That sounds like you’re allergic. I was like that when I first got rats, then again when I first got females, & again when I got mice (& then again from boy mice!). I now only break out occasionally from male mouse urine, but their feet don’t bother me like they used to. I posted when I got females asking if anyone else had the same issue, because I thought it was weird that I would only be allergic to females, but apparently it’s relatively common since they have different hormones & fur types. I guess my body developed an immunity after being exposed for a little while. I take an allergy pill every day because I’m allergic to a ton of things, so it might be a good idea for you to start taking one & see if that helps with the rats. It is definitely possible to be allergic to them & not have it ever get better like mine did, but I hope your issues clear up soon! You can also try wearing long sleeves when you’re handling them & trying not to let them walk on your skin, since the issue is probably their nails causing little tears in the skin that aren’t large enough to be noticed, but are big enough to cause an allergic reaction. I still get welts sometimes if mine are on a really sensitive area, like my chest, but I’m usually okay with them on my arms or hands.
Definitely get two (or more!), they should always have companions. :)
This is going to be long, apologies in advance!!
Pet store vs. breeder is a huge dilemma within the rat community, & really, I think it’s up to the individual. I’ve never had a rat from a breeder, mine are all from pet stores (usually from snake food bins) or people on Craig’s List. Getting a rat from a reputable breeder (as in, one who breeds for health & temperament & not just some backyard breeder who tries to get flashy rats that will sell easily) is your safest bet as far as getting a healthy rat that has been handled & has a good personality, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get good rats from a pet store.
I’m going to use the term “pet store” to refer to chain stores like Petco, Petland, or Petsmart—these are all places that get their stock from rat mills, where rats are bred without concern for health or temperament & are kept in horrible conditions. Some smaller, local shops breed in-house & care for the babies in a suitable environment & breed a responsible number of litters per year, but in general, most national chain stores all receive shipments from rat mills. Once the rats are in the store, it’s dependent on the store as to what kind of conditions they’re in, but in general, most stores selling rats labelled as “pets” or “fancy rats” have them in relatively okay conditions. They may occasionally get handled by store staff & they’re kept in the public eye, so they are usually on clean bedding & have wheels & hidey houses & whatnot. They usually cost around $10-15 (you tend to pay more for hairless or dumbos, which poorly-trained pet store employees consider a different breed). Unfortunately, since they almost always came from a rat mill, they may have pre-existing health issues due to the crappy conditions they were in up until the time they were weaned.
Other rats at pet stores may be sold as feeders (Petsmart doesn’t sell live feeders, not sure about Petco). These are usually less desirable colors, like pink-eyed whites, black hoodeds, or agoutis. They’re the same breed as the ones sold as pets, & they’re often from the same litters, but again, pet store employees are poorly trained & will act as if they’re a completely different animal. They’re not, but there are some differences between them & the ones sold as pets—they’ve never been handled & they’re almost always kept in crappy conditions even once they’ve reached the store (they’re usually kept in the back room, out of public view), so the likelihood of them having health issues is fairly high, & they’re also more than likely going to be absolutely terrified of you because they’ve never known anyone to touch them in anything other than a quick scooping by the tail into the tank or out of the tank for occasional cleanings. The pricing is usually determined by size (small, medium, large, or jumbo), but tends to run between $4-10.
Rats from a reputable breeder usually cost $15-30, but many breeders require you to get them in a pair. Obviously, it’s still possible for them to have health issues or temperament problems, but good breeders will be able to track the lineage for several generations & should be working to weed out things like inherited cancers or major respiratory problems.
Personally, I doubt I’ll ever get one from a breeder, because I prefer knowing that I took a rat that wasn’t likely to have a good home. I like getting rats from feeder bins because I enjoy the process of taming them & I like seeing how much they turn around personality-wise once they get comfortable around me. The (major!) downside is that it can be incredibly costly if they have health problems—I got a batch of five from a feeder bin a few years ago & one died within a week & two others developed pneumonia & ended up racking up several hundred dollars in vet bills in less than a month. I definitely don’t recommend it if you don’t have a vet fund set up & if you’re not willing to wait through the taming process, because it can be lengthy. I got two out of a feeder bin a week ago & one’s just now past the point where she screams in fear if I touch her. The other one was a little younger & came around much quicker, she is currently playing in my hoodie & nibbling on my ear every few minutes. :)
I should mention that a lot of people feel it’s unethical to get rats from feeder bins; they claim that you’re putting money into the live food industry, which is true, & they liken it to buying a puppy from a puppy mill or a betta fish from somewhere like Wal-Mart. I don’t think that’s a fair comparison at all because Wal-Mart bettas & puppy mill puppies only have one possible outcome of their lives, to be bought as pets. If people stopped buying puppy mill puppies, puppy mills would go out of business. Most rats in snake food bins are bought as snake food—I’ve never bought any that the store employees did not heavily, heavily discourage me against, because they’ve usually been trained to believe that they’re unable to be tamed & that they’re never going to make good pets. The percentage of people like me that buy feeder rats as pets is so incredibly low that even if we all quit buying tomorrow, it wouldn’t even put a dent in the industry.
Like I said, I definitely think it’s a personal choice & I wouldn’t encourage anyone to make a decision one way or another. If you think you’d prefer to go through the taming process & understand you may have severe health problems, a pair of feeder rats might be a good option. If you’d prefer a rat that’ll be friendly & well-socialized right away & have a lower chance of health issues, a breeder is going to be your best bet. If you’d like something in the middle (or don’t have any good breeders near you), it’s definitely possible to get healthy rats from a pet store—try to find one that keeps the rats in good conditions & has employees that handle them regularly, as it’s definitely a store-to-store situation…I’ve been in some Petsmarts that looked like their small animals were handled often & were in great shape, & I’ve been in others that had rats for sale that clearly had mild respiratory issues going on.
SORRY THAT THIS WAS SO LENGTHY!! I feel really strongly about this subject & there’s a lot of misinformation out there as far as pet stores are concerned & it pisses me off when I have employees make remarks like “Oh, that rat’s never going to make a good pet, it’s just a feeder, you should get one of the fancies instead!” like it’s a completely different animal.
EDIT: I forgot to mention rescues!!!! I made a post to rectify this.
Nope, they do not. Adult rats will kill mice. I’ve seen pictures of them together & I’ve heard of them being okay if they’re raised together, but I wouldn’t ever risk it with ones that weren’t together from a young age. My mice don’t seem bothered by the smell of the rats, so I often keep the cages in the same room, but they’re not allowed to interact. A rat can kill a mouse in an absurdly quick amount of time, like, literally a second, way too fast for a human to be able to intervene & save the mouse.
I hadn’t ever heard that, that’s neat! It’s nice having animals that are experimented on so often since you get to hear little tidbits like that, lol. No worries, mine are in darkness quite a bit since I go to bed early, usually before 10pm. Their sleeping schedule has changed quite a bit since I moved & they now usually wake up around the same time I do, like 7:30am, & then they stay awake until 11pm or so & then they go to sleep till breakfast time.
GRRRR Tumblr’s not letting me put pictures directly into a text post, so I’ll have to answer this way, sorry for the inconvenience!
1. I guess technically they could choke on plastic, but I’ve never heard of it happening. To be honest, I think it’d be waaaaay more of a danger for them to choke on fabric liners or hammocks that they were chewing on (since it can expand when wet or have loose strands that get caught around things). I’ve had some that will gnaw on plastic things in the cage, especially food bowls or anything that’s ever had a sticker on it (I give them lots of kids’ toys, so they tend to have decorative stickers on them & rats love to eat adhesive & no one’s ever had an issue. I’ll occasionally find little plastic shreds in the cages around something I’ve just put in, but in general, mine won’t really do much other than gnaw on it & leave the shreds all over the place.
I don’t think they’re super-prone to choking in general, other than on obvious things like peanut butter or strands of fabric like I previously mentioned. From what I understand of rat anatomy, they have a little flap thing that allows them to chew up, say, wood or plastic, without actually swallowing it, hence the plastic bits I might sometimes find if they’ve been chewing on a new item. I’ve only ever seen one rat choking—Badger was eating really fast one day & started gasping a bit on his food, but he was able to get it situated in his mouth & get it swallowed without an issue. He appeared sore for a couple of days after, I guess because it scratched his throat, but he was fine afterwards.
tl;dr: I imagine it’s possible, but IMO it’s not a big enough danger to warrant never giving them anything plastic (or wooden, for that matter). I’ve been giving mine kids’ toys & other plastic things the entire 4 1/2 years I’ve had rats, & I’ve never had an issue.
2. THIS WAS A REALLY NICE MESSAGE THANK YOU!!! Have a good day! I just re-dyed mine & it looks superawesome, I hope you’re able to dye yours one day! I hate that I have to wear a wig at work because I wanna show it off everywhere I go. :P
3. This was very sweet & I really appreciate it, I started crying when you sent it yesterday because I was in such a bad mood & it was really nice of you to take so much time to write out a message. We talked about it once he got home from work & he’s now trying to trade shifts with someone so that he can still go. I think money will end up being okay, it’s just really stressful because I’m used to jobs where I have consistent hours from week to week & now I go from 30+ one week to 12 the next & I HATE it because it’s impossible to make plans or feel financially secure when I’m having to rely on being called in for enough hours. But if things don’t improve in a couple of months, I’ll either take on a second job or try to find something to replace this one, so I think I’ll be all right. :) Thank you again!
4. I’ve actually never had any issues with barbering, so I don’t know that I’m really the best person to help, but I know it’s often caused by stress or boredom. I don’t know where your cage is located, but if it’s somewhere kind of busy or hectic, it might be helpful to try moving it somewhere a little quieter. I’ve got some rats that don’t like a lot of activity around the cage & get stressed if they experience that, but others LOVE constant noise or interaction, so if the cage is somewhere quiet, it might help to move it somewhere a little busier.
I have had to deal with some rats with psychological issues caused by boredom, even if they have toys & enrichment in their cage. One of the easiest ways to combat that is to try taking them out more (or interact with them more in the cage). Most rats don’t really enjoy being out for hours at a time, plus a lot of owners don’t have consecutive hours to be out with them—I think it works a lot better for everyone involved to bring them out more often each day, even if it’s not necessarily all that long. Mine don’t seem to enjoy 30 minute-1 hour sessions nearly as much as they like 2-4 fifteen minute sessions spread throughout the day.
You didn’t mention any behavioral issues other than the barbering, but if you’re also having any aggression issues, it might be worthwhile to look into getting her spayed if you’re able to afford it. I’ve heard of males that get overly dominant due to hormonal issues & start barbering cagemates, I assume the same could happen in females.
Sorry that I can’t be more helpful or give any personal advice! Make sure to keep the barbered rats’ skin as clean as you can, it can sometimes get infected if the groomer is too rough. Also, I assume you know for a fact that the hair loss is due to the cagemate grooming too hard, but just in case you don’t—hair loss can also be caused by dietary issues (allergies, too much protein, or a nutrient imbalance) or ectoparasites (mites or lice), so it might be worth taking the balding rat to the vet for a skin scraping just to make sure there’s not any other issues going on.
And I accidentally deleted one but it was someone saying they had ordered a toy after my recommendations & they liked it & YAY, ANON, I’M GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT!!
Haha, I actually almost always call him bb Alan when I talk about him. He is Crawford’s favorite & every morning, when he wakes up, but before he gets out of bed, he goes “BB ALAN, BB ALAN!!” until Alan pokes his head up for us to see. It doesn’t work quite as well now that he is a big fat boyrat (he’s ENORMOUS, one of the biggest rats I’ve ever had), but he doesn’t respond as well to just Alan since he’s used to the bb in front of it.
He is doing really well to be three years old! He doesn’t have much hind end degeneration at all & he eats fine (though very slowly, so I have to take him out at breakfast to sit in my lap to make sure he gets enough). He’s been getting a little bad about not wanting to clean off his face, so he has porphyrin on his eyes sometimes, but he cleans the rest of his body very well & still interacts with the others & whatnot. He was pretty frail & having trouble walking around because he’d stumble a lot, but he has adjusted to general old age weakness & is actually getting around a lot better now—he can still climb up the cage bars when he wants to!
I can’t believe how well he’s doing, I’ve literally had rats half his age that were doing much worse physically than he is. He seems to know his limits—he doesn’t usually come up for food with the other rats up top, he & Courage always go down to the lower level to get fed . Courage is pretty much completely blind now & he gets a little antsy sometimes if all the rats get too close to him jostling around for food, & poor Ollie would probably get knocked over when they’re all begging. I wake up every day half-expecting him to be dead because he’s just so old & has looked so old for so long—it’s always been my experience that one day you notice really old age in rats & it’s not long after that they’re so decrepit or sickly that they have to be euthanized—but he’s still surprising my every day!
THIS WAS A REALLY NICE MESSAGE THANK YOU I HOPE YOU HAVE A NICE DAY!
to the person that asked for a pic of me & Crawford, I have not forgotten you! I just always read that question when he’s working, oops. I am rarely on Tumblr whenever he is home because we are usually watching Star Trek: The Next Generation (which I’ve become addicted to) or Justified. ONE DAY I WILL GET ONE, I PROMISE
EDIT: also, someone asked for cage pics. I’ll post some tonight, I’m about to head out to the mall to do some Christmas shopping & then I need to clean the Critter Nation, but I’ll post them afterwards!
Special Effects Virgin Rose, someone on here recommended it to me & it’s GREAT! It’s a little more magenta at first, but it fades to a gorgeous pink. I’ve used their Atomic Pink also & I liked it a lot, but it didn’t show up nearly as well if I didn’t bleach first, & it didn’t seem to last as long, either. I think I’m gonna do a blond streak & a couple of blue ones this time.
It’s spinal damage caused from using a wheel that’s too small (mice should use 6” wheels, & rats need 12” ones). It causes their tail to curl up over their backs like Mariemouse’s is. A rodent’s back should never touch the center of a wheel when they run—her old owner must have had her on a 4” wheel, which are often marketed for mice, but are way too small for adults.
I had no idea that avocados were toxic to mice since they’re fine for rats as long as you don’t give them the pit (& they’re GREAT for skinny or elderly rats to help them gain weight), so don’t feel at all like you’re stupid. ::hugs::
I have been responsible for a couple of pet deaths in the past & I know that it is hard to get over & not blame yourself, but you didn’t do it intentionally & unfortunately, some lessons are harder learned than others. I think the important thing is that you gave them a good life when they were alive & you’ll be more careful in the future with what you feed them (I don’t mean that at all patronizingly; like I said, I had no idea they couldn’t eat avocados until I looked it up after reading your message). It’s not like you gave them rat poison or something that anyone would know mice couldn’t eat, it was a genuine mistake that anyone could’ve made, regardless of their knowledge or ability to care for mice.
I had a baby rat get killed during an introduction session once because I rushed things along, & after that, I didn’t think I ever wanted to get a baby rat again, I felt so guilty & like it was all my fault & I was too stupid to own pets. It sounds a little callous, but it taught me a really important lesson that I maybe wouldn’t have remembered quite so strongly otherwise, to always be careful & take time during intros before proceeding to the next step. It was literally a couple of seconds that they were out of my line of sight & by the time I was able to get to them, I had to pry the aggressor’s jaws off her neck & it was too late, she died a few seconds later. I wish that she hadn’t had to die for me to learn that lesson, but I can guarantee you that I’m never not going to take an introduction seriously in the future, & I stress the risks to other people so that they’re aware of what can happen. I know that it’s hard to think about getting more mice right now, but I hope that one day you’re able to somewhat come to terms with what happened…it was an honest mistake & I hope that you feel comfortable getting some more mice in the future. ::hugs::
Yeah, that’s REAAAAAAAALLLLLY high. I’ve had face abscesses removed from two rats (three surgeries total) & it was $150-200 each time. I don’t mind paying a little more because I trust my vet fully, but I wouldn’t pay $800-1000 for the best vet in the world, lol.
I know vet care does vary widely in different areas. If I drove an hour away, I could get neuters for half the price, so it might be worth driving a little distance if you’re able to, even taking the price of gas into account. I’ve heard of neuters as low as $50 in some cities & as high as $500—it’s not really a standard thing from one vet to another or one city to another.
Best of luck to you, I hope you’re able to find something more affordable!
Eep, good luck, I hope the wound heals up quickly!
Intros with Theo were superduper easy, but I’m having a rough time of it now with Philip, Pod, & Dotcom & the Ferret Nation boys. I wish Alan would freaking cooperate!
It’s cool! I have a Canon 7D & it is fantastic & it was really stupid of me to get it immediately before quitting my well-paying job for a poorly-paying one, but I love it very much. I usually shoot the rats with a 60mm macro Canon lens, but the photos that look really, really sharp & gorgeous are with a 100mm macro Canon lens that’s disgustingly superb (the one in the link is actually a newer version of mine, mine doesn’t have the ultrasonic motor). I have a Canon 270EX II Speedlite flash. I got the camera a few months ago, so anything older is with my Canon Rebel XS.
To you or anyone else looking to get cameras or lenses, I highly recommend eBay! Check completed listings for the last few months to get an idea of what the cheapest you can possibly get your desired item for is, & then set a goal & stick with it. It’s hard to be patient, but prices vary tremendously from week to week & all of my aforementioned equipment was purchased on eBay for ~50% of what it’s listed for on Amazon.
Have fun if you do decide to take classes! I haven’t ever taken a photography class, I’m jealous.
First off, I’m sorry for your loss. Definitely been there, unfortunately. I want to preface everything I’m about to say by saying that I have a level of comfort with death, including pet death, that a lot of people maybe don’t have—my dad was a hospice nurse when I was young & talked about his job a lot, so I was accustomed to the idea “everything dies” by the time I was five or six. I’m also really good at getting clinical when my rats get elderly or ill—I love them as individuals & spoil them & dote on them an incredible amount, but once it starts getting close to their time to go, I try to detach myself & think of them as more of a patient than a pet. I don’t usually find it a difficult decision to have them euthanized because I know them well enough to know when they’re not happy & when the likelihood of them getting better doesn’t outweigh their lack of quality of life.
With all that being said, there are some deaths that are harder than others. I’ve had some that were very ill or miserable that I almost felt happy when they died or were put to sleep—I miss them tremendously & I’m saddened by their passing, but for example, it’s always a relief to no longer hear them struggling for every breath if they had been battling respiratory issues. I’ve had others that I still can’t think about their deaths without tearing up. Wyatt died two years ago & even now I have the occasional nightmare about him seizing in my lap. I threw up the other day leaving the vet because I felt so sick thinking about how a few months ago, Darcy was put to sleep & I wasn’t able to be there with him.
I don’t say this a lot because it’s something that can easily be misinterpreted out of context, but I think rats’ short lifespans have benefits…obviously I have more rats than the average rat owner, but I’ve been able to provide 40 rats with a good home over the last five years, many of whom came from less than ideal situations. If they lived as long as a dog or a cat, there’s no way I would’ve been able to help that many.
I always find that it helps me deal with their deaths better when I think about what they had in life—it hurt today when Howard died, but he lived a great life, very full, very happy, with cagemates that he loved & a large cage & plenty of outside time. He had literally the best life he could have possibly had, & even if I could replay it all over again, there’s not really much else I could’ve asked for, & I don’t even know that *he* would’ve asked for anything else had he been capable of doing so.
I wish I could say something more helpful & I wish I could say that it gets better, but I think it’s entirely dependent on the situation. I don’t talk about my feelings too much on here when a rat dies because I don’t want to be depressing & I tend to keep non-anxiety-related feelings bottled up inside, but I think dealing with death is an individual thing. Some people go out & get new rats as soon as one dies, & I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that as long as they’re not trying to replace the deceased rat & as long as they’re mentally & financially capable of caring for the new rats, but I also don’t find anything wrong with people who decide that death is too hard for them & don’t want to get rats ever again after their first set dies.
This was a very nice message, thank you!! I think you are maybe my only follower who lives in Russia now, at least that I know of…I know the wonderful teaandink is from there, but I believe living in the UK now. I am sad that I don’t know any clever Russian phrases to reply with so that I can sound suave & cultured, but thanks to a childhood obsession with Disney’s Peter & the Wolf, I know that “volk” means “wolf.” Unfortunately, I am unable to use it in a sentence. I hope you have a nice weekend, & thank you again for your kind words!
I’m not on my Tumblr dash a whole lot so I’m probably not the best person to ask, but here are a few off the top of my head.
AAAAH I’M SO HORRIBLE AT THIS!!! I can think of a gazillion people who post/reblog nice rat photos on occasion…misohead, candy—-hearts, naked-cuteness does hairless…I KNOW I’M FORGETTING PEOPLE AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL BAD SO JUST KNOW THERE ARE MORE!
[re: Courage] jennyjunkpile said: I still think he’s one of the cutest rats on tumblr, and I’ve missed seeing his handsome little face :) and hearing about him. I remember when he was being a drama queen and he was such a fun rat to read about. is he still like that?
He has outgrown a lot of that, but he is still a lot more vocal than most rats. He was in pain for a while while I got his eye issues sorted out & he was reaaaally lethargic & depressed, he mostly just laid in his hammock all day & never moved. He’s feeling a lot better now & is way, way more active. He used to chill in his hanging basket a lot, but the other rats started dragging all the fabric out of it to nest with, so now he lies in a fleece hammock my friend Kaley got for him. He stuffs it full of newspaper & denim scraps & screams if anyone but Oliver tries to get in. Courage can see very, very little now due to his eye problems & he tends to get a little freaked out when he’s out of the cage, so he usually spends most of his outside time hiding under the pillows grooming Ollie.
He kept me up for a while last night with his stupid screaming. :P While the other rats are eating dinner like normal, he uses his time to grab as much food as he can & drag it back into his hammock. By the time he’s done collecting food, the other rats are done eating & they go to eat his stash, so he screams & tries to beat them away with his little paws. That group gets along pretty well & they usually let him eat some, but Pax is a hungry little thief & often steals some of Courage’s massive hoard.
I actually have considered moving to that area! Unfortunately, the cost of living is waaaaaaaaaaaaay higher than it is here, the city I live in is super-cheap. I rent a fairly large house for $600/mth & this would easily be $800-1000 in most areas of the country!
Aaah, I feel sad that I didn’t see this sooner—I haven’t been on my laptop much since I was out of town & my phone doesn’t always load new messages when I check Tumblr on there. That sounds like it’s more than likely an abscess, which can pop up where a rat was bitten (even a small bite). Sometimes, they’ll drain on their own, especially if you put a warm washcloth on them for a few minutes a day, but they sometimes require draining at a vet’s or even antibiotics (or, in really bad cases, surgery). I hope that it was able to drain okay & she’s all right now, sorry again for the delay in getting back to you.
Yeah, I had a lot pass away all at once. :( Unfortunately, I’ll probably have a few more soon (Ollie likely won’t make it too much longer, he is slowing down rapidly & is nearly three years old—Wesley & Howard are also aging quickly). Carter passed away while I was on vacation last week & I had to get Finch euthanized due to recurring respiratory issues that weren’t responding to medication.
I currently have Alan, Pax, Gyrfalcon, Jon Snowrat, Oliver, Howard, Wesley, & Courage in the Ferret Nation. I’m going to introduce Dotcom, Philip, & Podrick (three babies from a litter I fostered over the summer) to them once they’re big enough to not fit through the 1” bars, which shouldn’t be long now. Theo is currently living alone, but he’s getting neutered this week & then he’ll be introduced to my other group, made up of Rorschach, Vera, Rio, Pip, & Crawfisha.
As far as mice, I have one male, Bob, & seven girls: Jagermouseter, Pie, Mariemouse, Janice, Berliozmouse, Jay Zmouse, & Toulousemouse.
Aww, this message made me sad!!! I haven’t been on the computer a whole lot these days (which is normally where I make text posts) because my internet at my new house was incredibly awful. I have a better speed now, so hopefully I’ll be on more soon!
Unfortunately, I’m on a very tight budget since my new job pays horribly, so apple juice will probably be a bit out of my price range until I get some more money saved up. I did get some Fruit Vines the other day as a special treat (Halloween discount yay) & they are delicious!!:
ORANGE VINES AND GRAPE VINES, YEAH!!! I’m not too fond of Grape Vines, but Orange Vines are superb.
Eek, not to scare you, but that doesn’t sound good at all. :-/ If you have any Ensure, I’d give him some to make sure he’s getting enough nutrients/hydration (it’ll help put weight on REALLY fast). If the squeaks sound wet, I wouldn’t use a humidifier, a heater might be better since it’ll dry out the air some,
Not to sound negative, but if he doesn’t pull through, please don’t feel at all like it’s your fault in the slightest. A lot of the time when they get that sick, it’s really, really sudden…it just happened recently to me with Darcy. He wasn’t showing any signs of illness at all, then one night he looked pretty sick & by the next afternoon, he had to be euthanized. Even if I had been able to rush him to the vet the second he made a sickly noise, it would have been really tough to save him. Rats are kind of weird because sometimes you have ones that linger on & on (like Finch just did, he was pretty sick for over a month before I had to put him down) & others get sick almost overnight & are at death’s door pretty much immediately.
I’ll definitely be keeping you in my thoughts & hoping for the best. Please send me a message if you happen to think about it after the appointment. I really hope all goes well. ::hugs::
Hi! I’ve kept plenty in the freezer, most for months at a time (due to not having a suitable place to bury them, waiting for money to get them cremated, etc.) & have never had an issue with odor at all. I normally wrap them up in either a hand towel or paper towels & then put them in a Ziploc freezer bag. I do try to store them away from my food if possible (like maybe on the freezer door or under a shelf), but I don’t think there’s much of a health hazard…I don’t eat meat, but plenty of people do, & that’s a carcass just like deceased pets are. Assuming your freezer is set cold enough, rats should freeze solid within a day or so & they’re not any more likely to smell than say, chicken or something else that would smell if left out of the cold. I’m sorry for your loss. ::hugs::
They are really awesome! I am glad that they were able to change your mind. :) “Street” rats are actually the same species as domesticated rats, they’re just (obviously!) not tame & they don’t tend to have as much variation in appearance since they don’t breed for looks. :) I hardly ever see them since I don’t live in a big city, but I enjoy watching them on the subway tracks when I go to Atlanta. I wouldn’t want them living in my house, but they are pretty nifty to watch & they’re interesting to learn about!
~*Breaking Bad season 1/2 spoilers, don’t read if you plan on starting the series!*~
I’m almost done with season 2 now & I still dislike her, but more in a “I wouldn’t want to be around this person in real life” way, not “wow, I really wish they’d get divorced or her character would die”—I was a little rash with my judgment, I think, & I can at least understand why she made some of the decisions she did, even if I don’t agree with them in the slightest. I really, really, really hated her insistence in the beginning that Walter get treatment even though he didn’t want to. My parents are both nurses—I know that’s a realistic viewpoint many family members have, but I think it’s unfair & selfish & it leaves a really sour taste in my mouth, just on a personal level, even though it’s a valid opinion & not anything extraordinarily unexpected considering the situation. It probably made me a little overly critical of everything she did afterwards. The smoking while pregnant thing also made me really dislike her, but if characters weren’t flawed in some way, they wouldn’t be very interesting to watch. Like I said, I still don’t like her, but I am beginning to see that she’s more complex than I gave her credit for initially & I am interested to see how her character develops throughout the series.
Aww, thank you! Congratulations on your acquisitions!! :) I will definitely give bb Alan your love, even though his growth spurt has left him with a normal sized head. His body continues to grow more & more massive, so maybe his head will appear small again in the near future.