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Pet rats found dumped by bins in Inverkeithing >:/|
Hearing about stories like this of pet owners who abandon their pets outside makes me sick! It makes me want to give them a good kick in the teeth! >:-/
Pet rats found dumped by bins in Inverkeithing
It wouldn’t be unusual to find rats rummaging around bins.
But in Fife two domestic white rats have been found dumped. The male rats were discovered inside a large cage, beside a wheelie bin in Hill Street in Inverkeithing last week.
Now nicknamed Bazil and Bond, the abandoned rodents are in the care of the Scottish SPCA, which has launched an investigation into the incident.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Friday, after a resident found the creatures and took them to a nearby vet.
Senior Inspector John Chisholm said: “The lady reported seeing Bazil and Bond next to wheelie bins outside her flat at around 4pm on Wednesday.
“When they were still there at midnight, she took them in and handed them into a vets the next day.”
Mr Chisholm said the charity was keen to identify the person who owned Bazil and Bond, as abandoning animals is an offence.
Anyone with information can call 03000 999 999.
Here is some forwarded information about the dangers of using towels and cloths as bedding |
URGENT REMINDER (especially for new ratpeeps, along with the forgetful or just plain stressed and swamped):
NO TERRYCLOTH TOWELS!!! OF ANY SORT * FOR ANY REASON!!!
Ok, now that I've made my opinion loud and clear, admins, feel free to delete, tone down, or whatever you deem appropriate.
I just came SO CLOSE to losing a darling rat-patient I picked up and brought home with his familiar bedding. He goes to my vet tomorrow and I've been trying not to disturb him much. Oh Thank GOD I disturbed him long enough to see that his midsection was bulging in a way it wasn't when I checked on him a few hours ago. To my horror, he had somehow gotten a thread from his "Sammy rag" wrapped around him, almost literally cutting his midsection in two.
I had this happen once years ago - barely got to a little girl in the nick of time before her airways swelled enough to choke her. I swore then - never again - no towels draped over the cage or used as shelf-liners. So, I thought I knew better.
But Sammy is a paraplegic and doesn't move much. He's on meds, he's depressed, I thought it would be kindest to leave him as much as possible, in his familiar personal surroundings within a huge change in environment. Boy was I wrong. SO grateful I found him in time. Please pass on if you think it could possibly happen to one of your loved ones some day.
This is a very touching story! =^.^=|
A Rescue Tale: How a Tiny Rat We Named Lucky Came into Our Lives
Mary Kirkland, Yahoo! Contributor Network
May 7, 2013 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here."
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I've had many rats and other small animal over the past twenty years and most of them have been given to me by their owners who for whatever reason could no longer care for them. My daughter's friends know that if I am able I will take in and care for the animals they no longer can take care of. I don't usually advocate buying pets from pet stores because I think adopting from reputable breeders, rescues and shelters are a much better place to find a forever pet but this was a special case.
How I First Heard About Lucky
Right after Christmas of 2012 my daughter got a call from a friend who worked in a pet store and told my daughter that they had a tiny disabled rat that the store was refusing to sell because he only had three legs. So if no one came in to adopt him (for free) in the next couple of days they were going to euthanize him or use him as snake food.
My daughter called me and asked me if I could take in another rat and after she told me his story I happily agreed. My daughter and her boyfriend went down to the pet store a couple of days later when the store would allow him to be adopted and she signed the papers to get him for me on January 2nd, 2013.
When my daughter brought him to me I could see he was barely weaned and so tiny he could have been a mouse. I had a cage all set up for him and we gave him a day to get used to his new surroundings.
At first he ran away from our hands and would not let us pick him up. We have no idea how he was treated in the pet store but he was not used to humans at all. After giving him some treats and allowing him to sniff our hands we picked him up and put him on the couch with us so he could get used to us. After a few days he would jump in our hands as soon as we came close to him and now he loves coming out to play.
He's now five months old and even though he's missing a front paw, he gets around just fine. He runs, jumps, climbs and his disability doesn't slow him down at all.
The next time you find yourself looking for a pet to adopt, don't pass over the 'special' pets. Animals with special needs and disabilities need and deserve forever homes too and a lot of times aren't anymore work to care for than an animal who doesn't have special needs.
A great video showing how to raise an orphaned baby mouse =^.^=~|
Pets abandoned on doorstep |
Too many times have I read stories about people abandoning their small animals outside to fend for themselves or die in the cold. These three rats were lucky that a Brampton man found them. Something really must be done to stop the amount of unwanted pets and create more small animal shelters, because the larger ones don't have the space for them. Perhaps it's time that everybody wrote to their city councilors and told them that they want the sales of pets banned from pet shops and to shut down all pet mills!
"If Kevin Broda hadn't stopped to talk to his neighbour when he came back from dinner on Saturday night, the outcome could have been very different.
Broda and the neighbour heard a faint noise coming from a Blue Box deposited at the side of the house on Drury St. They investigated, discovered a garbage bag inside the Blue Box - and inside the bag, a cage containing a pet rat.
Broda then noticed a second garbage bag set beside the stop sign at the corner. Inside that bag was another cage, containing two rats.
They were obviously pets: well-fed, well cared for, and friendly. But they were abandoned, and that made Broda furious - especially since temperatures plunged on Sunday night.
"I love pets - and to have somebody do that to a pet..." he says. "If you don't want the animals, don't just drop them off and hope somebody finds them. I just don't understand people like that. It's just animal cruelty."
Broda and the neighbour tried calling Animal Control and the police, but got little response; Animal Control in Vaughan demanded a payment of $200, to come and pick up the cages. Instead, Broda set the cages in a shed, kept them warm with blankets, and provided water and food.
He says he would keep the rats himself, except that he already has a dog, and two cats. If he can't find someone to adopt the animals, he'll call the OSPCA.
Broda guesses that the animals may have belonged to someone who had to make a "last-minute move" and couldn't take the rats with them. All the same, he says, "It's a crying shame that someone would actually do that with their pets. No respect for their well-being - to just do it and not care."
The Ontario SPCA Animal Centre at 16586 Woodbine Ave. in Newmarket can be reached at 905-898-7122. To surrender an animal, call extension 385; to report a case of animal cruelty or neglect, call extension 327.
Current Mood: angry
A Love Story About... A Rat Named Mr. Tiffany|
I saw this story posted on my friend from RattieRatz page. It shows that people can care about an animal that most people dislike, fear or hate.
"A Love Story About... A Rat Named Mr. Tiffany
Posted: 01/09/2013 11:35 am EST | Updated: 01/09/2013 11:58 am EST
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By Alexandra Harney
Meet Mr. Tiffany (Mr. T, for short): pen thief, beer drinker, and all-around lovable rodent.
When we found him, he was blind and soaking, slumped in an alleyway, clearly close to death. He struggled to stand, then listed to one side and collapsed again. We watched him for a moment, horrified. And then, because we couldn't just leave him there to die, we picked him up and brought him inside.
We laid him gently on the white expanse of our kitchen counter. After the blurry dark of the monsoon outside, the kitchen felt as bright and quiet as an operating theater. My fiancé, Colin, placed him inside a robin's-egg-blue Tiffany box. We called him Tiffany, and then later, Mr. Tiffany -- but most often, we called him Mr. T. That night, while I lay in our bedroom, hiding from the creature's inevitable death, Colin nursed him once an hour with eyedroppers of milk and energy drinks.
He was a street rat, no more than a few days old. His life had begun in the grimy alley beside our apartment in Hong Kong, and to most people, he would have embodied filth and disease. But we saw instead a fragile, unknowable life, and in the three years that followed, we came to see him as no average soul.
Mr. T entered our world during a time of transition. Our wedding was three months away, and I was working seven days a week, often long into the night. My job as a foreign correspondent kept me in constant motion and took me around the world; even owning furniture seemed like a big commitment. I tried not to think about what that would mean for the future. Colin and I planned to have children someday, though some nights we could barely find time to have dinner. Taking in a half-dead rat that needed sustained attention just to survive hadn't been on my agenda.
Which was why, when Colin and I found that Mr. T was miraculously still breathing the next morning, we vowed to set the rat free as soon as he'd recovered fully. He had survived, but he was a wild animal who deserved to live among his own kind. Not to mention that we had both read up on the extensive roster of virulent diseases rodents carry. Unwilling to get attached, I avoided him like, well, the plague.
Still, as he gained strength over the following weeks, we couldn't help celebrating Mr. T's tiny milestones: the moment a week after we found him when he opened his eyes in Colin's palm, the night he lost his fear of our shiny floor tiles, the day he turned a bicycle into a jungle gym, his little black shrimp's eyes flashing in excitement as he clambered over its pedals and wheels.
Mr. T began to make himself at home, confiscating mail, pens, and whole pizza slices and dragging them under the sofa, then chewing a crawl space inside the sofa itself. It was clear he intended to settle in for the long haul. But could we really keep this animal? On the other hand, was it even feasible for Mr. T to reenter the wild? We called a professor at Oxford University who specialized in rat behavior. He told us that domesticated rats set free in the forest begin acting like wild rats within a few hours. There was nothing stopping us from bidding Mr. T adieu and moving on with our lives.
Nothing except the fact that we couldn't resist his charms. Already, he'd begun to train us in his care. By knocking over his dinner dishes or leaving them untouched, he made it clear that most vegetables -- carrots, green beans, peppers -- were inedible unless drenched in butter. He would eat peas, but only when shelled; the tops, but never the stalks, of broccoli; blueberries, but only if cut in half. His favorite foods were mushroom pâté, sushi, and scrambled eggs. A few drops of beer were always appreciated. We prepared him two hot meals a day, which he ate with surgical precision, extracting the fattiest morsels first. He was too cute to let go.
Colin built Mr. T a five-story dwelling from wood and chicken wire, which we furnished with the cushions of the sofa he had destroyed. Mr. T compulsively redesigned his home, shredding the cushions and shoving bits of stuffing into the gaps in the chicken wire. Sometimes he would snuggle under my palm, pushing his nose into the V between my thumb and forefinger. If I tried to move away, he would grip my fingers with powder-pink, gummy-palmed paws.
I began to see Hong Kong as a place teeming with more than just human life: the giant hoary moth wrapped around the corner of an office building, the bird squatting on the pavement outside a watch shop, the feral dogs that patrolled the area behind our apartment building. One afternoon, after noticing one of Mr. T's grubbier cousins in the same alley where we had found him, I realized that the line we draw between animals that are socially acceptable and those we find repugnant can be awfully arbitrary.
As Mr. T steadily pawed his way into our hearts, Colin and I identified, for the first time in our lives, as parents. My husband was a rational and generous father, and I was a neurotic, fussy mom. Colin tried to see the world through Mr. T's eyes, adding a solid wooden door to Mr. T's home when he realized how much he liked his privacy, or adhesive sandpaper when he saw Mr. T slip on his ramps. Meanwhile, I obsessed over Mr. T's health, fearing that every nap or failed attempt to mount the coffee table signaled terminal illness.
I felt our world conforming to Mr. T's needs -- and I loved it. Colin and I stopped going out to dinner as often and instead spent evenings in our living room, beaming proudly as Mr. T dragged apples and socks into his house with great seriousness. Some nights, we stayed up on the sofa until 2, 3, 4 in the morning, waiting for the nocturnal Mr. T to rouse himself and pad downstairs. We stopped traveling together so one of us could always be home to keep him company, and when that was impossible, we enlisted house sitters and left an instruction manual nearly an inch thick. At parties we matched our friends' tales of their children with news of Mr. T's latest tricks, his most recent fascinations: wooden knives and forks, starchy restaurant napkins, salmon sashimi. I posted photos on Facebook of Mr. T eating green beans, his tiny paws covered in tomato sauce, or Mr. T in repose, his whiskers a halo around his face.
And all the while, we grappled with the fact that Mr. T didn't have much time. On the streets, most rats die before their first birthday. In captivity, many die by 3. Not long after he turned 2, Mr. T's once rapid pace slowed to a jog, then a waddle, and he began to sleep more solidly through the days. But he was determined to keep going. When, as I had often worried he might, he developed a tumor -- it was as large as his head -- we found a microsurgeon who removed it, and Mr. T sprinted across our living room the same day. When a spinal condition paralyzed his back legs, he adapted by pulling himself up and down the ramps with his front paws.
One night Mr. T began to struggle to breathe. This time the surgeon couldn't save him. Mr. T died in Colin's hands. We had him cremated, and held a small ceremony in which we scattered some of his ashes in the park behind our apartment building so he could rest near his family. We put the remainder of his ashes in an urn, which we placed beside a picture of him in our living room, and tried to adjust to the sad fact that we didn't get to be Mr. T's mom and dad anymore. But shortly after his passing, Colin and I became parents to a son, whom we named Louis T.
A few years earlier, we had struggled to find even a spare hour in the day -- but Mr. T taught us how to make room in our lives for the future we wanted, to be more empathetic, more patient. He taught us to love unconditionally. We'd found Mr. T in one of life's interstices, between dating and marriage, coupledom and parenthood. If it had been a dog or a cat slumped in our alleyway that night, there would be no story to tell. We would have brought the animal to a shelter. Knowing that nobody would do that for Mr. T made us bring him into our home, and doing so made all the difference.
Some of our friends and family just didn't get Mr. T. They never understood how we could love a rat. We never understood how, if you had the pleasure of meeting him, it was possible not to.
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Investigation Reveals Hell on Earth for Animals at California Dealer Warehouse |
Hearing about horror stories of animal abuse like this makes me truly sick! >:/
Please follow the link and sign the petition to urge government officials to enact tougher anti-animal cruelty laws.
*If anyone disagrees with PETA, you can instead send a comment to the Governor of California here about the issue. http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
Poor animals were suffering in the video, and people need to speak out to those in government to try and do something about it! I'm not a PETA supporter, but I do speak out against animal cruelty. This time PETA happened to discover what was going on. Imagine if they hadn't have, this animal warehouse would have gone on causing these small animals to suffer for many years to come. Maybe nobody would have noticed? In this particular case I am glad that the place was shut down, so no more animals would suffer. I am sad that some of the surviving animals were not given out to smaller rescues to be given veterinary treatment and possibly found new homes.
The fact is we need tougher anti-cruelty laws to protect animals. We need to have organizations who are willing to help investigate for the sake of the animals and not for profit, and most of all, whether you agree with PETA or not, speak out for the sake of the animals, because they can't speak for themselves!
"For more than two months in late 2012, a PETA investigator worked undercover at Global Captive Breeders, LLC (GCB), a company that bred and sold reptiles and rats in Lake Elsinore, California. PETA's investigator documented that some of the company's workers, including its manager—and generally with the full knowledge of its owner, Mitch Behm—neglected thousands of animals, many of them to death, and cruelly killed countless more.
Based on PETA's evidence, law-enforcement officials entered GCB on December 12 and mounted the largest rescue of neglected rats in U.S. history and the largest seizure of animals ever in California. All the animals—more than 600 reptiles and 18,000 rats—were relinquished by Behm into the city’s custody, and a criminal investigation is underway.
The facility, which reeked of death, decay, and ammonia from accumulated urine and feces, typically housed thousands of adult rats and hundreds of reptiles, including snakes, monitor lizards, skinks, tokay geckos, and sulcata tortoises, with just two full-time staffers and one part-time helper as of mid-December.
Rats: Born to Die
Most of the thousands of rats who were kept at GCB were what the pet trade industry refers to as "feeder" animals―bred and sold to be fed to snakes and other captive carnivorous reptiles kept as "pets." Because of the facility's chronic failure to provide animals with even their most minimal requirements, the rats were not just doomed to die terrifying, painful deaths inside GCB's walls but also born into and kept in filth and misery throughout their entire lives.
- Rats—including those weakened by illness and suffering from injuries were routinely grabbed by the tail and slammed into metal posts, racks, tables, and walls when workers (including the facility's manager) decided to kill them. Many didn't die quickly―and were thrown into trash bins or into a reptile's cage while still alive and convulsing. Some rats, including newborns, were frozen alive, despite the availability of a makeshift gas box in which the animals could have been killed with less suffering. Loose rats were shot with a BB gun, one rat was stomped on and maimed then whipped against a metal rack and finally killed, and several rats were bludgeoned with metal tongs and the handle of a BB gun.
- Tubs used for housing flooded frequently, drowning countless rats and leaving hundreds of others to struggle to keep their heads above water as the water rose. Exhausted, shivering, and terrified, many mother rats watched helplessly as their newborns drowned.
- Hundreds of rats were found dead in tubs, where they had been deprived of the most basic necessities—moderately clean air, dry bedding, drinking water, nutritious food, veterinary care, minimally humane handling, and adequate space to groom and engage in other normal and essential forms of behavior.
- During sorting and moving rats, the facility manager was among those who threw them up to 8 feet into hard plastic containers.
- Water valves in rat enclosures frequently malfunctioned, leaving the animals without water for extended periods of time, parched, their noses bloody from pushing at the bone-dry valves, dehydrated, and in many cases, dead.
Reptiles: Slowly Starved, Intentionally Ignored
Snakes, skinks, monitor lizards, and other reptiles at GCB were essentially left to die; they were so neglected that, in many cases, even their deaths went unnoticed by management―for days, leaving enclosures and rotting carcasses teeming with maggots. Some of them captured in the wild and stolen from their native homes, reptiles at GCB didn't stand much of a chance of survival.
- Behm repeatedly told workers not to care for the facility's reptiles because his revenue was coming from the rat-breeding operation and there was "no reason to spend time up front" (where the reptiles were housed) when the reptiles weren't generating any revenue.
- Many reptiles were kept shelved in lightless, opaque drawers so small that they could not move, eat, or eliminate normally and were trapped with their own waste.
- Many reptiles were kept confined without access to water.
- Dozens of reptiles packed up for sale at a trade show were crammed into plastic deli cups and denied food, water, and other essentials for at least a week.
- Chronic deprivation was the norm at GCB—reptiles often languished for weeks before finally dying—hopeless, isolated, and robbed of all that was natural and important to them.
Warehoused in Filth, Mired in Misery
Behm typically employed just three employees—and lately, one of those just three days a week—to care for up to 19,000 animals during weekdays. On weekends, reptiles were not attended to at all, and as of late October, rats weren't, either, which meant a sky-high body count on Monday mornings. In just their first few days at GCB, law-enforcement officials found more than 700 dead animals.
PETA's investigator never saw GCB bring a veterinarian into the facility and was consistently turned down when he asked about providing veterinary care to any of the animals, even those who were clearly in critical condition and on death's door.
PETA's investigator brought obviously sick and injured animals' suffering to the attention of Behm, the manager, and others but to no avail. Week after week, animals languished and died, including these:
- An emaciated, lethargic, pale, and shriveled albino boa constrictor—lying alongside maggots and reeking of rotting flesh for a month—whom the manager and a worker refused to help or even put out of his or her misery because Behm would have reportedly gotten angry. Instead, Behm told the manager to "wash" the snake in water; the snake was dead within a week.
- For about a week, a thin, listless baby black tree monitor who was cold to the touch was left to waste away slowly before finally dying. The manager said it would be "too expensive" to euthanize the lizard. Another worker said that the animal had "to languish … [u]ntil he" died.
- A Hogg Island boa constrictor was left to suffer with an untreated, grossly swollen nose for over a month after the manager saw the snake. A worker used a thumbtack that he got off a bulletin board to repeatedly jab the snake's face and puncture the animal's nose as the snake struggled and writhed. The worker then repeatedly squeezed the snake's face, hard, until pus erupted from the wound. The snake's nose swelled back up within a couple of days, and he continued to languish.
- A weak and debilitated blue tongue skink was left to drag his injured back leg and suffer for more than a week before dying. When PETA's investigator told the manager that the skink needed care, the manager threw his hands in the air and exclaimed, "There is nothing I can do for him … if he dies, he dies. That's better than him living here, I guess."
A History of Sadism
GCB owner Mitch Behm is no stranger to PETA. In 1985, while a biology student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Behm raised mice, rats, and rabbits and then recorded himself throwing them into tiny enclosures with ferrets, who attacked, maimed, and killed the animals. The twisted "predator behavior experiments"—which were not approved by the University—were, according to Behm at the time, in part for his "personal enjoyment." PETA distributed the video under the title "Getting Away With Murder." See the disturbing footage for yourself. PETA never forgot Behm, whose business in 2012 showed that little had changed in the decades since we first encountered his perverse penchant for watching animals suffer.
What You Can Do
The cruelty documented by PETA's investigator at GCB is typical of the filth, crowding, deprivation, and stress that PETA's investigations of pet trade suppliers have documented over and over again. You can help reptiles, rats, mice, and other animals exploited by this ruthless, greed-driven business of misery and suffering by vowing never to patronize stores that sell live animals. Share this investigation with your friends and family now."
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More bad pet owners >:/|
People like this girl http://www.furaffinity.net/user/mynameiszura/ who say hi, look at my cute pets, now they're going to die, they're snake food, and my snake is cuter, those people make me sick! >:/ They shouldn't have any kind of pets in my opinion, and certainly by live feeding, they aren't doing the right thing for their snake, because a cornered rodent can seriously injure a snake before it's eaten, or in a few cases might actually kill the snake. Responsible reptile owners will feed humanely pre-killed rodents to their snakes or other reptiles.
Information on why feeding pre-killed is better for your snake.
What kind of person could want to kill such cute animals?!?!
Here she brags about how funny it is to have fed them to her snake,
Thom is gone |
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Old pic of Thom and Lan|
Thom and Lan |
A photo of Thom and Lan. Since my last post I've gotten the double level critter nation cage and the rats seem to be enjoying the extra space—not that it stops them from being very anxious and excited to come out every day. Lewis and Lan still get in fights, I do my best to break it up when I see things escalating. I still have to bear the scratches appearing on him frequently, but at least it seems to happen less.
A difficult situation|
Hello everyone, today isn't a day for great news, rather one of reaching out and desperation I'm having a difficult time at the moment.
You may or may not know I currently have four rats, my two older boys (maybe 1.25 years old or so) are Lan and Thom and my two younger boys (4 or 5 months now) are Simon and Lewis.
Simon and Lewis have never been as social and friendly as Thom and Lan, they generally hide and don't interact with me in the same affectionate way. However I had no problem with it, it's just how they are and I still care for them. However for the past month or so Lewis has been retaliating against Lan when he jumps on him playfully/dominance showing in extreme ways. Lan is hairless and I know it's normal for him to get scratches but I hear him cry out when they "fight" and as I stand up in alarm he'll come running over to me in a panic and I'll pick him up and hold him close to comfort him. When he's calmed down I'll take a look and find his stomach covered in scratches, and it's been happening every couple days. He gets long red scratches all over his back and stomach and sometimes he gets these deep bloody gashes on his stomach that are just horrifying. Today just an hour or two ago Lan came running to me with these deep gashes on both of his back legs and his stomach covered in these 2 inch long scratches. I have him in the cat carrier next to me as I type this to try and keep him clean and out of harms way.
Lewis and Simon not being friendly with me is no big deal, but I cannot deal with Lan getting hurt this bad on a regular basis. He has a scab just millimeters away from his eye from a few days ago and I hate feeling like I'm just waiting for him to run to me one day with his eye gouged open.
I care about Simon and Lewis and I don't want to give them up but I feel like I'm at the end of my rope and I don't know what to do besides try to find them a new home. I've tried so many things to make them more comfortable here but they just don't seem like they will ever come around no matter how much space, treats and affection I share with them. Lan getting bloodied is the thing I cannot deal with on a regular basis. I need either a solution to Lewis's tendency to snap back when provoked or I need to find them a new home. I live in the Northeast Ohio area if anyone is open to two rats with some antisocial tendencies (not biting or aggression towards humans, but definitely shyness.) I want them to be in an environment they feel comfortable in and I want Lan to be safe. Please help me ;_;
Simon (doesn't really like getting pets...usually)|
Simon has a very unique and cute looking face. He's really very shy and doesn't like to be touched though, it makes me sad.
Rodent safety tips for pet owners|
Always have a spare cage when getting any new rat or mouse because not all of them will get along, and taking them back to the store or shelter is fair either. One time I had to go out and buy a bunch of mouse cages when I adopted a whole mouse family during the time the Toronto Humane Society was being shut down for restructuring and renovation. I noticed that the three brothers were fighting allot and the little one was getting picked on, so I immediately put wire separators in the tank they came in, until I could go to the store in the morning to buy them each a new cage. The three sisters got along fine and never fought, but I had other females that I had to keep separate from them in their own cages, the same with other males too. Just be prepared ahead of time when getting a new rat, mouse or any other small animal.
Another important thing to watch for are food hogs, which is one of the rodents is guarding and hoarding the food and not letting the others get their fare share of it. This could lead to some of your pets getting very ill from not getting proper nutrition. If you notice one of the animals acting extremely jealous or aggressive during feeding time, you may have to take the others out of the cage and feed them separately, so they don't become malnourished.
Other standard precautions are to keep all electrical wires away from the cages and unplug appliances when letting your pets roam outside the cage, since they'll be tempted to chew on things. Keep all doors, windows and any other places with holes that they could crawl though closed up when they're let out for exercise, and most important of all, make sure you know where all of them are before you move a muscle! Pet rodents tend to run toward you or under you as you're about to kneel, step, lay back against the couch, etc., and you wouldn't want to accidentally squish them. Never take your pets out to play if you are feeling tired because you could roll over and accidentally crush them in your sleep.
Do not let your rats outside, as you never know when a large predator like a cat will run by to try and snatch it, or a large bird could be circling to swoop down and try to grab it. Keep all windows shut, and all holes in the wall covered, sinks plugged, toilet seats closed, etc, etc so that your rat cannot escape or get hurt. These critters love to run and hide sometimes. If you rat does get away, place food near the places where it most likely disappeared, and leave a trail of food back to an open cage or box.
When going to feed or give treats and you are unsure if the food is safe to eat for your pets, please take a few moments to search on-line for what foods are good and which ones to not feed that could harm your pet, before giving them the nom noms.
I hope these rodent safety tips are of help.
Current Mood: nerdy
Messed up people like this make me sick!|
This person is a messed up piece of trash for posting a pic of a mouse that he fed to his snake thinking it's funny! Perhaps misfortune will find it's way to him, one can only hope. ;D
Hello, my name is Om Nom and I'll be alive for about the next 5 minutes.
Current Mood: annoyed
The baby babies|
The ISO on this photo was super high and it was originally quite dark so sorry about the quality
Another pic of Simon|
This was my favorite picture of Simon when I first got them, I didn't share it yet so here it is. His whiskers are *so long*
Things like this just makes me sad :-(|
People posting photos of pet mice only to say that they're going to be fed live to reptiles later -.-
Stay or Go...
Journal Entry: 16 hours ago
So as everyone can see, Anne my rare two toned female gave birth to her first litter of mice. They are all about a week old now and are in their hopper stage. Unfortunately as a breeders life goes, I have to make the decision about which will be used and supplied for food for reptiles and who will be added to my breeding stock. I have come to that decision. One female I named Bandit(she has a picture on here) has been added to the breeding stock. Of course she is a long way from breeding and I do not condone any sort of inbreeding whatsoever. She will have a couple of months to grow and be a crazy little mouse baby and teenager before she is given her "job" aka being a momma.
Anne has proven to have the dominant gene when it comes to her color pattern and has thrown two like her, solid two tones. I choose Bandit over them because she is not solid. Unlike her mother she has a white body and the two tone strip over both eyes (hence the name). That will add more color and vibrancy to the batches ahead.
The rest of the little mice will be used as feeder mice for my clients in the area with reptiles. As always, the mice are treated with a balanced diet and plenty of vitamins to ensure that their lives, no matter how long or short, are full and healthy. The reptiles like all animals, are only as healthy as the food they are supplied.
I will post more pictures of Anne and her daughter Bandit as time goes on and she grows. I cannot wait to see those little eyes open!
[ Hide Comment ] (No Subject) Posted: 16 hours ago
I hope that you put them down as humanely as possible before selling them as reptile food.
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(No Subject) Posted: 5 hours ago
Well most of the reptiles owners that the mice go to would prefer them live for their reptiles instincts. While they may be live until put into the enclosure, they are treated just as well as my mice that I keep up until that point. It is the circle of life and the ones in the wild don't eat dead food or frozen food so I don't freeze them myself. I do not disagree with the idea, just not for me. And besides, liquid nitrogen is quite expensive. To expensive to buy to freeze my food.
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[ Hide Comment ] (No Subject) Posted: 2 hours ago
In the wild the mice would have a chance to escape, compared to being put into an enclosure where they do not have that chance. When I worked at the Humane Society, the reptiles were only fed pre-killed rodents, and they all were fine with that, even the snakes were trained to eat pre-killed.
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[ Hide Comment ] (No Subject) Posted: an hour ago
Choose to be kind and put them to sleep first, because if you think of it this way, if one of your horses ever needed surgery, you wouldn't want the vet to say that they weren't going to use anesthetic since it was too expensive. Just because a creature is small, doesn't mean it feels less pain.
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(No Subject) Posted: 15 minutes ago
I do respect your opinion. And I work in a vets office myself. I gathered all of my advice from a countless number of vets and specialists before I started my mouse breeding. The snakes, when fed, are all put into a specific open area where the mice do have a chance. More often than not, the mouse lives for quite some time until the lazy little reptile will chase for his food. In no way would I ever condone using a tiny tank for feeding, pre killed or live. It is not only the cost of the nitrogen that is steep, but the risk of my other animals getting to it as I live on a farm and the sad fact is that some people would just choose to put them in the freezer alive. I will stick to my method as it has proven effective and I know that it will continue to do so.
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[ Hide Comment ] (No Subject) Posted: a few minutes ago
If you can afford to keep horses, how can you complain on the cost of nitrogen? You can always store the nitrogen safely away from the other animals.
Are you saying that you let the mice outside of a cage or tank with the reptile, where it can choose to run away if not caught or do you mean a larger enclosed space? Also a mouse can inflict a nasty bite on a reptile when cornered, so that puts the other animal at risk for injury or infection also, mind you baby mice don't have much of a chance. If you care about any of your mice, you have to ask yourself how can you choose which are the nice ones to keep and which ones to condemn. >.<
(No Subject) Posted: couple of minutes ago
I run a boarding ranch and have chosen not to let toxic chemicals such as the nitrogen lay around my ranch. I do repsect your opinion but that is quite enough all ready. The mice have a fair chance and I along with my vet, agree that it is the circle of life. Thank you
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This guy just doesn't get the fact that his rat cage is too small for his pet rats! >:/|
This guy http://www.furaffinity.net/user/werelast/ just doesn't seem to get the fact that his pet rats need a larger cage! Here is his posting of his pets in their cage with the photo. http://www.furaffinity.net/full/6243513/
He should look at Mainely Rat Rescue's example of why rats need a spacious cage!
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Lan and Thom together|
Here are both of my rats, Lan and Thom laying together in my room. They are at that age where they wrestle with each other all the time but every once in awhile they get tuckered out and give me peace of mind (and great photo ops.)
Also I have had a close eye on them since the cetaphil incident but both have been bouncing around like nothing happened since then. You crazy rats!
Photo and Concern|
A new rat photo, this time it is my other rat, Lan.
Also on a related note, I was cleaning out under my bed today and found this:
Cetaphil, a lotion for dry skin. Chewed open, some of it's contents possibly eaten? It's hard to tell, but I have no idea which rat ate it, how much and how long ago. I haven't been through the stuff under my bed in at least a week so it could have been some time, then again it could have been today as well. Should I be concerned or seek medical attention?
I am in a photography class at my college this summer, I recently had to buy an expensive camera. It was painful for my wallet, but at the same time I am happy to have a nice camera....after all, I can use it to take really nice pictures of my babies like this one.
This is one of my two rats, Thom...who is a rex-y haired dumbo that I love.
People who abandon or throw away their pets don't deserve to live!!! >:/|
Read the stories of these two poor animals up for adoption at the Humane Society. :-(
"Hello, my name is Kelly. I am a young, female Hooded Rat. I was transferred here from another shelter in April after being found as a stray, and I have a really sad story to tell. When I was found outside, I was found with my 3 sisters who had passed away. It looked like we had all been thrown over a balcony and I'm the only one who survived. Miraculously, I am uninjured and very healthy. However, I am nervous because of my past experiences and will need a little extra TLC from my forever family, so I can feel safe and confident once more. If you think you could give a second chance to a poor little girl like me, please come and ask about me in the Special Species Department. I'm waiting for you."
"Hello, my name is Benji. I am a male rat. I was transferred here from another shelter after I had been found as a stray outside. I am one of the friendliest boys you'll ever meet, and I'm super-handsome too! If you think you've got the right home for me, please come and see me in the Special Species room. I can't wait to go home!"
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If you use live traps you should practice catch and release!|
It makes me sad that there are people who use live traps but don't practice catch and release. If you plan to kill the animal in the first place, please use a snap trap! The excuse of "I caught it for my landlord and she will decided to either give it away to a Wildlife Center or have it killed if they wont take it". How lame that you did not have a backbone to just take the poor animal far away outside to release it!
*edit The person has finally decided to do the right thing and let the mouse go outside in a forest nearby. At least it will have a chance to live. =^.^=
Some small pets miraculously survived after the big storm in Alabama!|
This is both a sad and happy story, because pets were both lost and found after the wreckage from the terrible storm over a small animal rescue in Alabama.
Posted May 1, 2011 by dianastaresinicdeane in Uncategorized. Tagged: Alabama, Guinea Pigs, Marsha Weaver, rats, Tornadoes, Weather. 13 Comments
This is a story of miracles and heartbreak, joy and sadness. This is the story of the Weavers and the Weaver critters, who rode out one of the fierce Alabama tornadoes that touched down on April 27.
The Weavers lived in a pretty house in Alabama, a single-story home with enough room for a family of four, a dog, eight guinea pigs, ten rats, and a variety of critters who were lucky enough to be fostered by the Weavers while waiting for the right forever home.
The Weaver's Alabama home, this past winter. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Marsha Weaver, a skilled craftswoman who dedicated her abilities to creating beautiful beds and hidey places for little critters, shared her sewing room with her guinea pigs and rats. Marsha sewed products for her shop, The Cozy Cavy, while the Weaver Pigs and the Weaver Ratties kept her company.
The Sewing Room and Little Critter Hub at the Weaver House. Look carefully - you can see guinea pigs in the cages, some pulling hay out of their haylofts. Marsha's sewing machines are in the background. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
There was almost no warning. The April 27 storm moved in to the Weaver neighborhood almost before it was reported. As the skies grew frighteningly dark and the rain pounded the roof, Marsha ushered her children and Shelby, the family dog, into the hallway. Her husband, Doug, skirted through the front door moments later. Before she could decide what to do about the littlest family members, the house began to shake. The house fell in, then pieces flew in the air. The Weavers felt the pull of the storm. Shelby, hovering off the floor, was anchored to her humans by her collar. It lasted for only moments; it lasted forever.
During a brief lull in the storm, they rose out of the wreckage and fled. Injured. Barefoot. Scared.
As reported in Friday’s post, Marsha, her daughter, and Shelby the dog suffered the greatest injuries. Marsha and her daughter were admitted to a nearby hospital. Shelby, whose face was severely injured by flying debris, endured four layers of stitches, administered by a vet working by flashlight.
Despite having their own injuries to tend to, the Weavers were heartsick over their littlest critters. Maybe, just maybe, some of them might have survived. Doug, the healthiest of the bunch, made his first search of the debris field that was once their home.
He found Emma, alive, hiding under a piece of Marsha’s fleece fabric.
Emma, the first guinea pig to be found alive after the tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Finding Emma alive brought the entire Weaver family hope. The members of the GuineaLynx community cheered. Thank God, we all said collectively. If there is one, there might be more. This sweet little sow who bossed the other girls around had beaten the odds.
When daylight broke, Doug got his first good look at the rubble that was once their home.
The remains of the Weavers' Alabama home, after the tornado. Photo by Steve Weaver.
Pieces of their home and pieces of their lives were scattered all over the neighborhood. Marsha’s extensive collection of fabric hung from tree branches like the tattered flags. He had found one pet alive. There might be more. He began to search.
By now, thousands of people, many of whom had never heard of the Weavers before, were following their story. Fingers crossed, prayers said, tears shed, well-wishers worried over the Weavers and their pets. The situation was made all the more agonizing as communication was delayed by spotty phone service and dying cell phone batteries.
The search continued as the Weavers and fellow rescuers sifting through the detritus.
Three more guinea pigs and three rats were found alive and relatively healthy, though scared and hungry. These little critters had taken shelter wherever they could find it, even in the branches and under the roots of fallen trees.
Holly, one of the newest Weaver Pigs, was found safe and sound. So was adorable but naughty little Allie-Belle, and Jasmine, a sweet little girl who found her way to the Weaver home through the Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue.
Holly, a guinea pig, was found alive after the April 27 tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Allie-Belle, a guinea pig, was found alive after the April 27 tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Jasmine, a guinea pig found alive after the April 27 tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Three of Marsha’s ratties, LuLu, Samantha, and Makayla, were also found, hungry and scared, but otherwise in good condition.
LuLu, a Weaver rat, was found alive after the tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Samantha, one of the Weaver rats, was found alive after the tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Makayla, one of the Weaver rats, was discovered alive after the tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Seven of the Weaver Pigs and Rats were healthy and accounted for, but the day was not without heartbreak. Hopkins, a senior at six years old, was critically injured. He was rushed to a vet, who humanely helped the poor old guinea pig earn his wings. Natasha, the Weavers’ nine-year-old granny pig, had also succumbed to the storm. Three rats – Annie, Devon, and Victoria – perished. The remains of two other pets – one guinea pig, one rat – could not be identified. One guinea pig and four rats were still missing.
Then another miracle: Wesley, an elderly three-year-old rat, was found, but traumatized and injured. He was not expected to make it through the night, but surprised everyone as he continued to fight for his life.
Wesley, a three-year-old rat, survived the storm. He is in critical condition. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
Marsha was released from the hospital and joined her husband in the careful search. Meanwhile, news of the Weavers’ tragedy rippled through the communities of guinea pig owners, Cozy Cavy customers, and numerous small animal rescue organizations. Contributions poured in through the Sponsor a Guinea Pig web site, reaching $8,000 Saturday morning. Jubilation over the miracles was tempered by grief for the losses. Yet, the Weavers’ vet was so hopeful, she joined the search for the remaining missing animals.
Saturday morning, another miracle was announced. Another rattie, Olivia, had been found, scared and thirsty, but healthy.
Olivia, another Weaver Rat, was discovered more than 48 hours after the tornado. Photo by Marsha Weaver.
As the Weavers sorted through the remnants of their home, the mailman came. He noted the missing mailbox, then the missing house, then hand-delivered the mail to the Weavers. Another miracle.
One guinea pig and two of the Weaver Rats were still unaccounted for. All five of the foster rats were also missing, with no signs of them or their cage.
Marsha’s daughter, whose shoulder was broken and lung was punctured, was released from the hospital. Another miracle.
Throughout the entire ordeal, the GuineaLynx community remained glued to their computers and phones and iPads. The very few text messages that could work their way through the spotty cellular coverage offered Marsha and her family everyone’s love and support. We were so happy she had so many little critters left to cuddle, and glad that she at least knew others were at peace. We cried for those lost, we cried for those still missing.
Deep down, we knew such tragedy could have happened to any of us. We cuddled our own critters extra tight.
Unfortunately, the Weavers’ story is not unique. Many, many people across the south, and especially in Alabama, were devastated by the tornadoes on April 27. Many pets are out there, injured and scared, looking for owners; many owners are out there, injured and scared, looking for pets. Many rescues and organizations are posting information about lost and found pets and ways to give or receive assistance through a special facebook page.
And while there wasn’t enough time for the Weavers to fully engage in an emergency plan, their story made the rest of us pet owners realize how important it is to have one. FEMA offers some basic ideas for how to develop one.
For the Weavers, the story is just beginning. And as I posted on Friday, despite the horrible loss, there is hope. There are amazing people in the world who will reach out and help others in need. And there are little miracles.
Special thanks to Marsha’s sister, Marie, who joined the GuineaLynx community to keep Marsha’s GL friends updated on the search and recovery process. This post would not have been possible without her.
To help out donations can be made here http://sponsoraguineapig.blogspot.com/2011/04/for-month-of-may.html
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Man infests competing pizza shops by letting loose mice from pet store|
Cruel bastard tries to infest pizza shops on purpose by bringing bags of mice into the shops and letting them go. I'm glad he was caught and charged!
US man accused of pizzeria 'mouse sabotage' attempt
Police said the mice found in a bag concealed in a pizzeria had been purchased at a pet shop
A pizzeria owner in Pennsylvania sought to sabotage competing shops by infesting them with mice, police say.
Nikolas Galiatsatos has been charged with animal cruelty and other offences in Upper Darby, near Philadelphia.
He was arrested after officers found a man had stuffed a sack containing live mice into the space above a ceiling panel in a pizzeria bathroom.
Investigators said Mr Galiatsatos, 47, had been grappling with a mouse problem in his own shop, Nina's Bella Pizzeria. Of mice and men
"We have never had anything like this where mice have been used as an instrument of crime," Upper Darby Police Supt Michael Chitwood told reporters.
"This is food terrorism by mice."
According to local media reports, on Monday a man walked into Verona Pizza in the suburban town and asked to use the bathroom.
The owner then saw footprints on the toilet and noticed a ceiling panel had been disturbed. Above the panel, the owner found a bag.
Fearing the bag contained drugs, he turned it over to two police officers who happened to be eating lunch there. In the bag were three white mice, Supt Chitwood said.
Police watched the same man walk across the street to Uncle Nick's Pizza, dropping a bag into the rubbish there. In the bag, police found five live mice and one dead one.
On Monday afternoon Mr Galiatsatos remained in police custody, the Associated Press reported. He has not commented on the charges.
Police said the mice had been purchased from a pet store.
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A classic forgotten animated film|
I saw a link posted to this movie on an art forum by someone nicknamed Ribnose, and it's of an old animated story about a two-part clockwork mouse and his son toy. Peter Ustinov voices one of the rats in the film named Manny the Rat.
Current Mood: nostalgic
Mouse homes created out of tennis balls in the UK|
Newport reserve creates mice 'homes' from tennis ballshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-e
Newport reserve managers have to wait to see if their 'homes' are occupied by mice
When it comes to a new des res, they're sure to be all the rage at a Newport nature reserve.
For the discerning harvest mouse is, apparently, choosey when it comes to finding a new home.
So volunteers have been creating high rise homes among reed beds - in tennis balls mounted on sticks.
"We can't wait to discover if the experiment has been successful," said Kevin Dupe, manager at Newport Wetlands national nature reserve.
Nature lovers donated dozens of balls after the RSPB and the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) put out the call earlier this summer.
Children create the 'homes', adding hay as a house-warming present
Tennis ball homes have become a tried and tested method of helping the mammals, which have declined in the last 30 years, partly blamed on the changes in farming.
They're being used for the first time at the reserve which is run by the CCW and it is hoped that the new tennis ball accommodation could help numbers increase.
Staff will find out in the autumn if the new homes have become occupied once the breeding season has come to an end.
Mr Dupe said: "We want to say a huge thank you to all the people who sent in balls, we had no idea we would get so many."
Children from the reserve's Wildlife Explorer Group create small entrance holes and stuff them with hay, with each one being sprinkled with birdseed.
*This story was linked to me by my friend Paul from the U.K.
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These aren't wild rats! >:/|
Those are Pink Eyed White domestic rats! They should be checked up by vets to make sure that they are not ill, then looked after before being put up for adoption! They are not wild! I am going to message my friend Diane Neesom who runs Rattie Ratz rescue in San Jose to see if she can help out! Allot of other people are speaking out as well and shelters are stepping forth to help out.
Rats Still Infest Las Cruces House of Horrors
By Bob Grotenhuis - Producer
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 7:22pm
Las Cruces - Big rats still infest a house of horrors in Las Cruces.
Their filth covers the home from floor to ceiling.
Some even gorged on dogs in the home.
Dozens more rats were taken from the home today and brought to the animal shelter.
That brings the total number of rats trapped to 240.
100 rats are still believed to be inside the home.
Neighbors say they cannot believe they lived so close to such filth...
"Pretty gross man. Like I said, I just found out about it today when I was going to my doctor's appointment and the lady told me about my street. I was pretty shocked and I said 'what'?"
The rats were found by paramedics earlier this week while rescuing the renter of the house who had fallen.
The executive director of the animal shelter says the rats will be destroyed on Monday.
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Rat owner in Alberta has to send her rat out of the province to a new home in BC|
This old law about not being able to keep pet rats in Alberta is rediculous! There were native rats there long before settlers arrived!
Unwelcome Alberta rat deported to B.C.
Matilda was just a newcomer to Alberta, but the rat quickly found herself on the wrong side of the law and could have paid the ultimate price.
The rat belonged to a family who just moved to Calgary and was unaware of Alberta's 60-year-old ban on rats.
"No rats, no how, no way," said Bill Bruce, director of Calgary's animal and bylaw services.
After hearing about the province's strictly enforced rodent policy — which requires rats to be euthanized — the owners turned Matilda in.
"Matilda came to us as a surrender. They turned it in because they wanted to be law abiding. So the person did the right thing," said Bruce.
But Matilda has been spared the usual fate, thanks to a little networking with neighbouring B.C., a province that has not banned rats.
"Fortunately, the staff took a little bit of a liking to her and made some contact in British Columbia with a rescue that had the capacity to take her," said Bruce.
No crime committed
Added Dr. Marta Alguacil, a veterinarian with Calgary's animal and bylaw services: "There is really no reason to put her down. Her only crime is being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Alberta has jealously guarded its rat-free status for 60 years. Alberta has jealously guarded its rat-free status for 60 years. (CBC)
Matilda flew to Vancouver on Friday aboard a WestJet flight, escorted by an anonymous donor who paid for the trip.
The animal will spend three weeks in quarantine under the care of Little Mischief Rescue.
The organization has saved 402 rats from all over Canada since it started operating three years ago, said spokeswoman Teresa Zurberg, who insists that rats make good pets.
"They are very smart, very clean. You can train them," she said. "Rats are ticklish. You can actually tickle a rat."
Once Matilda gets a clean bill of health, she will be moving in with her new adoptive family and another rat named Batman.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/04/16/calgary-rat-matilda-vancouver-rescue.html#ixzz0lL1EkHum
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Rat diet, foods that are good and bad for your pet rat|
I thought I'd throw up a good article that The Rat Lady wrote on foods that are good and bad for your rat.
Taken from her page here: http://www.ratfanclub.org/diet.html
Rat Health Food
by Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun
Rats have nutritional requirements that are very different from dogs or cats, and are more similar to that of humans. But rats still need a diet specially formulated for them. Please note that I do not believe “Sue Bee’s Rat Diet” advertised on the internet is a nutritionally complete diet for rats. If you want to give your rats a homemade diet, please see my recipe below.
Also, please note that the Regal Rat Oxbow rat diet is designed only for adult rats. Female rats tend to reach most of their physical growth at 6 months, but males not until 8 months or longer. Personally I would not give unspayed females the Oxbow diet, because a diet higher in soybean meal helps to prevent mammary tumors. And I would not use the Oxbow diet for males until they are at least a year old.
Like most animals, rats can make all the vitamin C they need inside their body. Guinea pigs and primates are the only mammals that must get their vitamin C from food. But extra vitamin C might be good for rats. It’s a myth that rats must eat hard foods to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Healthy rats grind their teeth together to keep them the proper length and sharpness.
Rats have a flap in their stomach that covers the esophagus and prevents both vomiting and burping. For this reason, wild rats are very hesitant to try a new food in case it's poisonous. They nibble a little bit and wait; if they feel sick they associate it with the taste of the last new food they tried and avoid it in the future. This behavior is very adaptive for an animal that will try to eat almost anything, but who can’t vomit up bad food. Domestic rats aren’t quite as wary of new foods and soon learn to try any foods you offer them.
A Nutritious Diet
Rats, like people, are omnivorous which means they eat both plants and animals. Wild rats eat nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables, fruits, insects, worms, eggs, dead animals, and even frogs, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals that they catch and kill. This means they are partially predatory and have a high requirement for some nutrients that are most abundant from animal sources. This predatory nature is why rats are so smart! Rats do not need a salt lick. They get all the salt they need from their diet. Salt licks are only needed by strict herbivores.
The generic “rodent mixes” containing grains and seeds sold in bulk in pet shops do not even come close to providing all the nutrition rats need. Packaged mixes which are fortified with vitamins and minerals are better, but often rats will only eat their favorite pieces. Rat blocks specially made for rats are a complete diet. Soy products help prevent mammary tumors and decrease pain perception so I recommend rats blocks that have soybean meal as one of the first three ingredients for unspayed female rats. The soybean meal is not as beneficial for male rats, and it looks like now that low-protein blocks (14% protein) are better for older males.
Even though rats blocks are a complete food, they are processed, and I believe fresh foods are important. If you feed your rats blocks, or a fortified mix, they should be 80% of their diet and fresh fruits and vegies the other 20%. If rat blocks are your rat’s basic diet they should be given free-choice. I recommend offering the blocks in the Lixit FoodHopper.
Feeding healthy treats to your rats can help create a stronger bond between you. But if you give your rats a treat every time you see him, they might start grabbing your fingers even if you don’t have food. Tell your rats when you have food by saying “treat” first. That way they will know when you have food, and when you just want to play. Junk food is as bad for rats as it is for people. Rats who eat a proper diet and stay slim are healthier and live longer. Check the labels on commercial treats and avoid those that contain sugar and fat.
There is evidence that environmental color can influence metabolism and weight in rodents. A high school science project found that when mouse cages were surrounded with yellow paper, the mice ate more but lost weight, while when surrounded with blue paper they ate less but gained weight. Try decorating your rat room with lots of yellow!
Homemade Rat Diet
This is the most recent version of my homemade diet. Please note that there are some supplements that have been added since I first published it.
I worked hard to formulate this homemade diet which meets the requirements set for rats by the National Research Council. Because my diet contains only fresh foods I feel that it’s the best diet for rats. It takes only a little more time to prepare than the blocks with fresh foods. If you wish you can also feed a mix of my homemade diet and blocks. Even if you don’t want to make the whole diet, it will give you ideas for the best fruits and veggies to supplement your rats’ commercial diet.
All the foods in this diet contain valuable nutrients or cancer-prevention compounds, or both! Each rat has his or her own preferences, and not every rat will like every food in this diet at first. However, you must follow the diet closely for it to be balanced (see menu note). Most rats will eventually come to like most foods if they are given enough time. If your rat doesn’t like raw vegies, you can cook them lightly. The beans and sweet potato must be cooked. Purple grapes have more cancer-prevention phytochemicals than green grapes.
You might have to buy some of the ingredients for the molasses mix at a health food store. You can use any type of cooked dry beans (such as pinto beans) in the diet (canned is fine). Give a variety of different beans to take advantage of their different nutrients. My rats love garbanzo beans.
You can use canned or fresh sweet potato (yams) cooked in the microwave. You can also microwave pre-sliced liver; you don’t need to add oil. Then cut the liver into serving sizes and freeze individually. Or you can offer freeze-dried liver. You can also freeze oysters spread on a cookie sheet, then store in a container. Frozen foods are as nutritious as fresh as long as you use them before they get “freezer burn,” so you can use frozen fruits, beans, vegies, etc.
My homemade diet is not vegetarian, because rats are not naturally vegetarian, and I believe a diet is most healthy when it most closely matches an animal’s natural diet. However, if you feel strongly that you want to feed your rats a vegetarian diet, you must add 5 mg of copper (for example, as copper sulfate) to the molasses mix for adults. For babies, you must add 10 mg of copper.
The serving sizes are for a 1-lb. rat. If your rat is smaller or larger, you should adjust the portions accordingly. This diet is for adult rats. For babies offer adult portions and let them eat as much as they want. Babies need additional amounts of either liver or oysters, as they have a higher requirement for copper, and these are the main sources. Give them the liver or oysters four times a week until they are 4-6 months old.
Homemade Rat Diet Recipe
all foods raw unless otherwise indicated
(t=teaspoon, T=tablespoon, g=gram, mg=milligram, mcg=microgram)
about 3 T molasses mix (see recipe)
one serving of fruit (see menu)
2-3 servings of vegetables (see menu)
Twice a week (see menu)
1 serving cooked beef liver (organic is best) or canned oysters
cooked beans (2 t, use a variety of types)
cooked sweet potato (3/4" cube)
broccoli floret (1 1/2" across (cooked or raw)
leafy greens (about 2" square)
other veggies (1" cube)
cooked beef liver (1" X 3/4" X 1/4")
canned oysters (one average)
fruits (1/2" cube)
Recipe for Molasses Mix
(will last two rats about a week depending on size--for more than two rats, you can multiply the recipe)
1500 mg calcium from chewable tablets or liquid calcium with vitamin D
2000 mcg chromium picolinate (yes, 2000 mcg is correct, the dose is based on their metabolism, not their weight)
250 mcg vitamin B12
40 mg manganese (from capsules)
3/4 C Total cereal
1 lb packaged (not bulk) soft tofu
4 t shelled raw sunflower seeds
1 T flax seeds
3 T raw oatmeal
4 t pearled barley
4 t millet
3 T cooked brown rice
4 T toasted wheat germ
2 1/4 T nutritional yeast flakes (5.6 g)
2 T blackstrap (dark or full flavor) molasses
Soak the chromium picolinate, calcium, and B12 tablets in a tiny bit of water and when soft, crush. Coarsely crush the Total in a plastic bag. Mash the tofu in a bowl. Add all ingredients together with warm molasses and mix thoroughly. Store covered in the refrigerator or freezer.
The oysters or liver, beans, sweet potato, brocolli, kale, and bok choy are required. (If bok choy isn’t available, substitute brocolli or collard greens.) The other vegies and fruits can be substituted with others if you like.
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
berries banana grape/raisin melon prune/plum banana apple
kale broccoli bok choy broccoli kale broccoli bok choy
sprouts tomato parsley corn squash peas carrot
beans sweet potato beans liver/oysters beans sweet potato liver/oysters
For Outside the USA
I’ve been informed that Total cereal may not be available outside the U.S. In this case, you’ll need to grind up a child's chewable vitamin/mineral tablet (be sure it contains minerals, and not just vitamins), for children 2-4 years, and add to the molasses mix recipe. Any brand is fine as they all must meet standards, but try not to use those containing sorbitol, which is a synthetic sweetener that rats hate.
Suggested Additional Treats
If your rat eats all the regular diet and is still hungry you can give them any healthy table scraps available. A wide variety of foods is recommended in a healthy diet. Cooked bones of all types (even poultry bones) are great treats for rats, but be sure you have at least one for each rat because they will fight over them! Another occasional treat relished by rats are nuts in the shell. Chewing into Brazil nuts and hazelnuts gives them a particularly good workout!
Foods With Some Special Properties
These foods help to prevent strokes! Recommended for older rats or those with a family history of strokes: celery, prunes, parsley , oranges (no orange juice for males).
These foods have some antibiotic properties: banana, prunes/plums, garlic, tea, eggplant, raspberries, onion, mustard.
These foods may have some anti-virus properties: cranberries, prunes/plums, strawberries, onion.
These foods are good for arthritis: clove, dates, ginger, garlic.
Generally, if you would eat a food, you can give it to your rats. Here are some exceptions and notables:
raw dry beans or peanuts—contains antinutrients that destroy vitamin A and enzymes needed to digest protein and starches, and causes red blood cells to clump
raw sweet potato—contains compounds that form cyanide in the stomach
green bananas—inhibits starch-digesting enzymes
green potato skin and eyes—contain solanine, a toxin
wild insects—can carry internal parasites and diseases
raw bulk tofu—can contain bacteria; packaged raw tofu is safe
orange juice—forbidden for male rats only, d-limonene in the skin oil, which gets into the orange juice during squeezing, can cause kidney damage and kidney cancer due to a protein that only male rats have in their kidneys. Pieces of the orange fruit are okay if you wash the orange-skin oil off of it after peeling it.
Foods to Feed with Caution
carbonated beverages—rats can’t burp (but they can fart!)
Dried corn can contain high levels of fungal contaminates which has been shown to cause liver cancer in rats. Corn also contains high levels of both nitrates and amines. These two compounds can combine in the stomach to form nitrosamines which are carcinogenic. Other foods high in nitrates include beets, celery, eggplant, lettuce, cucumber, radishes, spinach, collards and turnip greens. Therefore, I suggest you limit the amount of these foods in your rat’s diet. Some fresh corn is fine, but if you feed your rats blocks, try to avoid brands which have corn as the first ingredient.
Spoiled or moldy food can contain deadly toxins. Never give nuts, grains, vegies or other food that looks or smells odd or spoiled. Don’t buy too much food ahead. Molds can grow even in sealed plastic bags. When cutting up veggies, cut off the dried part that has been exposed from previous cutting and throw it away. If you see mold growing on a food, throw the whole thing away. Do not attempt to cut away the moldy section. Invisible mold filaments penetrate deep into the food.
Pesticides on Produce
The Environmental Working Group compiled the following information from FDA and EPA data.
On average, rinsing with water will remove about one third of surface pesticides. Using soap, scrubbing, or peeling will further reduce the pesticide levels. Many pesticides, however, are absorbed by the plant or penetrate the surface of the fruit or vegetable. Where peeling is feasible, such as with apples and peaches, you end up throwing out some of the nutrients with the peel (although rats tend not to eat the peel anyway.)
In the US, the produce with the most and most toxic pesticides are: strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, peaches, cantaloupe grown in Mexico, celery, apples, apricots, green beans, grapes grown in Chile, and cucumbers.
To avoid pesticides, it’s a good idea to avoid these commercially grown foods, or at least limit them in your rat’s (and your) diet. Buy organic versions instead. To avoid foreign cantaloupe and grapes, only buy these items from May-December when they are in season here in the US.
If you are feeding your rats my homemade rat diet, in the winter and spring buy watermelon instead of cantaloupe, or give another type of fruit, and give raisins instead of grapes.
The produce with the least pesticides are: avocados, corn, onions, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, grapes grown in the US, bananas, plums, green onions, watermelon, and broccoli.
One source of toxins that’s often overlooked is tap water. If your tap water is fluorinated, DO NOT give it to your rats! Fluorine can cause brain damage in rats. Instead give them bottled water, but investigate the quality of the brand you choose. Some bottled waters are nothing more than tap water! Chlorine is also toxic (There is evidence that chlorinated water raises the risk of miscarriage in women in the first trimester!) If your tap water is chlorinated, buy a filter that removes chlorine (such as Britta or Pur) and only give your rats filtered water.
Even if your tap water comes from a well, lead leaches into the water from some pipes and all faucets. To reduce the amount of lead, run the water for a while, preferable until it becomes cold, which means it’s coming straight from the well, before filling your rats’ water bottles. Never use hot water from the tap for cooking or drinking because hot water contains more lead.
It’s a good idea to clean the water bottle out with a bottle brush every few days. Use a tiny brush or cotton swab to clean the sipper tube. You should also keep track of the level in the bottle so you can make sure your rats are getting water. Sometimes, the ball bearing in the sipper tube gets stuck and blocks the flow of water. I like glass water bottles better than plastic ones because some plastics can leach into the water. Hard plastic bottles are better than soft ones.
Low Sodium Diet
For certain health problems, notably congestive heart failure, a low sodium diet will be beneficial. The best low sodium diet is rat blocks. Fresh fruits and vegies are okay, but don’t give any canned foods. Check the label on frozen foods and only use those that do not list salt as an ingredient. Don’t give any dairy products, baked goods, processed cereals or foods, or salted foods. Give distilled water only.
What is your opinion on this?|
"I am making my own snake food because lets face it its way cheaper and is more healthy" - MarjoryWarrenne
Posted: 9 months ago
Don't own a snake if it bothers you that much. That'd be nice. Since it clearly doesn't, my point is... Don't post pictures of rats on fucking furaffininty, where people who really like a certain animal will probably look said animal up, and talk about how you keep them solely to farm their babies and then put them in a freezer to die a slow, terrible death.
It's called tact. Especially since rat lovers get enough of this shit...everywhere else on the fucking planet."
and her reply to a commenter was
Posted: 9 months ago
just because of this next time i feed the snake i will take pictures and post them! "
Why do people post pics of their rats if they don't even care about them? Sure she's keeping the momma and three babies, but only to breed more babies for snake food?
"My pet snake was bitten very, very bad all over by a rat. What should I do?
I have a full grown Ball Python. For the last few months I have had trouble feeding him & actually had to dispose of a few rats because of this. When feeding him I usually keep a very close eye on him because of the danger he puts himself in by not eating. Last night he acted as if he were going to eat, snapping at the rat. I needed to get in the shower to get ready for work the next day. By the time I got back down stairs to check on him the rat had attacked him taking large patches of flesh away in several large areas. He looks very, very bad & I don't know what to do for him. Can anyone give me advice on what I should do? He is alive & doesn't appear to be in pain, but there is no way he's not. It looks very, very bad!" - M Beast
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This person doesn't deserve to keep pets!|
I hope that bad karma comes back to bite this arrogant person who deems it's okay to punish "bad pets" because she deems them so by their behaviour. She buys two mice as pets and then places two males in the same tank, when they fight she takes the aggressor and says that it's right to life is forfeit because it's a "douche", so now it gets to be snake food as punishment. In my opinion people like her don't deserve to have pets! >:/
The mouse on the left in the pic according to her is the "bad" pet that deserves to be snake food. -.-
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An amusing rat costuming video :-D|
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All I want is a room somewhere...|
Hi everyone, new member here.
I'm in Toronto, Canada, and my boyfriend and I already have two lovely male rats, and we are planning to get two more in May. For this, we need a much larger cage, and we figured on spending about $200. I've heard so many good things about Martin's Cages, so we decided to order an R-695. We placed the order last night, and with shipping, it came to $203, which was fine, until this morning when I received an e-mail saying that, whoopsidoodle, actually they couldn't ship by USPS anymore, so they shipping charge on the order was wrong, and the actual total was something like $260!
I told them I will have to speak to my boyfriend first, but that is way more than we were planning to spend, so I figured I'd ask on here if anyone knows a good place in Toronto where we could get a good quality cage big enough for four rats, or if there are any recommendations for rat-appropriate cages that one could find at the local PetSmart or PJ's?
Thank you very much in advance!
Info about head tilting in rodents, what causes and how it's treated|
I just wanted to leave a link to some info on Torticollis aka head tilting, which is an affliction that can affect pet rodents. Now as I understand it the major causes of head tilting can be due to either a tumor pressing against the Pituitary gland, an inner ear infection or a stroke. The latter two causes are a little less severe and can be treatable, with Metacam as an anti-inflamatory and an antibotic such as Baytril to treat a possible ear infection before more damage can be done to the pet's inner ear. It is important to get your pet to a vet at the first signs of head tilting to improve the possible chances of recovery. Anyway the reason why I thought to mention this is because one of my mice is recovering from head tilting, and I took her to the vet and he told me to put her on Baytril and Metacam. Since then she has improved 75% :-)
Anyway here are a few links to questions and answers that I found posted on the net about the illness.
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I have recently aquired a spiny mouse male, that we named Dexter. He is very friendly and sweet. We also have a 3 month old african soft furred rat. They are about the same age and size. Desmond our rat, is also a male. What are the chances of introducing them as cage mates? Desmond was raised with fancy mice and is extremely docile and sweet. He actually would help care for baby mice. Both are excellent temperments. I am thinking of slow introductions through cage bars, etc. Does anyone have any experience with these types of mixed intros? I'd sure like to know and helpful tips ad we do not want either of these boys hurt, but we don't want them living solitary lives either.
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Black Velvet Fanlisting|
I recently made a fanlisting for one of my favourite colouration of chinchilla, Black Velvet. If you are also a fan of these beauties, please do consider joining and showing your love!
Inquisitive - The Black Velvet Chinchillas Fanlisting
"What is a fanlisting?" some of you might ask? A detailed desciption can be found here: http://thefanlistings.org/tfl101.php But mainly, it's just for fun and to create a small dedication to something you like!
New members would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time!
Giant rat found in Papua, New Guinea|
Thanks to http://matthiasrat.livejournal.com for pointing this out!
A new species of giant rat has been discovered deep in the jungle of Papua New Guinea.
The rat, which has no fear of humans, measures 82cm long, placing it among the largest species of rat known anywhere in the world.
The creature, which has not yet been formally described, was discovered by an expedition team filming the BBC programme Lost Land of the Volcano.
It is one of a number of exotic animals found by the expedition team.
Like the other exotic species, the rat is believed to live within the Mount Bosavi crater, and nowhere else.
"This is one of the world's largest rats. It is a true rat, the same kind you find in the city sewers," says Dr Kristofer Helgen, a mammalogist based at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History who accompanied the BBC expedition team.
Initially, the giant rat was first captured on film by an infrared camera trap, which BBC wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan set up in the forest on the slopes of the volcano.
The expedition team from the BBC Natural History Unit recorded the rat rummaging around on the forest floor, and were awed by its size.
Immediately, they suspected it could be a species never before recorded by science, but they needed to see a live animal to be sure.
Then trackers accompanying the team managed to trap a live specimen.
"I had a cat and it was about the same size as this rat," says Buchanan.
The trapped rat measured 82cm in length from its nose to its tail, and weighed approximately 1.5kg.
It had a silver-brown coat of thick long fur, which the scientists who examined it believe may help it survive the wet and cold conditions that can occur within the high volcano crater. The location where the rat was discovered lies at an elevation of over 1,000m.
Initial investigations suggest the rat belongs to the genus Mallomys, which contains a handful of other out-sized species.
It has provisionally been called the Bosavi woolly rat, while its scientific name has yet to be agreed.
The giant rat was first sighted using an infrared camera trap
Other rodents, the group of animals that includes rats, grow to a bigger size.
For example, the largest rodent of all is the capybara, which lives in or near freshwater in South America.
It can grow up to 130cm long and weigh up to 65kg.
The Philippines is also home to a few species of cloud rat which can reach over 2kg in weight.
Rattus, few can match the new species.
In 2007, an expedition to New Guinea led by Conservation International discovered another closely related giant woolly rat, which can weigh up to 1.4kg. It also belongs within the genus Mallomys.
However, that species lives in the Foja Mountains, part of the Mamberamo Basin.
Mount Bosavi, where the new rat was found, is an extinct volcano that lies deep in the remote Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The expedition team entered the crater to explore pristine forest, where few humans have set foot.
Even members of the Kasua tribe, who acted as trackers for the expedition, live outside the crater, which is 4km wide and has walls up to 1km high, trapping the creatures that live within.
The island which includes Papua New Guinea and New Guinea is famous for the number and diversity of the rats and mice that live there.
Over 57 species of true "Murid" rats and mice can be found on the island. The larger rats are often caught by hunters and eaten.
Broadcast of The Lost Land of the Volcano series will begin on BBC One on Tuesday 8 September at 2100 BST. The discovery of the Bosavi woolly rat is broadcast as part of the series on BBC One on Tuesday 22 September.
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Cute pic of rat holding teddy bear +^.^=|
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