please advise so we can keep our boy
Posted by Susan on 7/20/2015, 1:41 pm
This is long, so please bear with me... |
I have a beautiful 3 and a half foot boy who is a little over 3 years old. We adopted him from a pet store not knowing any better; my husband and my son overruled me at the time. My desire was to research iguanas because I was concerned that they were exactly what they were- long-living lizards that got huge- but he came home with us anyway. We love him very much; he has a gigantic enclosure in our dining room and until six months ago, was an active part of our family. Then life threw a curve ball. I got pregnant; something we absolutely hadn't planned on (I have three kids, and my policy was on their 7th birthday, we adopted a pet that was their 'own', and I would oversee the care while teaching them husbandry. My eldest son's pet was our iggy.) I never thought a newborn would part of the mix again, because they are extremely high-maintenance and would take away a lot of time from working with the animals. It was totally unplanned. During my pregnancy and after her birth (born on July 4th this year,) we got lax on paying attention to our ig. He has become aggressive and lunges at anyone who walks past his cage. The doors of the cage are a chicken wire-type of material, and until now only posed a problem when he was in season, but now his nose and head are bloody weekly because of the force he uses to throw himself against the door.My son, who is 10, loves to hold him, but he is so powerful and big that even trimming toenails and wearing a sweatshirt isn't enough to protect against getting serious scratches and wounds from an ig who just wants to be in motion. We used to soak him in the tub, where he'd do his morning business, but he's grown large enough to climb out, so either he drags tendrils of poo and urates out with him all over the bathroom floor or just does it on the floor instead of the tub.
My husband wants to rehome him, but in Washington state they are desperate for foster families for all the igs they see that are given up. I would prefer to keep him in the family, but I need help, and no one out here seems to know how to help someone reaching out. So, any help would be appreciated. Solutions for cage and face? (I already have vinyl-type stuff up for most of it, but it needs ventilation and that's where he goes... no place I can ventilate that he can't reach. And I'm buying Polysporin in bulk these days..)
Solutions for aggression and difficulty in handling?
Solutions for bathing/pottying?
Thank you for reading this, and for any responses that might make life easier for both him and us!