rappsrats:

The two most basic rules of keeping rats are the two most common rules I see broken.

DO NOT KEEP RATS ALONE, ALWAYS KEEP THEM IN PAIRS OR GROUPS

It is only ever acceptable to keep a rat alone if it is highly rat aggressive and cannot be introduced to other rats OR if it is an elderly rat whose…

cherishrats:

For several reasons, I ended up taking in 11 rescue rats when I was expecting more like 3. There do not appear to be any rescues in the area that cater beyond dogs, cats and farm animals, though I will keep looking. I really believe I can take in them all, but I have disabilities that make it…

If I wasn’t on mobile, I’d give you some basic advice, but I suck at typing on smart phones and misspell every other word. SO. If you have any specific questions, go ahead and send me fanmail or an ask. c:

Updates!

Okay. A couple things to let everyone know. For a while, we had 12 rats over here. Carla, Russell, Amir, Jasmine, Piper, Stella, Jane, Elizabeth, Basil, Alice, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg.

**Piper, Stella, and Jane were rescues from a neglectful situation, and we were fostering them indefinitely until we found the right home for Stella and Jane (my mom fell in love with Piper so we’re keeping her).

**Alice was pulled from the feeder tank and was scared and skittish but she had a lot of potential.

**Cinnamon and Nutmeg are babies the local PetSmart asked us to take. One of their rats had given birth, and since it’s against policy, the babies couldn’t be sold.

So far, we’ve found homes for a lot of these guys!
**Alice and Stella were rehomed to a person who has a lot of time and experience working with skittish rats.

**Elizabeth, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg are going to someone new to rats, but is completely open to learning about proper husbandry. Originally, she was just going to take the babies, but she also fell head over heels for Elizabeth, so we’re letting all three go.

**Jane has a potential home lined up with a long-time rat owner. Since she’s the least socialized because of her neglect and used to be very cage aggressive, she’s being rehomed with a contract agreement, so if they don’t want her for any reason, she is to be returned to us. She’s stopped biting and lunging and is actually very sweet! She’s made so much progress with us. But the contract protects her in case something goes wrong.

That will bring is down to six rats…which means room for more rescues!! Reedtown Rat Rescue is totally going to be a thing. :D

creepyscritches:

Turtle: I SHALL NOT BE TOUCHED BY MORTAL FLESH

okay, well, it’s more of a surprised squeak than a scream

but she still overreacts about any interaction with humans or other rats lmao

[Penelope has microthalmia; her eyes are different sized <: ]

idliketobeamazingoneday asked: Hi!! I noticed you have a ratty litter box in your babies' house. I am trying to make my rats start using a litter box too. How did you do it?!

You want to try and make it smell like a bathroom. We usually scoop up all their stray poops and toss ‘em in. Every time they poop on the shelf, we toss it in. Sooner or later, they get the idea. It also helps to have the litter box a fair distance away from where they sleep since prey animals naturally don’t potty near the spot they sleep for safety reasons.

There are four rats on this tiny 7&#8221; x  5&#8221; hammock&#8230;

There are four rats on this tiny 7” x 5” hammock…

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I love it when the butts enjoy fresh home grown veggies, flowers and berries.

rappsrats:

reedtownrats:

rappsrats:

I would really like to donate hammocks to needy rat owners who otherwise can’t afford it. The only problem is that I, myself do not earn a lot of money and I can’t really afford to do that. I’d love it if I could set up a system where people could donate fabrics or money so I could make hammocks…

Maybe all of the rat blogs could get together and make a giant hammock pool. Everyone who can sew and has the money to makes a couple of hammocks. If we got a lot of people doing it, we’d have plenty of hammocks to send out to needy rat owners. c: That way, you don’t have to do all that sewing by yourself.

That is exactly the sort of thing I want to do, the only problem is organizing it :c I mean, how would we decide who gets hammocks? Just get everyone to sign up and work through the list one at a time? How do we decide who gets how many hammocks? By the number of rats they have? 

Also there’s the thing of donating to rat rescues, I’d LOVE to donate hammocks to some rat rescues, but again, it’s a matter of deciding which rescues to donate to, how many hammocks etc etc.

It’s a lot to organize and I’m just not sure how to go about it.

It would probably be best to donate to organizations first and let them distribute the hammocks as they see fit. If we donated to individuals, maybe we could make it first come, first serve. Otherwise, picking and choosing would probably kill everyone emotionally. Now, instead of figuring out how many hammocks an individual gets based on their rats, maybe we could do a simple “starter pack” like a flat hammock, a corner hammock, and a tiered hammock.

Now.
Let’s say we got a group together and we’re donating to rescues. Each person could suggest a rescue and we make a list. We decide a flat number of hammocks to donate depending on how many people are in the group, so everyone only has to make one or two each, ideally. Even if we only have five people and each person makes two hammocks, that’s ten right there!

rappsrats:

I would really like to donate hammocks to needy rat owners who otherwise can’t afford it. The only problem is that I, myself do not earn a lot of money and I can’t really afford to do that. I’d love it if I could set up a system where people could donate fabrics or money so I could make hammocks…

Maybe all of the rat blogs could get together and make a giant hammock pool. Everyone who can sew and has the money to makes a couple of hammocks. If we got a lot of people doing it, we’d have plenty of hammocks to send out to needy rat owners. c: That way, you don’t have to do all that sewing by yourself.

creepyfantasies:

You ever get so upset about your owner washing your beds and cage liners that you destroy and nest with part of the only toy she left

Poppy no

Our girls Russell and Jasmine turned a year old recently! Happy birthday to them!!

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Wow such rat.

Ten. Ten rats. When we move, we plan on getting another DCN if we can get a good deal. Too many rat. Help drowing in rat.

Usually head tilting like this, standing stiff and frozen, is usually the beginning of a seizure.

Usually head tilting like this, standing stiff and frozen, is usually the beginning of a seizure.

We are currently under observation due to her confused and weird demeanor. She may or may not have a seizure. We&#8217;ll see.

We are currently under observation due to her confused and weird demeanor. She may or may not have a seizure. We’ll see.