I haven't really updated this since I first posted it... but had a couple people ask, so figured I'd redo the pics (that now have broken links up top) and give you guys an update.
Normal day-time pose.
I wanna rock n' roll all night and sleep every day.
Well, I found out why his original owners didn't want him. After about a week of me having him, he had a seizure. I've seen the kind of thing before in other animals, so I immediately took him to the vet. After several rounds of blood work, urinalysis, an ultrasound, and much poking and prodding, ruling out one thing after another, the vets (yeah, multiple!) determined he has a seizure disorder of some sort - namely epilepsy. Unfortunately the testing took several weeks, and during that time he had several more seizures and got pretty heavily stressed. When stressed, he tends to pulls out his fur, leaving little bald patches (this too determined after a dozen skin scrapings and tests
). So by the time we finally got things figured out, he looked pretty horrible... but now, he's on daily medication which seems to have done the trick. He's back to his rambunctious self and is fully furred once more. The medication smells pretty bad, but he never says no to a Fig Newton, laced or not.
I've determined his caging needs are more than the six foot cage I had built for him, so I'm in the process of designing and building something bigger and better. I'm still having a hard time keeping him amused. I've bought numerous baby toys, he plays with them for about five minutes, and then they're not interesting any more.
His favorite thing is still to explore. Even things he's seen before, if he's out running around, it's interesting to him.
I've adjusted his diet, per the vet's suggestions, increasing his protein levels, with everything from meal worms to a few pieces of dog food - which for some odd reason he seems to love. I've tried to give him thawed mice, but he won't have anything to do with them. He likes to steal my pineapple juice though.