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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.


#Rattie #Bliss


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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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Most of the time I have a rattie garden growing in an old pot plant somewhere in a corner.

It is so easy, as I just throw the leftover seeds from the rattie food into a flower pot instead of away.

But with water restrictions, the rattie garden is not always flourishing.


Instead, your pet rats can enjoy a makeshift rattie garden with freshly cut grass:

Milka, Tipsy and Sisi are nestling in nicely into their makeshift #RattieGarden.

Milka, Tipsy and Sisi are nestling in nicely into their makeshift #RattieGarden.


Pet Rat Play Idea: Makeshift Rattie Garden

Simply fill a flowerbox or bucket with lots of freshly harvested grass.

Ensure the grass is clean and organic, as the ratties will munch away at the leaves.

You’ll only need about a pound of grass, so you can pluck it yourself.

Alternatively you can buy a bag of hay from the pet shop.


The ratoots love roaming about in the grass, very much to the entertainment of everyone watching, including our dogs! 🙂



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The bliss of having rats as pets: They can't wait to greet you.

The bliss of having rats as pets: They can’t wait to greet you.


I love this little schnuffel face! Milka is the cutest cuddle pops.


And she always comes to say hello. A very polite little munchkin.


So I can scoop her up in my hands and sink my face into her soft vanilla fur for some rattie snuggles.




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RattieSitting always confronts you with the unexpected:

What do I find as I clean the rattie cage? My nail file! 😮


One of the reasons why you must always keep your home ratproof and how pet rats force you to be neat and tidy.

It also shows that you need to empty out your rat cage carefully, you never know what you might find in the depths of the rattie den!


This time I’m caught by surprise that beautiful Skavin is also a #CleverRat and turns out to be a nail file thief!

#CleverRat: Skavin turns out to be a nail file thief! ;)

#CleverRat: Skavin turns out to be a nail file thief! Can you see the gnawing evidence? 😉


Understandably so: Rats’ teeth never stop growing, which causes them to brux and gives them the need to gnaw.

What better instrument to keep your ever growing teeth in check than a nail file!

I can imagine that simply carrying the nail file in their teeth gives every pet rat a tingle right up into their spine.

Clever little munchkins, these ratoos!


And while it might’ve been annoying not to have my nail file at hand, I can’t help but think that rats make great pets. 😊


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I see triple: Who is who is who?

I see triple: Who is who is who?


As if it wasn’t enough to have Folly and Peanuts look the same, there’s of course still Folly’s sister Madness.


Can you tell the difference between these three?

Who is who is who?


Madness has dark socks, while Folly and Peanuts have white socks.

Peanuts has slightly darker ears than Folly.


But at first glance it’s close to impossible to tell them apart.


As long as they all get along, not a problem.


Only when it comes to going back home, it is of course paramount that we can identify the ratties properly.


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