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#17911 Misterioso

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 12:33

 

 

 

 

We had a docile boy (ordinary hamster) who was lovely and would just potter about and let anyone play with him. He only bit 1 person and that was because she had baked bean sauce on her finger and he thought it would be good to taste. Our second hamster was a vicious little female, so pretty though, but the only way we could get her out of the cage was by careful negotiation with the exercise ball at the door of the cage. She even bared her teeth at a vet who stepped back in alarm!!

 

I got bitten by one of our rabbits like that. I walked past him eating strawberries, and he jumped up to get one from my hand. He missed the strawberry and got a mouthful of my thumb instead. I'm not sure which one of us was more shocked! At least I am now up to date on my tetanus jabs...

(Yes, our house is like a zoo!)

 

 

That's a point, actually, and my hamster book doesn't say anything about it: if I get bitten and it draws blood, should I get my tetanus updated?


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#17912 Maizie

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 12:50

The tetanus bacterium persists as spores in the soil.  Unless your hamster has been out digging in the garden, the only way she could give you tetanus if she was already infected with it (hint: she'd have symptoms if she were)


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#17913 zwhe

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 15:21

You can pass tetanus on if you don't have it - the spores are harmless when eaten as they have to go directly into the blood to cause an infection, so if your pet eats veg that haven't been thoroughly washed, they could infect you with a bite, although the risk is very small. Better safe than sorry, and you also won't have to worry next time you prune the roses!


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#17914 Maizie

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 15:24

D'oh, yes, didn't think of spores from the garden coming in with the veggies smile.png  I remember being told not to worry about it with indoor rodents, I guess because it's so very unlikely, and they probably didn't think I was growing kale for them to eat.


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#17915 Misterioso

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 15:46

Many thanks, Maizie and Zwhe, for your feedback. I make sure that any fresh food I give her is thoroughly washed, and she doesn't go digging in the garden.


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Posted 20 March 2019 - 16:54

Yeah but if you find yourself stuffing your cheeks with nuts or running around in a little wheel, come back to us! smile.png


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#17917 Aquarelle

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 10:18

Does any one out there know what to do with a turtle dove that refuses to be returned to the wild. I estimated she was ready to leave - eye healed with I think at least some sight restored, feathers in good condition and swelling on the side of the face subsiding. As she won't eat I am hand feeding her but I can't keep this up for ever. I spent a lot of time walking round the garden with her yesterday and all she did was sit on my finger like a tame budgie - no attempt to fly off.


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#17918 Banjogirl

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 12:29

I think you've got a new pet!
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#17919 zwhe

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 17:22

Buy lots of bird food and carpet shampoo?!


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#17920 Hedgehog

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 20:37

Let's face it Aquarelle, you have a talent for attracting certain animal waifs and strays what with Grey Puss, and Turtle Dove.  All you need to do is start an animal shelter - you don't need to do anything else in life!! They all love you. wub.png wub.png


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#17921 Aquarelle

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 22:23

I'm afraid that is exactly what I said to my partner this evening. I asked her "Do you think this is another Grey Puss?" she just laughed so I said that if any more moved in I would move out!  I'm going to have another go in the garden tomorrow afternoon if it's fine. This evening when I fed her she just sat on my finger and refused even to fly round the room. She appeared to want me to stroke her! This is not correct turtle dove behaviour!

 

Grey Puss, by the way is nicely settled and now comes for walks in the garden with me and the dog!


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#17922 Cyrilla

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 21:00

People who repeat themselves purely for effect.

 

People who repeat themselves purely for effect.

 

People...

 

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#17923 Aquarelle

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 13:11

The turtle dove is still refusing to fly off.sad.png


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#17924 Maizie

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 14:19

Currently on the BBC News website:

 

Firm stockpiles cheese for no-deal Brexit

Lola's Cupcakes has stockpiled 10 tonnes of cream cheese ahead of Brexit to avoid its factory grinding to a halt.

 

And all I can think is, I pretty sure cream cheese isn't the optimum choice for factory equipment lubrication :rofl: :P


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#17925 Bagpuss

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 17:24

If any of you ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER hear me utter the words, "I'm going to move house" would you please do the decent thing and tell me not to......

Thanking you in advance,

West-Bound-Bag x


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