclosure and had a makeshift bed for myself and we made due till we could move. This was a sweet moment captured on film in a terrible time in our lives and I sharing it is just that.. sharing a moment that was unexpected and sweet.
I have said it before and will say it again that people need to do research and think when owning and handling a reptile. I am not a vet (I can hear you say obviously) but I have done extensive research and have been certified in wildlife rehab. I don’t expect that everyone here is.. but I expect that they can appreciate a moment and not instantly recreate it. We all have brains and an ability to appreciate without replicating.. though I am happy to air on the side of caution in this case so will amend the post.
I always appreciate your thoughts, please send them from your address as I really honestly want to discuss these things and a better way to communicate caution with appreciation. I do this when face to face with people but its not apparently conveyed well here. Thanks for taking the time to write. I am always grateful for the input.
So do be clear PLEASE don’t let your cat interact with your tortoise or turtle’s water, food, etc. Do not allow them to lick each other, NEVER let them eat each others food, and in general, do not leave your shell friend to roam free in your home as it can be VERY dangerous for them. Do your research and remember a photo is just a split second in a greater context and ALWAYS air on the side of caution.
Thanks again anon!