I didn’t get a good shot of Gus, but, these are the last photo’s of my baby’s I got. I actually had to give my rats away due to not being able to devote any time to them. I gave birth to my first born a little over 3 weeks ago- and having to take care of him and everything that goes with it left no time in taking care of them.

The brown and white rat- Dusty- also had been getting more aggressive and was attacking his cagemate Pongo. He bit him really bad the night before I decided to give them another place to be. He had bit him before a couple times, but not that bad- this time it was so bad, Pongo was terrified to return to the cage, even when I pulled Dusty out. He was visibly shaking when I held him close to the cage with the doors wide open and no other rat to be seen inside.I didn’t want to have to wake up to a dead rat one morning plus, I couldn’t afford to neuter Dusty. So for the benefit of them and me, they got new homes.

Thus ends the rat era. I’ll miss them- I loved them deeply- but my son is my priority and it wasn’t fair to the rats- so I know they’ll be happy with someone that can actually devote all their time to them.

So I had to take this little fuzz-face to the ER vet today and have him put down.
I heard a rukus in the cage and went to check on them, things seemed fine, but while I was checking on the other two, Dusty pinned Filbert and it didn’t look playful, so I opened the cage and get him off, but then I noticed a bad bite mark on the lump on Filberts neck. He’s had a lump on his neck (non-tumorous) for a little bit. I didn’t get it removed because it wasn’t dangerous, and there was a high risk of him dying on the operation table due to his respiratory problem (like most rats get). I didn’t want to pay $700 on the high risk chance he might die, esp if the lump wasn’t dangerous to him.
But, at some point tonight, either Dusty or Pongo attacked Filbert and bit into the lump. When I opened the door and tried to help Filbert, he squeaked a little as though in a lot of pain, his mouth was hanging open and one eye (the one opposite of the lump) was open wider in a panic. I noticed this last week he’s been having a harder time moving around, and overall he’s lost a lot of weight in the last couple of weeks- so I had planned to take him to the vet today- but then things got in the way, so I was gona wait until tomorrow (or today being Sat now) and then this happened, so I had to do it in the middle of the night. I didn’t have a spare cage for him to keep him safe until morning, and with how he was breathing and just rather panting and freaking out, I felt that I shouldn’t let him suffer several hours until the vet office opened in the morning.
So, I said goodbye to this fuzzball tonight and let him go to the rainbow bridge to play with his brothers- Almond and Peanut. I’m sure they’re having a lot of fun being reunited again.
Thanks for being such an awesome pet Filbert. I’m going to miss you. ;.;
Born May 2011 (appx)Adopted Aug 2011Died Sept 21, 2013

So I had to take this little fuzz-face to the ER vet today and have him put down.

I heard a rukus in the cage and went to check on them, things seemed fine, but while I was checking on the other two, Dusty pinned Filbert and it didn’t look playful, so I opened the cage and get him off, but then I noticed a bad bite mark on the lump on Filberts neck. He’s had a lump on his neck (non-tumorous) for a little bit. I didn’t get it removed because it wasn’t dangerous, and there was a high risk of him dying on the operation table due to his respiratory problem (like most rats get). I didn’t want to pay $700 on the high risk chance he might die, esp if the lump wasn’t dangerous to him.

But, at some point tonight, either Dusty or Pongo attacked Filbert and bit into the lump. When I opened the door and tried to help Filbert, he squeaked a little as though in a lot of pain, his mouth was hanging open and one eye (the one opposite of the lump) was open wider in a panic. I noticed this last week he’s been having a harder time moving around, and overall he’s lost a lot of weight in the last couple of weeks- so I had planned to take him to the vet today- but then things got in the way, so I was gona wait until tomorrow (or today being Sat now) and then this happened, so I had to do it in the middle of the night. I didn’t have a spare cage for him to keep him safe until morning, and with how he was breathing and just rather panting and freaking out, I felt that I shouldn’t let him suffer several hours until the vet office opened in the morning.

So, I said goodbye to this fuzzball tonight and let him go to the rainbow bridge to play with his brothers- Almond and Peanut. I’m sure they’re having a lot of fun being reunited again.

Thanks for being such an awesome pet Filbert. I’m going to miss you. ;.;

Born May 2011 (appx)
Adopted Aug 2011
Died Sept 21, 2013

So, yesterday while playing, Filbert was being his usual lazy self and just napped in the carrier, so I was stroking his face and scritching his head, when while doing so, I rubbed his neck a bit and found a large lump on the side of his neck. :( I swear it wasn’t there last week! I felt it a bit and could feel any puncture wound that would make it an infection like what happened to Almond. So, I think it may be a tumor. I’ll be taking him to the vet soon, but I already know, I can’t afford surgery… I thought I’d have him a bit longer than this, but I think it’s about time to say good-bye to Filbert too…

So, my boys had been out playing and I think the water bottle was empty before I took them out. So when I put them back in, they were all very thirsty…. this video is almost 4 minutes long and before I started recording they’d been drinking like that for a few minutes before. So…. needless to say, they were super thirsty and hilarious to watch trying to get the water all at once. xD;;

Njoi the amusement!

ps. I’m very good at keeping my pets watered, just this one time… not so much.
pps you can also hear me talking, so put on audio for more amusement.

I would like to say one little thing about rats…

I keep hearing people say that rats never bite. This is a false assumption and teaching.

Sorry, but it is.

They do bite in certain circumstances.
Most time it’s by accident. The one time I got bit by an older rat was by accident-  and my fault. I put my hand between him and another to stop a fight (as it broke out on my lap) and the rats top teeth slid across the top of my hand, cutting it- but the rat did not chomp on me. The rat at the time, instantly looked remorseful for having done so, but it wasn’t his fault and it wasn’t aimed at me.

When you bring home a brand new rat, if they have never been cage trained or human socialized (usually younger ones) they will bite if you put your finger between the bars as they think it’s food. I have had this happen twice when attempting to train them not to bite when a finger comes between the bars (easier to train rats not to bite than trusting kids not to put their fingers between the bars xD).
You can train your rats not to bite your fingers between the bars. I have done it to all of my rats. You make squeaking noises at them the moment they attempt to nip or bite, or even when sniffing just to warn them not to bite; use the word ‘NO!’ also, and you can give them a quick blow in the face as soon as they attempt to bite you (so your face has to be right up close to the cage to do so). You have to be constantly on alert, as they can bite quickly.

They will always back off the instant they realize it is not food.

The only other time I almost got bit was when giving a yogurt drop to my rats and two tried to get the same one and one almost bit my thumb in his eagerness to get the treat. Again, this was no intentional, not meaning to bite me.

Like any animal, they can bite, but like any animal (that has no mental problems), they can be trained not to.
In general, rats will not bite, but sometimes, they do in certain circumstances.

But never assumed that when recommending a pet rat to a child, that it will never bite them. Never ever assume that any animal will never do something, as there is always a chance it will.

TL;DR
Animals are animals, never assume they don’t act like them.

Be safe! And remember, rats rule! C:

"I dare you to poke me again…"

hello. i scrolled through your tumblr and i reaaaaly love your rats, such cuties ;w; but the video with rats on your head made me alarmed. i noticed your baby's sneezing a lot. my two did it as well and it accured they were ill. sorry if you feel offended, i'm sure you take great care of your ratties, but i'm just worried!

The one, Dusty, sneezed a lot more when I had them in the smaller rat cage with the paper bedding. The dust from the bedding I think made them sneeze. Once I finally moved them into the big cage, they stopped sneezing. I’ve had them at the vet and they’re perfectly healthy, at least the young boys are.

Filbert has a respiratory issue, but I’m medicating him.

The new boys- the black and white, also has been sneezing a bit since I put him into the cage. It’s not because they’re sick, thankfully, but due to the paper dust. I’ve been watching them and I was worried about the sneezing too, but like I said, it has gone away.

Thanks for your concern though! I know that sneezing can mean illness, but that’s not always the case. =)

Meet the newbies! No names yet. Picked up from PetSmart. Saw them on Sat, got them on Monday, I couldn’t resist. SO CUTE!!! Appx 6 weeks.

No names yet.

The last three pictures are so funny because, they’ve taken to sleeping in the food dish. Mostly the Siamese has- which is utterly strange to me. None of my other rats have ever done that before. lol. But I thought it was cute, especially when they were cuddled together. I think I need to get them a proper cuddle cup. ha.

I saw the two cutest baby rats at PetSmart the other day. I was so so so so so tempted to buy them. One was a siamese and the other was a black and white- mostly black body and a half white face and white belly- both standards. I was just like AWWWWW. I wouldn’t mind 5 rats, but I worried about how much they would cost in the long run (food, ect.).

I might go back tomorrow and see if they’re still there…. and maybe buy them anyways. I told my hubby and he didn’t seem to totally object, so that was a good sign. hah.

Isn’t that the most wonderful thing you’ve ever seen?!
~sigh~

Isn’t that the most wonderful thing you’ve ever seen?!

~sigh~

Over the last several weeks, I have been doing the ‘glove’ method when introducing my boys. It’s where you keep your hands gloved (with sturdy gloves) and keep you hand near and between the new rat and the established rat and keep the newbie from being attacked by the older one. It worked very well- so much in fact that Dusty had calmed down and started playing with Filbert.

However, when I tried to put them together in the cage, it got a little scary, not horribly, but Dusty started having his episodes again where he’d freeze and breathe or gasp heavily like he was freaking out.

So, I’ve been having them live separately, but play together. Over the last week and a half, when they’ve been together playing, there were no incidents and Dusty would actually pounce on Filbert who would voluntarily filp over some and let the younger rat pin him. But sometimes, he’d still pounce on Pongo while puffed up and it worried me. However, Filbert has also stops when I say “No!” just in case

But today, I did a thorough cleaning of the cage, did a whole rearrangement and then put all 3 rats in it. I’ve been basically freaking out for the last several hours, just worrying terribly something was going to happen.

I went upstairs just a little bit ago and to my immediate surprise and utter delighted to see Dusty in the hammock with Filbert who was just sleeping! I just… I started to cry being so happy seeing that cuz I’ve been so so so worried lately and other life stresses had been building up and that was just one less thing that I feel I have to worry about.

I’m so freaking happy right now and hopefully I can snag an awesome picture of them soon.

SO HAPPY! ;o;