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post #1 of 21
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So, I found out a couple weeks ago that another Volunteer at the Shelter has Rats too... and she asked me to Rat-Sit for her for a week this coming weekend... of course I said yes .
I guess she has 2 lil Hooded boys but she doesnt know much about Rats so we'll have to see. She also said that if I wanted to keep them I could! Im just not sure if I can... thats up to my mom. I guess if I dont keep them than when she gets back shes either gonna return them to the Pet Store or she's gonna release them in the woods Im gonna try and talk my mom into letting me keep them.
Right now she has the 2 (approx. 7 month olds) in a 10 gallon aquarium! and she wonders why there fighting so much When they get here im gonna put them in my spare Rat Cage... she was also putting them in a Ball to run around!
Anyway ill post Pics when they get here Fri.
post #2 of 21
I don't think you should be turning loose domestic rats in the general population outside. IMO they are sitting ducks for predators.
post #3 of 21
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I don't think she should be turning loose domestic rats in the general population outside. IMO they are sitting ducks for predators.
at least, if you can't keep them, try to get her to take them back to the pet store.
post #4 of 21
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Both Options (Pet Store or Woods) are horrible as there food for predators either way.... I hope I can talk my mom into letting me keep them.
post #5 of 21
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Both Options (Pet Store or Woods) are horrible as there food for predators either way.... I hope I can talk my mom into letting me keep them.
the pet store wouldn't just re-sell them?
post #6 of 21
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the pet store wouldn't just re-sell them?
Adult males rats do not sell well... they aren't 'cute' anymore (though I think they're adorable!) On the up side they're often too big for most snakes at that point...

What about the humane society if you cannot take them? Good on you for trying to work that out though! Someone who knows about rats is always best to take them in...
post #7 of 21
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The pet store was feeding them as feeders and will still... we dont have humane society's around here.. just a pound for cats and dogs only.
post #8 of 21
Ohhh if you can keep them maybe oneday there wil be ikkle babies??
post #9 of 21
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Ohhh if you can keep them maybe oneday there wil be ikkle babies??
Aw, man, I know you're probably joking but I almost wanted to shake you for a second there...
post #10 of 21
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Aw, man, I know you're probably joking but I almost wanted to shake you for a second there...
Lol nope it was a joke, but i know Vixen (i think it was Vixen) used to breed rats or was it an accident lol im crap wiith memory!
post #11 of 21
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Lol nope it was a joke, but i know Vixen (i think it was Vixen) used to breed rats or was it an accident lol im crap wiith memory!
Weeeeeeell... itty bitty babies would be nice ... but I cant right now.. that may be an option later though.
No I have never had itty bitty Ratties before.. I only wish! lol although I did breed Hammies a while back.
post #12 of 21
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Weeeeeeell... itty bitty babies would be nice ... but I cant right now.. that may be an option later though.
No I have never had itty bitty Ratties before.. I only wish! lol although I did breed Hammies a while back.
hehe, we just got a hamster, well its my SO's, he wants too breed them, so i may need your help with that venture
post #13 of 21
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hehe, we just got a hamster, well its my SO's, he wants too breed them, so i may need your help with that venture

Haha! nice... is this a girl or boy hammy?
Breeding can be difficult so if my help is needed... I am here!
post #14 of 21
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Haha! nice... is this a girl or boy hammy?
Breeding can be difficult so if my help is needed... I am here!
shes a female and i HATE her but if he loves her thats what matters
post #15 of 21
Awws I had ratties before ^_^ & you are right...adult males are normally "too big" for some snakes...though whoever feeds live rats to their snakes deserves a slap upside the head... >.< & whoever buys rodents from pet stores to feed...double slap very cruel most pet stores are.& They have no common sense [housed on pine& cedar? ugh...way to go RI infections -__-' ]

Rats make great pets,can be littertrained& not a "smelly" pet either...although male rats have to be bathed as they produce buck grease! But all in all,I hope you can keep them!! When I get my own place i'll be buying a Ferret Nation & get back into having pet ratties!!!
post #16 of 21
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Hehe.. I bathe my Ratties in the Tub once a month with Johnson's & Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Ive only lost one Rat and that was 3 yrs ago, my second Rat and it was cause idk not to have him on Pine Bedding now I ONLY use either Care Fresh or Critter Care.
My Alyssa is in a Deluxe My First Home Ferret Cage (only I got mine off F&S) but If I keep Salt and Pepper im gonna put them and Temps in the Deluxe and put Alyssa in Temps Cage.
But I do have to agree with the smelly part... I love the smell of Boy Rats cause they smell like Grape Soda!!!
post #17 of 21
oh wow!
*grabby hands!*
i wants the,m
post #18 of 21
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lol although I did breed Hammies a while back.
Me too! I used to breed Syrian hamsters a long time ago... At some points I had 20+ of them at one time. That's a lot of cages...
Now I just have two cages in my bedroom, one for the 3 rats and one for the sugar gliders. They are actually both the same type of cage, a Martin's Rat Tower... I didn't think male rats smelled like grape soda. The females smell like grape soda. I've never had a male but someone told me they smell like tortillas or corn chips...
post #19 of 21
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Hehe.. the most Hammies I had at once were about 12-13... I regulated my breedings... and I breed Syrian/Teddie mixes.
Umm my Alyssa doesnt really have a smell... but I love the smell of male rats! idk why.. its kinda weird

So the Ratties are mine!! lol I talked to my mom about it today and she said yes! im changing there names to Pinky and The Brain
post #20 of 21
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Hehe.. the most Hammies I had at once were about 12-13... I regulated my breedings... and I breed Syrian/Teddie mixes.
Umm my Alyssa doesnt really have a smell... but I love the smell of male rats! idk why.. its kinda weird

So the Ratties are mine!! lol I talked to my mom about it today and she said yes! im changing there names to Pinky and The Brain
Awww yay go you!
ewwww rat smell, i hate the smell of my mice.... honest although newborn pinkies smell so cute and oooh i need too re breed me girls later
post #21 of 21
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Syrian/Teddie mixes
"Teddy Bear hamsters" ARE Syrian hamsters . Its just a pet store name given to them.

I have rats, I do rodent rescue. And I do recommend everyone ADOPT over breed. There are plenty of homeless rats, just like there are cats.

I am a frequent member of Goosemoose rat forums, I recommend it to all rat lovers!
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