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  1. Cutest thing ever...

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    So I managed to make my lovely babies this fleece lined cube, I can't believe how well it came out.
    I think I got a little carried away though because I decided to make another one and a double decker hammock - I will be making a few different items in my spare time and selling them on etsy as great prices (not really doing it for profit however all money made will go towards new materials and caring for my babies)

    Here's a picture of Nyla ...
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  2. A week in...

    So today marks week number 1 of having my new baby rats.. I picked them up this time last week

    I can't believe how tame they are considering the short space of time I have had with them. Mya (grey face) is now willing and eager to get out of the cage, as soon as the door is opened she will climb up and leap onto your arm, straight up to my neck. Nyla (white face) is just finding her confidence and has started to approach me when I put my hand in to the cage, she will happily ...
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  3. Wash Day

    It's been a bit of a hectic day today. Not only did I go to visit the two rats that I'm hoping to adopt early next week (they are so sweet!), it was also wash day.

    Wash day happens at least once a day and it's where all the bedding and anything dirty that is material based gets washed, and swapped with cleaner stuff (that would've been washed the week before). This just helps the cage stay relatively clean and prevents any germs from lingering. It's a long process but it needs doing. ...
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  4. Time to actually write this blog :S

    Hello everyone, my name is LJ Green and I have been a rat owner for over two years. My two oldest have recently passed away (with one in January and one passing yesterday), so my youngest was left on his own.

    Beanie is around 8 months old, and bought after Dash passed away in January. After the introduction, he's been in the main cage for a little under two weeks, so he didn't have a lot of time with Flash. I am making arrangements to purchase two new rats, however, Beanie seems to ...
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  5. Introduction!

    After waiting for a 29 days now, I finally get to introduce Thumbelina to her sisters! It's been a while since I've had to go through this process but I feel like it will be a good one. Going to start her off with the nicest of my rats to meet first since I have no idea if she's even been around another rat in her little short life so far. Hoping all goes well <3
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  6. I'm back!

    It's been a while since I have been on here & have posted anything but I am back!

    Recently I rescued a rat & we are awaiting to see if she's going to have babies, I think not but better be safe than sorry. She's the most adorable little thing.

    I still have my other five girls. They have been such a delight since I've gotten them.

    In about a week I will be ordering a BIG cage for them & I am just so excited!
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  7. The moment I knew that rats were for me.

    My love for rats came into my life as soon as I had stepped foot into a locally owned pet store. I was a curious little bee walking through, looking at anything and everything. I had seen all the fish and reptiles. I had a cat. Nothing was catching my eyes, I was about to just have my mom take me home until I had seen them. There they were 2 twin rats. They were brown and had matching spots on their belly. I was hooked. I begged and pleaded with my mom to let me have them but she just kept saying ...
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  8. Little Terrors

    My little girls are devilish fiends. I bought a rat starter cage for them, and included was a hammock. I assumed since it was a cage for rats that it would be rat safe. Nope! Not only did they chew holes into it, but they also chewed through three of the strings that suspended it from the cage roof. They are very active though they are little fatties. I have had to cut back on my "I'm home treats".
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  9. Back to east coast winter

    Well winter is back for the east coast. So I had to leave my little girls inside and give them some things to entertain themselves. I purchased some cat toys with bells inside, well needless to say they loved them. And now that i have Helen Lester's little sister around, they love to cuddle. The hammock in their house gets a lot of use. They are inseparable, that is at least until it is treat time; at that point it is every rat for themselves!!!!
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  10. Fresh Air

    Today is unusually warm for my area, mid-sixties. So I brought Helen Lester outside to get some new scenery. I was going to fashion a leash out of leather, but I live in the woods so I thought better of it. So I just have her in a smaller travel cage and she seems content to have new smells. She seems happy, but tomorrow I am bringing home her brother Winslow. I know she will be elated at the reunion.
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  11. My New Kids

    Hey everyone! I thought I could do a more detailed introduction for anyone who cares to know more about me. I'm currently living in a house in Cheyenne with my husband and our roommate. Before we moved here, we lived in Fort Collins where I trained as a massage therapist and am just waiting to get my license so that I can massage professionally. Before that I went to university for English Literature.

    Right now, I work at a pet shop here in town and have been mostly working kennels ...
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  12. I Found a Cage!

    I finally found a good cage! I was so worried about not being able to find one big enough for my girls but that still fit in the space I have in my room. It's a wire cage, and I can't wait to revamp it to make it perfect for my ratties! I'll post pictures soon! I have a lot of DIY projects I plan to add too!
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  13. Cages on a Ramen Budget

    I recently adopted two rats from the rat training lab I worked in at school. I'm pretty excited, except I've had a really hard time finding a suitable cage. All the cages I find are either too small for two rats, too large for the space I have (I still live with my parents and the rats have to stay in my room), or they are really over priced. I was looking into bird cages as well, but didn't know if any of you had solutions for a tall cage that didn't take up a ton of floor space and that is under ...
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  14. Two babies turned into ...

    four momma's with litters.

    While not ideal we have the momma's all separated into their own 10 gallon tanks. When we got them it was 2 momma's and their litter in one 10 gallon tank.

    On the way home we stopped to get more supplies since 4 momma's and 15 babies eat and poop a LOT more than the 2 I was expecting to take.

    I'll get pictures up soon.
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  15. New Cage Bedding Adventure - 6 Month Review

    Quote Originally Posted by jlhummel View Post
    A while ago I got really frustrated with using fleece as bedding. I wanted to share my experiences with a new type of bedding (for me anyway) in case others might find it useful.

    My girls were super nest builders. No one in the cage could have nice things because anything put into the cage immediately became shredded to be added to the already ENORMOUS pile of nesting material. I tried every which way to entertain them thinking it was a matter of them being bored...I tried switching
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  16. DIY Cage

    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Materials:
    - Steel Rack - $50 from Walmart
    - Hardware Cloth (3' x 5') - $7.59 per roll
    - 1" x 2" x 8' Untreated Wood - $0.87 each at Home Depot
    - Nuts/Bolts/Washers
    - Zip Ties
    - Rust-Oleum NeverWet Paint

    Assembly:
    - I cut the wood pieces to match the dimensions of the cage, so the back was two 36" pieces and two 55" pieces and the sides were 18" and 55". The door was done a little different, which I'll talk about
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  17. DIY Cage

    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    In celebration of purchasing my first rats this weekend, here's my first and last DIY cage.Cage Dimensions:H: 72" (55" of actual cage)W: 36"D: 18"
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  18. hello and a question

  19. Habitat Guide Final Draft, with preserved formatting!!

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...Loc6efQJg/edit


    Quote Originally Posted by catty-ratty View Post
    Habitat
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  20. The Rat Forum's Beginner's Guide (Work in Progress)

    Quote Originally Posted by catty-ratty View Post
    I've already got this in my notes

    In my experience, IF your rats are not chewers and IF they are litter box trained and finally IF the fleece is well secured using fleece is great. I prefer it to wood or paper substrate. Use the 'hook' side sticky back Velcro on the bottom of the shelf. It holds the fleece pretty good. As long as there is no loose fleece, my rats won't pull it up, chew on it, or burrow under it. I also use puppy training pads under 2 layers of fleece. I haven't had
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  21. Entry Day One

    I've had Prince and Lance for 2-3 days now.

    Originally I only adopted Prince, and that day he was so scared and he wouldn't socialize with me. So i decided to adopt his brother the next day.

    The next day after work, I went to my local pet store and bought Lance. As soon as Lance was united with his brother, Prince wasn't so scared anymore, and lance let me pet him. I felt great when i united them two again.

    It's been 2-3 days since i've had them both, Lance ...
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  22. Day One: NEW RATS!

    Hi!

    This is my first blog post describing my new rat journey. Today I purchased two new baby rats to accompany my other rat I bought a week ago. My three rats are named as followed: Tanya (Grey and white hooded rat), CanCan (full name Cannie is a hooded REW curly rat), and Maxie (so far a regular REW). All where purchased at the Plymouth Pet and Aquarium store. All I did today was clean out the ten gallon tank which I am, just for the moment, keeping them all in and placed them in the ...
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  23. 11 Babies!

    I counted them all last night and checked em out, they all have milk lines and seem healthy to me! There were two that were a little smaller but they still had full bellies, so I just placed them on top of the pile and will keep an eye on em. I tried to get a look at the sexes while I was at it and it looks like we have 7 girls and 4 boys, but I'm not putting too much weight in that, and will definitely count again when they're a bit bigger. So far so good!
  24. Babies are here!

    I wasn't really sure Mouse was pregnant until last night, so first thing this morning I rushed out to get a tank and seperate her from Nugget, by the time I made it back there were already 4 babies! I'm going to count them and check for milk lines(?) Tonight. I'm just worried because this was an accidental litter and I don't really know what I'm doing. So far tho everything seems good! Mouse is being a good mama and is feeding and cleaning her babes, I think all I'm gunna have to do is keep an eye ...
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  25. Rats with small tumours....options

    Hi Everyone

    I found out the other day two of my girls have small tumours one is on the front right leg and the other girls is on her back right.

    Fluffy who has the tumour on her front right paw has lost some weight seems to move around but not with ease.

    Stella my other girl who also had surgery due to a bladder stone she seems to be moving ok it looks like it sits on her foot.

    Been to the vets today and he said either put them through surgery ...
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  26. Things are starting to lighten up!...

    In our rat clan things have started to get brighter! After a cat carrier introduction the other day Pandora finally calmed down with the babies after an hour or two. We put Chestnut in with her yesterday, they played and played then my boyfriend found them cuddling in one of their boxes together It was adorable. Finally, my girl has a play mate again. Willow is fine, she just needs the other two babies in her cage to make her feel good. Which is understandable they are her children. I am just ...
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  27. Day 6- Adrenalin junkie or suicidal

    I brought Cas and Dean out for about a hour today I put them both in a box with some torn up paper and they loved digging around but Dean just jumped up to a corner to escape, I grabbed him and put him on my arm and he did a little flip into the box, realised he loved that and did it about 20 more times -_- he's either suicidal or an adrenalin junkie
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  28. Day 5-Immersion training

    I didn't get too much time with my Ratties today as I'm ill but I did manage to do a little Immersion training, not quite how it was supposed to be done. I started by putting Can and Dean separately into the bathroom where they couldn't hide and brought there fluffy pouch to be sure they had a little place to hide and I sat very still so they didn't freak out and they seemed a little more comfortable with me moving around after about 40 minuets each.
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  29. My Terrible weekend

    So Last weekend My poor Alice got sick. I separated her from her sister so she could get better. I kept her warm and hand fed/watered her. Then I got the terrible news on Sunday afternoon that she had passed. Balling my eyes out at work for at least an hour. The next day we took Pandora to the vets. The vet told me she was wonderfully fine. We drove around after that & after a 6hour adventure to get ONE new rat we ended up adopting FOUR new rats!!! So now we have our own little rat clan ...
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  30. Day 4- Our First Success

    Iv been busy today so I only got to take the rats out once but Dean is finally taking treats from my hand so I believe he's getting used to me, plus no escaping today I'm going to start Immersion training tomorrow.
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  31. An intro to bonding

    4/6/16

    Although they are tame enough to be held for a split moment, they aren't tame to the extent that they will do so for quite awhile. I find playtime and bonding are extremely helpful in bonding and taming because they will come to associate you with 1.) Treats and 2.) lots of neat toys and room to explore. Playtime today was short ( around 20mins-half an hour) in order to get them just use to the area. Hard boiled eggs are a favorite ( and a bonus protein supplement for the kiddies) ...
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  32. Day 3- Rats Jump

    I got my little ratties out again today, put them in their pouch with a little bit of coaxing, I think they might be getting used to being out of their cage. I put their pouch on a smallish table and let them come out in their own time, Dean is much more confident then Cas and came out almost straight away going to the edge of the table, standing on his back paws to have a look around. He seemed to be looking for somewhere to jump to but was too wary to actually launch himself.. Or so I thought, ...
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  33. My goofy female, and stubborn male

    Marshmallow, my white female, had fully come out of her shell. She loves to run circles around my neck when I have my hood on and am watching tv or on the computer. She has a small habit of trying to bite my earrings though. Not sure how to stop her from doing that. Although, they are 14g stainless rings. So nothing to come loose and hurt her. She is my goof ball for sure. She decided to try to shove her entire face in my ear tonight. Lol. I really hope her mood change isn't from being pregnant. ...
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  34. Day 2-A small mishap and a very cozy spot

    The rats came out for a little play on the floor today they were still wary so I placed them on the floor so they could get used to it. Then Dean made a run for my desk and hid behind a box, I managed to get him out without too much hassle but it gave me a heart attack, after I got him out he seemed to trust me a little more (Iv no idea why) and proceeded to sit on my arm and tuck himself under my cardigan, I brought him downstairs and my sister carried Cas in his pouch since he's still very shy ...
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  35. It's been a while...

    I've been absent from the forum for quite some time. The three original boys that urged me to join the forum have now all passed (they were all almost 3-4!)
    I was asked a few months ago to "stud out" my one boys from the breeder I got him from. We had two lovely litters, and of course I kept some babies for all my "trouble" of getting to watch the miracle of life happen!
    My mischief is now 7. I have two girls that were from the litters, two boys who were from the ...
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  36. Day 1-....there so cute I wanna hug them!....I won't yet but still aww

    I thought I'd start noting down some of my thoughts on my first time caring for rats mainly to remember what I did for the next time I try to socialise new rats.I brought home my 2 new rats early this afternoon named shortly after that as Cas and Dean, Cas has black eyes and is almost completely white with a few greyish hair running down his back and Dean is mainly brown with a mix of lighter and darker hairsthey seem predictably shy and skittish so I mixed a small amount of the bedding from the ...
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  37. A day of Rattie Adventures

    4/4/16

    New sights,new smells, new sounds. Today marks the beginning of your tiny lives!

    I recently adopted 3 dumbo (not quite sure till they grow a bit bigger) males and my are they cute! Already personalities are blooming and it's only been a few hours. Mika, who was the shyest at 3 weeks is now ahead of the game at 5. His two other brothers Panda and Ambrose aren't far behind. You are all fairly well trained in a sense that you didn't put up a fight to be held but I ...
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  38. Hello from cali

    (Finally found this post - gah.)

    Pros vs Cons of the Cages I've owned:

    Rat Manor:
    • Pros:
      • Decent size, without being bulky
      • Folds down easily without sporadically collapsing
      • Stores well
      • Not terribly expensive
      • Frequently on sale
      • Small enough bar spacing for babies
      • Multiple levels
      • Easy to drag into the shower and spray down with hose.
      • Chew proof base
    • Cons:
      • Not the biggest cage out there
      • Pieces are well built for Petco's standards, but there is some
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  39. Remus 08/01/2013 - 02/11/16

    Today was off. I didn't realize it when I woke up.

    The morning sun shines through the open blinds; I panic. What time is it? I reached across my bed for the needleless syringe to give fluids and then scritches to my ailing rat. I'm groggy. "Mornin' Rem. How's it g-."

    And then I remember that he's not in his box on my mattress anymore. It's just fleece.

    The 10 AM alarm goes off. "Baytril Time."
    I throw my phone back on the table at ...
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  40. My babies!

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    I got my three cuties today! Gah!!! They're so cute!

    They're inside their shells at the moment, but I believe they'll warm up to us soon.

    I'm so excited to finally have our babies home with us. They're three little girls.
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  41. Finally met my babies

    So I got to meet my sweet little trio of girls today. My heart... is stolen again hahaha they are so phenomenally cute. They're around 4 weeks old and I've never actually held baby rats before... I can only imagine the size of them when they were pinkies! My boyfriend held them one at a time and I held both two at a time and sometimes three at a time ^_^.

    At one point they all piled up on my hand and bruxed, groomed me and snuggled. They stayed like that the majority of the time it ...
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  42. Second to last items I ordered came in today

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    I have one more package I'm waiting for before I get my babies. In this order I got it from Bitiba (again) and Amazon.

    I've decided to feed my girls a half and half mixture of Science Selective and a mix from Mixerama (added some more protein to the mix too).

    On Bitiba I got two bags of Science Selective because it was cheaper than just getting one bag.

    I've ordered three small rope perches and one large.

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  43. Update on the little ones...whom I've had past problems with

    I have three rats. There's Tinkerbell, Golden Champagne, and Birch Tree. I got Goldy first, and she seemed like such a shy rat I didn't know what to do. To top it off, on the first day Champ jumped out of my arms. Sorry for the random nicknames...I'm talking about Golden Champagne. So I did some immersion and spent a lot of time with her. Before I knew it, little Champster was a sweet little non shoulder rat. She HATES sitting still. But that's ok because she trusts me and I'm proud of her After ...
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  44. Rat Tails

    Hello everyone!
    Here are the stories of my little ratties:
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ID:	237161Nidalee was my first rat. I got her in April 2013 while my parents were in Aruba. I was visiting my boyfriend at the restaurant he worked at, and there was a Petco next door. I told him that I was going to get a hamster because I wanted a little furry friend. When i went in the store, an employee was showing off her own pet rat and it's babies. I fell in love with everything about rats right there ...

    Updated 01-15-2016 at 01:45 AM by kris10pauley

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  45. Getting prepared for February

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    The babies from my requested litter were born yesterday! They look so cute and healthy. I should find out tomorrow what genders all of them are, fingers crossed for enough girls. I'm glad I have first pick too.

    I've been busy preparing for their arrival. Making toys, buying cage accessories, researching bedding litter and food. I'm so excited that part of me has kind of went overboard on wanting to buy more and ...
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  46. Week #7 Bigger is Better!

    HI, I am summer102 and this is my first blog which I will try to do weekly. I have two female rats, Sugar and Spice, who I have had now for about 7 weeks. They are about 7 months old. So here is basically what I have done in 7 weeks. I have gotten my two rats at 5 months old in November, bought them a cage, but discoverd that they could squeeze through the 1" bar spacing. I bought them another cage off of craigslist, but the cage was extremly small, I bought them a third cage off of amazon ...
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  47. SRS is here!

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    Phew! I got my Savic Royale Suite Double in today. I wasnít expecting it to come in yet since DHL was suppose to call and schedule a date (which they didnít). So I ran downstairs and saw this huge package waiting for me. The DHL delivery person wondered what I got because it was so heavy.

    Even though the DHL kept making comments that it was heavy they did not want to help me carry it up soÖ *sigh* I had to carry this bad boy on my own. Piece by piece up ...
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  48. Gypsy

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    This is Gypsy
    She is a two and a half month old female rat

    The following is a list of things about her and her life style

    1. She sleeps all day, plays all night
    2. She loves her cat toys (THREE small plastic dingle balls)
    3. She has a crocheted mouse i made for her as company (his name is boo)
    4. She gets treats daily (carrot, snow pea sprouts and rice patties are her favorite so far)
    5. She has a three ...
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  49. Rat Haul 2 Bitiba (Germany)

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    In my second haul I bought the SRS cage and a bunch of fun cage items! I haven't received the cage yet, but the accessories have arrived today. Disclaimer! I don't have my rats yet, I'm just prepping before they come.

    In order from left to right in the picture:
    1. Bird cement perch from Hagen. I hear that lava ledges are very good to help rats wear down their nails. This one is quite hefty and can attach to the cage. I can't wait till when ...
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  50. Rat Responsibility

    Here is an odd tip that is not usually given to rat adopters:
    Give your rat some responsibility!!!
    This piece of advice definitely depends on your rat, your home and where you adopted your rat from but one of the best ways to help your already lovely and comfortable rat become even more confident and loving is to let them take control of their free time. After the rat is comfortable with being held I let my babies (4 week and up) run free. Of course basic steps have been made to baby ...
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