Hi humans, rodent types, and anyone else reading this.
This is Jenks the degu, here to give you an update on my brother, Jacob, because he's still a little sulky about having to take nasty tasting medicine, not to mention having to be put in a box by himself on two seporate occasions, just to be poked about by some guy the human caretakers say is called a "vet" and supposed to make sick animals feel better.
Jacob told the human caretakers he was feeling better and didn't need to go back to see the vet person. But they didn't listen. Instead, they stuck him back in that box - all by himself, I might add - and took him back there.
The moment the box was opened and Jacob saw the vet guy, he started yelling that he was, "All better now," and telling him that he no longer needed any medicine, and wanted to go home. He says he squealed it as loudly as he could. But, just like our human caretakers, the vet guy didn't listen, and started poking Jacob about to check him all over again, despite his loud protests.
Seriously! What is it with you humans and refusing to listen?
Anyway, as Jacob had been trying to tell the humans, his mouth wound was all healed up, he'd gained a gram where he was back to eating normally again, and his fur is starting to grow back.
See... If they'd listened to him, they could have saved the vet trip. Stupid humans!
So, anyway, Jacob now weighs 215 grams (which, for those of you who deal in pounds and ounces, is a little over eight and a half ounces) and he doesn't need to go back to the vet any time soon. Although, Jacob says he did hear something about how the human caretakers will have to get something called "antiseptic wash" from the vet guy if his fur doesn't continue to grow back, so he's really hoping it does, because he doesn't like the sound of that.
As I said, Jacob is now eating normally again. He's stopped looking for the softer food items among our nibbles, and started enjoying things like dry pasta and chinchilla cookies again. So, that's good.
As I also said, the humans could have avoided the return trip to the vet if they'd only listened to Jacob. I mean, he even grabbed hold of the Mummy human's finger and put enough pressure behind his grip to tell her that he could really hurt her if he wanted to, without actually doing anything to hurt her. He did this a couple of times, but she didn't take the hint. I told him he should have bitten her, and then maybe they'd have believed him that his mouth was all better, and listened to him when he said he didn't need any more nasty tasting medicine, or another vet trip. But Jacob's not a biter, and was shocked I'd even suggest it. More fool him, I say. Had it been me, I'd have made sure it hurt. Maybe then the humans would have gotten the message. Sometimes I think Jacob is too nice to these humans for his own good. I know they feed us, provide us with toys, clean our cage, etc. But still... How else are we supposed to make them listen?