The lamp in Kali's room is now on a timer and it comes on automatically
during the night between 2:00 am and 4:00 am. Having the light on
during these times really seems to stop Kali gnawing the mesh and
keeping us awake. I've also been offered some smaller but equally
strong mesh so I'll be able to replace the mesh I've used in kali's
house and it will make it harder for her to get a grip on the mesh
with her teeth.
We've been away for a few days with Kali. We rented a holiday cottage
on the North Yorkshire Moors and while we were there we took the
opportunity to visit another pouched rat owner who has two rats,
a male and a female, who lives nearby. The pair are a few months
younger than Kali and not yet full grown. We saw them during the
day so they were very sleepy and not at all active but they were
very sweet curled up together and they let me stroke them. They
started talking while we were their and they made quite a different
sound to Kali. Their squeeks were much more 'tuneful' and bird like.
They were leaner than Kali, partly because they are younger but
also because I fear that Kali is a bit overweight! Kali looked huge
compaired to them.
Kali wasn't too pleased with being woken up to go visiting and
was a bit grumpy that evening but generally she travelled well and
settled into her holiday
house quickly. She was more relaxed about being shut up in her
tank for this trip than she was when we took her on her first
holiday earlier in the year. Pouched rats are smart enough to
remember events like this so it wasn't too much of a shock for her.
She was more unsettled on the way home and while she was gnawing
the mesh covering her tank I touched her nose. This made her very
cross and she scolded me very loudly which was very amusing.
I didn't give her an evening run the first day we were back but
she came out for her usual playtime the following night. She was
a bit hesitant at first when I tried to pick her up but as soon
as she realised it was a normal playtime and not another trip she
was off playing as normal.
When I pick her up now she leans into my body while I'm cradeling
her and I give her a good stroke and tickle all up and down her
back and between her ears. I'm still not sure if she really likes
it but she doesn't protest.