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Rat Care Corner / Re: What is this coat color called? Baby pics!
« Last post by BigBen on October 22, 2018, 07:14:45 AM »
Agouti hairs are "ticked" brown, black, and grey.  These guys look as though they are unticked black or dark brown, with light-colored guard hairs.  It's an interesting effect.

I'd call the coloration a blazed and variegated black (or brown) Berkshire.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Missing Rat!?!???
« Last post by BigBen on October 22, 2018, 07:08:04 AM »
First of all, take your shoes off!  Then double-check the cage.  I once spent an hour-and-a-half looking for a rat who was in the cage all along!

Turn everything off, and listen for quiet rustles that indicate a rat moving around.  If Gadget knows her name, try calling her.  Shake a treat container.  Lie down on the floor, and wait for her to come climb on your back.  Mamarat's suggestions, as well.  Hunger and thirst will often bring a stray rat back to the cage area, and the sound of food being put in a bowl will often call them back.

Check the rats' usual play area for hiding places.  I use my bed, so I look under the covers and behind pillows, and in the tissue box or other hideout.

Look under the furniture for hiding places up inside the spring coils.  Look inside drawers and on top of curtain rods, and behind the curtains on the windowsills.  Look inside the kitchen cabinets, especially in the food cupboards and pantry.  Check under the stove and behind the refrigerator.

I used to have three boys I trusted to free-range, and they always came back to the cage eventually (I would leave a ladder out for them).  But the ones who weren't allowed to free range often enjoyed exploring, especially under things and in the closets.  They were often reluctant to be recaptured, but would eventually let me scoop them up once I found them.  My chinchillas, however, are a very different story!
Rat Care Corner / Re: Missing Rat!?!???
« Last post by mamarat2 on October 21, 2018, 07:55:08 AM »
Any luck?

Just seeing this. I've had them get out and we put food treats down and they wander back. Events they come back to the cage especially when all the other days are still in the cage.
Adoption Center / Looking for boys (Boston area)
« Last post by ArabellaFlynn on October 19, 2018, 09:54:06 PM »
WANTED - 3-4 friendly male rats for live-in companion to experienced rat mommy in Belmont, MA. Job duties include napping, cuddling, napping, gnawing new windows into the nest box, napping, being spoiled, napping, and occasional napping. Must be willing to taste test a wide variety of foods. Spacious living quarters + meals provided, medical care (with rat-adoring local vet) included. 365 vacation days per year. Breed and appearance unimportant, as long as you have a good heart.  :heart:

Interested parties please contact
Rat Care Corner / Missing Rat!?!???
« Last post by MaatAset on October 18, 2018, 12:38:00 AM »
Iím gutted. I donít know what has happened. In my two decades of rat ownership Iíve never had this happen. Gadget has vanished. Sheís not in the cage. Iíve searched all over the house in case she somehow managed to sneak out when the door was open and I missed her. I havenít heard nor seen a trace or her. Iíve already formed such a close bond with the babies and Gadget is such a joy with her playful, exuberant energy. I donít know what to do 😢

Anyone had this happen before?
Rat Care Corner / Re: Rat Life Expectancy Survey
« Last post by purple rat on October 16, 2018, 08:07:37 PM »
Merlin, 28 month old intact male from a breeder. Soft tissue cancer
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Current Mischief
« Last post by purple rat on October 16, 2018, 07:13:30 AM »
The award for "Best Attempt at Guilting Mommy Into Taking Me Out of The Cage" goes to..... Mr. Newt :party:
LMAO - that's just precious!
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Current Mischief
« Last post by MaatAset on October 15, 2018, 11:50:33 PM »
Mr Newt had to have a tumor removed recently and while he was recovering got his own cage for a bit and lots of attention from Mommy. As he was spoiled, he got VERY used to coming out whenever he wanted; therefore, he *expected* to come out in the middle of the brand new Doctor Who episode to bother Mom. I looked over to see this staring at me while I was trying to watch it...

Rat Care Corner / Re: What is this coat color called? Baby pics!
« Last post by purple rat on October 15, 2018, 07:45:04 PM »
They're adorable!  :BlueDumboSmile:
My first rat had a color/pattern a lot like your guy that has the patches of color, and I was told it was called black variegated.
Rat Care Corner / Re: What is this coat color called? Baby pics!
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on October 15, 2018, 08:37:37 AM »
 :heart: :heart: Whatever color anyone says they are, I agree with Minerva. So cute!!
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