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Hiya, my name is Emma, i live in the UK and am the proud owner of two gorgeous male rats. I've kept rats before, my first rats, one was a fawn capped female and a black hooded female.. They had been re homed a few times before coming to me but I fell in love with them. Bizzie bonded with me within a week, but Chewy (named due to chewing everything) didn't bond so much at all, she just never wanted to socialise.. I can only assume she was mistreated.. She never bit me, so I could handle her.. It is a shame I wish now that I had tried harder but Bizzie was constantly out on my shoulder or in my pocket.
My second pair were, once again females, one was a brown Siamese, named Maple (her colouring reminded me of maple syrup) and a blue striped roan, named Marlie. Both beautiful dumbo rats and good natured.. Marlie was one more for coming out and running around, Maple was more the hanging around on the shoulder kinda gal..
And now my boys.. I went to the store and got a new cage and some stuff to setup, then went and collected them.. Bacardi is fawn capped, reminded me a lot of Bizzie but he is a lot more nervy.. And Pepper a blue striped roan and he is adorable.. I will have to pop some photos of them on here..But me, I've also had dogs, cats, gerbils.. I guess I could say I love animals lol :p
I work in IT, and my partner works a lot of night shifts on the taxis.. Can't have dogs due to the landlord, and after a lot of thought and mulling it over, I settled on having a couple rats to help the Saturday evenings not get so boring :)Anyway, enough of me, I hope to make some new friends here and share some rattie stories and info :)Ems x
 

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I love the names! They are so cute! :)
Thank you 😊Love that they climb up for treats and when they wanna come out and run about.. Can't help but feel sad when I can't get them out (going out or to bed..) and they still wanna play about..Bacardi is getting quite large now too, so need two hands when helping him out the cage lol
 

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Hi Ingy, Im a UK gal working in IT too! :)
How long did you have your boys before you were able to pick them up? I'm getting there with one of my boys but all three do tend to leap away when I try to slowly pick them up.
Really hoping at least one of them will become a shoulder rat :(
 

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Hi Ingy, Im a UK gal working in IT too! :)
How long did you have your boys before you were able to pick them up? I'm getting there with one of my boys but all three do tend to leap away when I try to slowly pick them up.
Really hoping at least one of them will become a shoulder rat :(
Awesome! Nice to meet you :D

It's a working progress with Bacardi, he's still quite nervy, although last night when I got them out for a run around on the sofa, he didn't poop anywhere near as much but he doesn't seem as agile as Pepper.. so I'm wondering if his reluctance is due to an insecurity of some sort..
With Pepper, it was within a week, he was curious, approaching my hand and sniffing, licking and now.. we have to try and stop him escaping lol, he is a real character! If the lid on their cage is up (like at feeding time, or when putting them back after a run around) he will climb up and out, run to me and hop on my shoulder/arm and nab a crafty lift to freedom :p
The both of them jump up the bars whenever we walk in the room, get in from work or when we just walk by the cage in the evening to get to the kitchen..
Having said all that though... as yet.. neither are true shoulder rats. Far too young and energetic (or nervous) for such a thing.. though they have now started taking treats while outside their cage, so perhaps with a little more patience they'll become a lot more likely to perch on the shoulder ;)
 

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Your rats are adorable, and you sound like a loving animal person, not just of rats. Glad to meet you; grateful you got these two :)
 

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A lot of the rats over in the UK are black hooded rats, I feel so lucky to have found the bubbies I've got! :) Couldn't find any dumbo rats near where I live, but I wouldn't trade Bacardi or Pepper for anything.. if anything I'd happily adopt more! :p
And thank you Mannie'sMom, I do love animals.. bit of my history re other pets:

My first cat was a long haired tabby and white, and he.. I guess.. bonded with me.. he was my dad's cat but when watching tv or even out in the garden, Nutsy would come to me for a cuddle or as a cushion to lie on, and he would suckle on my earlobe lol He was neutered as well so he never grew very large..
Next cat chose me, went to a rehoming kennel (for cats and dogs) and I spotted a few cats I liked, but this one cat was sat by the door and watching my every move. I went into his cage and he immediately wanted a cuddle. Short haired brown tabby, white chin and neck.. fell in love straight off - I always said he chose me and he was my cat.. but he had to be put down after falling ill.. the vets said there was nothing they could do and any medication would only delay the inevitable.. especially as he had apparently been very ill for a long time.. (we didn't even realise..) He's now buried under my parent's willow tree.

When I moved in with Peter, he had a dog who was about 12 years old, a lab x lurcher and he, apart from moulting everywhere and having smelly farts, was adorable. He went with me everywhere - down town, over the meadows.. and in the evening he tried to be like a cat and lay on my lap :D
We fostered Troy, a small tricolour border collie, who had been mistreated by his original owner (who we took him from), they'd gotten an Alsation puppy and was favoured, so Troy was left outside in all weathers.. his fur had been cut short as it had gotten matted and smelly from when he'd been lying in the snow.. We took him in, bathed him, re-house trained him (he still had the odd accident) and he, like Hendi, would go with me everywhere.. although Troy would follow me to the bathroom and whine if I'd been in there too long..
I had to rehome them both when we were facing eviction from our home (landlord was fed up with us requesting a new boiler after it stopped producing hot water/heating over winter twice) and moving into a flat with no garden.. apparently a balcony isn't enough for 2 dogs (although they were quite small/medium..) :p

Now, we hope to move into a house with a garden, so we could have dogs/cats again :)
I now find myself clock watching to get home to them everyday lol :D
 
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