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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Rats vs Min Pins
« Last post by BigBen on September 10, 2018, 06:54:03 PM »
We have a Labrador and two cats in the house.  The Lab seems more curious than anything else, and if she were to cause harm it would be from over-eagerness to play.  On the other hand, I'm not sure I trust the cats at all.
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Adoption Center / Re: Chicago, IL Upcoming OOPs babies for adoption
« Last post by defzeppard on September 08, 2018, 06:20:08 PM »
Are you still looking for homes? I'm near Milwaukee and looking to add some new additions. Unfortunately the link to see pictures is not working.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Virtual Yard Sale to help Rescues!
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 07, 2018, 04:51:35 PM »
Here is the link to the Yard Sale:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheTravelinRat/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2053025354741510

Participants so far:
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary, German Valley, IL
Flower City Critters Small Animal Rescue, Rochester, NY
For the LOVE of Rats Rescue, Walker, LA
​​MN Pocket Pet Rescue, St. Paul, MN​​
​Star's Rat Rescue, Winner, SD
Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Rats vs Min Pins
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on September 06, 2018, 10:35:07 PM »
So my roommate, Chandler, took in his father's two dogs, because he couldn't take care of them any more. Hershey is 13 and Stan is 12. They are both pure-breed Miniature Pinschers. Hershey is a sweet old lady, while Stan is a loud coward. They have met my rats briefly outside the cage. Hershey will sniff out of curiosity and then ignore them. I have had Hershey on my lap while Irish was on the back of the chair. Once Rutabaga stepped on Hershey and the old lady only checked to see what it was. When Stan met them his lower jaw shook in a kind of "I want to get it" way.

Recently, my bedroom door was finally fixed, so we didn't need the doggy gate anymore. The other day, I didn't think of closing the door, so Hershey came walking in. I watched her carefully and she behaved herself. At one point she got a little close for Rutabaga, so my brave ratty 'lunged' at Hershey through the cage bars. Hershey is so blind that she didn't notice. I was amused. Yesterday Hershey joined the rats to snack on frozen peas. She and Irish went nose to nose. For the first time I wasn't holding either of them. Irish grabbed some peas and went to stash them. I was very proud of Hershey. Later then night Stan crept in, not sure if it was okay. As I watched him, the girls watched him. According to Zucchini, he was sniffing too close to the cage. She lunged at him and he yipped and ran out of the room.

Today I was adding a new water bottle, lava ledge, and toys. Once again Hershey was a very good girl. Once again, Zucchini didn't like Stan. This time he backed up and yapped. He then ran out of the room barking. I was laughing and had to tell my husband that he was barking for a decent reason. Normally the reason is to be loud. It seems like Zucchini and I agree that Stan is not to be trusted around them.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on September 05, 2018, 09:21:12 PM »
Good luck! Ben gave you some awesome information! I haven't tried sexing ratties, because I've gotten all adult rats, and the males I had were already neutered. One time I asked my vet to sex one of my girls, just to be sure she wasn't a boy. I was in the clear! Let us know the outcome, please?

And yes, seeing a doe in heat IS hilarious!! My Molly went into heat, and I knew it when I saw her stance. Her brother, Frankie, had put a paw on her back and she did the dip-her-back, rump-up, ears-vibrating things. Poor Frankie, having been neutered, was so confused why she was doing that!
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Ferret Nation add on 183
« Last post by Jolly Jumper on September 05, 2018, 06:52:51 PM »
Thanks for the info!  :heart:
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Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by BigBen on September 05, 2018, 03:58:05 PM »
I can only guess.  Good luck! :thumbsup:
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Home Squeak Home / Re: Ferret Nation add on 183
« Last post by BigBen on September 05, 2018, 03:56:53 PM »
I see two problems with this:  first, the bars of a Ferret Nation are more widely spaced, so baby rats and small females have been known to escape.  Also, the direction of the bars is primarily vertical, which is not so great for rats, because they love to climb.

But the more important problem is that the add-on is not a complete cage.  It comes with four walls and a floor, the idea being that you replace the roof of the original cage with this floor (which has a hole in it, with an attached ramp, to allow the residents to travel between levels), and use the original roof on top of the add-on.  You need both a floor and a roof to hold the walls together.

Trying to use an add-on unit as a stand-alone might turn out to be more trouble than it's worth.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Rats, or mice?
« Last post by BigBen on September 05, 2018, 03:45:07 PM »
You might find this British site about black rats interesting, whatever your animals turn out to be.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by gymnwriter on September 05, 2018, 02:18:38 PM »
Thanks, Ben! I do have them separated. I'll check them tonight, and get any suspected females to the vet ASAP.

Thank you! Been a wild week.  :shocked2: :doh:
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