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Pet rats are the cutest!

They are such small munchkins, everything is cute about them, even their feet!

 

 

On a hot day rattie sisters Mia and Heidi are ditching their critter’s house and stretch out on the bare cage bars right next to it.

Cuddling up, their rattie feet are popping out at the bottom, dangling freely.

Just Heidi’s little nose shows she’s somewhere in there, too.

 

I love how pet rats are cuddle masters and always find the best comfy snuggle position.

They are so soft and warm, I want to nestle in there with them.

 

Luckily, ratties can settle in just as well around your neck, on your shoulders, and you can experience their loving nature up close.

 

With a pet rat, you’re never alone.

 

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Benefits of cuttlefish bone for your pets:

 

1)  A versatile snack

–  High in calcium

–  High in mineral salts

–  No calories

–  100% organic

–  Contains no toxins or contaminants

 

2) An entertaining toy

–  Light and soft

–  Slender oval or lanceolate shape

–  Adding variety with a grainy texture, similar to pumice

–  Crunchy to the bite

 

3) A natural abrasive

–  Helps with grooming, e.g. polish bird beaks, clean dog teeth

 

4) An excellent supplement

–  A practical solution for calcium deficiency such as rickets disease

 

 

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Going for hikes on pristine table mountain I often come back with treats for our pets.

During autumn there are lots of acorns to pick up.

 

Can pet rats eat acorns?

 

Yes, rats eat acorns.

However, acorns contain tannins.

So it’s a good idea to boil the acorns first, to sterilise them and to drain the tannins.

It’s important to ensure anything from the outdoors is clean and safe.

 

Acorns make for a playful snack and cracking the shell is great entertainment for the ratties:

Watch as Heidi enjoys gnawing through the acorn shell.

Heidi steals an acorn.  

Watch as Mia tries a bit of acorn.

Mia likes gnawing the acorn.

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I always wanted a pet rat.

But my mom thought otherwise.

 

So when I moved into my own flat at the age of 19 to start out my life in the big city, I got a pet rat as a parting gift: Fitty!

 

#PortRATure: My first pet rat Fitty.

#PortRATure: My first pet rat Fitty.

 

I called her Fitty, because when she sneezed, it sounded like [ˈfyːt].

Rats make those tiny little cute sounds.

 

I got a book about how to keep pet rats, but I was in for a steep learning curve anyway.

Rats teach you a lot. And about yourself, too.

 

I had so many adventures with this very conniving clever one.

Fitty had her own will and I was in for a lesson about resilience, stubbornness and stamina.

She was very headstrong and did everything to get her way.

 

For example: When I went on holiday, I brought Fitty to stay with rattie friends.

 

Rattie friends here refers to friends I made through the unlikely and thus instantly connecting event of us realising we’re both taking our ratties out in public.

Because no, Fitty did not make friends with their rat.

 

In our blessed naivety we thought how nice for our pet rats to have a rat companion. So we placed them on a big kitchen table and wanted to see how they’d get along.

But there was no time for that: Fitty walked towards the other rat, who took one sniff of the air and turned and ran. Straight off the kitchen table.

 

Good thing we gave them enough space.

I had no idea Fitty was such a dominant rat that her mere presence could cause such a reaction in another rat.

 

I already feared that this would mean Fitty could not stay with them, but they were fine looking after her if she came with her own cage, so the rats could stay separately.

 

I guess they regretted that for a couple of days though, because when I came back they had this story to tell:

 

They got repairs done in the bathroom. Because one of the drains lay open, they made a point of always closing the bathroom door, especially when the rats had free roam time.

Obviously the one time they had forgotten, Fitty had already the better of them and went into the bathroom and disappeared into the drain pipe… Gone.

For three days, and she came back.

 

It’s a Rats! world.

 

Rats are not to be underestimated just because of their small size.

Pet rats are highly intelligent and might just outwit you.

 

I love that about these little critters, because life never gets boring with them.

And because ratties are so incredibly social, you can have a strong bond with them.

They love snuggling up on your shoulder and are absolute cuddle masters.

 

With a pet rat, you’re never alone.

The perfect pet, especially when you live on your own in a small flat.

 

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Happy World Rat Day!

 

Celebrating World Rat Day during SA’s Coronavirus Lockdown makes me realise how lucky I am to have my pet rats as companions:

 

Lonely during Coronavirus Lockdown?

Rats make great pets and can help as emotional support animal for lockdown loneliness:

They don’t need to go outside and are completely happy in the space of your home.

Still, ratties give all the love and affection one could wish for, being incredibly intelligent and social.

 

Bored during Coronavirus Lockdown?

Pet rats are fun to watch and make great entertainers during lockdown times:

If you ratproof your home you can give them free-roaming time and enjoy a hilarious rattie show.

Ratties are amazing acrobats, they can even climb up walls. They can learn clever tricks and enjoy playing with you.

 

Worried during Coronavirus Lockdown?

Pet rats are very emphatic animals. They are caring and altruistic, always ready to comfort you during lockdown:

Rats can’t wait to greet you followed by a thorough check-up to make sure you’re ok.

Ratties are so affectionate! As rats are naturally very shy animals, they have the most tender touch and humble approach. They enjoy being close to you and sit on your shoulder, which has a calming and reassuring effect.

 

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Our rattie gardens came in many different shapes and variations, from tomato surprises to healthy wheatgrass to leftover seeds in a flower pot and now a whole planter box.

 

All I do is chuck what is left over from the rattie food into some soil instead of the bin.

 

A bit of water every now and then and the seeds and grains start growing.

 

The ratties love the fresh greens and enjoy foraging in the soil.

 

It gives them some outdoor playtime in a safe and well known environment.

 

It shows how comfy the ratties feel in their rattie garden when Mia starts to groom herself.

 

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Dandelion are edible even for humans and there are no known poisionous lookalikes.

 

I harvest dandelion from our garden, where I know it’s organic. Dandelion is very nutritious and has many health benefits.

 

So dandelion is a great treat for ratties!

 

 

 

 

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The ratties are wishing you a rattical festive season!

 

Rattie Luna wishes Merry Christmas:

 

Pet rat Fenris wishes a Happy Christmas:

 

Rattie boy Link is in festive spirits:

 

His rattie brother Mushu wishes Happy Holidays:

 

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It’s holiday season and I’m busy RattieSitting.

 

With all these rattie cuties around, what better time to do some PortRATure.

 

And of course, all in the celebratory spirit of the festive season:

Merry Christmas! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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I usually make sure there is a piece for everyone when I hand out rattie treats

Because otherwise this happens:

A piece of tomato is making the rounds as it gets snatched up from one rattie to the next:

Rattie boy Link is enjoying the tomato. Fadley picks up on the scent.
Fadley is going for the tomato.
Pet rat Fadley successfuly snatched the tomato from Link.
Now it’s Link’s turn to go for the tomato.
Success! Link got his tomato back.
Oops! Skaven has sneaked up on Link.
Skaven has stolen the tomato from Link.
Luna is also interested in the tomato, but gets distracted by Link, who is also interested in the tomato, but gets distracted by Luna.
Skaven prevails! Well, for now…

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I love watching pet rats, it’s better entertainment than TV.

 

Giving the ratties free roam time is always a good occasion to catch their latest shenanigans.

 

So thought our dogs, too, who conveniently sat themselves in front row seats.

 

As these ratties are visitors, I leave their travel cage close by as a point of safety they can get back to.

Rats usually take a bit of to and fro, forth and back before they go out and explore.

 

But these rats are very confident and familiar with their surroundings, as they have been here for RattieSitting before.

 

So rattie Fenris has no qualms to say hello to our puppy Gigi:

 

Neither does rattie boy Link:

 

Pet rat Fadley knows Gigi from before and they greet with a nose kiss:

 

All this interaction is tiring for little Gigi and she puts her head down on the sofa. But she doesn’t stop watching:

 

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Please note: Our dogs grew up with pet rats and are trained to look after them.

Generally don’t let animals from different species interact and never without experienced supervision.

 

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Rats are loyal to their rat clan.

 

So when rats meet new rats from a different clan, there is going to be a lot of huffing and puffing going on.

 

When adopting ratties, ideally they can get introduced to the existing rat clan.

 

It takes time, but my experience is that pet rats always end up as friends in the end.

 

After about a week in separate cages, introductions can be made.

 

One way to speed up the process is to distract the rattie bunch with food.

 

After all, we all know how easy it is to bond over a shared meal:

 

 

 

 

 

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Pet rats are extremely well designed animals.

Their body flow is simply beautiful. They move with grace and astound with extraordinary acrobatic skills.

 

Ratties even look great when they’re asleep:

With their tail tucked under their head, their body forms a perfect circle.

I can’t help it, but just look at these wonderful beings: Everything they do is cute or entertaining or impressive or simply lovely to watch.

Somehow I get this warm fuzzy feeling when I see such tiny fragile creature so trusting that they feel it’s ok to relax and curl up in the open.

Life must be good if your pet rat can chill out like this.

 

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I can’t remember when last I actually bought a pet rat.

 

There are enough rescue ratties out there to rather adopt than shop.

 

And look what lovely surprise destiny has in store when taking on rescue pet rats:

 

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The bliss of having these cutie little schmoopies around.

They haven’t been handled, but their curiosity gets the better of them.

It only took a few days for them to come excitedly to the cage door to interact and explore.

And they smell so nice! And they are so fluffy and cuddly!

 

Rats make great pets!

 

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Pet rats are cuddle masters and snuggle up to each other close and tight.

Sometimes you can’t make out where the one rat begins and the other ends. 

 

Pet rat Fadley has a lovely snooze on his extra soft pillow…

And sometimes you can’t make out that there is another rattie altogether, squashed in but still comfy.

 

… which turns out to be rattie girl Luna! 😮

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This is not a rattie couch, it’s actually just a sturdy rattie hammock that was folded together to fit into the travelling cage and got moved into the big cage to keep some familiar smells close by during their rattiesitting stay at the RAT hotel.

 

But Fadley makes it look like a comfy couch, he is so relaxed and easy going, anywhere he hangs just looks cool.

 

Every pet rat is unique and Fadley trumps it with the Fadley look: He just knows how to hang.

 

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Why shrink dogs to rat size when you can have a pet rat to begin with?

 

Ratties are total cuddle masters:

Not only is their fur the softest, their smell the sweetest and their body supple that they just drape around you like your favourite fashion item, they are also so gentle and giving in their nature.

 

Simply having this kind little soul settling in your lap is calming.

 

And unlike dogs that had to be bred to size first, rats feel like they were naturally made to nestle down in your lap.

 

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As your pet rats gets older, they are likely to become frail.

 

Some might start losing weight, even though they eat normally.

 

Sadly this is a sign that your pet rat is succumbing to old age.

 

To help old rats sustain themselves, they can get special high nutrition treats.

Some treats, that are usually only meant to be given in moderation, can help rattie oldies keep their body weight, such as avocado, nuts and seeds.

 

If just the rattie oldies get to eat it!

Surely, if there are some younger pet rats around, they come running to steal away the treats.

 

Like in this picture, where a curious nose is ready to check out the oldies’ rattie food. 

Luckily, Milka and Cinnamonkey are almost done, as they follow the motto: Share Snack – Double Taste!

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When your pet rat gets old, they become very fragile and need some extra care.

But just like in our human world, try and tell that to the young. With little regard for the elderly, they just want to play and cuddle, even if it’s too much for the seniors.

So it is no surprise that rattie oldies Cinnamonkey and Milka stick together.

They know each other from back in the day and have become best friends over the years of rattiesitting encounters.

They insist on cuddling together, actively seeking each other out and only settling down in each other’s company.

So we extended the rattiesitting visit, now they can stay together a bit longer.

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When your pet rat gets old, it can be challenging to keep a healthy weight.

Some ratties put on weight, some get thin.

Either way, at an old age your pet rat deserves some special rattie treats.

 

Milka is very old and very fragile. She got very thin, so she can eat any food she wants, anything that helps her gain some weight.

She is in good spirits and appreciates a yummy snack. She loves to lap up the baby puree out of the squeeze pouch:

 

Cinnamonkey is also old, but still quite fit. She enjoys a climb every now and then and always makes sure to greet you.

Cinnamonkey is a foodie and loves the baby puree. It looks so cute how she licks it from the squeeze pouch:

 

Luna doesn’t look her age, but is already a Grande Lady. She is maybe a little less active than the younger and naughtier version of herself, but she is just as energetic.

Accordingly she grasps the nozzle of the squeeze pouch to make sure she’ll get her fair share of the baby puree:

 

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There’s no denying it: Rats are nosy!

 

Of course, only in the cutest way possible:

 

Rats have a remarkable sense of smell

 

Rats have an amazing sense of smell and rank amongst the top 10 sniffers in the animal kingdom.

 

Rats smell in stereo and save human lives by sniffing out landmines and tuberculosis.

 

Rats even work for the police, as they are easier and cheaper to train than dogs in detecting gunshot residue.

 

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The dilemma:
How they went to sleep.

Pet rat Cinnamonkey likes to sleep in her favourite rattie bed, but two don’t really fit.
However, rattie oldies Milka and Cinnamonkey enjoy snuggling together so much, that they still try to squeeze in.

 

The solution:
How they greeted me in the morning.

 

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Vet orders are that rattie Fadley needs to lose weight.

As it’s impossible to cut down on his diet – he eats what everyone else in his rattie clan is eating – exercise is key.

So I spend a bit more play time with Fadley and for extra exercise, his task is to find his way back to the cage.

Already outside in the garden, he is eager to return and does some amazing climbing manoevres to end up on the middle piece of the outdoor table where he sits like on a throne.

Promptly, he gets a fan, as puppy Gigi can’t keep her eyes off of him.

Not too impressed, Fadley decides to take the other way back.

Back upstairs, I let Fadley run across the bed balustrade when alas, Gigi is back to snuffle him out properly.

Besides her “tackles”, he manages expertly and with a bit of encouragement finishes his exercise for the day.

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What a lovely sight!

 

‘Soleirolia soleirolii’ also known as ‘Peace in the Home’ indeed adds tranquility to any garden or indoor greenery.

 

Its bright yet delicate leaves are the perfect rattie size.

It is non-toxic and easy to keep in a shaded place with plenty of water.

When it thrives it grows all over the ground like a thick plush carpet.

 

Just the right foliage for a little rattie nose.

 

And so pet rat Milka enjoys rustling about in it:

 

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Rattie sisters Sisi and Milka share happily their amasi treat.

 

Pet rats are so sweet and so kind to each other.

They both dive in to schleck up the yogurt.

But they both know there’s enough for everyone.

So they share their treat, with one eye winking, it’s the long whiskers that are in the way.

 

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My pet rat sisters Milka and Sisi are oldies but goldies by now.

 

They are not so mobile anymore and mostly hibernating in Cape Town’s chilly winter.

 

So I treat them to ‘breakfast in bed’.

 

They don’t have to leave the warmth of their nest and happily share their sorghum amasi treat.

 

 

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Part of the daily rattie routine starts with a check up on the pet rats in their nest.

 

The picture that greets me in the morning is always the cutest:

When rats feel safe and allow themselves to properly fall asleep, they do so looking especially snug and comfy.

 

Accordingly, waking up takes a moment or two, and again makes for the most endearing moments:

Eyes still closed, a yawn, a stretch, a shuffle and a cute look.

 

 

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It was meant to be a healthy rattie treat: Clovers I pick for the makeshift rattie garden, to bring fresh greens into the wintery hibernation time.

 

But pet rat Sisi pulled it all into the rattie nest. It seems clovers make for a great substitute to ripped paper or shredded bags.

 

So it comes that Sisi is sleeping on a bed of clovers:

 

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It is so tricky to get a good photo of all the cute things pet rats do.

I’ve taken thousands of pictures of rats, but #PortRATure remains a challenge.

With ratties you have to be always ready to capture the next endearing moment, like this one:

 

Rattie Treat: Sorghum Amasi Meal

 

When I served my hibernating ratties a nicely cooked sorghum meal topped with amasi just outside their rattie nest, Sisi started slurping:

 

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What a cute idea!

 

Crochet a cute rattie bookmark.

Crochet a cute rattie bookmark.

 

Crochet a Book Rat!

How adorable is this cute crocheted rat bookmark.

You can learn the crochet instructions for the amigurumi rat for free!

 

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Pet rats are Master Shredders!

 

It is cold in Cape Town’s winter and my ratties are mostly hibernating.

 

Checking up on them, I’m always amazed at the amount of work they spend shredding paper, turning whole newspapers into finely ripped strips.

 

It’s like the tiny ratoots are hidden away in a sea of fluffy paper snippets:

 

 

But alas, with the next cage clean, it’s all going to go.

 

And so, with a whole lot of fresh newspaper, the shredding starts again.

 

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It’s getting cold in Cape Town with lots of rain.

Now is the time to snuggle up close and keep warm.

My pet rats – as the cuddle masters they are – have prepped their rattie home and perfected their nest to be super cosy.

And it’s really warm in there! Sometimes I stick my hand in to check up on them and I’m always amazed how mega warm they have it in there.

I’m glad to feel both my rattie girls are as fluffy soft cuddly as always.

Because in these cold days I hardly see them anymore!

They are hibernating. Well, honestly, there is no reason to leave the nest.

So a quick hello and back to bed is all I get from my ratties:

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Pet rats are cuddle masters and amazing nest builders.

It seems an important part of their life is to be really comfy.

 

Rattie Olive knows how to be snug.

She just always looks so cosy:

 

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Another example that pet rats remember each other:

 

Rattie sisters Sisi and Olive were adopted into different homes at a young age, but being family we made sure they got to meet up.

 

They had not seen each other in a while though when Olive reunited with her sisters Sisi and Milka.

 

After a bit of a tussle about reestablishing the hierarchy order, Olive and Sisi hit it off like twins:

 

 

 

 

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Pet rat Olive is a Master Nest Builder.

Because any time she can, she busies herself with building a nest.

So I give her nice papers, which she shreds duly and relentlessly into smaller pieces that fit well into the nest.

Because before you can become a Master Nest Builder, you first have to be a Master Shredder.

Sometimes I give her a head start with already shredded paper which gets incorporated into the nest construction.

Because a nest, just like any home, is never finished.

Then I don’t give her any nest building material and she just chills and enjoys her comfy hangout.

Because the next day I clean the cage and all is gone. All that effort and dedication simply lands in the bin.

 

Pet rat Olive is a Master Nest Builder.

That means any time she can, she will build a nest.

So I give her nice papers…

 

 

 

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This is the first photo I took of Theodore and it captures in the cutest way how surprised he was.

 

Such a handsome pet rat boy and always so attentive, he makes rattiesitting pure joy.

 

PortRATure: Theodore

PortRATure: Theodore

 

Theodore is super chilled, nothing can rattle this rattie, not even dogs.

 

So when I placed him in the comfy warm afternoon sun corner, he did what every good rat would do and placed his hands neatly and sat up properly for a superb PortRATure picture.

 

PortRATure: Theodore

PortRATure: Theodore

 

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Pet rat Sybil is a beautiful blue russian with a blaze of white right in the middle of her forehead.

 

When I was first rattiesitting her, she was still young and full of energy. She used to be the crazy clown who didn’t leave the other ratties alone:

#RattieSitting: Sybil tries to dominate Sisi.

#RattieSitting: Sybil tries to dominate Sisi.

 

#RattieSitting: Sybil flirts with Smudge.

#RattieSitting: Sybil flirts with Smudge.

 

But now she’s a grand old lady who finally sits still for a photo:

PortRATure: Sybil

PortRATure: Sybil

 

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PortRATure, the art of taking portraits of rats, can turn out quite tricky, especially when the subject does not intend to stay in the spot for even a split second.

 

Pet rat Oliver did not like sitting in this lovely warm afternoon sun corner. He looks like such a cuddle monster, but he’s quick and determined.

 

So I managed to get this snapshot only:

 

PortRATure: Oliver

PortRATure: Oliver

 

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There are many things that make pet rats special.

 

One you will take quick note of is how happy they are to see you.

–  Or maybe it’s just that they want food or playtime. 😉

 

Either way, pet rats will make an effort to greet you.

 

Be it in the morning when they wake up in their nest and are curious to see how you are, popping out of their hideaway like a surprise out of a birthday cake, smiling a welcome with their big eyes.

Theodore and Josephine say good morning.

Theodore and Josephine say good morning.

 

Or in the afternoon when you return from work or school and they are sitting eagerly by the cage door, holding the cage bars in their hands as if to say: Let me out! I can’t wait to check up on you!

Mimi can't wait to get out.

Mimi can’t wait to get out.

 

Or at any given point: Most rats are ready when you are. 🙂

 

Every hello from your pet rat is accompanied by a jolt of joy, their attentive nature is heart-warming and their funny actions uplifting.

 

Seeing these cute faces greeting me always makes my day.

 

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All pet rats have their own individual personality. When rattiesitting it’s always very entertaining getting to know the different characters.

 

Josephine can hardly ever sit still.

 

But just as she’s fast, she’s also curious.

 

So interacting with her allows for brief opportunities of portRATure as she pops up for a quick hello.

 

 

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The bliss of rattiesitting!

 

How cute is this:

Josephine, Sybil, Oliver and don’t forgt Milka, who is gracing us with her cute behind, are all cuddling close together in the rattie box:

 

Maybe a bit too close, as Josephine, for a moment there, disappears into the depths of the cuddle:

#RattieSitting: Pet rats Josephine, Sybil, Oliver and Milka are cuddling in the rattie box.

#RattieSitting: Pet rats Josephine, Sybil, Oliver and Milka are cuddling in the rattie box.

 

But of course Josephine comes back up, and it is Sybil who looks rather squeezed in:

#RattieSitting: Pet rats Josephine, Sybil, Oliver and Milka are cuddling in the rattie box. #RatsMakeGreatPets

#RattieSitting: Pet rats Josephine, Sybil, Oliver and Milka are cuddling in the rattie box. #RatsMakeGreatPets

 

Ratties are real cuddle monsters.

They need the company of other pet rats and seeing them snuggle up to each other in the cutest ways makes you realise why.

 

Knowing how plush and soft their fur is and how sweet and comforting they smell, I just want to crawl in there and be part of the rattie group hug.

 

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When pet rats get older they can suffer from respiratory disease.

 

Respiratory infections is a chronic rather than acute condition for which there is no cure.

 

Different treatments are available, starting with oral medications. In addition, a nebuliser can be of help.

 

nebuliser is a special medical air compressor which vaporises medications into droplets small enough to be inhaled into the lungs, delivering the medications directly to the site of respiratory problems.  They are commonly prescribed for people with asthma and can be adapted for rats or other small pets.

 

Part of my rattiesitting services is to continue medical treatment and this time it includes the nebuliser.

 

As nebulising rats can feel daunting to them, for company I put the patient Theodore together with one of my oldies.

Milka makes a rattling sound when she breathes. She is again on antibiotics which have little effect, so the nebuliser might offer another form of relief.

 

Ratties In The Mist

 

At first the ratties moved around, checking the unfamiliar place for escape possibilities.

 

Being together they settled in, breathing deeply.

 

In the end they started washing themselves, as the moisture was building up on their whiskers:

 

Milka and Theodore quickly became best friends. Both were exhausted after the nebulising treatment.

So when I put them back in the cage, they cuddled up tightly together and slept – with no rattling sounds whatsoever.

 

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The dynamics between the ratties to rat sit are always interesting.

 

Pet rat Josephine is so fast and energetic, she causes a bit too much trouble for my oldies.

 

Hence she’s not allowed in their cage, but just next to the cage is also a good spot to interact.

 

So she dangles around, hanging in the blankie that covers the cage, being all cute to watch:

 

 

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Pet rats are explorative, curious and adventurous.

So naturally they will take any opportunity to get out of the cage.

 

As a pet rat owner you can fight it or you can work with it.

When you train your pet rat well, they will return to their cage on their own accord, so you can give them some free roaming time outside their cage.

 

Ratsitting other pet rats means enough entertainment for my ratties not to have to roam far.

So they often just hang around close to the cage, which then inspires to include the outside area of the cage as playground.

 

A great addition to any cage is the rattie tube.

A simple plastic pipe piece will do:

 

It is perfect for ratties to hide away safely outside their cage.

And it’s always a fun surprise when they emerge from the rattie tube all cute.

 

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Pet rat Theodore is certainly not afraid of dogs, as he cuddles up close to puppy Gigi, who is rather taken aback by his advances.

Gigi grew up with pet rats and knows since she is a puppy that ratties need to be approached with gentle care.

But not all pet rats are so comfortable around dogs that they actively pursue to snuggle up.

A new one for Gigi, she decides to back off. Leaving Theo to go back to his rattie friends.

 

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Dogs and pet rats can get along very well, but never leave them unsupervised, just in case.

 

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Having rats as pets is so entertaining: It’s like watching a miniature soap opera unfold.

 

Rats are so curious, they somehow end up doing mischief. Rats are also very clever, that’s why it’s easy to relate to them.

 

And of course, rats are very fast, that’s why it’s hardly ever possible to capture these hilarious moments.

 

Here I managed to snap a moment in the Rats! World:

Pet rat Olive is washing her hands after enjoying her rattie treat. -I always make sure every rat gets a treat equally, so it’s fair and square.- Olive is completely oblivious to being checked out by her sister.

Because some rats eat faster than others, so her sister Sisi is already on the hunt for more. She looks around the corner, smelling still what has long been devoured.

How many times did I see a rattie sneak up on the other to try and steal their food away. It’s an ongoing tug-of-war game.

In addition, doesn’t it look super cute how Olive is wrapped up in the sheep skin blankie? As if she was a tiny sheep herself!

 

 

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Have a wonderful long weekend and may the Easter-Rattie bring you lots of chocolate eggs. 🙂

 

 

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Happy World Rat Day!

 

May you have a rattical day, simply do it like the Great Ratfucius:

 

Chillax and just hang in there

 

#RatSitting: Pet rat Cappuccino knows how to take it easy, as he's just hanging in there in his comfy fluffy rattie hammock.

#RatSitting: Pet rat Cappuccino knows how to take it easy, as he’s just hanging in there in his comfy fluffy rattie hammock.

 

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Sisi loves her greens: Here she munches homegrown rocket salad.

Sisi loves her greens: Here she munches homegrown rocket salad.

 

Rats are really clever in choosing what to eat which helps them learn which foods are safe and which are poisonous. That is why rats cannot be fought with poison.

 

Rats prefer foods which are beneficial for them and thus eat quite healthy. Pet rats definitely like to eat their greens. So I keep growing fresh salads and herbs in the rattie garden.

 

And it looks so cute when the ratoots are chewing the leaves, holding them with their tiny little hands, making those small soft munching sounds:

 

 

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Three sisters reunited:

All our rattie girls are getting old. It’s that time in a pet rat’s life when it comes to an end.

Already we lost Mommy and Molly, Tipsy and Topsy, and Biscuit, Olive’s companion.

So not to be alone, Olive got reunited with her sisters Milka and Sisi.

 

Olive arrived with a bit of a skin problem: Mites.

This can happen, especially when the pet rat is old and alone.

 

So Olive got the olive oil treatment.

After trying it on Dash and Dot, I found it’s one of the most natural and effective methods to help your rat get their coat in order. Olive oil is good for them, inside and out.

 

 

And there’s another plus: The olive oil entices all pet rats of the rattie clan to help clean it up.

That means even though Sisi, Milka and Olive were still in the clan rearrangement mode –  although pet rats remember each other, there’s always a bit of reestablishing the hierarchy order – they took a break from the reshuffle and resumed in extensive grooming.

This of course speeds up the reunification process and soon Milka and Olive cuddled up like the good old buddies they are.

 

Rattie Olive got the olive oil treatment and her sister Milka is helping her cleaning it up with extensive grooming.

Rattie Olive got the olive oil treatment and her sister Milka is helping her cleaning it up with extensive grooming.

 

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Don’t throw away your old bread. As long as it’s not mouldy, but only dried out, it’s a perfect treat for your pet rat: Ratties love crunching away at the dry bread.

 

The hard bread is a bit of work to eat and gives opportunity to use those sharp rodent teeth, which Sisi seems to enjoy:

Pet rat Sisi enjoys a piece of dried bread.

Pet rat Sisi enjoys a piece of dried bread.

 

Just know what you’re in for, as the crunching can be very noisy. Especially as somehow some ratoots find the middle of the night a great time to nibble on some bread.

 

And as a rat mostly does not come alone, you can end up with an interesting stereo crunching sound:

 

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Pet rats are really grateful little munchkins.

 

Feeding Luna some fresh wheat grass from the rattie garden makes her so happy!

Rattie Luna is all cute as she snacks on the greens.

Rattie Luna is all cute as she snacks on the greens.

 

So adorable when the ratties are joyfully chomping away the grass leaves.

 

I could watch them all day long:

 

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How hilarious rats are! Just watching them is always so entertaining!

 

In an effort to catch some cuddles, Fadley is leaning forward even more.

In an effort to catch some cuddles, Fadley is leaning forward even more.

 

Rattie Fadley is such a cool dude, he’s simply hanging in there, only to lift his head to check who’s coming for cuddles.

 

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I don’t always get rats.

 

Like this looks uncomfortable to me:

Hanging in there: Rattie Harley doesn't mind a bit of a squeeze.

Hanging in there: Rattie Harley doesn’t mind a bit of a squeeze.

 

Yet, look how cute Harley looks at me. She’s really enjoying the spot.

Harley found a new spot to hang.

Harley found a new spot to hang.

 

Especially when it’s hot, this is not a bad way to stay cool.

 

And of course, explorative Harley likes to venture out of the cage, even if it’s literally just out of the cage.

 

And she’s in the middle of the action, as anyone who passes by simply has to stop for a quick cuddle.

 

So yeah, looks like quite a nice spot after all.

 

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You know, when you come to the rattie cage and this awaits:

Mommy and Yoshi and Sisi snuggle up.

#RattieSitting: Mommy and Yoshi and Sisi snuggle up.

These adorable faces all snug in their pet rat hammock looking at you like:

Hey there! How are you today? Care for a cuddle?

Still a bit sleepy, lovely relaxed, these guys look up as soon as I come close, always ready for a rattie greeting.

Rats will always acknowledge you. As small as pet rats are, it is simply a good feeling to have them around as emotional support animals, always there for you, always with kind eyes, soft sniffles, and tender touches.

To scoop up such fluff ball in your hands, taking in a deep breath of vanilla scented rattie warmth, tickling their belly, massaging their back. You cannot help but feel good afterwards.

Only one of the many reasons why Rats Make Great Pets.

 

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