20 February 2016
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Increasingly, I have noticed Himalayan Salt Licks being advertised for pets. Originally, I did not take much notice as it seemed at odds with also being told that too much salt is bad for us. Gradually, the message filtered through that the salt licks offer numerous health advantages & of course for humans, pure Himalayan pink salt is thought to be beneficial.
Whilst doing an online supermarket shop, I noticed they sold salt licks for pets. I popped one in my basket. When it came, I was still a bit dubious about putting it out for Bezukhov & Phineas, so I put it aside for the time being. Not long afterwards, Phineas started licking the Manor bars. It was very odd & a little worrying – had I cleaned the bars properly?! They have the iodine mineral block which both regularly nibble & also cuttlefish that they tend to play with rather than chew. Was Phineas looking for some other minerals? Whilst I was pondering that, I remembered I had the salt lick. Perhaps I should try it?
Initially, I put it on the floor of the manor, in a corner where Phinny would sometimes go to lick the bars. He did a double-take when he first saw this lump of pink, crystallised rock. To his credit, he plucked up courage to peck at it & let it know who was boss & in doing this, got a taste. It did not take long for him to discover that he liked it! In fact, he was so enthusiastic about it, I was worried he might overdose! So, when he was not looking, I took it out & put it on the shelf under the cage. He saw it there & still wanted it. He tried to get down there but was not agile enough. I changed tack & decided to put it on the window ledge. This way it would be available but slightly out of the way.
Phineas trying out the salt lick on the manor floor
Phineas likes the lick
Bezukhov gets in on the act
It did not take long for Phineas to follow it to the window ledge where he
snorted licked more. After awhile, Bezukhov also investigated, but had to do some nifty side-stepping to get around Phineas.
Phinny’s obsession with it has now calmed down. It was almost like he needed to fill himself up with something he was lacking, & now he has those minerals he just needs a little bit daily to keep them topped up. Bezukhov also has a lick daily.
I think it was a good buy.
Here are the boys in action:
Dis is mine!