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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2016 8:52pm (Mar 13th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I thought I'd start a thread to clump all my pets' cages / upgrade pics in, because I just keep creating new threads and it's cluttering up the forum...for anybody who has pets that live in enclosures, feel free to post too :smile:

    Already shared, but here's a quick one of Effie's...she's a Syrian hamster in a Mamble 100cm cage:

     photo newcage11_zpslpwajhjc.jpg

    Today the quail moved cages...yup, again! It's their third!

    I was really happy for them in the 120cm cage they had originally, but when Aubree stole it they went into a two storey 100cm cage...although this was totally big enough, and when you factor in the extra floor and levels they had a lot of floorspace, I didn't like how little continuous running space there was.
    So they went into a 42 inch dog crate :)

     photo cratequail4_zps1lcmkkmi.jpg

    Their old cage was 100cm x 50cm x 100cm high; the crate is 110cm x 70cm x 75cm high! Of course this presented us with the issue of them 'boinking' - quail will launch themselves straight up into the air, and should be kept in either a low cage or one that is taller than 7ft, to prevent head and neck injuries, as it can kill them. We made two shelves from foam paneling, to stop any boinks!!!

     photo cratequail1_zpse1vmruoz.jpg

    Video of them trying the levels and exploring:



    Length of old cage, width of new:

     photo cratequail2_zpsaj9e9w4s.jpg

    They have 8.2 square feet and seem very happy about it :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2016 8:55pm (Mar 13th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    But then that left us with the double cage going spare, and I thought...y'know who'd enjoy that? What about the chinny girls!!

     photo cagechins2_zpsyt6j2ewx.jpg

    I would quickly like to add that with most chinchillas it is advised to keep them out of plastic cages and with few / no plastic accessories, because a lot of chins will chew it...however we have had these girls several months now, and they haven't chewed anything plastic once. They are in our living room and we are with them almost every hour of every day - if they chew anything they shouldn't, we will know :smile:

     photo cagechins_zpspyravido.jpg

     photo cagechins3_zpsiibpfhls.jpg

    Totally not stressed after the cage move! Even Chilli didn't care - we used a cat carrier to transport them, they spent an excited half hour exploring, then fell asleep!

     photo cagechins1_zpsybbf2qo8.jpg

     photo cagechins4_zpsgg6rnn0l.jpg

    I really want to add some wooden hopping shelves but I can't find any in person and I don't trust buying them online...we bought 12+ wooden shelves off ebay and amazon before the chins came home, they cost a fortune, and not one of them fit the bars!!

    We then bought some bigger washers in, thinking that would mean we could use the shelves, but the screws were wrong then - agh!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 4:24pm (Mar 14th 2016)
     
    Ahhhhh you doing it again Red !!!! Im os enamoured by the chinchillas and even more so now Ive seen them in their new home. They are just the cutest little things. Do you get them out for cuddles?. That new house is perfect for them. What to do I told GN no more pets then I looked on cats protection and fell in love with about six cats. But I want to travel so must be good. I think its worse than dieting trying to work out if to add to the family or not !!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 5:08pm (Mar 14th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    NN that's why I'm so pleased we don't travel, because even if we took the dogs with us I'd have to find someone I trust to come care for the other fuzzies, and I just don't trust anyone...the last time we went on holiday was almost exactly four years ago now hahaha,we haven't had even one night's holiday since! :tooth:

    The chins LOVE their new space...I have an idea to burn a hole in the bottom of a 100cm guinea pig cage we have going spare today, and then adding it on top of their current set-up to make a three tier cage...can you imagine that!?!? :bigsmile:

    Just need to figure it out, and make sure it will fit!

    NN the chins aren't that cuddly at all (Bandoose will climb onto you for treats, she has no interest in fuss, and she can be stroked, but that's it - Chilli takes treats by hand but is scaredier) however they are very happy to, and do, interact with you. Because they are so easy to carry about in the cat carrier they come out into the section of pen we have in the living room and they've never tried to chew anything or jump over. I think they enjoy it, but only because of the treats :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 6:56pm (Mar 14th 2016)
     
    Yes, I prefer to stay home with my kitties too!

    Why don't you go do some travelling NN, and then when you decide to slow down a bit (if you do!) get a more mature cat (12+) and give them a nice home for their remaining years. Where do you want to travel to? The world is getting a scary place (I'm such a scaredy cat!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:13am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    We had a neighbour really willing to look after our cats and hens and we let them once for five days. We were heart broken when we got home as no way had they been properly looked after. They all had a few drops of water left and it was obvious they hadnt been given fresh every day, they had the same food bowls although I had left out plenty of clean ones Cats like a fresh bowl for their food every day. The cats litter tray was just about over flowing with poo. We had gotten them such a nice expensive present for looking after them as well, and I was so reluctant to give it too them as I was so disappointed. I do travel Kate but by myself GN stays home and sees to the animals, I just feel so mean though as he wont go with out me, so doesnt get a holiday and when he looks at my photos he always says they are lovely and how glad he is I had a good time in such a wistful way. I really want us to be able to go together, I am quite happy to travel alone and do stuff by myself but its not the same as sharing an experience. I was hoping to take Mallory to Norway with me this Easter but as Ive not been well I have delayed it. She would have loved the snow, its really good again this year. No way could we have an older cat Kate as nice as that might be, GN gets so deeply upset when they pass. He would be constantly worried and fearful.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 3:10pm (Mar 15th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh NN what a horrible situation! I've only left my pets (as an adult) a few times, we had a friend we met at uni who lived nearby us in Stoke and she looked after Ron, then my dad looked after our rats and mouse once...the rats were when we went on holiday, and the mouse was when my parents didn't want him living in our flat, so said they'd look after him...won't be trusting my dad again though as my parents went on holiday and left our mouse in the shed! They neglected to tell us that and, when we found out, nobody had a key so we couldn't check on him...they somehow thought that was okay :sarcastic:

    Posted By: nanny northNo way could we have an older cat Kate as nice as that might be, GN gets so deeply upset when they pass. He would be constantly worried and fearful.


    I'm the same as GN, NN. I fretted and fretted over the chin girls and they're only seven! I could never adopt an older cat or dog though...Kasper is turning six this May and I've already cried several times about him getting old and 'it won't be long until we lose him'...all the panic would be far worse adopting an older dog.

    **Chin cage update!**

    After the soldering iron broke it meant we couldn't use the 100cm guinea pig cage I wanted to add on, so I was wracking my brains trying to think what else we could use...downgrade Effie back to the Thickets and use the Mamble, as that's 100cm too? No, that's not fair...then it hit me, the Furet Plus is empty and, if we didn't include the base (which would also mean we didn't have to burn a hole in it), that would fit on top!

    The Furet Plus is taller than a guinea pig cage, which makes up for it being 20cm shorter, and with a level and hammock it's quite a nice addition...I still want to add another hammock under the leopard print one.

     photo chinpalace1_zpslybqngod.jpg

    I'd just like to add that organising cages and cable tying everything together is a NIGHTMARE when Bandoose is trying to 'help'...climbing up your arm, nibbling your sleeves, and playing tug of war with the ties :rolling:

     photo chinpalace_zpstot34cf9.jpg

    The lava ledges arrived today which have been handy in creating a lava ledge climbing wall going up...

     photo chinpalace2_zpspxnwsokl.jpg

    And we've used two wooden ramps to make the route up even easier too!

     photo chinpalace3_zpse7r1wnml.jpg
    Just waiting for them to wake up and figure it out now :)

    Oh also, we realised we had their wheel wrong this entire time - you can attach it to the cage bars, so it doesn't travel across the cage as they run and clatter about as much!!!

     photo wheel_zps6ot09fef.jpg
    Needless to say we have it like this now, although on the bottom level :)

    Their cage is now as tall as me, not including the cabinet it is on :rolling: but because the top cage doesn't have a base, cleaning up there shouldn't be too difficult :smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 4:36pm (Mar 15th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: RedOh NN what a horrible situation! I've only left my pets (as an adult) a few times, we had a friend we met at uni who lived nearby us in Stoke and she looked after Ron, then my dad looked after our rats and mouse once...the rats were when we went on holiday, and the mouse was when my parents didn't want him living in our flat, so said they'd look after him...won't be trusting my dad again though as my parents went on holiday and left our mouse in the shed! They neglected to tell us that and, when we found out, nobody had a key so we couldn't check on him...they somehow thought that was okay :sarcastic:


    Mr Shitter was fine! (Never was a name so apt - that thing STANK...)

    Mark still mentions it sometimes when we see him - he says his car smelt for weeks after transporting Mr S.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 5:11pm (Mar 15th 2016) edited
     
    Oh Neil I just spluttered water every where......... Mr Shitter the mouse ha ha ha ha thats priceless.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 5:12pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    My word Red that sure is an impressive house for the chinchillas. Awwwe just look at that one cuddling up to Lyle its just the cutest xxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 10:02pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    Three weeks, NN... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:42pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    People come into Rehoming asking for kittens/young cats because they want them for a long time, and then they're back within the year because the poor thing got run over (or they had a baby so want us to have it back, or they're moving and can't take it ...) Sometimes one a little bit older is better for some people depending on location, but I do know what you mean!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2016 4:45pm (Mar 16th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neil
    Posted By: RedOh NN what a horrible situation! I've only left my pets (as an adult) a few times, we had a friend we met at uni who lived nearby us in Stoke and she looked after Ron, then my dad looked after our rats and mouse once...the rats were when we went on holiday, and the mouse was when my parents didn't want him living in our flat, so said they'd look after him...won't be trusting my dad again though as my parents went on holiday and left our mouse in the shed! They neglected to tell us that and, when we found out, nobody had a key so we couldn't check on him...they somehow thought that was okay<img src=" title=":sarcastic:" />


    Mr Shitter was fine! (Never was a name so apt - that thingSTANK...)

    Mark still mentions it sometimes when we see him - he says his car smelt for weeks after transporting Mr S.

    So much no here...nothing excuses leaving a rodent in the shed for a week with one bowl of food and one bowl of water, that is so bad - just because he smelt that was no excuse to neglect him!!!

    Also, did you know that in general men respond worse to the smell of male mice than women? Weird!

    Posted By: KatebPeople come into Rehoming asking for kittens/young cats because they want them for a long time, and then they're back within the year because the poor thing got run over (or they had a baby so want us to have it back, or they're moving and can't take it ...) Sometimes one a little bit older is better for some people depending on location, but I do know what you mean!


    All those things can happen when you adopt an older cat too, though. In general if you adopt a young healthy cat / kitten it will live longer than a 12+ cat...people who adopt older pets are special, because you are setting yourself up for a higher chance of heartache and vet bills, but I couldn't do it...not for a dog or a cat.

    I was happy to take Tilt, she could have an average life expectancy, and I will adopt older rodents as the difference is usually less than a year anyway...but I couldn't do it with a dog.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2016 6:53pm (Mar 16th 2016)
     
    No of course, not everyone can. I was thinking more 7 or 8 years old than 12 - they're usually happy to just pootle around a bit outside and not wander too far. Apparently, statistically it's rare for a cat 4+ to get run over (provided they're used to going out and haven't moved house) in comparison to a younger cat, and it's amazing how many people have cats that live to 15+ years. (Emmett is 21 in 3 weeks time, she was a kitten when we got her!)

    Saying all that, people have to have what they want. If what they want is a kitten then that's what they should adopt! Easier to integrate with other pets, people enjoy watching them grow - you know as well as I do that every adoption is unique and should be best for owner and pet, and I would never criticise anyone for going with a youngster. There are no guarantees and I'm just pleased that there are (eventually) homes for them all.