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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. hello and a question

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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!
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. What do you look like?

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    New hair! Whoohoo!
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  48. 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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  49. 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) ...

    Updated 08-27-2015 at 12:53 PM by StonerGirlandHerRatties

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

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