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  • Autumnrose
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    Isn't it odd, how we can raise animals that are natural enemies of each other in the same house?

    I raise a breed of Terrier that were bred to hunt fox, but in the AKC they can earn a title in a sport called "Earthdog". It's a timed event in which the dog goes underground in a tunnel/maize in varied difficulty (according to the level the dog is at) in an effort to reach the end --- a protectively caged pair of rats, there merely for their scent and wiggle value.

    I bought rats to practice earthdog at home, but instead ended up liking my rats so much, I became a breeder and exhibitor --- ended up with a Best in Show rat (lol) and many rats in my basement. I had two doors separating the dogs from the rats, but dang if the dogs didn't follow someone into the basement on some occasions. I'm happy to report I gave up on that hobby and am down to my last rat now.

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  • electricfiction
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    I've had this happen on several occasions, luckily I have only had one death, which I believe was due to the cats. I accidently left one of my pictus geckos cages open slightly, barely enough room to fit my finger through, but just the right size for him to get out and make his way into the living room (off a second level shelf, through a closed bedroom door) with my 3 cats.
    Let's just say,when I found the cats playing with him, I went into absolute hysterics. I screamed and cried and ran through my apartment and outside because I was hyperventilating. All my animals are like my kids, so to lose them, absolute tragedy.

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  • NiceRhac
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    I couldn't find a female gecko of mine one morning. I was freaking out till I tried to figure out where the darkest place to hide was. Found her in my pillowcase LOL..

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  • Schnayke
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    My crested gecko got out when it was little once, took me a whole month to find her. I put out CGD in caps all over the house and sure enough I found one with foot prints and licks in it. So that day I searched for like 16 hours and found her. Up inside the refridgerator. I never did get the fridge back together I had to buy a new one. lol

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  • Autumnrose
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    Thanks for the shared experiences; I'm glad I'm not the only one --- not that it happened to other geckos, but that I'm not alone. My cat *is* declawed, another reason I thought we were relatively safe. The other even larger kritter keeper holds our crickets, which he likes to bat around, but he has never opened that one --- go figure.

    The new guy is being kept in his own bedroom behind closed doors until the things I ordered arrive -- should be here in 2-3 business days, and then he will be in a locked 20-gal. tank. Meanwhile, the cat keeps tapping my arm, begging for forgiveness... well, he IS just a cat. It's been hard being affectionate towards him since that, but I will get over it...

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  • Xuniet
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    That's what happened to my gecko... The cat got the cage top off, we found the gecko dead with no tail at the other end of the house.

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  • NiceRhac
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    Originally posted by Jaybee View Post
    I'm sorry for your loss as well. Please just keep the door closed... cats have also gotten through screen lids just by sitting on them or clawing at them to break them and I would hate to hear it happened to you again.
    That's exactly what happened to my first crested gecko male Rocky. Stupid cat. He would just loooove sitting on top of the cage peering down at him and would even sleep on there and he was so fat he actually had the chance to break into it and first rocky just lost his tail. I never found the tail so I actually think my cat ate it
    Then one day I accidentally left the door open and while I was watching tv I heard a crash went to my room the cat ran out and rocky laid there disembowled such a horrible sight to see... I gave him a proper burial and lit some incense and stuck it next to his grave as I said a prayer for him...

    ROCKYYYYYY! I miss you buddy!

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  • TaraLeighsCresties
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    Also cats claws can poke through screen, you wouldnt want him to get punctured (does your cat have claws?

    Im so sorry for your loss

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  • Jaybee
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    I'm sorry for your loss as well. Please just keep the door closed... cats have also gotten through screen lids just by sitting on them or clawing at them to break them and I would hate to hear it happened to you again.

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  • Mocha
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    Awww I am so sorry for your loss, that is so sad! I bet you are just devistated! :-( I feel your pain, the loss of any pet is hard, no matter the circumstances.
    Better luck with your second go around!

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  • Autumnrose
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    Bad news, Good News

    Didn't think I'd be posting in this section within a week of obtaining my new babies, but tragedy has struck.

    Having just gotten my two little ones at a reptile show on Sunday, I had followed the advice I had read about and placed them in a large kritter keeper. I felt the kritter keeper was secure enough, as I practically broke fingernails getting the lid off to hand-feed the babies each day.

    On Wednesday morning, I woke to find the kritter keeper knocked to the floor, the lid off, and my babies gone. After looking frantically for them, I found one of them, dead with it's tail gone; we never found the other. We can only surmise that this was the work of the cat who was only curious and doing what cats do. My husband also helped me for several hours, crawling on hands and knees looking for the possibility that the other baby might have escaped, under furniture or up the drapes, but no.

    I have sat in shock for 2 days in my living room every time I look at that empty kritter keeper; angry that I "trusted" that cat (not really, I just thought there wouldn't be enough movement inside there to interest him) and debating if I should try again or am I just not cut out for this. I know what it's like to be a breeder, and you *trust* buyers with your animals... you don't expect to find out they've been... eaten.

    Tonight we happened to go to a Petco to buy dog food and crickets for the beardy. Of course, I wandered over to the reptile section just to see what was there, and they had... TWO crested geckos! I asked to see them... one was a pale, uninteresting green, but the other was a strange, ghostly white. I said I would take that one! As the sales girl prepared to box him up, she showed me that was not his color -- he was shedding! Under the loose skin is a lovely shade of some sort of orange... waiting to see. And he's old enough to tell he is definately a boy. His kritter keeper is behind closed doors in my home office until the screen lid and other supplies I ordered for our 20-gal. tank arrive... then he will be totally secure. I will post pics as soon as the shedding is done.
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