My Ikigai

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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:19 pm

He's awesome. We're both happy. Lots easier than caring for tamandua and more time spent with him since he's not strictly nocturnal like they have become. I get up an hour earlier so I can let him out to run around for an hour before I have to actually get going for the day. I'm home all day most days though so he can be out still. I tried leaving him out one night but he went under the bed and started digging soon as the lights were out and kept digging so I put him up. And he had that hairball from the cat tree so I skinned the cat tree and modified it for now but will switch to shelves instead eventually so the anteaters can go up and down in that corner. Aurora quit sleeping in her box due to this change.

Normally don't have leather in here. He did try to steal Beaker's collar earlier when I had taken it off him in here but don't know if he would have chewed it. He just likes to steal things. He's not very chewy just a bit now and then. I gave him a cow hoof and he chewed that and took it under the bed. Seems like it's just a kit thing so far. He's not into chewing things up, just wants to put his teeth on something hard now and then.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby Ash » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:04 pm

You can really see the claws good! That's a great video showing it. They're a lot more retractable than I thought.

In red foxes the chewing lasts their entire life, but it's very prevalent in the kit stage. Fennecs may grow out of it like you speculate though and just have the digging behaviors. Will be interesting to see as Ikigai grows.
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Re: My Ikigai

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Re: My Ikigai

Postby Ana » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:08 am

That needs to be framed, LOL, look at that outrageous pose!
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:16 pm

Ana wrote:That needs to be framed, LOL, look at that outrageous pose!
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Thank you.

Just occurred to me since he goes nuts for mocha(not allowed of course), maybe I can try carob chips. I don't want him to get a lot of carbs and sugar but I really need to come up with something he will go nuts for so I can really start some training. Should be okay since would only ever be given for training and can cut into tiny slivers.

I want to try cranberry as well which would be better for him but don't know how much he'll like it, need a similar reaction to mocha "OMG
I need this!!!". I just let him sniff my fingers after mixing up Beakers cranberry extract and he tried to lick and bite some off. Would at the least be a healthy berry for his pant matter portion of his diet. He does enjoy dandelion for his veggie portion, which is great as that's good for live rand kidneys.

At the end of this video he chases his tail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TekAsErR0x4
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby Ana » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:40 pm

He's so *fast*, is his energy boundless, and he races around like a synapse then passes out? :lol: I imagine him with two
speeds - hypersonic and stop! :lol:

Any changes in Beak's opinion?
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby Ash » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:04 pm

He's too cute for his own good. I love how he sleeps with his tongue out--seems like he does that a lot. :) What a little ham.

Fable really hated some things when he was little, but now goes nuts for them as an adult. So even if Ikigai isn't crazy about cranberries, that doesn't mean he always won't be.

We use frozen blueberries for our dog sometimes, and he loves them.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:42 pm

He's getting more hyper fennec now. Before it was more running back and forth and playing and now he does the zipping around more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leZk9BW8Lgw

Beaker still doesn't like him but he tolerates him better and is more willing to stay where he is and not run away from him.

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Yeah love the tongue out. He does like berries. I worked on come a but with raspberry.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby pat » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:02 pm

Mary,

geez, he is growing pretty darn quick. He is so adorable. I would like to have just a little of his energy :lol:
How is he doing with litter training?

Hopefully, Once Beaker gets use to him, he might accept him more :shrug:

Now you need to get Ikigai a buddy soon :lol:
One of the members here long time ago (LG) use to have fennecs. she said they pee in their bed. :shrug:
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:20 pm

Some will pee their beds. Ikigai will get up to pee or poop though. He's decent about using pee pads but will miss sometimes too. I think yesterday he missed on purpose. He peed on the pad before coming out of his condo then peed again on the pad I have on the bed, but then I wasn't paying attention to him so he peed again on the bed. Like how did he even have that much pee in him.

I had tried him out a few nights and he always got locked back up around 3am-ish for one reason or another but last night he was out the whole night. He slept on my feet part of the time, the end of the bed where I lay my head is still a bit beyond his comfort zone, lol. But he spent a lot of time under the bed. He did dig pretty loud at one point, I think was digging at the bench next to the bed but he stopped when I banged on the side of the bed. Got up after 3am to give the anteaters their snacks and he got excited zooming around for a bit but then calmed back down.

Only thing on the bed this morning was fox puke but I found one of my hairs in it so that would seem to be the cause and he was hungry this morning.

He'll be coming up on 12 weeks this week and Elina said that's when they start wanting to explore more, we'll see.

This I what I get for slouching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSFDJaWggoQ
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:44 pm

Ikigai meets Jake, sorta https://youtu.be/xmMe_iVmbHw

He probably felt my nerves about it because as of today Jake wants to hang out in my room looking out the window and Ikigai is hiding under the bed and barked at him a few times.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:37 am

Think I will need to flick water at Jake when he tries to come in my room tomorrow. Ikigai spent the day hiding under my bed and he didn't eat all day. He also spent most the day under there yesterday and didn't eat during the day yesterday either. I was paranoid about that so locked him up last night with his food and he ate it all, but now made the connection. Plus it's hurting our bond since we're not getting time together due to his fear of that cat.

Darn Jake got over his fear of coming in my room too late. Ikigai don't want no new scary critter in his life.

Probably doesn't help that Jake is, most likely, a low content bengal(he had faint rosets when young). Though have seen bengals and fennecs get along okay when raised together. I wouldn't have wanted Jake in here when Iki was any smaller though. He's so predatory. Heck was using the feather teaser with him last night and after he'd catch it he'd growl, yikes. Wicked kitty. He's cool cuz he's family but I don't want another like him. I miss my old Kat so would love another Norwegian someday they are so sweet, she even befriended a wild bunny.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby pat » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:10 am

mary,
been wanting to check your update videos. finally got a chance now. of course I loved all the videos.
so adorable, I just love your Ikigai, I like your Beaker too. I think in time both will be friends.
I am surprised about your cat though, most cats will run the other way or just ignore the new guy.

I always raised coonhounds. but, all of them never had a problem with my foxes or raccoons, they all played together.
I understand what you are saying about Beaker being a high prey dog. so were my coonhounds. However, I will say,
they seemed to know the difference between wild and domestic. In fact a few months ago, my coonhound and beagle had a wild raccoon trapped in a big tire that is laying in the yard. the dogs couldn't reach the coon, but they were going nuts. so I dragged the dogs in the house so the raccoon could escape. Do you think you can get Beaker to adjust to Ikigai? Might take time, but, I don't think it is impossible.
However, you know Beaker's personality better than I do. Would make life easier for you if both got along and you can trust Beaker.

I had faith in you about potting training Ikigai, at least Ikigai is off to a good start. I already knew you would do a great job with him.

Thank you for the updates.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:15 pm

You got them confused. Beaker is the one that will run the other way. I know high prey drive is usually a dog term but I meant it for Jake. He's a savage beast. I can't say for sure if his interest in Ikigai was nefarious but he was really interested.

I had to lock Ikigai up once I could catch him. Before bed I got him and held him and held his scruff a bit since it's calming but soon as I let him go he went and hid under the bed again. Due to anteaters clawing in the past he was able to get up into the box spring, which explains how he vanished when Jake poked under the bed. I freaked a bit but then he just showed back up. Heard him go in there last night and figured that's where he was then too. Around 3ish when Pua needed her snack I was able to snag him when he came close enough to my hand and lock him up.

First thing when I let him out this morning he ran right for under the bed. I got him though and put him back and put a sheet under the box spring to close off the parts not already covered by the board and then blocked off his access to under the bed with pillow plugs. That helped. He played with me. Bit more nervous than normal and keeps looking to the door in case of Jake invasion but we gave in and let him out and the longer he doesn't show up the less stressed he is.

Hope once Jake is yard bound he'll be satisfied enough to not come in here.
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Re: My Ikigai

Postby pat » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:39 pm

geez, I must of read your post wrong :red-face:

so it is your cat :roll: who would have guessed :lol:

have you tried spraying Jake with water when he bothers Ikigai?
cats usually don't water, however, with Jake, he sounds fearless :lol:

How is Beaker with Ikigai? Do you think later they can become buddies?

Back to Jake, do you think a coon walk would help? I know they are hard to make. Ana has one for her raccoons,
I would love to have one, but, I wouldnt know where to start.

Oh, if we were rich and famous :lol: Ok, I will just take the rich, I will even settle with part of rich, even a little bit :lol:

Thank you again for the videos, as usual, they were super great. I really wish all us animal lovers lived in one area.
However, maybe we would all pester each other and never get anything done :lol:
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