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  1. Blaze's health and Jojo's trust

    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 ...
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  2. First Brux and Boggle

    by on 08-01-2014 at 07:11 PM (A Rat's Tail, The Story of Gizmo and Gadget the ESA Rats)
    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!
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  3. First blog starts on a sad note... Scarlett

    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 ...
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  4. So... I've been gone a while.

    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 ...
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  5. Toothpaste "Payters" The Magnificent. - Complete life story

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    Attachment 154649 TOOHPASTE
    Name: Toothpaste
    Nickname: Payters
    Birthday: September 16th 2008
    Lastday: July 18th 2014
    Breed: Black hooded dumbo rat
    Final weight:
    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!

    Our Introduction:

    Toothpaste was
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  6. Need to lose 40lbs....just can't find the motivation!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlottesmom View Post
    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
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  7. Recent events

    by on 07-16-2014 at 10:22 AM (Adventures of Roxy and Miss Daisy)
    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 ...
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  8. New Food& Tricks

    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

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  9. First Post in a While

    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
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  10. June 24

    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.
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    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

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  11. Dawson-Watson

    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
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    Updated 06-25-2014 at 11:14 AM by Alisonacross

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  12. toothpaste.

    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 ...
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  13. Bestfriends never fail, especially those with paws and a tail <3

    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.
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  14. Immersion Training - The Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyBoo View Post
    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
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  15. Update on Sophie

    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
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    Updated 05-02-2014 at 01:12 PM by Sassmasteroli

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  16. Day 9 and yep I am in love with my rat girls

    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 ...
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  17. Can you really fall in love this fast

    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 ...
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  18. My girls Gypsy and Boo

    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 ...
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  19. Put an adoption application on a new boy!

    He's from Sweet Whisper's Rattery in Allentown, PA
    I hope I get approved!
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  20. Meet Ruger & ______ (unnamed)

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    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 ...
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  21. Sudden behavior issue- Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by SevenEels View Post
    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
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  22. And there was 1

    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

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  23. Adventures in the Family Zoo

    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 ...
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  24. Blanch's Behavior

    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 ...
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  25. New rats

    Further to my new messages on Monday I wish to let all members know mother and all 14 kittens doing very well
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  26. Paranormals - Day Three

    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.
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  27. Younger rat has sudden weakness

    Quote Originally Posted by Csassen View Post
    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
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  28. Nina went to the doc today

    I took Nina to the vet today, to a new doctor who was highly recommended. She's sneezing a lot more than usual, and occasionally does this quiet honking thing when she sleeps -- and she's sleeping a lot. As usual, there's no porphyrin, and she's eating fine, but I can tell she needs meds.

    The doctor gave her Baytril and Doxy, and we will hope for the best. She's a robust rat, and I expect her to recover. The only reason I'm writing is that the doc mentioned that rats like Nina - rats ...
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  29. Day 2 with little aardvark

    So this little one loves to be in my shirt. She hangs out in there all day and falls into the deepest sleep. She's in there now. She never wants to come out.

    So far, she has not pooped or peed on me. Five weeks old and she already has good manners!

    I gave her some beans and rice tonight and she did the funniest little happy dance.

    I really hope she gets along with Baby and Nina. They're pretty laid back and she can really zoom around when she wants to. ...
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  30. First Morning with Leeloo

    I decided she looks like an aardvark.

    She's been hiding a lot since I brought her home last night, so I'm removing the hiding places from her cage. She will still have lots of snuggly places to go, but this forces her to be more social with me. This morning I put her on my shoulder and she seems quite at ease there. I noticed some porph around her eyes, and I was surprised at how she let me clean them with a q-tip. She just sat there like we had done this 100 times before. I wonder ...
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  31. Ugly baby

    I brought a new baby rat home today. She's a double rex from an oops litter. I'm trying to get used to the fact that she's kind of. . . ugly. She's mismarked and hairless, and the tip of her tail is missing.

    When I chose her, I sat with the 2 available girls for an hour. One crawled up to my shoulder and hid in my hair. The other one stayed in my lap grooming herself, and nestled into my arm. She just seemed to have more going on, and she was the one I picked. I went with my gut, and ...
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  32. Rat renovations!

    Getting some cage stuff fixed up today. I got my SEW on! lol, check it out!
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    Another hammock. My personal fave is the one that is hanging in the ...
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  33. I am completely out of ideas, help!

    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 ...
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  34. Got Mom On Board

    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 ...
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  35. A shout out!!

    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!


    Thanks!! ox
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  36. No Turning Back Now!

    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, ...
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  37. Happy Rat

    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
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  38. My boys - trust training

    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 ...
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  39. whats you fave colour and marking of rats

    Mine would have to be a Himalayan!!
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  40. Seaweed and Rice?

    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.
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  41. So. Finally got a cage!!!

    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!
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  42. update on getting rats

    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.)

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  43. Week 1 of Medicine

    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 ...
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  44. Health Status

    A couple of weeks ago, I noticed some scabs on Lunaís back. At first I believed them to be from one of her cage-mates, but after parting some of the fur on her back and rump, I noticed lice. Because our girls have been isolated from other animals for months, I was surprised to find Luna had contracted lice. Not having anything handy to treat the parasites, I filled the tub to paddle height with warm water and bathed her, using a small amount of Dawn dish soap to drive away as many of the pests as ...
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  45. Why choose a rat?

    I get that question alot from my friends and family members. Why rats? why not get a dog, or a cat, or even a bird? Rats, are certainly not the fuzzy golden retriever, or the sleek able bodied cat. They do not sing a tune or bark when strangers come to the door. Most rats have their own brand of smell, and unlike the cat or dog they dont mind sitting in their own toilet box to munch on some treats,

    Rats do not live for as long as a dog or a cat, Dogs and cats usually live into their ...
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  46. How to bathe your rat in 12 easy steps

    Step 1: Fill sink with lukewarm, to warm water, ensure you have towels ready on the counter and on the floor. Do not fill the sink up all the way, only about an inch or two will do.

    Step 2: Add ratty approved shampoo, or wait until rat is in sink to apply.

    Step 3: Remove rat from cage, Do not speak to rat, do not coddle rat, do not look at rat in its eyes. Rats have the ability to read minds, and any bizarre behavior from you may cause them to become upset.
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    Updated 11-09-2013 at 07:18 PM by winddance

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  47. Guarding

    After play time, I like to let my rats "cool off" by placing them on my bed. I will offer them refreshments, and then they watch casually as i say one last good night to there cousins the hamsters. I will then turn the tv on and the three of us will watch tv for an hour ..or 3. Evie my oldest quite enjoys this time because it gives her the chance to curl up beside me to have a power nap or to give my hands an apparent much needed groom. Millie on the other hand likes scamper off to do ...
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  48. Bad Night/Morning

    So last night when I went to play with my hamster Momo, I noticed that she had a large lump underneath her chin. I believe this lump to be a tumor or a cyst, and due to it being the weekend my vetsí office is closed. But due to her age, almost two and a half, and the placement, I think surgery would possibly be too risky. I can only hope that she makes it to Monday so I can talk to the vet for advice. And I feel bad because Iím going Tuesday to get my rats while my hamster may or may not be dying. ...
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  49. Update!

    I am proud to announce that Honey has gone from a scared rat wanting to bite me every chance she gets into a brave adventurer. Because she was getting depressed I got her a friend named spirit.

    Honey is a black and white fancy rat. She was a rescue from a neighbor across my street. Realizing that she needed a companion I got her Spirit. A black fancy rat with white on her tummy and near her hands. She is very spirited and isn't afraid of anything! This rat swiftly became friends with

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  50. Soup for sick/recovering ratties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Animalkook101 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    I just joined this group yesterday and this if my first post.
    Two of my three rats, Daphne and Peach just had major facial abscess draining yesterday at my new awesome vet's. They're being kept in a plastic tub so debris from their cage won't get in their abscess holes (which are in the same place! Probably back molar related)
    Anyway one thing that really shocked me yesterday was that Peach's teeth were REALLY overgrown. Even though I have chew blocks for them she
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