My rat has started nesting, and has become fierce and fatter.
I sort of inherited her from a younger family member who got bored of
rats, so I don't really know too much, apart from the fact that her cage
size, food, and environment is OK for a rat.
She has just started nesting - she has completely re-arranged her cage,
moving "upstairs" out of her plastic house and into a nest made from
newspaper from her plastic house. She has also got fatter. Could this be
that it is getting clder here in the UK? We think that she's acting
pregnant, although there is no chance of that. Do rats have phantom
But more interesting was her behaviour towards a friend who came around
last night. Now "Arfer" as we call her ("r for rat", see?!?) is amiable
towards everyone. But this girl, when she heard we had a rat, went
"urgh! I'm not touching that thing" before she'd even seen it. She
eventually chilled out a little, and started to go towards the cage. At
which point, my always-placid rat grabbed the bars, and went mental,
hissing and squeaking at the girl! I never knew rats were so sensitive
to things like that. Anyone else had a similar experience?
Also, any rat FAQ's to be had?
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