After all this time with Jerry mouse, leaving him be since he was so opposed to being touched, I decided to see if I could teach him to turn on command like the girls. So guess who else is motivated by sunflower seeds? lol He does this REALLY adorable thing, standing on his hind legs and rubbing his hands together like "gimme, gimme!" But he'll turn on command AND he is even sitting in my hand and eating his seed and also last night started crawling up my arm! :o And old man can be taught new tricks. lol He's liberally estimated (adopted from a shelter) to be 2 yrs old in mid May.
Concerning his health- the vet has said his swollen sides were a result of allergies making his pancreas? swell up. After failing to give him the meds orally and progressing to bloody ears, the vet gave him a steroid shot and he is as good as new! Healed up completely! So we decided we'll leave him be and when he gets to the point where he starts scratching himself bloody, he'll go in for another shot, but not sooner than that. Seems like a great plan to me.
Living in North Carolina, USA with 1 Syrian hamster, 3 Chinese hamsters, 4 mice, 2 rats (and 2 cats)