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  • Writer's pictureMarybeth Haines

Guest Spotlight: A Wiggly Pet

A worm for a pet? Come on….really?

Yes, really! Did you know that worms make awesome pets?

6 months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with fellow author and worm advocates; Cathy and Rick Nesbitt. From speaking with them for just a short time, I learned an abundance of knowledge and have never looked at a worm the same way again.

Worms are tiny creatures that live in the earth but they do much more than that….they help our environment, are organic and there are no chemicals needed.

What really touched me was when I learned that a worm has 5 hearts! Yes, you heard right….5 hearts! How can you not learn to love a worm knowing that when coming from a true heart of love, these worms have 5 times more than humans do!

Absolutely amazing!

Pets come in all types, shapes and sizes…..The question is, when you see a worm the next time…will you look at it the same way?

On today’s “Guest Spotlight” post, Cathy shares with us some great information:

Rick and Cathy Nesbitt / Cathy’s Crawly Composters

A Wiggly Pet

When thinking of a pet, most people imagine a cuddly puppy or cute kitten. What about wiggly worms? Worms make great pets. Think about it, they are soft, well behaved, quiet don’t need to be walked nor have litter cleaned.

Worms are working pets that with the help of other assorted tiny living creatures in the compost turn food scraps and paper into soil. Did you know that composting can be done indoors? It is called vermicomposting or worm composting. Worm composting is an excellent way to engage children. Worms will play an ever-increasing role in waste management, soil production and therefore food security. Why not employ these wonderful workers willing to work for food scraps?

A worm bin in the classroom offers a tremendous learning opportunity! Education is key to raise awareness about the benefits of using worms to convert organic matter into nature’s finest fertilizer. Teachers have reported that a worm bin in the classroom will encourage some students to eat better. How? Worms are transformative. Students become engaged and want to care for and feed the worms. Worms only eat organic material so when Joey or Julie approach the teacher while munching on chips or other processed food and express interest in feeding the worms, it is a great opportunity to remind them that the worms do not eat junk food. If they wish to feed the worms, they must bring a healthy snack like a banana or apple.

Did you know worms have 5 hearts each and that there are 800-1000 red wiggler worms in a pound? That’s a lot of love and a great Valentines gift. A pound of worms is way more loving than a pound of chocolate and is the gift that keeps on giving.


Cathy Nesbitt is a worm advocate and founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters. (Est 2002) This environmental business specializes in vermicomposting and organic diversion.

Cathy’s thought-provoking style of speaking inspires individuals to take action and do something. Visit to learn more.

Thank you Cathy!

Love and hugs,


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