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Cooling Off Your Rodents

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The heat here is out of control. The high yesterday was supposed to be 100 degrees with heat indexes of 120 degrees. Today it was 102 but the heat indexes were less at 112 degrees. At 8:30 A.M. it was supposed to already feel like 97 and when I went outside to do chores at 7:30 it was already miserable. Tomorrow we may get some relief when a front goes though. It may be 20 degrees cooler at night though the daytime temps will be in the lower 90's. It will help though.

I spent the day doing some creative problem solving to keep the temps down in the house as chinchillas can't tolerate temps above 78 degrees. At one time it got up to 75 so I had to turn all the lights off and move the air conditioned air with some fans.
Gotta take care of my 8 babies.

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  • SUNNY332
    Lower humidity today so much more tolerable so hope your babies are doing good.

    I biked this morning, cleaned two baths, and finished the laundry. I am taking my Aunt (visiting from Houston) shopping tomorrow.

    Have a Fab Friday.
    3703 days ago
    Our heat index is 94 as of now, 4:51 p.m. on August 5, 2010, with temp of 90 degrees.

    The winds blew yesterday, and it clouded over, but no rain.

    Keep your babies cool. I feel the same way with a body temp of 95. It's just too hot!

    3703 days ago
    Wow, is that ever hot!
    Just try and keep yourself cool and drink lots of H2o.
    3703 days ago
  • CECE0330
    Blech. It's definitely been a hot summer. Hope you get some relief soon.
    3703 days ago
    Oh my, I wonder what my August power bill will be.
    If the temperature plus humidity is over 150, you should spend minimal time outside.

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    3703 days ago
    While they are very cute, they seem like way too much work for me.

    How bad was that front going through for you?
    3703 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2514968
    It's supposed to get to 105 toady, not telling about the heat index...guess they don't want to scare off the tourists!
    Hope you & the babies keep cool!
    3703 days ago
    Why do I picture Rico Suave have his harem of Chinchillas, fanning him and feeding him grapes ?
    3703 days ago
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    Same here. I had to go out to take my son to the Orthopedic doc and it wasn't too bad out at that time, but later on I stuck my head out and it was scorching out there. We had planned on sitting on the porch but quickly changed our minds.

    3703 days ago
    Whew - that is HOT! We are warm in Fl but it is summer and we are always warm but I'm not complianing since winter can bring too cold for us!
    3703 days ago
    It's miserable here, too. Spent the evening in the pool with my kid, labs, and even dog Nash was on a raft (he's the non-swimmer. The pool temp was 90, more like bathwater than a refreshing dip. We did get some rain last night with thunderstorms predicted for today.

    Stick you (and the chinchillas') feet in some ice, and stay cool.
    3703 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4449641
    I am in awe of how many steps you take every day! You are a motivation! And hope your animals stay cool. That heat is awful.
    3703 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    I always feel sorriest for the animals. We have a collie - he hates the heat, even though we shave his undercarriage in the summer (the other dog just melts into a puddle on the floor and waits for dinner.) My neighbors have alpaca and malamutes, and a couple years ago they put emergency AC in their barn (none in the house - my kind of people!)

    Hang in there - winter's coming .... then we can all gripe about the cold!
    3703 days ago
    I wonder if they'd like being shaved?
    3703 days ago
  • ASTORRES1 sounds down right miserable there.....wishing you cooler temps soon.

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    3703 days ago
    That is some heat you've got going on over there. I hope you get some relief from it soon.
    3703 days ago
    Over here in Europe it is realluy nice for the moment!
    3703 days ago
  • no profile photo DEVORA4
    you are such a good mommy to your animals I wish more people were like you. Take care debby
    3703 days ago
    yep fl has warnings on tv of heat wave and it is bad here. I left daughters today and went out her back door with our Precious in my arms and felt such heat hit me i thought son in law had left his big bb q grill on. It tho was heat only.

    i keep my air off if i am not home and i have a heat pump system. so when i turn it on i litterly smell heat like a fire is in the house.

    can not afford to run it all the time .

    i say freeze ice and put it under the animals bed or pens wraped in foil or use blue ice under them wrapped in a thin

    blanket that hold awhile, Good luck.

    3703 days ago
  • no profile photo JANC319
    I open the house up in the early morning and let it cool off naturally (box fans in a few windows make sure the hot air is expelled and cooler air takes it's place). Then, before it heats up, I close up everything including the blinds & curtains and it does seem to stay cooler throughout the hottest part of the day. When I was a kid and no one had AC, I remember my Dad putting large blocks of ice in a pan in front of the fans. The air would be cooled as it blew over the ice. Maybe you could use a Tupperware- type plastic container to freeze water into blocks. They have to be big or they will melt too fast.
    When it gets that hot, I wish we had a basement where it would remain cool all the time.
    3704 days ago
    Wow! That's some heat! I thought our 105 heat index sucked....whoaaaaa. I didn't know that about chinchillas either. Ahhhh, poor little ones. emoticon
    3704 days ago
    This heat is just horrible! We lost our goldfish last yr in the summer when the heat got so bad. Gotta watch out for the babies!
    3704 days ago
    Yeah, chins are from the Andes. Quite cool to say the least. They have a hard time in warm climates.
    3704 days ago
    Wow, I didn't know Chinchillas were so sensitive! We've been a little cooler here this last week with our "monsoon season". Stay cool, my friend. emoticon
    3704 days ago
    Wow! It's hot here but not like where you are...uffda..Glad you are getting somewhat of a break. Gee whiz, enough already with this heat! Awww, yup, you gotta keep those precious babies safe. emoticon
    3704 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2010 11:17:56 PM
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