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#RattieSitting the Louna clan: Welcome back you cutsie schmoopies!

#RattieSitting the Louna clan: Welcome back you cutsie schmoopies!

 

I’m #RatSitting and am seriously thinking of starting up a Rat Hotel.

 

That is purely because looking after pet rats is a very special matter and reminds me of VIP services at five star hotels:

 

From special dietary requirements to medical treatment for illnesses to room temperature regulation, the requests are nothing short of celebrity demands. 😉

 

And why not: Rats might look small but their personalities are big. For such tiny creatures it is amazing how much love they have to give.

 

That’s why the relationship with a pet rat is very close. Ratties can leave a huge gap in their owners’ life and are sorely missed even if it’s just for the duration of a vacation.

 

So it is only understandable that everything needs to be perfect for the ratoots, after all they deserve a holiday, too. 🙂

 

Hence the Rat Hotel, that comes complete with Activity Programme and #RattieTreats. No five star deluxe suite yet, but cage swap and Rat City provide just as much entertainment of new spaces to explore.

 

If you’d like to give the Rat Hotel a try and book in your pet rat for #RattieSitting, please get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de

 

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Peaches is so adorably cute. :)

Peaches is so adorably cute. 🙂

 

I’m happily #RattieSitting and decide to give a round of treats, which also gives me an opportunity to check up on everyone.

 

During the day pet rats sleep most of the time, so they’re all hidden away in their nests.

 

A #RattieTreat is a welcomed addition to a lazy sunny afternoon.

 

I portion the treats and place them in each cage. The ratties smell the new food right away, but some of them only slowly wake up, yawning and stretching their arms.

 

As one by one comes out to take their share, I watch and count: Peaches, where’s Peaches?

 

I look in every box, nest and hammock, which is now possible as they’re all empty. I can’t see Peaches. I look again.

 

A slight panic is starting to creep up as my mind races: When did I last see Peaches? When did I last open the cage? And: Hang on, wouldn’t she be close by anyhow?

 

So I call her: “Peaches!”

 

Behind me, inside the cage, a box rattles that I had forgotten about, it’s a flat cereal box, tucked away right beneath the hammock.

 

Out comes Peaches.

 

🙂

 

 

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Rats typically own the place. You’ll find quick enough that pet rats have no qualm being in charge of your home if you let them free roam – just make sure you ratproof your place first.

 

And as they go about their daily duty to check up on their territory, they get to know your place inside and out. This includes – and I guess we all, including the ratties, agree on this – the best place to sleep: The bed!

 

When I see ratties running about on the bed, I want to be a rat!

Just imagine this giant duvet that when you jump about it just lets you sink in like a fluffy cloud.

 

However, there is a downside to it: Rats gnaw.

They can’t help themselves, they have ever growing teeth and need to grind them down regularly.

 

And if your sheet gets in the way it simply gets shredded:

That’s why when I’m #RatSitting I put on the rattie duvet – the sheets that have already been perforated by my pet rats. ;)

That’s why when I’m #RattieSitting I put on the rattie duvet – the sheets that have already been perforated by my pet rats. 😉

 

So make sure you put on some old sheets when you want your ratties to have access to your bed. You might also be lucky and your rats don’t shred.

 

Either way you’re going to be in for a treat: Ratties snuggling up to you under the duvet is just too adorable to miss!

 

 

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Hey Missy Bean, how do you like your freshly cleaned cage?

Hey Missy Bean, how do you like your freshly cleaned cage?

 

I actually enjoy cleaning the rattie cage.

 

Maybe it’s because the ratoots are so very interested in everything that’s happening in or around their cage, this interaction alone makes me happy.

 

But it’s also the opportunity to escape everyday life and all its worries and enter the rattie world.

 

And because in their world ratties are boss, a lot of things are determined by them. For example, how the cage is structured:

Who sleeps where, who eats first, where is the toilet, what material is being used, which nest is being moved, who gets to choose their favourite spot and who has to stay out, is all being decided by the rats.

 

These are entertaining dynamics which change and evolve all the time, so it’s like watching a soap opera.

 

The creativity how to build and revamp your rattie cage is endless. There are even rat cages made from cupboards or doll houses, so you get a chance to play architect, too.

 

This is where the analogy to the zen garden comes in:

Even if my world is in chaos, in rattie world I can easily achieve order. It’s a confined space I can manage to overview and maintain.

Cleaning is an accomplishment and because rats are so interactive, I get feedback, or at least acknowledgement, right away. I can make changes and I can make improvements.

I can come up with new clever ideas for toys or things to gnaw on or other little entertaining gimmicks.

 

And then I get to see how much fun the ratties have with it.

 

And because rats have their own mind, their reaction is often different and unexpected, so there’s always an element of surprise.

 

As with this scenario, where my ratties were not impressed with my cleaning attempts and sent me a very clear message to stay out:

They dragged toys and stones from different levels of the cage into their box to build proper obstacles and then pulled the lid of the box shut.

I find this hilarious!

And it is these moments that make even a daunting task such as cleaning the pet cage a fun story to experience: Rats make great pets! 🙂

 

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Ever curious, ratties love going new places. Give them the confidence to feel comfortable in their new environment by packing plenty of their familiar things.

Besides being super lovable, rats are also super practical pets to keep.

For example, you can easily take them with you on holiday. Or you can easily bring them over to a friend or ratsitter. What ever you decide to do, here’s a quick list what to pack:

Travel Cage

You might need to disassemble the cage, in any case it is a good idea to keep the ratties in a small cage or box while travelling.

Don’t clean the cage

Wherever you go will be new and full of unknown smells, so it’s good to have a familiar home as a safety point. Don’t scrub your ratties’ cage clean just before travelling. Of course keep it clean, just ensure everything you pack has a comforting smell for the ratties.

Toys and Treats

To keep everything as homely as possible, remember to pack your ratties’ favourite blankies, maybe a t-shirt that smells of you, gnawing toys, treats and snacks.

Dry Food

Prepare a mix of your ratties’ favourite dry foods. Even though the environment changes, try keep most of their essentials the same.

Extra Water

Make sure there’s always enough water around, especially when travelling in hot weather or long distances.

Replacement Bedding

Instead of changing hammocks and cleaning houses, use bedding as an inlay and swap it regularly.

Old Newspapers

To catch any pee or poos that slip past the loo and dispose of them easily, put down sheets of newspaper and remove one by one from the top down.

Spare Litter

Ensure there’s enough litter to easily clean the rattie toilet. Like with cat litter the wet areas can be removed to keep the toilet clean. To avoid any bad smells, it helps to have plenty litter.

Blanket to cover the cage

Especially in winter rats are prone to respiratory diseases due to draft. A thick blanket covering the entire cage keeps them warm and snug.

 

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Caps make the perfect rattie hammock!

Caps make the perfect rattie hammock!

#RatSitting means I get to see a lot of rat cages.

And everyone and everyrat have their individual preferences. It’s fun to see the different layouts, the enterior design and what materials have been used. Often I learn something new and get inspired to improve my rattie cage.

Here’s a great tip from Caitlyne Young:

Caps make the prefect rattie hammock!

Simply tie them to the top of the cage and they’ll hang just right for ratties to enjoy. You’ll be amazed how many rats can fit into that cap, they love to snuggle up in it!

A word of warning though: The cap’s plastic straps are of course a temptation for gnawing. Tie them around the outside of the cage where possible.

 

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Young seedlings freshly sprouted from the food the ratties won't finish.

Young seedlings freshly sprouted from the food my pet rats won’t finish.

 

Do your pet rats leave leftovers? Such as this:

The ratties won't finish their food. What to do with these leftover seeds?

The ratties won’t finish their food. What to do with these leftover seeds?

 

My ratties never finish their rattie food. I’ve yet to find the perfect mixture, because often I end up with some seeds that just won’t get eaten.

 

I hate throwing away food, so instead I threw the seeds in a flower pot. The grass sprouting from the seeds is super healthy and the ratties love it.

 

They eat the grass straight from the pot like this munchkin:

Growing wheatgrass from the leftover seeds also provides the ratties with a piece of nature to explore.

Growing wheatgrass from the leftover seeds also provides the ratties with a piece of nature to explore.

 

So in the end, the seeds do get eaten! 🙂

 

 

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