The content of rodents at home
As a child I always dreamed to have a cat or dog, but it so happened that I lived only small rodents: mice, Guinea pigs, rats and hamsters, I do not regret. I would like to share my impressions, based on my own experience, not taken from books and other sources.
Fundamentally the conditions of detention of these rodents differ little.
The very first hamster I had usual grey Syrian. Gave it to me when I was 7 years old. At this age I began to study books on the content of rodents at home. I fed him cereal mixes, sunflower seeds, bread, fresh grass and winter hay, vegetables and fruit. Cage, house, running wheel, ladders, everything was made by my grandfather from wire and wood. I made him a maze of plastic bottles and tape. The content of these adorable animals cost almost nothing, and the joy of it me and my friends were very much, especially when we saw how funny he washed front legs or put your own food in cheek pouches.
The problem is in the content of hamster was it just something. he is constantly at night chewing the bars of the cage and tried to get out, independently opening the door that often he worked and find him in the apartment then it was very difficult: he either sleeps where – nibud secluded place on the voice would occasionally go out, but in the hands did not want to be given. Ie hamsters to human society well used, but not linked, and, if possible, ready to escape. I wrestled with it like a doll, sewed clothes, prepared salads, arranged the dwelling of every toy furniture, although it is unlikely that he was thankful for that, especially for the bathing procedure. Perhaps the mistake was that I rarely gave him to drink and he’s got little protein and too much fatty foods (sunflower seeds). Perhaps this is why he got sick, he began to peel off the skin, and he lived only a little over 2 years.
The next hamster I got was a white, long-haired, so his fur had to care for, comb, cut skativshiesya wool and bathe sometimes, but usually he could handle.
Once we brought him female, and soon they had the offspring that I gave away to their friends. Soon all the children of our yard was on a hamster and I wanted another to leave. I kept one female, she lived with my hamster, and soon they too may have offspring, it is quite healthy at first glance, although very not recommended to take a couple from the same family. But for some reason half they immediately killed. When the cubs moved to solid food, the female we accidentally got crushed in the dark when you try another flight and the cubs soon died. Very sad story. However, one survived, only he had a badly damaged foot, because deeply entangled in a bed of cotton wool. Yes, vatu strongly recommend putting in the litter. A long-haired hamster, too, has not lived up to 3 years old, he had a very strong cancer, the doctors said they don’t operate on hamsters.
I had my Guinea pig. Plus their content is that they are beautiful, especially female and another funny noise when you stroke them. If you get used to it, we are in his hands. It’s very quiet animals and do not usually try to escape from you.
They, in my opinion, always ready to eat something. They need fresh greens and vegetables, and in winter it would be good to harvest them more hay. When pigs are hungry, they start very loud and demanding beeping. The name of the pig, in my opinion, very justified for them. They need to get out every day and bathe only when it is impossible to wet the head. For keeping pigs in clean, you must have a large supply of litter in the form of hay or sawdust. These overseas pigs. In my opinion, mumps is not the best option as a pet.
But my most favorite animal was a rat. In my opinion, all the other inferior decorative rodents rats in many ways. I took her out of the living area, they in the offspring was more than 10 cubs. She was the most sociable, always go for the hand if I’d climb in there with them. It was a female, she was the smallest in the litter, she was a beautiful bluish color and the tail was bent like an accordion at the end. But she was the best. Very quickly got used to the new place of residence and spent a lot of time on my shoulder when I went out with her. I was very lucky with her – it was a clean animal, brand manual, smart, and she was quite small, much less than the average size of a rat.
She was so attached to us that we sometimes let her freely walk around the apartment. Sometimes at night she would climb on sleeping people and licking the ears and lips – they do such caring. To endure is only the owners who love rats.
When I walked her, she was sitting on the hood or on his shoulder, people were frightened, especially her tail, but soon realized that this is a very cute animal. Fed her also: grain, herbs, vegetables, loved it, and milk, eggs and even meat sometimes. If I let go in an unfamiliar place, she’s a very was frightened and immediately climbed on my leg and sat on his shoulder. It is quite intelligent animals, from rodents exactly the smartest. Rat even respond to the voice, knew its owner, i.e. me, and generally they have quickly acquired reflexes, i.e. they are teachable. Keep them very simple: the main thing is not to forget to feed and clean, and all animals need to communicate, especially if it lives one. This rat also died of cancer.
Negative aspects in keeping small rodents in my opinion is: low life expectancy, difficulty in treatment, odor, brittleness (young children may harm them by careless play) and the tendency to escape.
But all of these points can be levelled at the initial selection of the animal and proper care.
The positive points are: simplicity in eating, grooming, small volume occupied housing, fast habituation to humans. Little hamster will not be a big hassle, doesn’t take up much space, but it will teach your child to be caring, responsible and self-reliant, to some extent, will bring it closer to the nature, which is less in large cities. The child will have to understand that a living creature should be treated carefully and that it and if handled carelessly it will not be able “to recover at the next level”.