Well, it is very cute, I just didn't want another pet myself. I didn't choose her, hubby just brought her home one night with no prior notice, and frankly I don't do surprises very well, a character fault, I'm sure.
Her name is Riki, for Riki Tiki Tavi.
Let's see. She's pretty unusual so it's kind of hard to describe her. She's a little like a flying squirrel, with the flaps of skin along the sides of her body for gliding from tree to tree. She's about the size of a hamster, but she has long furry tail not as furry a squirrel but longet than a chipmunk's. She uses it for balance and coils it around her body like a boa. I did see her holding a grape in it the other day, so as she gets older it might be almost as useful as a monkey's tail. She is grey with a light belly and a black stripe down her head and back, kind of like a badger. Her nose is very pink and kind of long and the end is shaped like an upside down heart. When I look at her head-on, which isn't often, she is very bat-like only much much cuter. Her ears are big for her head but rounded, and her eyes are very large solid black with a ring of black fur around them. The edges of her flying flaps are white and they look like a little ruffle all around her body. I think she might be a flirt if we can tame her a little better.
She likes the dark, so her cage is in my daughter's walk-in closet. It's just a wire mesh deal that she can climb around on with a pan and a newspaper under it like a bird cage. Her den is an inverted clay flower pot with a hole drilled in it and a cloth napkin for bedding. She's nocturnal, so she sleeps most of the day in there unless we get her out. The breeder said she should be handled about 2 hours a day to keep her tame, so she rides around in our pockets or sits on someone's chest while watching tv. She makes little clicking chirping noises when she's happy but boy! If she's upset, she makes the loudest noise! and she's only about the size of a gerbil, though her tail is longer, so it's quite startling! She has a hamster ball for exercise which she seems to enjoy.
She eats mostly produce - she likes grapes a lot, carrots and apples not as much - but in the wild she would eat meal worms and grubs so we have to be sure to give her nuts and chicken sometimes. She also gets rabbit pellets but she doesn't seem to enjoy them as much.
So far, she hasn't met the cats face to face. I don't get her out very often so I wait until the boys are dozing on my bed and close the door. Riki is still a baby so I'm in favor of waiting until she's bigger or not introducing them at all. Blackie doesn't seem to care one way or the other, but I've caught Sparky in the closet a few times and I just know he's trying to figure out how to get at that snack in the wire box . . .
Right now I'm just overwhelmed with all the things I have to do so adding this little animal didn't excite me, but I know that in a month I'll be cooing and gushing over her. She is very cute and curious and friendly and she might even become affectionate in her way.