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  1. Lily

    This morning went as usual; cleaning up what the rats threw from their cage (usually poo - the boys frustrate me with deciding that their litter box isn't good enough!) and letting them out for morning playtime. Lily and the boys were let out together as normal and, as normal, she ignored their presence and they generally leave her alone (Albus sometimes has an obsession with smelling her private). She has been more adventurous this past week or so and has gained weight noticeably around her bottom ...
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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 02:45 AM by kris10pauley

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Gypsy

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    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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. A Critter Nation Christmas <3

    My mom just ordered me a CN single unit for Christmas! We found it on sale at Dog.com.

    I currently have the rat manor from PETCO for my two boys, and really wanted to upgrade to the CN for a lot of reasons, one big one being the size difference of the doors. I'm so excited to be able to actually take the trays out to put new fleece on and have the doors open up all the way!

    Even though I already know what my present is going to be, I'm going to be just as excited on ...
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  13. First rat goods haul from Bitiba (Germany)

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    So yes it's a bit early... But I went ahead and started buying items for my future rats. I wanted to also get the cage, but it seems the Savic Royal Suite is sold out. I thought it would be good to get these items to see how I like them and if the size was suitable.

    I think the corner toilets (there's two) are too big, I have my hands up to them for size comparison. The site didn't have much option for toilets, so *shrugs* I think they'd be okay. ...
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  14. Travelling Rats

    Duncan is my oldest rattie currently. He is an agouti-blue dumbo who is very warm and snuggly. The distinguishing feature about Duncan is his enthusiasm for travel. The first time I brought him on a walk outside he bruxed the entire time and sat on my shoulder so excited for everything new that he could see and smell!
    This was in the summer and I started to take him out on my short daily walks and let him run around where I knew it was safe. He usually didn't even want to roam around, he ...
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  15. Patience

    A month or so ago I finally convinced my boyfriend to have pet rats. It was an exciting step in both our relationship and the goal to finally owning rats here. I've been working my butt off in order to meet my own career goals and be able to support our future little critters.

    I've made lists of cage items I want to buy, and if the right deals appear I'll get them already (Not perishable items though).

    Last night I had finally put in a request for 3 possible baby girl ...
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  16. Low-Maintenance Pets, not No-Maintenance pets!

    I have seen many posts and had many questions debating whether rats are low maintenance pets or not. When people ask me if rats are low maintenance, I will tell them YES! Rats are lovely low maintenance pets. I would like to distinguish the difference however between a low maintenance pet and a no-maintenance pet. Though rats are lovely pets and easy to take care of, pet rocks are much easier. In fact, I believe that the only pet that does not require any maintenance would be a pet rock. But back ...
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  17. Cheeseball-My Loving Little Weenie-16/11/15

    This is mostly a copy/paste from my post in the Rainbow Bridge forum.
    My sweet little princess passed away a few days ago. She was an estimated two and a half years old, and I had only had her for two years (she was almost fully grown when I got her). Her picture will be below, but she was a pink-eyed-white. I hadn't owned rats in a while, so a few years back I bought a lovely pair of girls (Delphi and Khaleesi). Delphi got sick and unfortunately passed the day before the vet visit, and Cheeseball
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  18. Crusty/scabby ears Nail beds dark black/blue w/ white tip toenails Lethargic

    Quote Originally Posted by meldiggity View Post
    Hello sorry for taking so long to put these pictures on I was finally able to get a hold of someone with a camera to post these on to.
    Please take a look at these pictures. If anyone has articles or useful information for me to read about this please post them on.
    I took her to the vet and she had no idea what was going on and the doc said she had never seen anything like that before :/
    She called a couple days later and concluded that this can be a possible mites infestation,
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  19. DIY - Free Shelving Idea

    Tried and tested shelving idea ^_^

    I first tried this when my old wooden shelving in my rat cage began to split. It can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months depending on whether your ratties are litter trained or not, if they are base chewers make sure the tape / glue is non-toxic. Mine aren't so I have no issues. Works best on cages without mesh wiring and with horizontal bars.

    Items Needed: Version 1
    • Any thin wood such as thin plywood, the base in drawers is perfect.
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  20. Rat-a-tat-tat.

    I have never dreamt of having a rat as a pet but, quite simply, I'm glad I invested in them as they have bought so much joy and happiness into my life in a matter of days.
    I was never keen on rats, never keen on holding them either. It's kind of silly how I ended up buying my rats, sad too. We were watching the film Ratatouille and at the end of it, we decided we'd go to a pet store and look at the animals (mostly rats) in the end we spontaneously bought our 4 boys and it definitely isn't ...
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  21. Dreamin' about rats

    I had a dream where I was finally at a point were I could own rats, and in it I was busy trying to find some. It was a dream filled with excitement and emotion. We had moved to another apartment and apparently the old tenants left their three boy rats behind. I didn't notice this until days later when I found their cage and all three were huddled up. I was so thankful to find them and that they became mine. The feelings in this dream were so strong and felt very real. When I woke up I was sad that ...
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  22. What do you look like?

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    New hair! Whoohoo!
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  23. Ramblin' time

    I'm just rambling my thoughts on here.

    Five years ago I started looking into getting a pair of rats. I was living in the US at the time and everything was familiar territory to me. Back then the internet and youtube didn't have a lot about rats and there was plenty of false information floating around. I am glad that I didn't end up getting rats at that time for multiple reasons, main one being that the information was really bad and that I had no idea I'd be living in another country ...
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  24. Bra hammock swing!

    This is my latest idea, it's quick, easy and so much fun for your little buddys.
    • scissors
    • sewing needle and thread
    • 1 bra
    Simply remover the part of the bra that fastens around your back, leaving the straps attached to cups but detached from the back part.

    Sew together the bottom of the cups back to back
    Then sew the loose ends of the bra straps to the opposite end of the top of the cups

    Hang from cage and enjoy

    (will be adding photos at later date) ...

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  25. What do you look like?- (No Conversation Please!!)

  26. Are your rats like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannie'sMom View Post
    Oh, sorry, I didn't read the whole thing, so I just talked about dehydration mostly.

    Fastest bonding that I've had with my rat is not just giving treats but 'how' I give them: I spoon feed him.

    There is a great rat author named Debbie Ducommun. Libraries should have her books; you don't have to buy them--great advice in there.

    Get a baby spoon, the kind coated for comfort, then get a sampling of baby food (Beechnut, Gerbers, whatever): Carrots; squash; beef;
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  27. Are your rats like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannie'sMom View Post
    I had this same problem with our new rat. He couldn't get enough water from the bottle so my husband squeezed some out and then he lapped it up off the plastic ledge that led from the ladder, so we got a heavy crock and filled it with cold bottled water (put in an ice cube to cool it), and he drank like he hadn't seen water in forever.

    If your rats are eating a diet with a lot of water content they might not drink as much, like if you feed them little bits of watermelon, or baby food
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  28. Mannie Likes To be Out of His Cage and Hide in a Really Large Wall Pouch

    I'm learning, or I should say Mannie is teaching me his tricks.

    He likes to be out of his cage, now--comes out fast instead of hesitantly, and today good lord, I had a time getting him to go back in.

    I won't pick him up (or try to) because we're still bonding, so I have to coax him in.

    Today, he went up in the 'wall pouch'; it is a blanket that I tacked to the wall for insulation (old house; that room is colder than others), and I didn't take it down for ...
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  29. Potential Adoption

    I found a litter of babies for adoption from a foster-organization up near Orlando. If I get approved, I'll get two (hopefully three if I can convince my partner ).
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  30. Looking for a rat(s) in Philadelphia,PA? LOOK HERE

    [QUOTE=Sky's Boys;1904897]Hello everyone ^~^.As of today, I am helping a local rescue in Philadelphia,PA find homes for rats. They have both male and female of most ages. Please contact me at skysrats@gmail.com or text me at 267-475-5647 for more information and pictures. I will also be posting pictures & bios on some rats on my instagram Sky's Rats.[/QUOTE
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  31. Story On How I Got Syke & Tazifer

    [BORING STORY]Hello, I'm Sky and I'm 14.Before you say it...Yes, I'm pretty young...But believe me when i say I've done my research.I've always had hamsters, mice and ferrets through out my life but I've only ever really wanted rats. Like most people though, I had parents who HATED rats and were disgusted by them but after 2 years straight of trying to convince them for one i finally got one....She was a petstore rat (Theres no breeders or rescues near) she was all white besides a little fawn colored ...
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  32. Rat Nana Bragging About Baby!

    I've got to tell you guys about my baby rat! All about her! Her name is Blaire.

    Background:

    Athena gave birth June 8th in the afternoon, much to my surprise. There were technically 3 babies total, one stillborn (also decapitated....) and two lives ones. Another one died that night, and the third one doesn't have her whole tail. I wish I knew why she's missing a good part of her tail. She had a scab on the end of it until recently.

    This litter was completely ...
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  33. Discontinuing Forum Blog, but don't worry!

    I'm going to stop posting here, but Silvia and Nugget have an other blog that is easier to manage as well as follow. There doesn't seem to be much of a blog type audience here, so I figure I might as well blog on a blog site, and post forum posts on a forum site.

    nuggetandsilvia.tumblr.com is the place to see photos and stories of Nugget and Silvia's adorable lives.
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  34. Morning Snuggles

    Morning Snuggles with daddy while watching Criminal Minds : )

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    Finally, a good picture of Nuggetís eyes! You can see the difference, though itís not extreme like some cases of odd eye.
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  36. Silvia is so calm and trusting, I thought she was extremely sick!

    The pictures below are not of a rat who passed away, though they look like it, thus this little warning. Silvia is fine.

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    We were watching netflix and she let me tip her over and pet her belly. Never having a rat this comfortable before, I actually moved her after I took the pictures, fearing she was sick, but no, she ran back over to me for more snuggles! I am AMAZED.
  37. Cute Moments and Od Eye

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    Happy Hammock ratties after individual cuddle time! Also, Nugget's right eye is a darker red then her left, not by much, but it's only noticeable if you are looking for it. In this photo, it just looks like her eye is in shadow, but it's actually a darker red that is noticeable in good lighting or sun light. I didn't notice it until the second day because the first day she was too nervous to handle.

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  38. Cute Moments

    So nugget has adopted the extremely cute way of drinking by dipping her hands in the water and bringing it to her mouth, and it is extremely cute. I've heard this is a rare but not uncommon occurrence with rats who have water dishes in stead of water bottles.

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  39. Just discovered the blog function

    Today is the first day that the girls have slept through the day without waking up every ten minutes to see what i am doing. i am taking that as a sign that they are finally starting to settle down. In fact i looked in on them earlier just to check they were ok and i got a look from Kaylee who turned round and went back to sleep.

    River is having a bad day today. she has a neurological condition which means her back legs dont work fully. shes been to the vet and while they don't know ...
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  40. My Zeta rat is humping the Alpha, is this normal?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoshRmc1989 View Post
    I recently had surgery and I'm In the recovery phase of counting the dots on my ceiling, my little buddies are both my comfort and entertainment. I had stones removed from my kidneys. So, you can imagine how uncomfortable I was when I awoke a few minutes ago to some loud rustling going on from my cage. I found out that Jean (The lowest in the hi archy) was humping Marv (Dominant Alpha). Now usually Marv humps jean... a lot, especially when I let them out to play. So of course I was a bit surprised
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  41. Super Scary Vet Visit Today

    I took the Edna and Rose to a local vet in town to get checked up for URIs. Everything was completely fine. Skin and fur are perfect, noses are clear, appetite and hydration are fine. Lungs sound fine. Turns out they're just irritated. Now, I'm not sure if it's form their old bedding, dust in my room, or allergies. They'll be getting some steam treatment tonight and tomorrow so hopefully that will fix things right up.

    Edna and Rose were pretty well behaved at the vet's office. ...
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  42. Russel and Carmen!

    Quote Originally Posted by Smilebud View Post
    My St. Patrick's Day babies! Russel is the black Berkshire variegated, and Carmen is the mismarked capped tan one. Carmagoo is a sleepy cuddled. My boyfriend calls him a little stoner lol, all he wants to do is chill with Mama. I trust him in the bed at night when the other half is sleeping, because he won't crawl over and bug him. If I fall asleep he falls asleep right next to me. He's already a swishy butt, I can mush him up into a rat ball and chomp on his head and he just bruxes like crazy!
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  43. Food

    Can ratites eat hard raw carrots
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  44. Pity Party of Epic Whiningness

    Well, this might be long so settle in

    I'm going through a lot right now with my rats and I'm kind of tired of always trying to talk about it and nobody gets it, or they just shrug and say sorry.. Hopefully you guys get it.

    I don't know, my two girls are super old. One is almost more tumors than body with undying zest for climbing and playing still; but I know her time is soon and as soon as she stops rolling the back back to me I'm going to have to help her go bummer. ...
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  45. Three Little Witches: Kiki, Sabrina, & Me

    Day 1

    The first day of socializing Kiki and Sabrina was the hardest. They peed on all my clothes, and Kiki had the great displeasure of discovering gravity for the first time. I had the great displeasure of finding that rats could hiss.

    I also learned that Kiki is the more outgoing of the two. She hates sitting still, even if it's to be held or petted. But she learned quickly to take treats from my palm. Today, she even stuck her head outside the cage to get them and crawled ...
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  46. First Blog. First First First.

    I'm at work.

    I'm bored.

    I want to cuddle my rats.

    The struggle is real.
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  47. A real breakthrough socializing!

    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 ...
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  48. Proper introductions with Mamma take two!

    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 ...
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  50. Female Dumbo Rat

    Winona needs a loving home in the Los Angeles area!<3
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