How lovely to read of someone doing something kind for the Rattie Kingdom.
Sadly I am having to have Riley PTS. Old age has lessened his quality of
life, his back legs are losing their strength, he has lost all his weight
and to make matters worse, our other boy "Axel" has taken to being mean to
him. He blocks the igloo every chance he gets so Riley can't get in.
Yesterday Riley was doing his best to climb in to their hammock and that
mean Axel actually pushed him out, Riley being weak couldnt break his own
fall and landed on his back in his grains dish :(
We have been fortunate enough to have lots of Rats, my husband purpose built
their massive house, floor to ceiling :) We are now down to just the two,
Riley and Axel neither will be replaced (not that you replace them) I can no
longer handle the short life span and the many trips to the Vets to say
"Goodbye for now", Im fed up feeling as if I have to justify why I choose to
have Rattie Men as family members, allbeit we have a Dog, 3 Cats and a house
rabbit. My children are all in their ***s to early twenties and have moved
on from having "pets" they have always however cleaned and fed them every
Sorry I have vented off but I am fed up, I had a run in with the
Receptionist on the phone yesterday when I made an appointment. She said "I
will put down Rat" I got angry and said "Actually his name is Riley" she
then had the gall to ask me if I wanted her to change it. ARRGGGHHH.
So it would be great if everyone could spare a kind thought for my wee Riley
man as he makes the transistion.:) He is going to be met by a hell of a lot
of Pets we have owned:) Regards to all Rattie lovers and scritches to the
fuzzy butts who share your home.
>> WHOOP! Cellistina had 5 pinkies and hid them!!!
> I suppose congratulations are in order. Coincidentally, we had pinkies in
> our house earlier this week, but wild ones, not issue from our three tame
> females. Landscape people removing the leaf-and-compost pile from our back
> yard discovered a nest chamber with six baby rats who looked to be about 2
> weeks old. I asked them to leave that portion of the pile with the nest
> chamber and associated tunnels. Meanwhile, I put the nest and pinkies into
> a shoebox for a couple of hours while they finished their work, then
> placed everything back into the chamber, covered it with straw and prayed
> momma rat would come back for them. I hadn't been able to get them to feed
> from a syringe, so hand-raising was out of the question. Within an hour,
> the nest chamber had been repaired and sealed back up from the inside, so
> presumably, all the little guys were being looked after by Mom once again.
> We had been aware that there was at least one wild male living in the
> compost pile, since we had seen him on several occasions, but the fact
> that he had acquired a family came as a complete surprise to us.