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Home Forum HABITATS AND TOYS Considering free-roam at night…?

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    • DanaNM
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      Hey everyone!

      So we (like everyone) have been home pretty much 24/7 lately. So far Myra is a perfect angel lol. Neither she nor Bun Jovi chew the carpet, which was the major reason why I haven’t been able to have free-roam buns before (Bertha was a major chewer).

      Myra and BJ DO however, love to run around like crazy buns at night in their condo (which is next to our bed… because studio apartment).

      I’m considering letting them just stay out at night…. but still have yet to take the plunge! I will still prob pen them when we aren’t home because we have a cat. Since we are all in one room at night I don’t worry about him then because I hear any commotion.

      What do you guys think?? Should I go for it? Any downsides you can think of? Sometimes I have fallen asleep while they were still out, and have woken up to them running around binkying, so I get the sense they would like it! 🙂

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    • splotchesthebun
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      I think that you should go for it!


    • Wick
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      So neither Wick nor Fable can be free-roam without supervision anymore (Fable will never be able too; too much carpet and wood chewing… Wick recently adopted carpet pulling over this pandemic so he needs to be pen’d too, ah!), and I understand the want to give them that time! When I’m up very late and Fable is out, she does so many zoomies that she definitely cannot do when she’s in the split pen with Wick at night.

      I think, based on their record of good behavior, I’d try it! I would be extra cautious in how you arrange that space though before going to bed, so extra clearing tables, tucking in things, blocking things, etc..


    • Hazel
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      I’d say go for it. Good point from Wick about double checking everything before going to sleep.

      Also, when you get up in the mornings make sure to act like they weren’t supposed to be out all night, that will make it 100x more fun for them. 😆


    • DanaNM
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      “Also, when you get up in the mornings make sure to act like they weren’t supposed to be out all night, that will make it 100x more fun for them. 😆”

      @Hazel Hahah! Love that!  I’ll give it a shot and report on how it goes!

      And @Wick, “Wick recently adopted carpet pulling over this pandemic so he needs to be pen’d too, ah”

      That stinker! I swear they teach each other how to get into mischief. Bunston was a carpet digger, and taught Bertha! I think they were working on their burrow together lol. Thankfully I had my carpet strategy pretty much sorted by the time I bonded Bertha with Bun Jovi so BJ never picked it up.

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    • DanaNM
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      I left them out last night and everything seems fine?

      Not sure it was any quieter though, they woke me up a few times running around! But I think I am more used to the sound of them running in the condo so I just tune it out, and will prob get used to this too.

      Hard to say if my cat was giving them a hard time at any point. At one point I heard a commotion but he was just sitting there, so I think it was fine?

      I will see how Myra does. She tends to appreciate the safety of her condo, so she might be happier having it closed at night. We shall see!

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    • Hazel
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      Sounds like a success so far. 🙂

      Mosby is also very good at getting into something and by the time I walk in the room he just sits there looking at me like “What is it mom…?” Those cats… 😆


    • DanaNM
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      All good again last night!

       

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    • Wick
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      Great to hear! I’d definitely stay somewhat vigilant for a while longer until they truly realize it’s a new part of the routine haha.


    • DanaNM
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      @Wick haha yes for sure! It’s hard not to be vigilant when we are all in one room! I hear everything, for better or worse. 🙄

      The only thing I don’t like so far is they are less excited to come out and play in the morning (because they’ve already been out), so I feel like I’ve actually been interacting with them less. Usually mornings I sit and have my coffee on the ground with them, but by then they are already snoozing in their condo for the day. We’ll see how it goes as everyone adjusts to the routine though. Interestingly today they have been more active mid-day, so maybe we will all just shift around our play time a bit. 🙂

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