To begin this blog, we have a lovely example of teamwork between Kasper and Archie, our rescue rat.
My partner can never learn not to leave things on top of our pets’ cages; this usually means that Archie drags plastic wrappers into his cage and sleeps amongst them, and Cleo (guinea pig) drags in dog toys and plays / chews them to shreds *sigh*
Yesterday my partner left a full (unopened) packet of crackers on top of Archie’s cage.
Archie is incredibly skillful; he can open packets, move wrappers along to the centre where the bars are more flexible, and even pull things through that are twice as thick as the bar spacing…yeah, I don’t know how either >__<
Anyway, Archie managed to open the packet of crackers and spill them. Everywhere. They went on his cage, in his cage (nom nom nom), all over the kitchen AND Kasper got half a dozen to eat too…photographic evidence 😉
Secondly I have some news of the degus we adopted the other day. We speed-ordered some wire cutters from amazon, and today I added an extension to the cage all by myself *proud smile*
It took me aaages, because I am TERRIBLE at DIY, but it’s done 🙂
The ‘loft’ is made from a bird cage we used to quarantine our finches in, and is 55cm x 30cm x 35cm. I cut a hole in the top of the Thickets cage, put the bird cage on top and used woven place mats as flooring so they didn’t have to walk on wire.
I tied the finch cage to the Thickets using chicken wire; we cut tiny pieces of chicken wire off the roll, then unwound them so it was a straight piece and used it to tie them together!
The extension also has a shelf measuring 40cm x 20cm, which is actually a metal pan used to catch ash underneath wood burners – I stumbled across it in our local pet / hardware shop today!! I put two wooden bird perches underneath to hold it steady.
I’ve filled the loft with chewables and exciting toys, to try encourage Toshi and Takka to go up there.
Unfortunately at the moment they spend 99% of their time on the tiny shelf where their wheel is. They’re either on the shelf or in the wheel, and even though I’ve filled their cage with chews and interactive toys, they’re too nervy to explore!
I cannot wait until they venture up there though, and since taking the above photo I’ve meddled with the set-up further to make it even easier for them to get to the new area.
In other degu news I started the taming process today, and Takka surprised me by how readily he took to me!
To start with I just spoke to them, then left a seed / pellet where I had stood, for them to find whenever. By the end of the day Takka was taking seeds from my fingers 🙂
Not bad to say they would flee when they saw me come near yesterday 🙂
They have eaten their sunflower seed quota for the week now though (oops), so I need to dig out some healthy treat alternatives!
And now here’s Mr Greedy himself (otherwise known as Kasper), already so used to the degus he finds them boring, and willing to pose next to them for cat treats 😉
Very happy with the degus new loft area though, and hope to add to it further soon! You can see the final layout here…I took out their second hammock, so that when the new levels and such arrive there’s room for them 🙂