Friday, June 03, 2016

#Furkid Friday: #Rats and #Chinchillas In The House

Um... Hi everyone. This is Skye the rat.



You probably heard, but... My ratty sister, Star, and I are no longer the only females in the rodent gang, since two other female rodents joined the family a little over a month ago. Hard to believe it's been that long already, but it has. Anyway...

Back near the start of April, the human caretakers set up this new cage beside ours, which we thought was strange... Especially since it stayed empty for what seemed like ages and ages (especially to us).

Then, finally, the human caretakers brought a pair of rodents home that looked like nothing we'd ever seen before. They sort of look like a cross between a cat and a rabbit, and are called "chinchillas" apparently.

Here they are... In case you missed when the human caretakers introduced them before...

This is the one called Mollie:


And this is the one called Maizie:


Our gerbil brother, Baggins, and our four degu brothers, aren't very interested in our new chinchilla sisters... Possibly because their cages are further away. But Star and I spend a lot of time watching them, trying to figure them out.

One of them... The one called Maizie... Is interested enough to come say "hi" to us sometimes, but the other one... The one called Mollie... Tends to hang back and watch us from a distance. That's if they do bother to take notice. Mostly they're too busy seeing what else is going on in the world, or playing, to be all that interested in us though. We kind of wish they'd come talk to us more often, but we also enjoy watching them play. You should see them bounce around in their cage... They're nuts!

Squeak soon,
Skye

5 comments:

Intense Guy said...

Laffs. They bounce around huh? Are they squeakers or squealers? Or do they make some other sound?

Victoria Zigler said...

Iggy:
They make all sorts of sounds. I'll talk to the human caretakers about trying to get some sort of audio clip of their sounds or something, so you can hear them.

Squeak soon,
Skye

Victoria Zigler said...

Iggy:
Thinking about it though... It's more of a chittering sound they make most of the time. The human caretakers say their sounds are sort of similar to the sounds guinea pigs make.

Squeak soon,
Skye

Rita said...

Been many years since we had chinchillas at the pet shop where I worked but I remember them being quieter than the guinea pigs--who also squeal and squeak. A softer chitter motor, I guess, is what I remember. They do jump and play a lot more than most rodents, I think. And SOOOOO soft!!

You have some great cages, BTW. :)

Victoria Zigler said...

Rita:
Yes. That's a good way to describe it... Like the guinea pig noises done with a softer chitter motor. Also, yes to them jumping about more than most rodents. They're very active. Although, from what I can gather, ours aren't quite as active as many are, probably due to Mollie being so reserved after her depression issues. Maizie is certainly very active and bouncy though. Plus, the human caretakers say they have the softest fur they've ever felt.

Oh, and thanks about our cages... We love them! Our human caretakers do their very best to give us plenty of space to play, and plenty of things to play with - and gnaw on - in that space.

Squeak soon,
Skye