Caring for animals is a passion of mine. I’ve rescued animals of all kinds since I was a child. After we moved to Texas, I was intrigued by the wildlife it offered. I’ve lived in wooded areas like upper Michigan, cities with tall buildings and concrete like in California, and deserts with oh so much sand like in Arizona. You know the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas?” I did not fully understand what that meant until I saw the giant squirrels, the giant mosquitoes and the giant raccoons that would come right up into my lap while eating dog food that I’d set out for my rather confused dog.
Wild animals are not pets. You should never leave leftovers outside, and you should never invite a wild animal into your home (no matter how cute they are). Why, you ask? There are multiple reasons: the main one being that they are simply wild. You do not know what to expect. It can also be unsafe, and they can be carrying all kinds of ailments that could be transferred to your home, pets and human family.
Domestic animals are raised to believe that you will eventually give them what they want. Wild animals do not do the same. If you do leave any food outside, wild animals might soon come to expect their treats, and then they might bring it upon themselves to go into your house or even your neighbor’s to get it.
Still want to enjoy the view of deer in your backyard or hear the song of birds outside your window? As long as you respect their space, they usually respect yours as well. You’ll be able to have a safe and happy relationship with your wild animal friends by treating them to items better created for them like bird seed or salt licks.
Brookshire’s carries a selection of items you could use in the pet aisle. Check out how you can make your house more animal-friendly today and leave the leftovers in the fridge. There is always a new way to recreate those dishes tomorrow!