|She is relaxed and snuggled up.|
When I get home from work, she is usually still asleep from the day. I refill her food dish in preparation for her night (when she is awake) and occasionally she is sleeping outside her 'house'. When she is, she is especially grumpy when I move or rattle her cage, even in the slightest. She is sensitive! She seems to like to wedge herself in the corner next to her wheel. Most nights, about 5 minutes after I get in bed and turn out the light, I hear her emerge from her slumber and begin noisily munching her food, or even more noisily slurping at her water bottle. I swear she does this on purpose...
In the mornings, I usually wipe out her wheel where poop has accumulated over the night as she runs. I give her half a serving of food to keep her sustained in case she wakes up during the day. I rarely see her at this time, since it is usually cold at night so she goes in her little house where there is a heating pad always warm for her to sleep. If there are any little piles of poop, I scoop those out, but mostly it is just on the wheel. When I finish with her in the mornings, I am sure to put the towel over her cage and slide her cage under the table where she is moderately hidden from view in case Mr. Kim comes in my room during the day.
|She is nervous in this picture (probably scared of my iPad taking her pic), because her quills are down over her face!|
Over Christmas, one night I came home around 4:00am. I found her munching and walking around her cage. I sat down and pulled her to me. It was so nice to sit there and pet her, both of us calm and enjoying the company. Another time, only a few days ago, I tricked her by turning out the lights and making sure not to have much noise for about an hour, then I heard her come out of her cage. After giving her about 15 minutes to do her business, I took her out and we snuggled again. It was lovely because I actually sat in bed with her in my arms and read my book on my iPad.
|Snuggling together as I read my book. You can tell she was relaxed because her face is not scrunched up!|
I've been trying to keep a candle burning while I am in the room to attempt to get rid of it, but when I leave I have to blow the candle out. When I return, the same odd smell assaults me as I enter once again. I just can't figure out what it is. I guess I can just attribute it to the smell of a hog...