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 Post subject: Elderly boys general advice please
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 10:50 am 
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Hi all

Been a while since I've been on here but hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

My boys are now 2 years old and I'm looking for general advice on caring for them. Are there any articles on the forum ?

HLD is starting to creep in, muscle tone has gone and Wispa just sits for cuddles at playtime now.

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 Post subject: Re: Elderly boys general advice please
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 1:15 pm 
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There isn't anything specific - given their age they should be on a kidney friendly diet though. Keeping them as active as possible is good, so tempt them to still use the full cage rather than putting in easy routes too soon.

It would be worth using the search function here and in the archived forum in case there are tips which might be useful.

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 Post subject: Re: Elderly boys general advice please
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 6:47 pm 
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Thanks for replying Mary.

They have feasted on ratRations food all their lives and now on the Elderly kidney friendly mix.

I have to admit to making the cage layout easier with ramps to the 2 levels above but interesting to read your comment about keeping them as active as possible.

I will search the archives !!

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 Post subject: Re: Elderly boys general advice please
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 7:09 pm 
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You can make easier, but challenging routes for oldies. When my boys got old I added more platforms and perches which they had to climb up, rather than adding easy ramps to get about. Watch carefully how far they feel safe to stretch/jump from platform to platform you can move them closer or further apart just to give them that little bit of a challenge to use them. When scattering food/treats always put their favourites in the slightly more challenging area if possible to encourage them to still climb about. My boys were still trying to clamber about aged 3!

Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Elderly boys general advice please
 Post Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 10:10 am 
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Thanks Starstar - key word there is challenging!

Off to do a cage refurb.... ;)

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