Thursday, June 16, 2005

Gerbils and Hamsters and Rats..Oh my!

So lets start off by saying I went to clean out all the cages today and found the gerbils had blood in their cage. So I went to pick them up and inspect them...Poor little Spirit's tail was shall I put this...GONE!
His damned brother Honey, had gotton into a fight with him, bit his tail about 2 inches from the base and the only thing left was the bones. ewwww.
So I called my Vet, and she told me to come right in. Well let me tell you, after the tail was inspected, Spirit was put to sleep so they could work on his tail and cut the bone off and sew it up on the end, ...the bill was whopping...$150.00!!! Oh Damn. You better believe my hubby wasn't happy about that. lol
So I get him home and put him in the cage with his brother, he goes over to him and lays down, honey then proceeds to clean his face for him. awww too cute. They slept on the second shelf of the cage right next to one another and the vet told me sometimes they will fight. Angelic Mouse But not to seperate them. Well duh!

So then I cleaned out the ratty Rat cage and gave them some fresh fruit.
Gave the ratties fresh watermelon. Rat heaven. My goodness. Sticky little pink rat feet everywhere.

My hamsters Hamster sleep all day. Mouse The little lazy butts. So waited until they got up and were ready to come out before I cleaned their cages. Then gave them some slices of orange since they don't like watermelon, and the gerbils got a half of an ear of raw corn.
Mouse On Wheel

I tell ya these little guys can sure make hell with ya. My dwarf hamster is mean. She comes out and just bites the hell outta me. lol I have little hamster bites all over my arm now. Little brat.


  1. I had gerbils as a kid....many, many gerbils. heh heh They lose thier tales as a defence mechanism, so they can get away. 150 bucks seems real steep for what the vet did really. When one has animals one must see things through but decisons are tough. That would have been a tough call.
    I would have had to see the little fella first in order to make a decision, but had it been near the end of the tale all I would have done is gone to see my pharmasist, told him the promblem, got a local freeze for it and nipped the end off with a sterilized exacto knife then stanched the bleeding with some cornstarch. It would have healed over.
    But like I said, I didn't seen how bad it was and it might have been enough that this quick home cure wouldn't have worked.

  2. lol I'm a homemaker not a doctor!
    I can't see myself trying to hold that little guy still long enough for me to cut the protruding bone off his tail. lol there was about 2 1/2 inches of bone there that they took off. I believe he is the only gerbil with half a tail, and 6 fingers on one paw. LOL I wonder if his mother was a frequent visitor to the Nevada Test Site. lol All that Radiation and nucleur testing ya know.


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