It's been a busy week between taking care of my mother post hip replacement and working my regular job but I've still found time to work with the ratties every day for at least a good forty-five minutes to an hour. Mamma has been getting steadily more comfortable with my hand at the door of the cage or outside it(she still nips if I'm poking around in the cage but not enough to hurt, I guess this is just her way).
Thursday we had a real breakthrough though! A friend will be staying
I think to avoid posting ten million topics on the forum, I'll start keeping a blog of the amusing things I'm inclined to share and just post topics when I have questions and the like.
So to start us off, I'd like to talk about my renewed efforts to get properly acquainted with Mamma, the hairless rescue I took in a little over a month ago. I'll spare you all from the lengthy details of acquiring her and simply say I thought I was adopting a boy and ended up with a pregnant, totally
Cuties being cuties
Winona needs a loving home in the Los Angeles area!<3
Hi, so I recently bought three rats from a breeder in November
Buying three was just too much for me. So I want to find a good home for Winona because she is the youngest.
Her name is Winona. She is a white and blue, grey dumbo. She is five months old. She is very sweet, but very shy.
She's just too young for me. Especially since my rat Frida is about three years old.
I live in Los Angeles, California. If anyone is interested please message me!!!!!
Updated 02-01-2015 at 04:16 PM by Frida_Ramona
So I was at food city today and I saw this candy:
Its a jelly belly candy
On the side it has care instructions--->
in the third pic in red letters it says "SEE CARD INSIDE FOR FUN FACTS ABOUT RATS"
i thought it was super cute and i thought that you guys might want to see!
Well I checked the cage this morning and my ratties seem to be doing ok..
They were both asleep in their little bed. Lady seemed to be breathing fine which is a relief.. I am definitely still going to the vet on Sunday, but I am relieved to see that she hasn't gotten any worse since yesterday..
Oh and I have recently discovered that my rats love eating uncooked vegetable noodles... i can hear Lady chewing on them at like 2 a.m.
Originally Posted by Jess <3
Hey everyone, these are my three new adorable girlies:
Attachment 182162(click to enlarge)
In order from front to back, their names as of yet are Nina, Thea and Bonnie.
Not gonna lie, i was only going to get two, i had my eye on Thea and Nina but Bonnie was doing everything in her power to get my attention plus she looks like a past rat of mine, Ebony, so i ended up with all three! I'm waiting a couple of weeks and then i'll introduce them to Sansa
this is marv ! we just got him a few days ago from Monster pets in Audubon, NJ.
We introduced him to Jerry...didn't go soo well... at first all they did was smell then jerry looked to be dominating and it wasnt looking to well so i seprated them for the time being i have them in the same cage just different levels that way they can still see one another and smell eachothers scent. i even catch my rat jerry climbing up the cage to get a quick
Well, i have two male dumbo's.
Flash; who is a blue hooded.
Jack; whom is a buff hooded.
D.O.B - 7th December 2013
both have the same as they're brothers,
Became my best friends on the 17th January just at 6 little weeks old.
Had no major problems with them except their dominance fighting which scares me alot but now i know why they're doing it. I brought flash first as i was only planning on having one at first but then found out
Updated 09-19-2014 at 10:21 AM by aimleigh
I have 3 current pink tail boyo's
I received my boys the same week I got my lip pierced, so I have had them for about a year and a half. There were originally 4, Batman, Robin, Rouqfort, and KitKat. I was hospitalized for personal reasons and when my mother came to visit me, she informed me that Batman died.
I sadly have no pictures on my phone of Batman, my phone I had at the time busted and I lost everything... I can describe his coat though, he was the complete
Updated 09-09-2014 at 11:29 PM by Namaste_RatMother
As a few of you may know I had taken Blaze (my oldest rat at 9-10 months old) to the vet this morning. The check up went fine, the doctor said his coat and teeth and eyes looks good. Then she listened to his lungs and also said they sounded fine. But because of the sneezing and red around his nose she still prescribed the typical medicine for a URI (Upper respiratory infection) Since his second dose around 4 hours ago I haven't heard him sneeze at all! I am super happy that the medicine worked so
After having my boys about a week and a half now, I have finally achieved my first brux and boggle from Gizmo! I'm such a happy rat mommy! Gadget is still getting to know me, and is having a difficult time dealing with his dislike for people, but we are getting there slowly. I'm so happy Gizmo has warmed up to me though!
Scarlett's full story... RIP Scarlett -- ??/??/2011- 07/31/2014
I wanted to do the right thing by Scarlett. I wanted her to go in peace and without significant pain. Shes had tumors for 6 months, and half her body weight was in tumours... She was no longer able to run around, just waddle... I was afraid of them rupturing and hurting her other organs. I was also afraid that the tumor on her rump that is pushing on her tail (she could not move her tail anymore due to the tumor pushing
So if you've read the last entry, you know that I rescued something like a bajillion rats and rehomed them, I kept 4 girls of my own. Last year was year 2 of their existences and kind of a lot devastating.
In February of last year, my grandmother had a stroke and fell against the rat cage. Now before you judge on what happened next, the kind of stroke she had was the kind where it hits in waves(think earth quake) so when she woke me up saying she fell against the cage, I didn't think
Originally Posted by gooseyp
Attachment 154649 TOOHPASTE
Birthday: September 16th 2008
Lastday: July 18th 2014
Breed: Black hooded dumbo rat
Total $ Spent: $3000+
This lovely boy is Toothpaste but I like to call him Payters.
Two days ago I had the horrible reality of losing him.
Let me start you off with some history!
Originally Posted by Charlottesmom
IMO, there is no temporary diet, if you lose all the weight you want on a "diet" then go back to eating the way you were previously, obviously the weight will creep back on. I love it when people say "the diet didn't work bacause I gained weight when I stopped doing it". That is why people need to find something they can live with....very long term. I am still doing low carb and am not seeing the numbers go down too much but the gut is shrinking. I think I am going to go by the
I try to give the girls free range in their playroom as often as I can. But I do not bring them there every day, but do give them out of cage time daily, be it lap time on the chair, or on the bed. Any way, during lap time, it has not taken Roxy long to figure out she can climb the outer wall of the cage to the "top of the world" to look around. Of course, it then means she needs rescuing from mom or dad. I have conceded that I am not going to stop her from doing it. We had to move
Today I was able to buy Regal Rat for my girls. They have been eating a rather terrible lab block.. Ever since I found that out, I have been wanting to switch them. Finally I was able to go out today and get some! They love it! I only bought a three pound bag, but I am hoping that it lasts them for awhile since they get all kinds of other foods along with the staple food. (I also make them a little treat mix that has things like cereal, a small amount of nuts, sunflower seeds, oats, and pasta. They
Updated 07-09-2014 at 08:16 PM by Kelseyrawr
I've had wonders about how to get a pet-store antisocial rat to loosen up. He's adorable and occasionally sassy but just doesn't want to warm up to people. I don't get on the forums here very often but any replies would help. Doesn't respond to people attention very well but loves his cage-mate, and they seem to do everything together in the cage but he just doesn't wanna come out
Tuesday, June 24th 2014
I apologize for not posting everyday like I planned, Ive been super busy and introducing Darwin and Watson was not as easy as I would have hoped! After I played with them both everyday, I let them play together in the bathroom twice a day.
Of course there was the normal wrestling and forceful grooming but I was very protective of Watson because he was so small, so I didnt want to leave them in the same cage until I was absolutely
Updated 06-25-2014 at 11:13 AM by Alisonacross
June 8th, 2014
I decided to try to create a blog everyday to document Watsons life, since he is only 5 weeks old. I will also be documenting Darwin, who is estimated to be around a year and 3 months. And this way, his previous owner will be able to easily access updates. Its good to note that Dawson and Watson are the same rat.
On this day, I woke up early and could not be more excited to pick up my new rat. The day before, I drove to several different towns and called 8 Petsmarts
Updated 06-25-2014 at 11:14 AM by Alisonacross
I never owned a rat, but I wanted one. I worked at a pet store and our manager had the new girl unpacking the small animals from shipping. What he forgot to tell her was that she wasn't going to be the one putting the animals away. She she opened a box of baby dumbo rats and put the in the tank with adult female fancy rats. I heard one of the worst sounds ever and ran back to the rant where I pulled two blood covered baby dumbo out of the tank. I spent the next 6 hours cleaning and constricting
I've only had my little girls since January. They make me so happy. They never fail to make me smile. I've been told I talk about them too much I just bought them a new cage. A little mad because i was scammed on craigslist. COVERED in rust. $30 for a piece of trash. I power ashed it, bleached it, covered it in vinegar, power washed it again, and am painting it in a few hours. Still NOT pleased. I'm going to make it work though. Meredith and Maisy should be in it by tomorrow night.
Originally Posted by GypsyBoo
I have a question please if someone could help me. I have had my two girls Gypsy and Boo for like 11 days now, they are both I want to say near perfect from using the immersion training, they come to their names, they seem to enjoy my company , I still struggle a bit with getting them out of the cage they come to the door eagerly but when I go to pick them up they make me chase them. BUT my real question is this. My other two girls Bubbles and Jinx I just got on Friday night well today I started
well my poor bae had to go the vets as it says in a recent post, i love all of you guys who tried to help, it meant a lot to me. The vet diagnosed her with either an ear infection or a stroke.
the vet gave her Metacam and Baytril, and she has it once a day for the next week or so. If it clears up then it's an ear infection, if it doesn't, it was a stroke and she's likely to have another that could be more aggressive and take her life, she could have up to 7 months left so it's not easy
Updated 05-02-2014 at 01:12 PM by Sassmasteroli
Still enjoying my little rat girls so much, so much so in fact that today I thought about how horrible it is that they have such a short life and how much I will miss them, 2-4 years just isnt enough. Gypsy is a mama's girl true and true, I take her out and she cuddles with me on the bed, just wants to be near me, usually on my shoulder, in my hair or on my head. If she ever ventures off of me its usually go down , groom my hand and then right back for more cuddles. Boo can still take me or leave
I have to say in just 8 short days I am totally completly in love with my girls, I must admit though that Gypsy has a special place in my heart, she is such a little goofball and always coming to me for attention all day long. Today I took her and Boo out for an immersion session ((she definatly doesnt need it)) and she spent the entire 3 1/2 hours on my shoulder, in my hair and on my head, her little feet never touched the ground. She was so content just hanging out with mommy even when mommy was
Sooooo I post about my new little ratties on my Facebook page and I get the typical "Ick a rat" or no one comments at all so I was happy to see that I can blog here to my hearts content and maybe just maybe someone may be interested in hearing of my journey in new Rat mommydom. I must say I have never owned a rat before or should I say I have never been owned by a rat before LOL and boy am I happily surprised. Other than being an overly concerned worrywart I am enjoying every minute of
He's from Sweet Whisper's Rattery in Allentown, PA
I hope I get approved!
Meet Ruger (click to enlarge)
Ruger is 6 months old and I rescued him from a vet tech school in Oakland, CA on 4/17/14. They bought rats from a petstore to learn how to perform tests on and then planned to euthanize them to learn necropsy (dissection, basically). My coworker's husband is a student at the vet tech school and was horrified to learn they would be killing the rats - I swooped in and adopted this little guy the day
Originally Posted by SevenEels
Hello! I'm a relatively new rat owner and got a pair of little brothers back in December. I don't know their exact age but when I got them they were quite small, with all of their fur grown in. One is a gray capped rex named Sherlick, he's the more dominant one. The other is a fawn (I think) capped, also rex. He tends to be the slower to learn, calmer one, and also has poor eyesight, so he bobbles his head from side to side.They got along swimmingly in their cage together and on the fairly large
so my Pinkie just died... I was realy hoping he/she would make it... and I'm not expecting the nameless one to live every long either
Updated 04-03-2014 at 06:14 AM by ishtaggle
Well, I've been wanting rats for a while now, and while we were at Petsmart getting a hamster Monday, my mom decided I could get a rat. She liked a black hooded, and since our Petsmart is a 'female' store, we ended up with the outgoing female, who we named Valerie. We ended up delaying the hamster. Our puppy, Sugar, was a bit under the weather, so we scheduled her an appointment at Banfield for the next day, because I had an optometrist appointment to go to, and my brother would be going to get
So I posted a thread a week or so ago about taking Yoshi to see Dr. Farrow. Well she was so scared she peed on my shirt on the way out the door from the Vets. Anyway, after we got home and were greeted by the rest of the mischief, I was sitting in my chair trying to unwind from the ordeal when Blanche climbed, up on my lap and sniffed the pee spot on my shirt. She then stared up at me without moving for 20 seconds easily. I felt guilty under the scrutiny; it was like she was saying, "What did
Further to my new messages on Monday I wish to let all members know mother and all 14 kittens doing very well
Perhaps I should have started my blog on day one. Perhaps I shouldn't start a blog at all. Why now, on day three, of all days?
Because I feel I'm ready to start a blog. I feel Tarot and Ouija are happy now, and that I don't need to spend every waking second making sure they're okay. Now, they're happy, and my new rattie momma jitters are ix-nay. I can sit here with them in their big playpen and know that they're not stressed out about anything, and I can take some time for myself.
Originally Posted by Csassen
So Morri, my roughly 1 year old rat (got at a pet store, not 100% how old she is, but is same size and maturity level as my 1 year old girl), has always been a sort of antisocial rat, she stays up on the top perches while I clean the cage, has always been uncomfortable being picked up, etc. because she is a pink eyed rat and can't see very well. This is all well and good, she gets on fine with her cagemate and has a happy life. On to the problem. Today I cleaned out the cage and put in some new
Getting some cage stuff fixed up today. I got my SEW on! lol, check it out!
the bottom cover thing I made
A hammock I made
Edible ledge and a rope for them
Another hammock. My personal fave is the one that is hanging in the
It's been awhile since I've logged on. Holidays get a bit crazy around here. I have 3 female rats. Two are the sweetest creatures I've ever met but one, Winnie, is just going nuts. She will bite HARD every single time I reach in the cage. It's to the point where I can't get any of them out because Winnie will charge me and attack viciously. I've done immersion, I've done every thing I can find and I just don't know what to do anymore. It's just not safe to get her out anymore. The final straw came
I really don't like getting new pets unless my mom is on board, but the rats aren't really meant to be pets, they're meant to be companions, so I wasn't as concerned about it. However, some recent changes have made this all much better!
First, I started contacting breeders and showing my mom pictures of the babies and just videos/pictures of rats and their owners. Then when we went shopping recently my mom actually started picking out towels and fabrics for the rats, commenting on what
heyy everybody!! well I just quickly wanted to say I lovee this website, and I also love youtube lol I post videos on youtube about rats!! I'm not perfect with my videos but I would realllyyy love if you even just gave a min to look at my channel, I love my ratties and if you love rats I'm sure you will love my channel!
HAHA! Now my mom can't change her mind about me getting rats! I just ordered a 4-level rat cage for $80 and it should arrive next week! It's apparently a pain to put together, and I'll have to cut up an old sheet to line the 3 shelves and bottom, but I've done a lot more work to put together cages and tanks before, so it's no bother. My next step is to cut up some discarded clothing (my mom offered up her old winter hats!) to build various hammocks and beds. Then I'll have to pick up a few toys,
My rat Dusty has been sneezing a lot recently, I think she may have a Respiratory Infection so have made an appointment at the vets this evening. I understand that after it will be good to keep her immune system up to scratch to help fight the infection, I was just wondering if anyone could tell me any tips and tricks on how to keep the immune system top standard?
What should I feed her? Should I give her any additional snacks/vitamin supplements, etc?
(I currently feed her nuggets
I've had Mojo, Yoda and Totoro for almost a week now and trust training has been going pretty well.
They were all fine with taking food from my hand in the cage so i moved on to taking food from my hand out side of the cage. Mojo was the first to come out, take food from my hand and explore me, Yoda came out of the cage but didnt go near me just explored the area and Totoro.. Totoro slept all day only woke up to eat and drink, i would see him about 4/5 times a day. He would try to come out
Mine would have to be a Himalayan!!
I have this bag of rice sticks wrapped in seaweed that I was wondering if I could feed my rats as treats. I assume rice isn't harmful (but assumptions can be dangerous), but seaweed I'm not sure of.
I now have in my possession a Critter Nation one-story cage, with food and supplies! All that's left is the rats and some toys and fixtures!
I could get ratties again !Maybe in a year or so. I am quite upset because I have my lovely hamster hamtaro but it turns out I am allergic to the sawdust. its really quite bad too as I have hay fever! My mum said forget ever getting rats again. from now on you are only allowed hamsters until you move out! But I do think my mum is considering it because she loves rats! the only reason she said that is because my old rats chaz and Dave were my brothers pets but he didn't care for them. I had grown
Updated 12-29-2013 at 05:21 AM by wafflerat
(I needed to release everything. I need help and I want people to understand.)
The girls have been on Baytril and Doxycycline for respiratory infections for a full week now. Luna has also been on a topical antibiotic for her bumblefoot. I'm frankly surprised at what a great improvement I've seen. My ratties used to sneeze a few times per day, and I would see porphyrin discharge around their noses about once a week. Any and all discharge has been completely absent since about day 3, and I haven't heard a single sneeze. Ginny, who was exhibiting some loud breathing (almost like