Arabella is learning to be an escape artist
The other night I made the mistake of putting her ball on top of her cage where it opens, I wanted to see if she would climb up to the top and get into her ball, and she did. At first I was so proud of how smart she is. She had alot of fun running around in her ball and didn't want to go back in her cage afterwards.
Well this taught her that she can climb to the top of her cage and if she tries hard enough she can get out. Not long after we went to bed, I heard a loud noise that came from her cage. I went to go check on her, and the wall of her cage had come crashing down, she was standing up and was a few feet away from the counter top where we keep her cage, I could cry just thinking about if I didn't get there in time, because she could of feel and injured herself really badly.
So I put her cage back together and made sure it was secure and put her on the floor under our kitchen table just in case she should escape again.
Yesterday all was good during the day, no more escape attempts. Then this morning I hear this weird sound in the bedroom but wasn't really cohairant to acknowledge it, I was half asleep. My boyfriend comes in the room and calmy tells me she had escaped again. We heard a chewing sound near my dresser, so we though she was underneath it so we moved it, but she wasn't there. So I started opening all the draws and finally found her in my underwear draw. I got her ball and she hesitated a bit then finally went in her ball then I got her back to her cage.
I am just concerned because she was in the bedroom, and when she was sick before w/wettail she was in the bedroom, and when I first started treating her w/it, I tried to pick her up with a sock on day, she got scared and got lose and ran underneath the bed. We have cleaned every other area of the house, but the bed is really heavy so we haven't cleaned under there yet, but we were planning to, but keeping her off limits to that room until then. I think I remember that when I treated a hamster w/wet tail a few years ago the vet said that the bacteria only sticks around for about 2 weeks and if it don't come in contact w/anything it dies. But I am not sure and don't remember. We are not even sure if she went under the bed, I hope not and hope she don't get sick again.
I did start to calm down about her and not worry as much the past two days, but now I am worried all over again. And I can't wait to her new cage comes in the mail, so in the meantime we have her cage all taped up so she can't break out again. She is in the Mini Crittertrail, it is really too small for her, but I bought it for her when she was sick, because I figured it would be alot easier to clean and treat her, she was in the Crittertrail X before, but it is so big and has so many tubes I am parranoid that I did not clean it well enough, so I didn't put her back in there ever since, so I ordered her a whole new cage.