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Adoption Center / baby girl springfield mo asap
« Last post by lynn117 on September 15, 2018, 12:18:03 PM »
hi, i have a sweet baby girl rat  need to rehome. she is only around 4 weeks old and i was told she was a little boy. she is very much female as far as i can tell. she is black with a white belly i have all males and have no room for another cage between the boy rats and the mice. i dont want her to have to be returned to the pet store. she is very friendly and bruxes every time i take her out. if anyone lives near springfield mo and would like this little girl please contact me as soon as possible. i cant keep her! she will be $10 to make sure she finds a good home.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Rats vs Min Pins
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on September 11, 2018, 09:33:14 AM »
Many years ago I had two dogs. One was a mutt (Cairn-Scot cross) and the other was a Greyhound. Paddy the mutt was ok around my rats. He would let them go for rides around the room on his back. He was more curious than harmful, even though he was a terrier. Tippy, the Greyhound, was not to be trusted. Greyhounds are sight-hounds and are taught to give chase. She was a retired racer so chasing was a lot of fun for her. But one day, she caught and killed a mouse in our backyard. So when I started adopting and rescuing rats, she was never allowed around them.

Right now I have a cat, Abby. When she was a kitten I wanted to introduce her to my rats, so she would know they are supposed to be here. But after 2 times of introductions, I felt she was unsafe to let her meet my ratties any closer than the cage bars between her and them. But now she is older and has no interest in them, but I still wouldn't trust her.
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Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on September 11, 2018, 09:27:39 AM »
LOL!!  That's a funny story, Ben!   :yelcutelaugh: :hyper:
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Rat Care Corner / Re: identifying gender
« Last post by BigBen on September 10, 2018, 07:05:50 PM »
My first mischief contained two intact does, Anne and her daugher Elizabeth.  It didn't take long for them to figure out that Michael and his brother Gabriel were neutered.  As willing as the boys were, there was simply a limit to how cooperative they could be, lol!

When I took in two neutered foster bucks, Manitoba and Brunswick, Anne and Elizabeth went crazy.  Anne was so excited around the new lads that I thought the buzzing of her ears was going to let her take off and fly around the room.  She was in heat practically every day for over two months.  Manitoba was almost three times Elizabeth's size, but one night when everyone was having out-time on the bed, she grabbed him by the cheek and tried to get him to have his wicked way with her.  The two girls became accomplished escape artists in their efforts to visit the foster cage.  Eventually they did figure out that the foster boys were indeed neutered, but it was very interesting, and quite hilarious, there for a while, lol!  :BlueDumboSmile: :yelcutelaugh: :rattysmiley: :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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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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