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so i woke up this morning to an unusual amount of noise coming from the rat cage (6:30. ugh.), and i peeked in to find that the water bottle had leaked its entire contents onto one shelf, thus soaking a large, corrugated cardboard box (and its contents of paper towels, kleenexes, fleece scraps, and stashed food). just in case something like this happens, i always put an empty ceramic food bowl under the bottle, and it (and the actual food bowl) were full of water. the girls had gathered every scrap of paper or cardboard they could find (dragged it up from the very bottom of the cage, apparently) and piled it in/on/around the bowls, thus allowing the water to wick up and out and soak the box.

i wasn't even mad. i was kind of impressed, frankly, that they had at least tried to contain the mess...

until i took the bottle out, and found two tiny puncture holes in the top. i can imagine the widespread panic in the rat cage, somewhere in the middle of the night... it was probably clementine who chewed it, since she likes to sit curled up on top of the bottle. i imagine matilda huddling away from the water, squealing, "ooh, you guys are in trouble when amanda wakes up!", olive rushing to the rescue and gathering every absorbant material, and old lady skunk simply turning over and going back to sleep in the hammock above.

of course, this is just a guess. being diurnal, we always miss a big part of our rat's little lives. but we do wake up to some weird surprises.
 

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haha wow...smart girls tryin to cover it.

I wake up everyday to a hammock string chewed up...and i really mean everyday.
one night i accidently left a roll of twine on top of the cage. woke up next day to see the whole thing unwinded and notted up.. i was impressed by that.

i love mornin suprises.
 

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With my current 4 girls the only thing I ever wake up to is an upsidedown igloo.... :?
 

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i found that one morning too, but with one huge hole chewed in it. fortunately i had a spare water bottle at hand but then i discovered that it had a slow leak, so it was off to the store for a new bottle. i only use the hard plastic water bottles now.
 

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i had a spare, but it's a cheap one, so i went and invested in a glass-and-metal chewproof bottle.

silly girls.
 

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I love how they try to cover things up. I woke up the other morning, I had givin Fiona a mineral chew but it was like a bowl. The bowl is probably a little bit bigger than the food bowl, well she chews on the bowl until its into a million little sand size peices and then moves them all to one corner behind everything else. lol that was fun to clean. but i was so amazed i praised her. hahaha
 

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amandahoney said:
i imagine matilda huddling away from the water, squealing, "ooh, you guys are in trouble when amanda wakes up!", olive rushing to the rescue and gathering every absorbant material, and old lady skunk simply turning over and going back to sleep in the hammock above.
:lol: That's too funny!
 

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thats why you get a glass bottle ~_^ or a good and heavy ceramic bowl. The last time i woke up to a surprise was when i found they had gutted a comfurter and takin all the fluff out. Not a big deal it was trash mostly anyways.
 
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