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Old 09-13-2020, 12:52 PM   #191
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It is looking nice, I put some hemp mat or something else over the bars at the end of a couple of my cages where the houses are to make it a bit darker there for them.
I’d keep an eye on the wheel for peeling paint, without a primer it doesn’t usually adhere properly on plastic & soon starts to peel off.
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:54 PM   #192
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Yes I’ll need to keep an eye on it. It seems pretty stuck on after the second coat.
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Old 09-13-2020, 03:48 PM   #193
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Pickle loves the cage. He especially loves the wheel I had to poke about under the substrate a bit to wake him up about 9.30pm and he then had a good explore. Sat in the ceramic hide (the animal one) and had a wash. He only just fit in it and was very squished. So I swapped it for the salt pig and he then sat in that and had a wash - much better size. Checked everything out, sniffed and checked at the bars. Then found the wheel. Ran in it a bit - looked happy. Sat and pee'd in it (assume that is to claim it). Sat and thought for a bit. Then ran loads in it and quite fast, diving out now and then into the cork log where he sat and chilled and had another wash. He was in and out of the log and the wheel so I left him to it for a while.

Sang happy birthday to him while he was in there (thank you Fairycake for reminding me!). Popped him back in his old cage now. He looked a bit disappointed. I'll try and get things finished and moved over tomorrow for him.
Pickle is 1 year old today, along with the other Ketzinicos.

Here he is chilling in his cork log.

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Old 09-14-2020, 12:34 AM   #194
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Happy birthday Pickle
He looks very content in his log, good to hear he's enjoying the cage.
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Old 09-14-2020, 04:53 AM   #195
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Happy Birthday Pickle and I am glad the new cage set up looks as though it will be a success with him. Well worth all the effort involved. I found that a salt pig was big hit too though mine is too small for an adult Syrian as it turned out.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:57 AM   #196
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Happy birthday Pickle. It sounds like he's happy with the new cage and the set up you have in there.
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:54 PM   #197
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So cage set up finished. I sneaked most of Pickle's cage contents out while he was asleep today so he can move in - I just need to wait till he's awake and then move his nest, hoard and potty. Took his little shelf out and moved and the other toys.

The left side of the Plaza fine but the house end needed some re jigging and setting up. I didn't use the legs in the end and set it lower down or Pickle may just hide under it. And put hemp mat round the inside at that end. The Plaza base is smaller than the Barney so the house doesn't sit on the base but rests on the curved edges near the bottom. That left too small a gap underneath in case he tried to get under the house, but once the hemp mat was in place that wedged the house in firmly with a 6cm gap underneath. So he can't completely disappear under it but still has some substrate underneath. It's a nice slope down to the house entrance as well.

Anyway that worked better with the small back shelf from his old cage. And all his old toys in there but not all in exactly the same place. The coconut had to go at floor level as the roof was a bit high to hang it from, even over the little shelf. His old door tunnel bendy bridge is now the ramp up to the big shelf.

But the whole cage smelled familiar anyway after his exploration yesterday. He seemed quite unfazed by moving in and really enjoyed checking everything out.

Then I found I couldn't fix anything to the bars due to the hemp mat tied in place! So had to cut a long thin piece out to fit the shelf, and a small piece to fit the water bottle holder through.

He moved in tonight. Moved him out of his empty cage into the rat ball for 5 minutes while I moved a bit of his nest and hoard over and his toilet. Hopefully he'll get some better habits now as he'd taken to nesting in his toilet again recently! But who knows!

He seemed very happy in it straight away - more confident exploring this time after his visit in there last night, had a run in the wheel - did some foraging and found all the treats and seeds I'd scattered. He seems very happy with it.

Now I just have to resist taking the house roof off for a while as that's what scared him last time.

It was nice to see him out and about in the cage in the evening and using the wheel. I may have the odd thing to add later - haven't used the cork shelf yet.

Photo just before he moved in - hadn't put the food and water in at this point.

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Old 09-14-2020, 02:56 PM   #198
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looks really nice, and Happy Birthday Pickle!!

Hard work has paid off, good job!
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:57 PM   #199
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Thank you Amethyst. Same set up as he had before really except the extra shelf on the left past the wheel And a bigger house. He is huge! I do wish that cage was just a bit lower. It's a fiddle trying to get round the height. But the front opening door is great.
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I havent found an ideal cage height yet. The Criceti 16 I had Boromir in had quite a deep base but meant I needed to make a ledge for him to reach the water bottle poking though. My rat cage the same for my older ratty, have to make him a little step to reach water bottle.

I love those rainbow bendy bridges, I never see them though. I saw the bigger ages ago in the range but was £10 which was a bit over budget
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