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Well hello everyone!
My sweetie and I decided that we would enjoy a bit more action and company in our home. Our solution: Five little ratsies.
We went to PetsMart one evening, not planning to actually buy a rat at the time, only contemplating weather we wanted a rat or dwarf hamsters, and I fell in love with a brown Chinese Hooded rat whom I have affectionately named Schrödinger. (I put on a pouty face and James melted. I got the rat that night.)
We've read in numerous internet posts and a few books that rats are best kept in groups. James and I decided that we wouldn't mind a couple more rats slinking around in the huge cage we got for Schrödie, so we drove out to another pet store to see what other options we had. I found the most adorable Hooded rat with both a brown hood and coat. He only has a tiny speck of white at the very tippity end of his tail. He has been named Achilles. James found a little bitty brown Hooded rat he decided had to be named Master Splinter.
We introduced the three ratsies in the car on the way home. (Schrödinger was on my shoulder for the first couple days we had him except when I was told to put him away at bed time... >.> ) They got along swimmingly and, after Schrödie established his dominance, he and Achilles were pretty much inseparable. Sadly, little Master Splinter is ill. I think he has early stages of pneumonia and we are giving him an organic remedy I got at the pet store and he seems not to be wheezing anymore. If the symptoms progress more drastic measures may have to be taken. We've grown pretty attached to the little guy.
Well, that wasn't the end of our mousecapading!
I wanted a white rat! We had all colors and shapes and I was determined to have a little white one. James and I went to a few stores looking for white rats and couldn't find them. Of course, when I wasn't looking for them they were all over the place. The last store we went to was a Petco about twenty or so minutes away from our apartment. No white rats... not male, anyways. But I saw this huge brown Hooded rat in one of the aquariums that was so adorable. He had this white nose and the brown hood looked like a mask over his eyes. I took him home... >.>
Moose met his brothers in a small washbin when we got home. after a while he went into the cage with the others and, though he's a big honking rat, he wasn't really the domineering type. Schrödie kept his place as Alpha male rat and Moose hung around with Master Splinter in the igloo house fingy.
Still, I wanted a white rat. I called a dozen stores looking for a medium or small white male. No one had them. I ended up calling the store where I got Moose and asking if they had gotten any more ratsies in since I had been there the week before. They didn't have any more rats but they did have a few that I, apparently, didn't see. The man who answered the phone, J.D., told me that they didn't have white rats and that the albino rats are more prone to illnesses especially if you put them in a cage with the Chinese Hooded rats. I didn't really want another sick pet. He did say that they had some Chinese Hooded rats and some Dumbo rats. (What the heck is a dumbo rat???) Well I decided to go find out.
I got to the store (a bit later than I anticipated... I got lost on the way.) and found J.D. He showed me the Hooded rats they had and then showed me the CUTEST thing I have ever seen. A little white rat with a gray face and huge monkey ears. I fell in love with him. Merlin became James' second rat. He's pushy and I'm actually not sure if Schrödie has been able to establish dominance over him but they've been running around in the cage together since I let him in there with them this morning (after the habitual territorial scrapping.) and they seem to be quite happy now sleeping in the igloo all curled up, the five of them.

Until next time!
 

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Wow! Sounds like you have got an extreme case of get more rat syndrome! I suggest you stay away from petstores until you settle in lol. But really it sounds like an awesome mischeif you have there! I love my dumbo fatty ratty, and his monkey ears are awesome!

You'll learn a lot here! Be sure to read some past post and feel free to ask questions. I am new to rats as well and started late last year. Be sure to get a exotic vet lined up in case that one gets sneezing all too much, it's easier to treat such things early as they can get absesses on their lungs that make myco uncureable.

Ratguide.com is amazing! I suggest reading tons on that!

WE DEMAND PICTURES! Welcome!
 

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Well... I had decided that five was a good number. It's nice and round and they seem to do well with it. I doubt we will be getting any more little rat things until we expand the cage but they don't take much and I'm home all day so I can play with them and coddle them as much as needed/ wanted. But yeah... I'm not in any hurry to have more rats. Five was just a good sounding crew!!!
As for little Splinter, I'll be setting an appointment with the vet fairly soon. We were just debating how to handle it and I am more than willing to take him out to see a vet soon.

I have been reading all sorts of sites and even got a nice little book. I'm in love with my little boys.

Hey pics are coming!!! O.O
Thanks!
 

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Yes and they sound happy with eachother too! I bet they look realy cute sleeping together!

What kind of cage do you have out of curiousity?
 

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We bought a triple level cage with a metal floor. We are going to be revamping it soon because we don't like the wire bottoms on the top two floors and we are going to add a few more floors and some ropes and hidey holes for them instead of the huge open cage floors. It's Huge already but we'll be doing it up a bit more on Monday.
 

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Very cool! Yeah covering up the wire bottoms is a good idea. I have no idea why cage manufacturers do that D: As long as you have 2 square feet/rat you should be fine! With the size of the cage it sounds like you do.

My cage is exactly 5 rats big and I have one full level and two halves in it. I only have three and think that's how it will stay for now though and hopefully I won't catch get more rat syndrome lol. I donno I always find myself on petfinder looking at the cute ratties needing homes D:
 

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Well the bottom floor is 24 inches by 12 inches... I hope that's big enough because if I have to get a bigger bottomed cage I don't know where I'll put it! plus it's going to be taller... What's too small?
 

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There's all sorts of cage calculators out there (just search for 'rat cage calculator') They all give about the same results.

A 31x15 cage should be at least 38 inches tall to hold five rats. :)
 

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I see. Well with the modifications we are going to be adding i think they will have enough room for a couple more brothers... ;)

I'm off to make dinner. I'll see you soon!!! Thanks for chatting at me on ratty finks you all!!!

I'll try and get some pictures up after dinner is done.

Until next time!
 

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Yeah, it can be deceiving how many rats a cage can hold I feel. Just looking at my cage without knowing I geussed 7-10 but the caculator said five, I was floored!

yay can't wait till pics!
 

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MistressSchrodinger said:
Thanks for chatting at me on ratty finks you all!!!
:lol: :lol: Guys at work call me a rat-scallion.

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great to have you here! hope you learn lots like I did LoL (don't worry about ggmr I have it constantly I am up to nine right now LoL)
 
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