I started my journey as Mother of Rats in September 2010. These are my darlings:
Playing at the Rainbow Bridge
Charlotte, Emily, Anne, Elizabeth, Maria
Siamese hooded, Standard ears
Charlotte and Emily were my first two rats. I brought them home from the petshop, and it turned out Charlotte was pregnant. That was no great surprise, given that the petshop was keeping her and Emily with their brothers. I gave away the boys from her litter and kept the 3 girls – Anne, Elizabeth and Maria. Emily, Charlotte and Elizabeth were all cuddlers at some point in their lives, while Anne was always very energetic and Maria was independent. Emily passed away very suddenly at barely 1 year old, while Maria lived the longest – just over 2 years. This family of rats suffered many tumors, which might have been genetic. One of the boys from Charlotte’s litter is still alive and will turn 3 this month (September 2013).
Black hooded, standard ears
I saw two adult and very overweight rats in a petshop one day – it turned out somebody had brought in their pets, which they no longer wanted / couldn’t care for anymore. I decided to take them home with me. Vega and his brother Cortez took some time to become comfortable in their new home after all that upheaval, but eventually I got my cuddle out of Vega.
Black hooded, standard ears
Cortez, Vega’s brother, was never the most agile rat. His dopy walk was part of what endeared him to me and the sleepy look of excitement on his face when I called him for his dinner.
He also became very cuddly near the end of his life, when he became uncomfortable and insecure. He would come to me to hold him, so he could sleep in peace, which made it so much harder to say goodbye.
Currently playing in the Rat Cage
Eric & Godric
Black berkshire, standard ears
My double trouble, Eric and Godric, are the sweetest little combo. Very adventurous in their youth, the best buds are now becoming more chilled. They have very soft fur, unlike the usual rough male fur. I think this is a sign of lower testosterone levels, which comes through in their sweet natures. Godric is becoming quite a cuddler – hold thumbs!
Husky, dumbo ears
Garrus was the next piece of mischief to come into my life. He is full of energy and never stops moving except to crash when the wheels fall off. He has already lost a toenail. No surprises that I don’t get cuddles from him. But we do play. He is also a BIG eater.
Russian blue capped with broken blaze, standard ears
Thane and Mordin are my first pedigree rats. They were flown to me from the breeders. Due to animal shipping regulations, I was only allowed to have them at about 2 months old, rather than 5 weeks. The trip also traumatised them a bit and they took some taming. Thane is a precious little soul, who is the most skittish of my rats, but he becomes more confident when I spend time with him. He likes to climb into tissue boxes and drawers if given half the chance.
Champagne hooded, dumbo ears, pink eyes Mordin, my other pedigree rat, is a funny one. He doesn’t seem to trust his own back feet and tends to stiffen his back legs in a splayed position when I pick him up. He likes hiding behind the curtain and sleeping on the floor of his cage from time to time. He also enjoys gnawing on the bars of his cage in the morning when he senses I am waking up – to let me know that he would like to come out now thank you very much.
Siamese of sorts, standard ears
Tyrion is my youngest rat. I got him from the petshop, a tiny panicked little ratling, who made himself at home so fast I couldn’t believe it.
He loves to lick.