Didn't get a ton done today, but did get the basement a tad more organized. Moved three of the rats out of their regular cages and into the stacked cages, clearing off table 2 and part of table 3. Moved Keisa's cage onto table 2, clearing off table 1. Moved the rats from table 3 to table 2 -- clearing off table 3. So, basically, I cleared off two tables. And no, they're not really numbered -- for explanation it just was easier.
So then I had a crapload of supplies and stuff I needed to dig through originally on table 1 -- moved that stuff to table 3.
Cleaned out Juno's cage and put in the shredded bedding as well as Jessie's cage, with new bedding and added some toys and stuff. Gave them their meds, which neither was crazy about. Though Juno did lick some of the remaining med off of my finger when I was sticking him back in his cage. Both of those cages are now on the table that's way off to the side, to keep them a bit away from the others.
|Juno chowing down after I cleaned his cage and gave him more food -- you can see one of his skin wounds, poor thing (he has a bacterial skin infection with an unknown underlying cause)|
So, back to the rat-stand for a moment. Had a chance to go to Walmart today and bought a lot of rattie things. Stuff I could live without, no doubt, but bought some things so I could deck out their new cages. Also, initially, I was going to cable-tie the cages to the stand, but then I thought, well, if someone was here and wanted to see a rat in the bottom cage, I'd like to be able to just pull that cage off the stand and set it on a table..... so I made little wire contraptions that loop around the back corners of the cage and the back posts of the stand and snap together....so that'll be easy enough to unsnap if someone wants to see a lower-caged rat, but at the same time, it'll keep the cages on the stand.
|Rat-stand with three cages. Technically could add a fourth cage if I wanted to buy one, but I think it'd be slightly out of reach. Cause you know, I'm a bit short.|
|Bottom cage. Again, got one of my chin-hammocks. Also got one of the bird perches, this one had never been used. Made them another coconut thing. I don't know what I think they're going to do with them, the rats are bigger than the coconuts, but maybe they can climb on them. Gave them a ladder, a little hidey tunnel, and there is a cat ball in there somewhere. And a gravity feeder in back. And, not shown, but they now have a bowl of lab blocks. Have to say, I am thrilled to get these girls into a cage where they don't have access to shavings -- these girls would pile their food dishes and gravity feeder high with shavings -- as if they were trying to "hide" their food from others. But it was a pain cause it was like they'd hide it and then not be able to "find" it later. Well, that can't happen here. Oh, and they have one of those birdie foraging boxes (front left) so maybe they'll use their brains with that. These rats are Spots (white with black hood) and Princess (white with fawn food). They have been here for awhile, not much interest in them at all.|
Well, that's about it for today. Not likely to get much done tomorrow cause I'll be out most of the day/night, but maybe something minor will get done.