Just sneak him in in your pocket! Also, why so much Bob? I feel like I never see or hear about the ratties anymore…I tend to have Bob out when I’m on the computer, so my webcam selfies usually include him. My “real photos” are always queued & those are almost always of the rats. They get playtime every day, but usually in the bathroom & I don’t have my laptop out with me, so no webcam pics in there. It is kind of hard to get ones posted of everyone because I have too many rats at the moment & I only post four queued photos a day, but I try to even it out as much as possible between the rats, with a concentration on more popular rats. I’ve been photographing the girlrats a lot lately because I’m trying to get them used to the camera. I’ve been making more text posts because I’ve been home a lot more due to not having classes & I post those “live,” but I didn’t change my number of queued posts, so the number of rat photos is the same as it’s always been. If you just want to see my rats, all of the photos I’ve got of them are tagged with #rats .
AAAH THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY BECAUSE I JUST WANNA ADVOCATE BOYMICE TO EVERYONE. Kaley has one also & she loves him. The only downside to them is that they do smell really bad. Bob does seem to be marking less the longer I have him, but the odor is pretty off-putting at first.
THIS QUESTION MAKES ME HAPPY, I LOVE ORGANIZING.
I assume you just mean of my rat photos. I have a folder in my Pictures folder called Animals & within that, I have a Rats folder. Inside of that is a Deceased Rats folder—all photos of rats who have passed away go in there. All living rats stay in the regular Rats folder & I just label them with their name & then a file number. If there are multiple rats in the photo, I label it from left to right. I have another Mice folder in my Animals folder that is organized in the same way.
As far as my other folders, I tend to organize them by subject matter first (my main folders are Animals, Cemeteries, Concerts, Events, Other, People, Plants, & Trips) & then have various subcategory folders within those folders…like, under Animals, I have Places With Animals & then inside of that are folders labelled with zoo or aquarium names, & then inside of that are additional folders with each date that I have visited said zoo or aquarium.
I’m really intrigued by Windows’s tagging feature, it makes it very easy to search for a particular photo. I don’t currently use it with my photos, though I do tag my extensive collection of saved Darren Criss photos. I’d really like to do it with mine, but I have over 13,000 photos (16GB!) in total saved that I’ve taken, so it’d be a little time-intensive to do it with all of them!
THANK YOU EVERYONE ALWAYS COMPLIMENTS MY VOICE AND I DUNNO WHY BECAUSE I DON’T PARTICULARLY LIKE IT AND FIND IT KIND OF GRATING SOMETIMES! but thank you!!!!
He is my former manager/(hopefully) future roommate. I worked with him for a few years & then things suddenly got weird? I dunno. It was an odd situation. He is 45. I don’t really know what we are. I like spending time with him & he likes spending time with me, so I guess that is the easiest way to sum it up?
He likes Courage & Blainemouse best out of my pets. He trained Blainemouse to be an attack mouse, so now if you put your fingers near the cage when she is in it, she will try to rip your skin off (she doesn’t do it out of the cage, thankfully). He enjoys hiking, Cuba Libres (Coke & rum with lime juice), Star Trek, & reading. And I guess that is all. It feels weird trying to sum a person up in just a few sentences, they don’t really feel like much. I GET REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH FEELINGS, SORRY.
AWW THAT IS SO SWEET!!! I like all miniature animals, but glass ones are my favorite. I have an alligator & a hippo made of that pretty blue & white china, three rats made of clay (they are my first three: Ivan, Simon, & Wyatt), a rubber T-rex, a silicone pig, & two rubber hippos. All of them live on my desk. I also have a glass Pegasus, a glass panda (I don’t like pandas very much, but this one is ok), three glass dinosaurs, a glass crab, & a glass rat living on my desk. Most of them were made by a really nice man on Etsy. As soon as I figure out what my financial situation is, I am going to get him to make me some more, I have a big list of animals I want. I also have a little glass mouse, but she lives on the bookshelf in my living room with my collection of rat/mouse things. Mark has a bunch of them, so if he moves in with me, I will try to get pictures of all of them!
I like little glass animals a lot because you can hold them & move them in the light & it looks so pretty on them when it bends & hits in different ways. And if you look really closely, you can see all the little bumps & grooves on them. I find it fascinating. I like arranging them in different ways & seeing how the colors play off of them. I could stare at them for way longer than is acceptable.
(oops, I just realized I cut off the little yellow mouse & didn’t get her in both shots. OH WELL. she is most miniature of all.)
Aaaah all of my rats right now are either really good-looking or really deformed-looking, lol!
Finch & Jon Snowrat are both really good-looking rats, & Finchy’s got such a cute face. Valdosta is probably the prettiest rat I’ve ever seen in person, she’s a plain agouti, but she’s gorgeous, she has the loveliest little head on her & she’s just beautiful. I think Rorschach is probably the best-looking out of the males, because he is a good size, built nice, & has a super adorable face. I love his markings.
My application got approved, Mark hasn’t applied yet, but that shouldn’t be a problem (assuming he wants to). I’m actually not 100% sure he’s planning on living with me—his phone’s off at the moment & I think he’s having some family issues, but I’m pretty sure I’m just being overly anxious & everything’s ok, so I’M TRYING TO TELL MYSELF THAT YES, I HAVE THE HOUSE!
I do! I don’t think it’s bad to have a favorite (if you’re treating them all well & not ignoring any, obviously)…I mean, most people have best friends or certain family members they prefer over others, it’s really not any different than that.
I loooooove Darcy. I like Pax a lot too, he is a sweetie pie, but Darcy is my favorite. Courage probably makes me laugh the most. Rorschach is the most fun to play with & has the best personality. With the mice, it is not even a contest, Bob is my buddy. I spend more time individually with him than the others, so I guess it’s probably not a very fair comparison, but he is the nicest & most tame.
As for all time favorites, they are Ivan & Wyatt.
I like getting letters, but I’m kind of bad about responding to them, mostly because the little red flag thingy fell off of my mailbox & I’m too cheap to go buy a new one, so now I have to drive to Wal-Mart to use their mailbox every time I need to send something. Maybe once I move to a new house, complete with a little red flag thingy, I’ll make a concentrated effort to send letters to people & help the USPS stay afloat.
Hi! Yay, congrats!!
Right now, mine are getting a lab block (Harlan Teklad) at breakfast, dog food (Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, light formula) at lunch, & a slightly modified version of Suebee’s Rat Diet at dinner (I take out the Total & other things with nutrients in them because they get enough vitamins from the lab block & too much protein with the dog food, so I prefer for their dinner to be mostly filler…Suebee’s is intended to be fed with a lab block only, not lab block+dog food). They usually get another lab block for dinner because the cereal mix is so expensive compared to the lab blocks or dog food, I just had a little of the mix leftover, so they’re back on it for the time being.
IKNORITE?!??! I am always telling him I’m going to drown him because he is getting too big. He actually responds to the phrase “Imma drown you” now, which is kind of sad. If it makes you feel any better, his head hasn’t grown any, it is still bb-sized.
Also, he doesn’t know his name is Alan, he only responds if I say “bb Alan.”
[tw: sexual harassment in the workplace]
Thanks. <3 It was actually two managers at my first job. I have a bad habit of flirting a lot with male managers, like, almost uncontrollably so. I’ve been friends with all of my male managers that I’ve had at my jobs since (& umm..am about to move in with one, oops), but I think it just happened there because I was young & easily taken advantage of. It was a recipe for a bad situation because I was easily infatuated with anyone who gave me the time of day & I was too naive to realize that people would not necessarily stop at just simple flirting, that they’d assume I was interested in touching them or being touched.
It’s hard now not to blame myself at least a little because looking back at it, I was definitely crossing the line of what was okay to say in an effort to get attention/feel attractive, but at the same time, I was 16 years old & they were grown, married men & I made it pretty clear I didn’t want to do anything physical, so I feel like it was 95% their fault.
the sucky part is that nothing happened to them because I thought that was normal. It wasn’t until I had another job & my next manager didn’t ever try to touch me or do anything to make me uncomfortable that I realized how wrong it was. I wish I had at least gotten them fired, since I’m sure they’ve done that, or attempted to do it, to someone else. :-/
Hi! My mice get the same diet as my rats, but in smaller quantities & only twice a day. The rats get fed three times a day, but I found that made the mice a little chunky. I feed them a Harlan Teklad lab block in the morning & a few pieces of a higher quality dog food (currently using Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul light formula) at night. They’d be perfectly fine on just lab blocks, but I like to give them a little variety. They also get occasional vegetables or fruits like the rats do. Bob eats way too many tortilla chips because he often sits on my shoulder when I am eating them.
I have had Blainemouse longer than any other mouse—she is also the oldest I’ve ever had. I got her in January 2012 & she was about two months old then. I got Watsonmouse (passed away April 2013, had respiratory issues throughout her life), Sherlockmouse (passed away December 2012 due to respiratory issues), & Jack Donaghymouse (passed away January 2013 of unknown reasons) at the same time & they were all around the same age. My other three (Kanyemouse, Stubbs, Splendormouse) died young (under 3 months) of unknown illnesses.
It’s ok! I don’t expect everyone to read every post, so I don’t mind if I get questions like that. She passed away a few weeks back very peacefully—I think she must have had some sort of neurological disorder or something, as she had never really acted right the whole three months I had her & often seemed weak & cold. I’m glad she didn’t linger or suffer.
I sincerely hope this is Kaley, because if it isn’t, that means there are multiple people who would message me on anon about being smothered with a butt.
ALSO, KALEY, I APOLOGIZE FOR EVER DOUBTING YOU!!! I looked up butt smothering last night & that’s actually a thing that people are into. I will bow down to your sexual knowledge from now on & I will make you a crown that says Queen of Butt Smothering. This is probably the type of comment more suited for a private message, but whatevz, I’m lazy.
Yup, I am definitely leaning towards that if they don’t let me dye it pink! I know wigs are uncomfortable (especially there, since fast food=hot kitchens), but I think it’d be worth it.
Aww, thank you! <3
I’ve found that (at least for me) it’s better to be open about it, especially with people I just meet. I don’t say “Hi, I’m Lisa, I cry in grocery stores sometimes!”, but I try to casually bring up that I have anxiety issues if I feel like I’m going to have any sort of relationship with a person. I tend to be less anxious around people I know, so it’s not a big deal most of the time, but sometimes I’ve tried to hide it from people & it’ll eventually come out & then they won’t take me seriously or try to test me if I say something like “I need to walk on the right side” or “Don’t touch my bed.” If I let people know in advance that I might occasionally act a bit “off,” they tend to be MUCH more accepting & willing to cooperate & they won’t try to force me to do something that I say I don’t want to do.
HE REALLY DOES!!! I haven’t felt a penis in a disturbingly long time, but that is really what he feels like.
you probably shouldn’t kiss Jameson on the mouth if you wanna keep your lips, though, he has a tendency to be a bit mouthy. but you can kiss him on the head, I do that a lot!
it is because lots of males mate with one female & larger testicles=more sperm=higher chance of impregnation.
The main thing I got from this message was OMG I’M JEALOUS YOU LIVE SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU CAN WEAR A HOODIE IN MAY.
I love that some rats are so funny about clothes! Bentley & Courage love crawling up mine & it cracks me up. B pokes his little head out between shirt buttons.
Aww, you are so sweet, thank you! I HAVE BEEN GETTING SUCH NICE ANONS LATELY!!!
ANON YOU JUST MADE MY DAY INFINITELY BETTER OMG THAT WAS THE BEST VIDEO TO WATCH FIRST THING IN THE MORNING I HAVE ERUPTED INTO A PILE OF MUSH AND GIGGLES AND SQUEEING NOISES DID I TELL YOU I’M GOING TO GET TO GO SEE HIM IN MICHIGAN AND PROBABLY ALSO NASHVILLE EEEEEEE
Blaze is probably gonna kill you, though, because I am hanging out with her today & I’m going to be singing the Reading Rainbow theme endlessly now. It had only just gotten out of my head, where it was stuck the day prior because everyone started singing it at work. and Blaze is too young to remember Reading Rainbow, so she will get no nostalgic joy from it.
(I am slightly bummed there was no Power Rangers in the video, though, because we all know that was the best show of the 90s. GO GO, POWER RANGERS!)
Hi! I dunno if you mean the things in my two big cages that are just linked into chains, but they’re baby teething rings. They’d be kind of hard to hang anything up with because they don’t actually connect all the way & they are pretty thick. I use shower hooks for most of my hammocks because they’re easiest to open/close & look classy, but I don’t have enough to use for all of them, so I have paper clips or safety pins on a lot of them.
I wouldn’t leave my boys alone for more than ~12-15 hours. They eat all their food IMMEDIATELY & rats have such fast metabolisms that I wouldn’t feel comfortable making them go any longer than that without food—I imagine it wouldn’t kill them, but it’d be stressful.
The females I have are hoarders & keep food stashed all over the cage. They’d probably be fine overnight if I left extra food in. I’ve left my mice alone for 5 days with lots of food & an extra water bottle & they were fine.
She is good! Her mammary tumor has unfortunately grown a little bit, but she is still getting around very well & doesn’t seem to be in any pain. She has some pretty severe respiratory issues (even after being on antibiotics) & there’s no way my vet would feel comfortable operating on her, so I’m just waiting until the tumor starts to cause her problems to have her put down.
I LIKE THIS IDEA. ALL MITTENS, ALL MONDAY!
Unfortunately, Mittens is not actually mine, so I dunno how long that could continue. He belongs to my friend Blaze & might be going back to her after she’s done with school in a few weeks. I may end up keeping him if I’m able to integrate him into my group of nine—his cagemate, Shaggydog, is probably not going to be around much longer & Blaze doesn’t have any males to introduce him to & we’d both like for him to not have to live alone.
I saw a show a few years ago about rats dreaming, & they definitely have dreams. I don’t remember the details & maybe someone who knows what I’m talking about has seen it more recently, but there were scientists hooking electrodes up to see what rats were dreaming about, & they were thinking about mazes they had been running that day.
I’ve noticed similar behavior in some of mine, especially ones with recurring lung issues—they’ll be asleep, & then start jerking & having trouble breathing, until they wake up & are fine. It’s been my experience that it’s faaaaar more common in rats who have either been sick on multiple occasions (& thus likely have lung scarring) or rats who just seem to have crappy lungs in general & get really sniffly every time there’s anything unusual in the environment or the weather changes. You might want to keep a close eye on her to make sure she’s not getting sick, but it’s probably nothing to worry about. For what it’s worth, Finch does it most often out of mine & he’s never actually been sick or had a vet visit, but he does have little hiccuping fits on occasion where his breathing gets jerky & then he goes back to normal, most often when he’s sleeping.
Hi! Yup, you’re 100% correct—they are social animals. Unfortunately, American pet store male mice are very, very frequently incapable of living with other male mice. They tend to get along well at first & then end up maiming or killing one another after just a few months. Some people (particularly breeders) have had some success keeping littermates or fathers/sons together in very large cages, but it’s a crapshoot & you often end up with injured mice. If you’ve ever looked inside of a tank at a pet store that’s got older males in it, they’ll often have holes in them or torn off ears or tails because they get so territorial once they reach adulthood. That’s why most pet stores don’t even bother to sell them as pets, & you see many more people owning females than males.
I’ve got enough time right now to handle him a lot, but if it does turn out that he seems unhappy or I don’t have enough free time to interact with him enough, I’ll get him neutered so he can live with the girls. It’s just a risky & expensive surgery to go through if he seems fine living alone (which right now, he definitely does).
With rats (of either gender) & female mice, you definitely always want to get them at least one companion, & I’ve found (in my admittedly limited experience) that the females mice do better in larger groups.
I SEEM TO HAVE AN OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGH NUMBER OF FANS IN CANADA!!! Mark has a passport, mayhaps we will travel through your fair country like visiting dignitaries one day. I am intrigued by everything I have ever heard about it, particularly your homemade cheesecake.
Hi! We met on Tumblr about a year ago. :) She lives about 20 minutes away from me, so that is convenient. And her mom likes making me food & taking me to Sam’s Club, which is extra-convenient.
BLAZE, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, I WANT TO GO TO SAM’S ON SATURDAY, OK? I AM SUPPOSED TO BE OFF WORK THEN. I’M TOO LAZY TO FIND MY PHONE AND TEXT YOU. I WANT TO EAT CHEESE SAMPLES AND I NEED ANOTHER FREE KNIFE FROM THOSE KNIFE DEMO PEOPLE.
Oooh, thank you very much for the tip!! I will have to try that out. I don’t think my multivitamin has a ton of magnesium in it. My mom keeps recommending St. John’s Wort, I think it’s supposed to help with depression, so I will have to try both of those since I’m so stressed right now!
Yeah, he is definitely into polygamy. I can’t believe how much happier he seems now, he’s like a different rat. He is spending most of his time with little Rio right now—she’s scared of Vera & won’t leave her basket, even though Vera has quit with her aggressive behavior almost entirely. Every time Rio gets scared, she runs & finds Rory & clings to him like he’s a stuffed animal.
Buuuuut half the time, Rory’s off cuddling with one of his other ladyfriends & then Rio gets a tad jealous & just screams at him until whoever he’s with gets up & leaves. I think she’s turning into Courage, I don’t know how I keep ending up with these rats that are so freaking loud for no obvious reason. Courage acted just like that when he first got into a bigger cage, & he did eventually settle down (mostly), so I’m hoping the same thing will happen to Rio & then all of Rory’s ladies can get along smashingly & live in a big cuddlepile.
[tw: anxiety, vomiting]
I’m really sorry to hear you’re going through that. ::hugs::
I throw up a LOT when I’m anxious. I don’t know how common that is—I don’t make a habit of reading a lot of people’s posts about anxiety because most of my anxiety symptoms are weird & very situational & in some ways, not nearly as bad as a lot of people’s I read about (I have no problem talking on the phone to anyone or going to a job interview), but in other ways, much worse (sometimes, I get so scared about going to the grocery store that I skip meals so I don’t have to go). It makes me feel like I don’t fit in with other people that have anxiety, so I just try to avoid reading things like that all together.
Anyway, as far as vomiting, I don’t ever do it if I’m having an in-the-moment panic attack, like something that would happen if I’m on campus & feel like everyone’s judging me, or if I go to the grocery store when I really don’t feel mentally capable of doing so. I just cry & hyperventilate & go in a bathroom & rock back & forth then. But any time that I’ve got a remotely long-term stressor, like right now, when I don’t know if I’m going to have a roommate or be able to get approved to rent somewhere on my own in a few months, I am almost physically unable to eat if I’m not incredibly distracted. I feel nauseous from the time I wake up until about 3pm. I tried to eat a salad & pasta yesterday & I was reading a book while eating, which I thought would be enough of a distraction, but as soon as I stood up, I threw it all up. I’m able to eat at work because my anxiety pretty much shuts off there (which I know means it’s all in my head, but unfortunately, it’s not any easier to control!)
But yeah, it’s definitely not a good thing, since it damages your stomach & also your teeth & it’s not a healthy way of dealing with stress. There’s a possibility that things like stomach ulcers are caused by prolonged anxiety/stress, & I can speak from experience that it can definitely mess with your digestive system. It’s not an option for me since I don’t have health insurance, but if you are at all able to go to a doctor, I highly recommend that—a.) because you’re not 100% sure that the vomiting is caused by stress (I am almost positive mine is, since I never throw up except when I have a long-term stressor) & b.) you might be able to be put on an anti-anxiety medication that would help you feel better.
I really hope you start feeling better soon & that if there’s something major bothering you, it eases off. Best of luck to you, & please feel free to message me on or off-anon if you ever need to talk or anything.
[don’t click these links if you’re at work. no nudity, but there are pictures of sex toys.]
Lighted Shimmers Hummer - externally, this is not really unique or particularly noteworthy, but then I tried it internally one day & omfg it is heaven. like, better than anything ever.
Delight - I just got this one not too long ago & it’s sooooo good, I love it.
OMG yes. This is gonna be his new name.