Kali's tail hasn't got any better, but it doesn't
seem to have got any worse either. She's still having fish in her
diet and I also picked up a tip from the Pouched
Rat List. Apparently adding vitamin E to the diet help the rat
take up the oils better. We've also been moisturising Kali's tail.
The dry weather has broken now so I'm hoping the problem will begin
to clear up.
The tail problem hasn't slowed Kali down at all. She's been very
active when she's been out and we had a particularly eventful playtime
on Monday night. I finally managed to coax her to come out of her
house by herself, without me having to swoop down on her and pick
her up. I left the roof off her house and got her to follow my hand,
up her ladder, along the first shelf, up onto the second and finally
out though the roof. It took a couple of goes but she got the idea
and climbed up out of her house. I was then able to gather her into
my arms without the usual fuss and fighting. Once out and playing
she was very bold and confident. I was playing with her with her
cloth, which is one of her favourite
games, and she became very manic. She was pouncing on the cloth,
rolling over and under it and really biting it for all she was worth.
I was having to be very careful, and very quick, not to get my fingers
in the way. Suddenly she lunged at the cloth but made contact with
my leg and bit me through my Jeans. She only just broke the skin
but the pinch she gave me was far more painful that the proper bites
she gave me when I first had her.
Mysteriously Kali started limping again last week.
This is a recurring problem which she's had since we got her. The
limp has been hardly noticeable for weeks and then suddenly it got
a lot worse. After two or three days it improved again and, as with
her tail, it didn't slow her down at all.
Kali isn't waking us up during the night at the
moment but its because we're no longer sleeping directly above her.
We're decorating that room so we have moved to the back of the house.
I fear she's just as noisy as ever during the night - we just can't
hear her at the moment.