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African Pouched RatKali aged 6 weeks
Kali's vital statistics
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Species: African Pouched Rat (Cricetomys gambianus)




10 October


I finally got Kali's new house finished last weekend. She was introduced to it after her Sunday evening play time. She was very surprised and took a long time to settle down. She stormed about the new house testing all the edges, pulling on the wire and, literally, climbing the walls. We had a very disturbed night with Kali crashing around and no-one got much sleep. She didn't really settle down 'til monday evening.

She managed to push past me when I was feeding her through the open door. She was very pleased to escape and was quite a job to catch. She didn't get aggressive when I tried to steer her back into her house but she knew what I was trying to do and she was far too quick for me. I hearded her into her plastic tank in the same way I do when at the end of her play time. She's beginning to understand what this means and seems quite happy to go along with it. I always say "Kali go home' when I want her to go into the tank and she seesm to understand this too.

Her house is now big enough for her to have her potty in with her. She's very good about using it and while she does still wee round her bed sometimes everything else goes in the potty and she's stopped weeing in her water bowl. I've not yet seen her use her water bottle, but I hardly ever see her drinking from her water bowl either. Her potty has made keeper her house clean much easier.

Kali's play area has also been extended. I've given up trying to keep her from going upstairs. She loves going up and down the stairs and it must be good exercise for her. She also seems more relaxed when she's upstairs and she jumps about and runs around for the sheer joy of it. She's more approchable and more ready to climb onto me and interact with me. I'm still worried that she's going to fall through the open banister but I keep a close eye on her when she's up there.



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