Thought I'd give you an update on Charlie and Bosley rat boys. Haven't been around for a while so it might be a bit long. It has good stuff and bad stuff.
I have decided to redo flooring in some of house. To do this meant a big move around, including the boys and I put them in a bedroom just across the landing from us. In the room is a single bed which I covered with a waterproof, a blanket, a fleece then rat toys of cardboard boxes, tubes, castle, maze, etc. Between cage and bed I would put a wide plank of ply and they could come and go as they pleased. In general I only made the bridge when I was there. But one night I left it in place so they could roam. OH was up and about but I went to bed and sleep. I was awakened around 12:30 by a small white furry body climbing on my face. And it wasn't OH. Charlie had come to find me! It was so cute and funny but I realise could have gone horribly wrong.
It sounds a recipe for disaster I know but they have never, ever showed any interest in getting down from wherever they are. They hang over the edge and look down but never try to climb or jump, not even from my bed which is futon-high. I guess he just got it wrong during their games or Bosley chased him.....which leads me to the next thing.
The boys have been fighting. Stand up boxing scraps, generally after a grooming session has become too vigorous. Or sometimes during loves with me, I think they get a bit territorial over me and snap at each other. This has actually been going on for a few months and I'd see it twice a day during time I spent with them. So I decided to get them castrated. The deed was done on Wednesday. They are recovering well and started eating and drinking pretty much immediately. They had their first check over with the vet yesterday who said wounds look fine. Perhaps they are still a bit under the influence but I haven't seen any bickering or fights since!
Lastly, I am ashamed to say, the boys have lice. Urgh. The vet nurse combed one out and looked at it under the microscope and confirmed a sucking louse.
Treated them with Xeno spot on last Sunday, bought a new temp cage they could live in whilst I deep cleaned their normal cage. Their mood went from interest in new house, ecstatic pleasure in seeing me cos it meant they could out of new house to injured indifference to me, who has left them in this pitiful hovel! Still they are back in proper house albeit limited as they are not meant to climb or stretch too soon.
Can't wait for new floor meaning they can go back to living room and can be allowed out to roam proper.
Boys happier in their normal but smaller abode. Bosley boy, coming out to say hello.
Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.