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August 13th, 2018
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Dirty Chinese Restaurant was too lenient! How about Sickeningly Cruel Chinese Restaurant!!!
This article makes my blood boil! I hope these bastards die slowly in a fire for what they do to small animals! At the very least they should be locked up in tiny jail cells to never see the sunshine again!!!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3362448/Shocking-footage-reveals-rodents-boiled-alive-stripped-fur-turned-Chinese-RAT-KEBABS.html

Shocking footage reveals how rodents are boiled alive and stripped of their fur... to be turned into Chinese RAT KEBABS

The cruel video shows rats being boiled alive and then stripped of their fur
It shows the horrific process undertaken to prepare the rats for eating
Workers are first seen dunking the rats into a bucket of steaming hot water
They are then thrown onto the ground to be stripped of their fur by hand

By Corey Charlton for MailOnline

Published: 08:35 EDT, 16 December 2015 | Updated: 08:44 EDT, 16 December 2015

This shocking video shows rats being boiled alive and stripped of their fur by restaurant workers preparing them for food markets.

The creatures can be heard squealing during the cruel ordeal, while the workers, oblivious to the animals' pain, simply continue chatting and laughing.

Filmed in China, where people regularly eat rats as a snack or part of a wider meal, the footage has been viewed thousands of times since it was posted online.

The live rat is pulled from a cage by its tail before being submerged in a bucket of boiling hot water (pictured)




Others in the video - supposedly filmed in the back room of a restaurant in China - are seen pulling fur off of the boiled rats

The one minute-long video shows one man is tasked with pulling the live rats out of a cage. Holding a rat by the tail, he is filmed dunking it into a bucket water and swishing it around the steaming hot liquid.

Despite the creature's squeals, he then throws it onto the kitchen floor where it continues wriggling for several seconds.
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On the ground next to it lie six other dead rats and clumps of hair, while several people are seen furiously using their hands to strip other rats of their fur.

China's record on animal rights remains one of the worst in the world and the country is regularly the targeted by campaigners and political protesters.

Many farming techniques Europe is trying to eliminate, such as battery cages, are commonplace across the country.

For example, only in October - as it faced mounting pressure from campaign groups - did Tesco announce it would stop selling live turtles in its China stores.

The creatures, considered a delicacy across many parts of the country, were often packed alive and suffocated inside plastic bags or butchered in front of customers.

The retailer had been selling the live turtles since 2007, however the company said it stopped the trade because it was ‘not in line with our approach on animal welfare’.

Two UK-based groups Viva and One World Wildlife has been furiously campaigning for Tesco to stop the trade, which sourced the animals from farms in Dalian, in the country's north east.


A rat thrown onto the ground after being boiled alive is seen lying next to other creatures that have been stripped of their fur
August 10th, 2018
08:46 am
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How to keep your pet rats cool in the hot Summer weather!
http://aboutpetrats.com/summer-heat-cooling-off-pet-rats.html




Home » Care » Beat the Heat & Keep It Cool: Summertime Tips for Pet Rat Care

Beat the Heat & Keep It Cool: Summertime Tips for Pet Rat Care
Posted on July 1, 2016 by About Pet Rats in Care, Health, Safety


Protecting your rats from becoming overheated is a matter of life and death. Rats don't have sweat gland. Any excessive heat is dissipated through their tails. Some believe that longer tailed rats were born in hotter months since they needed more tail-surface to release the extra heat. In the wild, rats are nocturnal. They're more used to cooler weather rather than the full sun and heat.

How to tell if your pet rat is hot:

Excessive heat is released through the skin of pet rats’ tails

Besides simply feeling your rat’s body temperature, you’ll discover your rat has turned into a “pancake” if it’s too hot. By “pancake” I mean they literally flatten themselves out. Very similar to cats and dogs, your rat will stretch out and lie as elongated as possible on top of surfaces rather than inside any boxes, hanging beds or other hideouts. When hot, their tail will also be hot to the touch.

Pet rats should be kept in a room no warmer than 80°, preferably cooler. If you’re not sure of the temperature, place a thermometer in the room. Always keep your rats’ cage away from direct sunlight. Even in colder months, sunshine can heat up the cage making it uncomfortable.



How to keep your rats cool when the weather gets hot:

Close windows, drapes and blinds during the day
Freeze water in plastic water bottles or even plastic gallon jugs. These can be placed in the cage so that your rat can choose whether or not to lie next to or on top of the icy containers. When doing this, have two sets of plastic containers so that you always have a set of completely frozen ones in the freezer. This way you can easily replace the containers in the cage that have gotten so warm the water is no longer frozen.
Offer your rats cooling treats such as frozen peas, watermelon and cantaloupe. A fun game is “pea diving” which combines a frozen treat with water: Fill a glass casserole dish with about an inch of water. Place peas in the water and let your rats begin diving for peas.
Sprinkle your pet rats with water
Use a fan to keep the air circulating. However, your rats will only be cooled by the fan if they’ve been sprinkled with water. (Otherwise the fan will just be blowing warm air on them.)
If, the room temperature is over 80 degrees and/or if your rats appear uncomfortable, they need to be moved to a cooler spot. Smaller cages can be placed on the floor of the coolest room in your house. Oftentimes this will be a bathroom. If their cage is too big to move, use a small cat carrier to place them in the coolest possible place in your home or apartment.
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It’s too hot for Henderson to sleep inside his pirate ship. Instead, he’s decided to take a nap on deck.

If you aren’t able to control the temperature of the room in which your rats are housed when the weather gets hot, take them over to stay in a friend’s house that’s air conditioned.
Above all, never ever leave your rats inside a locked car in the summer. Despite parking in the shade, high temperatures will still increase quickly inside a car. This is true even if you’ve cracked the windows. If you need to take your rats with you, use a “stealth bag” and take them in with you rather than leaving them in the car. (For information on an ideal “stealth bag”, see On the Road with Rats.)



Signs of heatstroke:

Drooling
Open-mouthed breathing
Lethargy, weakness, reluctance to move, limp body

What to do in the event your rat experiences heatstroke:

Remove your rat from the hot area immediately, handling him or her as gently as possible. Begin cooling your rat by sprinkling water over his or her fur. You can also rub water onto your rat’s ears, hands and feet and tail.

Cooling off your rat must be done GRADUALLY to prevent further complications. If cooled off too quickly or if cooled too much, life-threatening conditions can result. Place your rat on a wet towel inside the carrier you use to take your rat to the vet.
cantaloupe

Cooling fruits (such as canteloupe) and frozen peas help alleviate the heat—as long as your rats are comfortably housed in a room 80° or, preferably, less.

Phone your vet to let them know you’re on your way and that your rat may have suffered from heat stroke. The reason it’s good to call first is 1) it gives your veterinarian a head’s up and 2) the technicians time to get all of the needed supplies and equipment ready.

Once you walk in the door, a veterinary technician, assistant or receptionist will have been alerted and will immediately take your rat to the treatment area. Usually fluids and possibly oxygen will be administered. Your veterinarian will want to keep your rat under observation for at least an hour in case further signs of damage appear and to make sure your rat recovers as fully as possible. Internal organs can be damaged and some symptoms may not appear right away. Once you bring your rat home, you’ll want to monitor closely and report any changes and concerns to your vet immediately.



Hopefully you'll avoid having your pet rats overheat by following the tips above for keeping your pet rat cool when the weather gets hot.
August 9th, 2018
02:34 pm
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How to Introduce a New Pet Rat
https://pethelpful.com/rodents/Introducing-a-New-Pet-Rat


PetHelpful»Rodents»Rats

How to Introduce a New Pet Rat
Updated on May 23, 2018
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Dreamhowl has worked in pet retail for over ten years. She has owned betta fish, dogs, fancy mice, fancy rats, hamsters, and more.


Learn the step-by-step introductory process along with tips and personal insight. | Source

Note that not all rats (whether male or female) will accept a cage mate. If a slow introduction does not improve their relationship or aggression, do not force it. Aggressive rats can cause serious harm if they view another rat as a threat.

Rats make great pocket-sized pets for people of all ages. Rats are social animals and thrive with companions in pairs or groups. This is easy when buying or adopting rats from the same litter that have already bonded. But creating friendships between new rats is not always simple. Rat owners sometimes need to introduce a new rat to an existing rat or group of rats. By following a step-by-step process, rats can be introduced safely and without injury.



We introduced Patches to a new rat so she wouldn't be lonely - rats love companions! | Source
1. Quarantine the new rat

You should keep the newly acquired rat in quarantine for one to two weeks to avoid the transfer of disease. Quarantine means keeping the new rat in its own cage in a separate room without contact with other rats. This means washing your hands after handling the new rat before handling other rats. You also should not swap out items from the new rat's cage with anything from the resident rat’s cage. Illness can spread through this sort of contact. If you have many rats, this could result in unexpected and undesired vet bills. Some signs of illness to watch out for include:

lack of energy
not eating or drinking
discharge around nose or eyes
noisy breathing
excess sneezing
excess scratching

During this time, you can still interact with your new rat, but keep an eye on their health. Is your newcomer’s nose wet, or crusted with red discharge? Rat noses are naturally dry, and wetness can be a sign of illness. Rats have sensitive respiratory systems and are prone to respiratory illness. An excess of red mucus around the nose and eyes may be a sign of stress, especially after moving to a new environment. But, red discharge can also signal illness if constantly present. Do not confuse the red mucus with blood, but keep an eye on it all the same.



We put Gadget - the newcomer - in a temporary cage while she bonded with Patches. | Source
2. Place the cages side by side

After quarantine, the next step is placing its cage side-by-side with the resident rat cage. The cages should be far enough apart that the rats cannot reach each other. This allows the rats to smell and see each other, becoming accustomed to each other. Sense of smell is a big deal to rats, and is much stronger than their eyesight. Rats have different personal scents, like any other animal. Female rats often “scent-mark” the cage, especially if another rat has urinated there. Sometimes rats will mark you because you smell like another rat!

Did you know that you can help introduce your rats by letting them run around in the other's cage? Letting each rat explore the other's smell helps familiarize the scent and helps them become friends!
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The rat cages should spend at least one week next to each other, every hour of every day. The rats need to become used to each other’s scents so the newcomer smells less like an impostor and more familiar. The rats should be curious about each other, sniffing and looking at each other. If one of your rats is showing aggressive behavior or hissing, proceed with caution. The rat may have an aggression toward other rats, and may be less likely to accept another cage mate.
3. Introduce them in neutral territory

A few days after placing their cages together, you can have a play date between your resident and new rats. The first introduction should take place in neutral territory to avoid territorial behavior. Neutral territory is a place where your resident rat or rats do not usually play. A common compromise is the bathtub, but can also be the bed, the couch, or anywhere that the rats do not hang out. The bathtub was the best neutral ground for us, and should be harder for the rats to escape from. When having a first play date, have something soft (like a towel) along the bottom of the tub. Place plenty of tempting treats in the middle for the rats to share. Rats love treats, and eating them together is a great way for them to bond!


There is a method on YouTube called The Glove Rat that helps when introducing new rats. It's great for when one or both rats seem jumpy, nervous or aggressive toward the other. In the video, a woman follows the rats around with a gloved hand while keeping close watch on their behavior. The goal is to deflect negative confrontation between the two rats, such as biting. If you get the sense that the rats are going to get into a fight, you place your gloved hand between them and break it up. The glove is there for your own protection, and makes the process feel less nerve-wracking.
See the Glove Rat in Action!



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PetHelpful»Rodents»Rats

How to Introduce a New Pet Rat
Updated on May 23, 2018
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Dreamhowl has worked in pet retail for over ten years. She has owned betta fish, dogs, fancy mice, fancy rats, hamsters, and more.
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Learn the step-by-step introductory process along with tips and personal insight.
Learn the step-by-step introductory process along with tips and personal insight. | Source

Note that not all rats (whether male or female) will accept a cage mate. If a slow introduction does not improve their relationship or aggression, do not force it. Aggressive rats can cause serious harm if they view another rat as a threat.

Rats make great pocket-sized pets for people of all ages. Rats are social animals and thrive with companions in pairs or groups. This is easy when buying or adopting rats from the same litter that have already bonded. But creating friendships between new rats is not always simple. Rat owners sometimes need to introduce a new rat to an existing rat or group of rats. By following a step-by-step process, rats can be introduced safely and without injury.
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It's important to introduce resident rats to new rats before housing them together.We introduced Patches to a new rat so she wouldn't be lonely - rats love companions!
We introduced Patches to a new rat so she wouldn't be lonely - rats love companions!
We introduced Patches to a new rat so she wouldn't be lonely - rats love companions! | Source
1. Quarantine the new rat

You should keep the newly acquired rat in quarantine for one to two weeks to avoid the transfer of disease. Quarantine means keeping the new rat in its own cage in a separate room without contact with other rats. This means washing your hands after handling the new rat before handling other rats. You also should not swap out items from the new rat's cage with anything from the resident rat’s cage. Illness can spread through this sort of contact. If you have many rats, this could result in unexpected and undesired vet bills. Some signs of illness to watch out for include:

lack of energy
not eating or drinking
discharge around nose or eyes
noisy breathing
excess sneezing
excess scratching

During this time, you can still interact with your new rat, but keep an eye on their health. Is your newcomer’s nose wet, or crusted with red discharge? Rat noses are naturally dry, and wetness can be a sign of illness. Rats have sensitive respiratory systems and are prone to respiratory illness. An excess of red mucus around the nose and eyes may be a sign of stress, especially after moving to a new environment. But, red discharge can also signal illness if constantly present. Do not confuse the red mucus with blood, but keep an eye on it all the same.
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Make sure your cage is large enough for both your resident and new rats!We put Gadget - the newcomer - in a temporary cage while she bonded with Patches.
We put Gadget - the newcomer - in a temporary cage while she bonded with Patches.
We put Gadget - the newcomer - in a temporary cage while she bonded with Patches. | Source
2. Place the cages side by side

After quarantine, the next step is placing its cage side-by-side with the resident rat cage. The cages should be far enough apart that the rats cannot reach each other. This allows the rats to smell and see each other, becoming accustomed to each other. Sense of smell is a big deal to rats, and is much stronger than their eyesight. Rats have different personal scents, like any other animal. Female rats often “scent-mark” the cage, especially if another rat has urinated there. Sometimes rats will mark you because you smell like another rat!

Did you know that you can help introduce your rats by letting them run around in the other's cage? Letting each rat explore the other's smell helps familiarize the scent and helps them become friends!
How many rats do you have?

I don't have any yet!
I just have one so far
I have two adorable ratties!
I have three or more, a rat colony!

See results

The rat cages should spend at least one week next to each other, every hour of every day. The rats need to become used to each other’s scents so the newcomer smells less like an impostor and more familiar. The rats should be curious about each other, sniffing and looking at each other. If one of your rats is showing aggressive behavior or hissing, proceed with caution. The rat may have an aggression toward other rats, and may be less likely to accept another cage mate.
3. Introduce them in neutral territory

A few days after placing their cages together, you can have a play date between your resident and new rats. The first introduction should take place in neutral territory to avoid territorial behavior. Neutral territory is a place where your resident rat or rats do not usually play. A common compromise is the bathtub, but can also be the bed, the couch, or anywhere that the rats do not hang out. The bathtub was the best neutral ground for us, and should be harder for the rats to escape from. When having a first play date, have something soft (like a towel) along the bottom of the tub. Place plenty of tempting treats in the middle for the rats to share. Rats love treats, and eating them together is a great way for them to bond!


There is a method on YouTube called The Glove Rat that helps when introducing new rats. It's great for when one or both rats seem jumpy, nervous or aggressive toward the other. In the video, a woman follows the rats around with a gloved hand while keeping close watch on their behavior. The goal is to deflect negative confrontation between the two rats, such as biting. If you get the sense that the rats are going to get into a fight, you place your gloved hand between them and break it up. The glove is there for your own protection, and makes the process feel less nerve-wracking.
See the Glove Rat in Action!

It is normal for rats to express dominance by pinning, grooming, or or chasing each other around. The submissive rat will let out little “eeps” that sound like whispers, and mean that they "give up. Understand that this is normal rat behavior. Dominance is a big deal in rat colonies, and even rats sharing a cage will have scuffles over dominance. Watch out if a rat squeaks very loud or “screams” in pain, or if the rats are taking fighting to a level you don’t like. Some signs of rat aggression include:

pulling a rat's hair out
biting and drawing blood
swinging it's tail around
hissing at other rats

Watch the play date and follow your gut. If you think one of the rats is taking it too far, separate them. And the first few play dates should be short. Fifteen minutes is enough for the first few days, and you can introduce them as many times as you prefer each day. As the days pass, the rats should know each other more and be less nervous. If you have an aggressive rat on your hands, give them some space before you try again.



The bed has become a place of familiar territory and playtime for my two rats. | Source
4. Introduce them in familiar territory

Once your rats are making progress, you can introduce them in familiar territory. Familiar territory is a place where the resident rat likes to play on occasion. This is different because your resident rats will feel territorial about their location. This place can be the bed, the sofa, or anywhere your resident rat might consider their own. The interactions between the rats here can be more tense than in neutral territory. Having keen eyes and using a gloved hand are very important in familiar territory. Your resident rat may feel the need to guard their territory, and more dominance fights may occur. Watch that neither rat is aggressive toward the other. If behavior escalates to a violent level (or if you feel the need to separate them), end the session. You can always give it another try later.

If play dates in the resident rat’s territory aren't going well, have the sessions on neutral ground again. You can repeat this until you feel that the rats can move up to familiar territory. Do this as many times as you deem necessary. Depending on your rats and their personalities, this step can be simple or take several tries.



My males fight for dominance, but they also snuggle together afterward. | Source
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5. House your rats in the same cage

When your rats have bonded enough to share a cage, you can do one of two things. You can house the rats in a brand new cage, or move them into one of the cages either rat has been living in. Moving the rats into a preexisting cage involves a lot of cleaning, rearranging, and time. Save this step for a day when you plan on being home so you can watch the rats. And if you do it in the morning when your rats are sleepy, it can ease the process.

For this step, I cleared off the bed and let the rats play while I cleaned. I had a towel, play tube, toys and treats on-hand to keep them occupied. I decided to house both rats in Patches' cage. I had to clean her smell out and make it seem new and unfamiliar.

You’ll need to clean the cage from top to bottom, throwing out all the old bedding and food. Use a pet cage cleaner from the store that both cleans and deodorizes the cage, and be as thorough as possible. After wiping down the cage and any other objects inside, rearrange everything. If you have a multilevel cage, move the shelves around. Change where the food and water are located, as well as any detachable ledges or other objects. If you have hammocks like my rats do, wash them and re-position them. The cage needs to look new to both the resident rat and the newcomer. It cannot smell like the resident rat, or they will defend it like it is their territory. It helps to disorient the resident rat by adding new toys and accessories to the cage that neither rat has seen. Once this is all done, you can let the rats explore.
Rats often play and scuffle by boxing, where they literally look like little boxers!

Rats often play and scuffle by boxing, where they literally look like little boxers! | Source

As with the play dates, expect more dominance scuffles started by either rat. If the process has gone well, the rats will eventually become good friends. The struggle for dominance will always be present, as one rat will always seek to be dominant. Wrestling and boxing are ways that rats like to play, so don’t worry unless you spot injuries or if a rat vocalizes pain. Remember: in the end it comes down to your gut. If you feel the rats aren't being friendly, then they may need more time apart. The truth is, most rats enjoy companionship and can become best friends over time.
August 1st, 2018
05:41 am
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How to Care for a Hairless Rat
https://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-a-Hairless-Rat

How to Care for a Hairless Rat

Three Parts:Feeding your Hairless RatTending to the Rat’s CageKeeping your Rat HealthyCommunity Q&A

Hairless rats have mostly bald, smooth skin, except for a few patches of hair, such as around the face or on the genitals. Hairless rats make playful, inquisitive pets, but they may require a bit of extra attention due to their lack of hair. You can provide your hairless rat with excellent care by learning about how to feed, house, and protect your rat's health.



1 Give your rat a lab block. Lab blocks provide all of the vitamins and nutrients that your rat needs to be healthy, so they should make up the majority of your rat’s calories (about 80%). Hairless rats may eat more than their furry counterparts because they require more energy to stay warm, so plan to check on your rat’s food supply often.

Keep in mind that male rats require less protein and pregnant and nursing female rats require more protein. For males, find a lab block that contains 16 to 18% protein. For pregnant or nursing females, look for a lab block that contains about 22% protein. Lab blocks made with soy are also beneficial for female rats.[1]




2 Offer some fresh fruit and vegetables to your rat. Rats like to munch on fresh fruits and vegetables as well, so try to offer your rat a piece of something fresh to munch on every day. Some good fruit and vegetable choices for your rat include:[2]

strawberries
watermelon
pears
apples
plums
kiwi
zucchini
spinach
broccoli
cauliflower
carrots



3 Let your rat have a special treat now and then. Other foods can provide great nutritious treats for your rat as well. Just make sure that these are given in moderation, such as once or twice per week. Some good occasional treats for your rat include:[3]

canned oysters
small pieces of meat such as beef, chicken, or shrimp
dog biscuits
yogurt
low-sugar cereal



4 Provide your rat with plenty of water. Rats need to stay hydrated and water is the best thing for them to drink. Make sure that your rat always has access to plenty of clean, fresh water in a sipper water bottle.

Do not give your rat a dish of water. Rats can kick feces and food into the water and contaminate it. It is also easy for your rat to kick his water over and this can lead to dehydration.[4]
Hairless rats also drink more water than regular rats, so you may need to check the water bottle more often.



5 Prevent your rat from eating certain foods. Rats can eat almost anything, but some foods may be harmful for your rat if he eats too much of it.[5] Try to prevent your rat from eating anything in excess and he should be fine. Some foods to avoid giving your rat include:[6]

green bananas
green potato skins
oranges
artichokes
onions
dry beans
raw sweet potatoes (cooked ones are okay)
rhubarb
raw peanuts (roasted ones are okay)
wild insects
blue cheese


Tending to the Rat’s Cage



1 Choose a proper cage for your rat. A wire cage, similar to a bird cage, is best. You can also house your rats in an aquarium or glass tank. As you choose a cage for your rate make sure that you consider:[7]

Size. Your rat will need to have room to run around and play in his cage. Make sure that you get a cage that is large enough for your rat to run around in. The general rule is 2 square feet per rat.
Floor. If you decide to go with a wire cage, then make sure that the bottom is solid metal rather than wire. Rats can get their feet caught in wire-bottom cages and this can lead to broken limbs and infections.
Play spaces. It is important to provide ladders and shelves within the cage so that your rat can climb around and play.
Wire Spacing. For adults, wire spacing should be equal or less than 1 inch. Remember, any hole a rat can get it's head through, it can get the rest of its body through. For babies, it's recommended to have a wire spacing of 1/2 inch or smaller.



2 Select softer bedding. Both hairless and regular rats require bedding material on the bottom of the cage to run, dig, and sleep. While wood chips such as aspen are fine for regular rats, the sharp edges can cut the skin of a hairless rat. Wood chips can also dry out the skin. Use paper bedding or recycled newspaper instead. You can also use a soft blanket made from fleece.[8]

Do not use cedar or pine shavings as they can cause respiratory problems in rats.



3 Change the bedding often. Hairless rats are more vulnerable to respiratory infections including mold. If you are cleaning bedding a couple of times per week for regular rats, then you need to change it three times or more for hairless rats.

To change the bedding in your rat’s cage, dump the soiled bedding into a garbage bag and dispose of it outside.
Spray the cage with water and scrub it with a pet brush and soap. Make sure that you rinse off the soap residue with warm water.
Then, dry the inside of the cage with towels and add fresh bedding.[9]



4 Adjust the ambient temperature. Hairless rats get chilled easier than regular rats. In addition to keeping the cage out of drafty areas, you should set the room’s temperature to the low-to-mid 70s Fahrenheit (low-to-mid 20s centigrade).[10]

A heat lamp, such as the type used in reptile enclosures, may also help to keep your hairless rat warm on chilly days.



5 Consider putting a hairless rat with a furry rat. Rats are highly social pets like many other small pets. As with most small pets, it is best to keep two pets of the same gender and similar age together. Hairless rats enjoy cuddling into the fur of the regular breed companion. However, you also need to put in additional boxes or pet “hammocks” for the rats to sleep in separately if they choose.[11]

Occasionally, the furry rat will scratch the hairless rat when in close proximity—though not necessarily due to fighting.

Keeping your Rat Healthy



1 Take your rat for regular veterinary checkups. Regular veterinary visits will help to keep your hairless rat in good health and catch any problems before they become severe. Take your rat to see a veterinarian soon after you get him or her. You should also watch for signs that your rat may be sick and take him to see a veterinarian if you notice anything unusual. Some signs of illness in rats include:[12]

lethargy
dull coat or puffy looking coat
loss of appetite
wheezing, raspy breathing, or other signs of respiratory distress
sneezing



2 Bathe your rat if necessary. Most rats do a good job of grooming themselves, so it is not necessary to bathe your rat often. However, you may decide to give your rat a bath if he develops a bad smell. At most, you should only need to bathe your rat once or twice per year.

To bathe your rat, fill the bathroom sink with warm water.
Then, use one hand to dunk the rat under the water to the head (not the head under the water).
Use your other hand and a toothbrush to lather a tiny bit of standard human shampoo on the rat’s skin. Avoid getting soap in the rat’s eyes or mouth.
Rinse off all of the soap.
Dry the rat with a towel, and move the rat to a clean cage to let him dry.
Consider using a heat lamp, or hair dryer over the drying cage to speed up the drying process.



3 Wipe your rat’s eyes. Your rat's eyes may need some attention now and then as well to keep them clean. To clean your rat's eyes, get a cosmetic sponge and run it under some warm water. Dab the sponge gently along both of your rat’s eyes and wipe away any debris that you notice.

Expect to see some little red flakes or “porphyrin.” In small amounts this is normal, but if you see excessive amounts then you should consult a veterinarian.[13]
Don’t use tissues or paper towels for eye cleaning as such products can leave pieces of cloth behind.



4 Massage the skin. Skin irritation is a major source of concern for hairless rats. One way to keep your rat’s skin in good condition is to give him or her an olive oil massage, which will not hurt your rat if he ingests it.[14]

To give your rat an olive oil massage, pour a small amount of olive oil into a small container and dip in your fingertips. Rub your oil coated fingertips on all areas of your rat’s skin except the eyes, mouth, and inner ears.
Repeat this massage once a week.
Follow up the massage with a high protein snack as a reward. Perhaps a piece of chicken, turkey, beef, or cube of cheese.

Community Q&A

Do hairless rats need sunscreen when taken outdoors?
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Sunscreen would definitely be helpful if your rat is outside long enough. Keep in mind that rats constantly groom and lick themselves, so getting a non-toxic sunscreen that is safe to ingest is very important.
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Can a hairless rat use a blanket to stay warm in?
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Yes. Just be sure to clean it and replace it regularly as they will usually chew it up and pee on it.
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I used to have a hairless rat, but he only lived for a couple of months after we adopted him. What did I do wrong?
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He may have been old when you got him, or may have had an underlying problem. As long as you fed and watered him, cleaned his cage and played with him, it probably wasn't your fault.
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How long does it live for? And what time do they go sleep?
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All rats are nocturnal (sleep during the day) and they usually live for 2-3 years.
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Will the rat bite for no reason?
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No. Rats only bite when they feel threatened in order to protect themselves, so try not to startle, corner, or force the rat into doing something they don't want to do, as that can lead to biting.
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I am allergic to rats; is hairless a better option?
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If it's the hair dander that's causing the allergic reaction, this may be a good choice; however, it could be the saliva they bathe themselves with that you are allergic to. If you have the opportunity, find a hairless rat and see how you feel around it.
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Will these tips work for hairless mice too?
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No, I would not rely on these tips for hairless mice. I would do some independent research on that, and I would also read through wikiHow's article on taking care of mice.
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How do I care for a rat?
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You can house it in a large plastic box and keep it in a cool, dry room. Get food from the pet store, and be sure to have a small bowl of water.
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I adopted a hairless rat last week and it randomly died this morning, what did I do wrong?
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Maybe it died from natural causes.
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Do you know what would happen if I bred a hairless rat with a normal rat? Is the hairless gene recessive or dominant?
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I think it's recessive. If that's the case, the baby could be hairless or normal, depending on which genes the other rat has.
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Can furry rats eat the same diet as hairless rats?
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I don't see why they wouldn't, just because one has hair and the other doesn't. Generally all rats have roughly the same dietary needs.
July 31st, 2018
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More horrible scumbags running illegal cruel pet shops from home! >:-/
More horrible scumbags running illegal cruel pet shops from home! >:-/























July 27th, 2018
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More Youtube scumbags who are cruel to small animals! >:-/
More Youtube scumbags who are cruel to small animals! >:-/ May karma come back to bite them by getting run over by their own farm tractors!























July 23rd, 2018
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Beware of this jerk who contacts rescues trying to get pet rodents for his snakes!
Beware of this jerk who contacts rescues trying to get pet rodents for his snakes!



July 16th, 2018
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This pet shop needs to be investigated, have all the animals confiscated and then be shut down!
This pet shop needs to be investigated, have all the animals confiscated and then be shut down! Why do we allow horrid businesses like this to operate? I mean this is not someone selling computer goods, I wouldn't care if someone was selling shoddy computer goods but for goodness sake these are living animals, well supposed to be but this awful pet shop has been letting them die in their care by not looking after them properly! D:

Please share and avoid this pet shop!

I wouldn’t normally use social media for something like this but as I have called the RSPCA and they seemed unable to help I think it’s only fair people are warned about it.

We visited “Diane’s pet shop” on Friday, we were shocked at what we saw!

In a small cage was approximately 20-25 rats, even more shocking was the range of ages in the cage. There were full grown adults, young rats and no more than 2 day old hairless pups!! Which were being kicked around the cage by older rats. As well as this there were dead ones at the back of the cage!!

The state of the other cages in the shop weren’t much better with the mouse cage being overcrowded too.

They had a note saying someone had already reported them for mistreatment of the mice but that the council don’t care about petty complaints and they had all had a good laugh about it!

I’m hoping this will stop this cruelty!

The photos I was able to get may be distressing to some.











July 6th, 2018
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The B Family thought it was funny to play pranks with small animals but it's actually very cruel!
The B Family thought it was funny to play pranks with small animals but it's actually very cruel! Then after the family said they wanted to keep the small domestic rat as a pet, the one guy said he went and released it into the wild D: Domestic animals seldom survive in the wild and are not as aware of the dangers outside as their wild cousins are, plus they have fancy markings which make them stand out like a sore thumb when their wild cousins have camouflage colors to their environment! Please flag their video and report them to anti animal cruelty organizations such as the ASPCA, PETA or the Humane Society!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-B-Family-380241709128585/about/?ref=page_internal

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Cruelty like this is inexcusable!
This is 100% cruel! This person is not only sick in the head but very sadistic to feed live mice to their bearded dragon! I hope something really bad and painful happens to them for doing this!!!















July 3rd, 2018
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Youtube's Reptile Channel continues to post more horrific animal cruelty videos in lieu of donations
The sick and twisted people who operate Reptile Channel on Youtube are at it again D: This channel is run by none other than the demented Jonah Vore who gets off at seeing small animals torn apart by larger animals like snakes and lizards. Banned from Youtube he operates it from behind the scenes while his girlfriend/wife and mother speak in the videos. They claim it is a "family friendly" and "educational" channel for reptile owners, but it's just really an outlet for them to garner donations from Youtube's Subscriptions and advertising. JNumerous people have reported the channel and it's gruesome vids of monitor lizards, pythons and even a giant anaconda where Jonah's mother lets it coil around her, stroking and petting it as if it were her pet D: They gift wraps live animals for their lazy reptiles and hand shoes full of baby rodents, squirrels caught in live traps, to letting their lizard have a rampage through a chicken pen for baby chicks, and they will go so far as to hand feed their snakes and lizards too. There is nothing educational about it! Even if some of their "newer" videos have been edited to look more "humane" you can be sure that they are not! These sick people take pride in drowning small animals, crushing them and then offering the freshly killed bodies to their reptiles, and in their other videos they show you the actual live kills.

You might ask well why don't animal authorities step in to put a stop to this? The problem is even though the channel states that they reside in the USA, it is not actually known where they live, but rumor has it that Jonah lives in Chihuahua, Mexico and the laws are hardly enforced there if there are any anti-cruelty protection laws at all. Still if enough people speak out against it, Youtube will finally be forced to ban them and then I hope that some animal lovers find them and well the rest I cannot comment, but you get the picture! >:-/







































































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More sick slimeball creeps who think it's amusing to kill small animals! >:-/
More sick slimeball creeps who think it's amusing to kill small animals! These people need to be locked up in jail or worse! >:-/









































June 25th, 2018
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This sick bastard feeds live animals to his "pet" rattlesnake and spiders! >:-/
This sick son of a bitch from Sweet Water Alabama in Marengo County thinks it's cool to feed live rodents to his "pet" rattlesnake and spiders. He has a whole zoo of animalsin his house and yard! Animals like snakes, turtles, rodents, and other small mammals are kept in plastic containers, tiny tanks and tiny fish bowls. Not only is this animal hoarding at the extreme but he also sells pets from home through Facebook. People like this need to have all their pets confiscated and be locked up in jail for animal cruelty! He even recently posted a video where he fed a live rabbit to one of his large snakes and the rabbit could be seen still twitching! Not only that D: in his latest video he is shown to be even worse! He is a sick baby animal killer holding baby mice and rats up for his snakes to bite which is totally cruel and unnecessary!

What is even more disturbing is that Google and Youtube allow this guy to earn money from sponsors and ads to be able make cruelty videos for twisted entertainment and also to afford to keep so many animals. It is truly disgusting that Youtube would be more interested in keeping this guy's channel up because he brings in so many views by his live feeding videos instead of doing the right thing and banning him! >:-/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCux5vWplxhDL8FSAUX4bHoA/videos

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June 19th, 2018
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There's some creep going by the name of @FunnyguyElmo sharing animal cruelty videos! >:-/
There's some creep going by the name of @FunnyguyElmo sharing animal cruelty videos! >:-/ People like this need their heads examined because they are very sick in the head. Also the person who made the original video needs a serious beatdown and then to have their ass hauled off to jail for what they did! >:-/

https://www.yooying.com/p/1804553648475580486_1997004845



This is what the mofo scumbag looks like!


Please report this mofo POS who thinks he's a comedian to the animal cruelty authorities! Help put his bitch ass in jail!!!
June 13th, 2018
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More slimeball people running pet mills from their homes!
It'a scum like this cruel jerk of a guy who run pet mills out of their homes to make blood money off of the sale of animals that clog up the shelters and flood the pet industry with too many pets! Not only that but the pets are kept overcrowded in small confined conditions which are considered cruel! Things like this will sadly only lead to situations ilke this

http://fox6now.com/2018/06/04/all-hands-on-deck-at-humane-society-caring-for-400-snakes-mice-reptiles-removed-from-west-bend-home/











Circle of life he says? o.o If you want to talk about the circle of life scumbag, the only circle that needs completion is with your dead body being turned into compost for the garden you stupid POS!!!







As for the previously linked news story, I hope that they throw the book at him, and that this guy will follow in his footsteps to suffer the same fate even though I'd be happy if that waste of oxygen left the planet!

‘All hands on deck:’ Humane Society cares for 400 snakes, mice, reptiles removed from West Bend home

WEST BEND -- More than 400 animals pulled from the basement of a West Bend home on Friday, June 1 are being cared for at the Washington County Humane Society. Police said some of the seized animals were dead and others in poor condition.

Police arrested a 42-year-old man for sexual assault and false imprisonment. He could also face code violations after authorities removed 160 snakes, more than 250 mice, as well as several dart frogs and geckos from the home.

FOX6 News on Monday, June 4 got a look at some of the animals taken from the home at the Washington County Humane Society.

"Most of them are hognose. It can be a little overwhelming initially, but we get everybody situated -- get them all in their places," said Jessica Wermager, Washington County Humane Society.

The Humane Society on Friday was inundated with the surprise delivery after West Bend police confiscated the animals.

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"It's a little stressful to randomly get a call saying you care going to take in hundreds of animals. We do have all hands on deck with the staff," said Wermager.

Wermager said Humane Society officials have their work cut out for them taking care of all of these animals.

"One of the snakes had to be euthanized because it had tumors over the length of its body. Because of the condition of some of the equipment when it came in, specifically cages -- the racks the mice came in, there was some mold on the food they came in with, so we have to clean all that off and make sure that everything is proper for them," said Wermager.





The Washington Humane Society works with wildlife rehabilitators, but the animals are staying at the Humane Society for the time being.

Meanwhile, the man who was arrested at the home on Friday could face charges as soon as Tuesday, June 5 -- when he is expected in court. The sexual assault and false imprisonment case stemmed from East Troy, so he will appear in Walworth County.
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Another Youtube creep who enjoys killing small wild animals >:-/
Here's another creep on Youtube who purposely blocks a wild rat with a shovel and sicks his pet ferret against it. Slimeballs like this deserve to die in a fire! >:-/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWW0P37O0iYuvWlJa34R4w



May 27th, 2018
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Someone should call the ASPCA on the Repticon vendors!
Someone went to Repticon and this is what they saw D: The jerk didn't even give the baby feeder rats enough water and had them all scrambling for the bottle. Also he had them cooped up in a plastic tub. No animal deserves this kind of inhumane treatment! >:-/ Laws need to be changed to protect small animals and ban live feeding!!!



May 25th, 2018
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This scumbag from the UK thinks it's funny to target shoot and sick his ferrets on small animals!
This huge waste of oxygen from the UK who is not only a slimeball but a mofo POS makes me sick with how he sicks his pet ferrets on wild rats, and he even thinks it's especially funny when they catch and kill baby rats! The scumbag also target shoots small animals D: I hope this bastard dies slowly and painfully in a fire or from some incurable disease! >:-/




May 20th, 2018
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Ship Rats and Pirats, two ratty books you might enjoy reading <:3O~
First there is Ship Rats, a book about rats voyaging upon the High Seas by author Rhian Waller, which can be obtained here : http://www.lulu.com/shop/rhian-waller/ship-rats-a-tale-of-heroism-on-the-high-seas/ebook/product-23649686.html

Ship Rats is an animal fantasy adventure set in the 1700s. It is part of a trilogy charting the voyages of Lu, Rip and Preen, three young rats who end up as accidental stowaways on a Dutch freighter. They face storms, hostile ship rats, drunken sailors and more; and this is only the start of their voyage around the world... Younger readers can enjoy this with their parents/guardians from ages 5-7, independent readers from 7-9. Part one of the Rat Tales Trilogy. This book supports APOPO which trains “HeroRATS” to save lives. Search APOPO for details.

Then there is Pirats a second ratty book by author Rhian Waller which can be purchased here : http://www.lulu.com/shop/rhian-waller/pirats-a-tale-of-mutiny-on-the-high-seas/paperback/product-23644201.html

Rip and her two sisters, Lu and Preen, survived storms and conflict on the voyage to Jamaica. But trouble is on the horizon when they meet a crew who are not what they seem... Stranded on a strange vessel, can Rip adapt to life on a pirate ship escaping the shadow of the slave trade, save the rats on board and find a way back to her family? To do so, she will have to become a Pirat! Sequel to the Wishing Shelf Award-winning Ship Rats. Profits go to the APOPO HeroRATs anti land-mine organisation.

May 4th, 2018
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Creep in Scarborough Ontario running an illegal pet shop from home >:-/
This twisted SOB think's it's okay to make blood money off of small animals by breeding and selling pocket pets as live food from his home! >:-/






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Happy World Rat Day! <:3O~
Happy World Rat Day!




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What Is World Rat Day? WORLD RAT DAY! APRIL 4, 2012! THE TENTH ANNUAL, INTERNATIONAL RAT HOLIDAY!

April 4, 2012 will mark the tenth celebration of World Rat Day, a holiday designed to recognize the fancy rat as a wonderful pet and companion animal for people of all ages. Sometime in 2002 on the ratlist, the longest standing mailing list on the internet dedicated to the topic of the pet rat, a discussion was sparked about the possibility of initiating a holiday to honor and promote pet rats as the wonderful companion animals they are. The date of April 4th was selected to be World Rat Day because this is the only certain date associated with the beginning of the ratlist (under the current ownership of James Kittock and Robyn Arthur). Any day of the year could have been selected but April 4th was settled on as a small tribute to the ratlist, a list that has truly been a great boon to all pet rats everywhere.

All true fans of the pet rat know that these dear, sweet animals deserve greater recognition and admiration, and that their image suffers from ignorance and unthinking prejudice. World Rat Day can be a day to win back some respect to rats through positive promotion, or at the very least, it will be a special day to offer delicious treats and fun gifts to our pets, making some rats very happy and getting some cute photographs in the process!

Many rat fanciers will choose to celebrate World Rat Day by planning private parties, with friends and family attending and possibly bearing gifts and treats to unsuspecting and surprised rats. World Rat Day greeting cards will surely make their way around the globe and in to the homes and hands of many grateful rats, although nobody can say whether they will be cherished or shredded. Many rat fanciers will probably plan larger events such as Ratfests, where many rat fanciers meet at a private home or special location to share food and rat-positive cheer. At least a few rat fanciers will seek out positive means to promote these special animals in various medias. World Rat Day lends itself well to organizing large-scale ratfests, contacting various medias for coverage in the "human interest" section of the newspaper, and even television programs. Whether World Rat Day is devoted to private parties or public outreach, we all will be prepared on World Rat Day to explain to anyone who asks that the pet rat is a wonderful pet with all the qualities necessary to become a part of the family. The pet rat is intelligent, devoted, clean, gentle, and imminently lovable. World Rat Day will prove all this to be true through the special efforts we make to honor our pet rats.

Join us in making the first World Rat Day a huge success by planning a private party, ratfest, public promotion or other event on April 4, 2012. If you would like to express your interest in helping to promote World Rat Day 2012, please contact Susan at susan@worldratday.com.

We have many special years of World Rat Day to look forward to, so there is plenty of time to work towards future events. World Rat Day in 2012 will be on a Wednesday. Tell everyone you know, and be sure to join the banner campaign to promote World Rat Day. If you are interested in adding a World Rat Day logo to your Web site, feel free to use any of the logos here.


If you would like more information about the ratlist, the oldest mailing list on the Internet dedicated to the pet rat, please visit the following link:
groups.yahoo.com/group/ratlist
April 2nd, 2018
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Words cannot describe this. Rats frozen alive in freezer - 3 survive D:
These evil people who did this need to be locked in a giant freezer until they're frozen solid! >:-/ Thank you to Mainley Rat Rescue for taking in the three girl rats who miraculously survived the ordeal of being frozen in a freezer.

March 9th, 2018
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You do not threaten to abandon your pet outside if you cannot look after it anymore! >:-/
I don't care who you are, if you own a pet there is no excuse to not take it to a shelter or rescue if you cannot look after it anymore! What's even worse is the ad poster threatened to throw their two pet rats out in the cold if nobody took them. D: I simply cannot express what angry things I'd like to do to them for even saying that, let alone if they did that! >:-/

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February 14th, 2018
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People who sell animals as live food make me sick!
This rattery takes pride in making blood money off of small animals getting them pregnant over and over and then selling the babies as live food! They should not be allowed to own any animals and the SPCA should confiscate all their pets!





February 10th, 2018
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This is nothing but animal cruelty! I hope this monster dies in a fire!
I reported this video, but it's obviously a troll channel, but whoever did this feeding a live rat to a snapping turtle needs to burn in a fire!!! If you want to report the video, the info is in the screencap.

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Jail this horrible bitch! >:-/
https://www.peta.org/blog/heartbreaking-woman-flushes-hamster-denied-flight/?utm_source=PETA%3A%3AFacebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=0218%3A%3Aacom%3A%3APETA%3A%3AFacebook%3A%3Awoman+flushes+hamster+blog%3A%3A%3A%3Alink

Heartbreaking: Woman Flushes Her Hamster After Being Denied Flight
Written by Zachary Toliver | February 9, 2018

Spirit Airlines faces a public relations mess after an employee allegedly told a customer to flush her hamster down a toilet in order to board a flight, even though she had previously received the OK to bring the small rodent aboard.

At this point, you’re probably thinking something like, “Awful! Spirit had better accommodate her! Shame she had to reschedule her flight to take her hamster back home, or to a friend’s, or to an animal shelter, or to the first person willing not to kill an animal in cold blood.”
Nope. Belen Aldecosea apparently flushed her live hamster down the toilet.

Aldecosea claims to have called and checked with Spirit Airlines twice before her flight to make absolutely sure that her alleged doctor-certified emotional support animal—a hamster named Pebbles—could board with her. According to a spokesperson from Spirit, the airline mistakenly told Aldecosea that Pebbles was allowed but denied that anyone in the company recommended flushing her.

Before apparently killing her “emotional support animal,” Aldecosea was able to finagle a later flight to try and work out what to do with Pebbles. This begs the question: If her flight could have been exchanged for a later departure, what made her time so valuable that she had to kill Pebbles? What would she have done if instead of a hamster, Spirit had turned away her dog or cat? Would she have killed that animal, too?

Of course, it’s unquestionable that Spirit Airlines’ incompetence in first assuring Aldecosea that she could board with her hamster, then rescinding that permission, sparked this entire heartbreaking chain of events. A teeny, tiny hamster in her travel cage wouldn’t have posed a threat to any other passenger.

However, flushing a living being down a toilet is not only cruel but also illegal. Aldecosea should be charged for killing Pebbles, and if an airline employee did, in fact, advise her to drown her hamster, the company should be held accountable as well. This must have been a horrific, terrifying death.
Be Prepared Before You Fly

Traveling with animals can be a logistical nightmare. In some cases, it may be better to leave your animal friends at home in the care of a trusted sitter, such as a relative, close friend, coworker, or neighbor. While flying might seem to be the fastest and least stressful way to go, it can be the opposite if you’re turned away before boarding or if an animal is forced to fly in the cargo hold—which can be a death sentence.

Guarding and protecting a life isn’t something to be flushed away when times get tough. We owe it to our animal companions to do the best by them.

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What a sick creep of a person? :-S
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5363111/Logan-Paul-tasers-two-dead-rats-new-controversial-video.html


Logan Paul sparks controversy again by TASERING two dead rats and scooping languid coy fish out of his pond despite vowing to 'be better' following suicide forest scandal

Paul, 22, uploaded the offending video to his YouTube channel on Monday
It showed him tasering two dead rats on the balcony of his bedroom in his $6.55million Encino home
At the start of the video, he pulled out a fish from his coy pond to 'give it CPR'
He put it back in the water then called an expert to 'revitalize' the creature
Viewers slammed his insensitivity and questioned if he had really changed
Last month, Paul apologized for filming a suicide victim in a forest in Japan
He pledged $1million to suicide prevention charities then later blamed the controversy on parents who let their children watch his

On Tuesday night, Paul made a citizen's arrest when he returned home to find a man on his couch
The man was a fan who had gained entry through an unlocked door, say police

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:46 EST, 7 February 2018 | Updated: 12:52 EST, 7 February 2018

Unaffected YouTube star Logan Paul has sparked controversy again by tasering two dead rats in his latest video just a few weeks after vowing to be more sensitive towards the issue of death.

Paul, who took a three week hiatus after being universally slammed for picturing a suicide victim and laughing as they hung from a tree in Japan last year, uploaded the new video to his channel on Monday.

It showed him padding around his $6.5million mansion in Encino, California, showing off his 'Maverick' merchandise and leading viewers out onto his bedroom balcony where the two dead rodents were.

He said the had been brought there by his Pomeranian Kong. An assistant later admitted to putting one there.

With the same assistant and another friend by his side, Paul stood over the dead rodents on his balcony and pondered how to get rid of them.

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Logan Paul has sparked controversy with a new YouTube video which shows him tasering two dead rats on the balcony of his bedroom at his $6.55million Encino home. He is shown with two assistants as he administers the electric currents
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Logan Paul has sparked controversy with a new YouTube video which shows him tasering two dead rats on the balcony of his bedroom at his $6.55million Encino home. He is shown with two assistants as he administers the electric currents
The rats had been strategically placed on the balcony in front of the star's feet. One was a baby

The rats had been strategically placed on the balcony in front of the star's feet. One was a baby

He then shocked the group by producing the taser, screaming: 'No rat comes into my house without getting tased!'

The 22-year-old then administered several electric currents to fry the already motionless animals as his assistant screamed: 'Why?'

After firing his taser, he used the electric wire still connected to one of the rodents to lift it into the air.

The camera zoomed in on its body.

Later, after they had been place into a large trash can, Paul tasered them again.

'Why? It's already dead! Why?' his assistant yelled.

Earlier in the video, he was filmed scooping out a languid fish from his extravagant coy pond and giving it CPR to 'revitalize it'.
The stunt horrified Paul's assistants and co-stars who yelled and gasped as he calmly fried the rodents

The stunt horrified Paul's assistants and co-stars who yelled and gasped as he calmly fried the rodents
The 22-year-old then used the wire which was still connected to one to lift it into a box

The 22-year-old then used the wire which was still connected to one to lift it into a box
Even once the rodents had been put in the trash, Paul carried on tasering to the shock of his assistant

Even once the rodents had been put in the trash, Paul carried on tasering to the shock of his assistant
Earlier in the video, he scooped a languid fish out of his coy pond as his friend watched

Earlier in the video, he scooped a languid fish out of his coy pond as his friend watched
Paul gave the fish 'CPR' then put it back into the water and called an expert who detoxified the water it was swimming in

Paul gave the fish 'CPR' then put it back into the water and called an expert who detoxified the water it was swimming in

Twitter users were not impressed with the stunt and complained that it was 'too soon' after his suicide forest scandal

Twitter users were not impressed with the stunt and complained that it was 'too soon' after his suicide forest scandal

Viewers who are still reeling from his misinformed suicide forest video last year were not impressed with the content.

They took to Twitter to complain in their droves about Paul's ongoing insensitivity.

'I'd love to say Logan Paul has changed and learnt to respect dead things since coming back on YouTube.

'But now he's just tasering them instead,' said Twitter user Elliot Hackney.

'Logan Paul reckons he's a changed man since returning to YouTube; especially after the...incident a few weeks back. Now he's tasering dead rats; how is this acceptable?' asked John Armstrong.

'At least he moved on from dead people to dead fish and dead rats,' quipped another.
Paul was universally slammed for uploading a video on New Year's Eve from Japan's 'suicide forest' where he and his friends had gone camping for a laugh. They stumbled upon a victim hanging from a tree and kept rolling afterwards, even zooming in on his body
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Paul was universally slammed for uploading a video on New Year's Eve from Japan's 'suicide forest' where he and his friends had gone camping for a laugh. They stumbled upon a victim hanging from a tree and kept rolling afterwards, even zooming in on his body
The victim that Paul included in his footage of the trip. DailyMail.com has altered the image to protect his identity. Paul did not when he first uploaded the video. He removed it not long after it was posted online
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The victim that Paul included in his footage of the trip. DailyMail.com has altered the image to protect his identity. Paul did not when he first uploaded the video. He removed it not long after it was posted online
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Paul, who made $12.5million in 2017 thanks to ads on his YouTube videos and sponsored Facebook and Instagram posts plus sales from his Maverick merchandising, returned to YouTube earlier this month after a three-week break to 'reflect' on his content.

On January 31, he appalled viewers by uploading footage of a suicide victim hanging from a tree in a forest in Japan.

Paul and his friends had jokingly gone to spend the night in the woodland and giggled how they told viewers that it was 'haunted' by the souls of the thousands who take their lives there.

They came across the man by accident but continued rolling and zoomed in on his dead body as Paul shouted: 'Are you f**** with us bro?' before calling police.

He was universally condemned and took the footage down not long after it was posted, later posting a grovelling Twitter apology before signing off.

He dedicated his first video back to suicide prevention and pledged $1million to charities which support the issue.
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After a three-week hiatus, he returned to the spotlight at the end of January to donate $1million to suicide prevention charities and appeared in a video with suicide survivors who he interviewed to try to educate himself on the issue
On February 1, he made a graceless appearance on Good Morning America where he complained that he'd received death threats and said parents should not let their parents watch his content
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On February 1, he made a graceless appearance on Good Morning America where he complained that he'd received death threats and said parents should not let their parents watch his content

Vowing to 'be better', he said solemnly to the camera: 'I was ignorant.'

His humility did not last long.

Just a few days after the video was uploaded, Paul played the victim during an interview on Good Morning America where he bemoaned the fact that the scandal had lost him millions of dollars.

'It's been tough, cause ironically I'm being told to commit suicide myself,' said Paul.

'Millions of people literally telling me they hate me, to go die in a fire. Like, the most horrible, horrific things.'

He then told interviewer Michael Strahan that the fault lay with the parents of teenagers who allow them to browse the internet unmonitored.

'I'm going to be honest with you, Michael, I think - I think parents should be monitoring what their children are watching more,' said Paul.

'Every parent I meet whose kids are under the age of 9 or 12, I go, "Hey, you let your kids watch my stuff." And they go, "Yeah, what am I going to do?" But at the same time it's not like I'm a bad guy. I am a good guy who made a bad decision.'

On February 4, two days after the interview, he posted a video to his vlogs channel where he jokingly referred to the scandal and his break from the spotlight.
All his humility appeared to have been lost when he made his first vlog after the hiatus. It showed him washing up on a beach, after the scandal, and boasting about his 'lit' content
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All his humility appeared to have been lost when he made his first vlog after the hiatus. It showed him washing up on a beach, after the scandal, and boasting about his 'lit' content
Paul even boasted about the fact that the scandal won him a million new subscribers
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Paul even boasted about the fact that the scandal won him a million new subscribers

Appearing on a beach as a dishevelled wreck, he argued with a spoof commentator who, in a voiceover, labeled him a disgrace, saying: 'What you mean disgraced? Boy I took a break. Besides, I'm still lit AF.

'What other YouTuber you know can take a three week break and still get A MILLION SUBSCRIBERS?'

In that video, he appeared shirtless with a fish on a spear.

On Tuesday night, with the criticism for his latest video growing, Paul returned home to his luxury house to find an intruder sitting on his couch, charging his phone.

He made a citizen's arrest then waited for police to arrive, according to TMZ.

Sources said the man was a fan who simply wanted to meet the internet star.

Paul and his brother Jake are among the highest-earning YouTube stars in the world.

Like his brother, Jake has run into controversy.

Earlier this month, he was filmed rapping the N-word during a freestyle performance in one video.

He has also terrorized neighbors in the plush California enclave of Calabasas where he owns a $6million home.

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Evil scumbag caught torturing rodents and posting videos on Youtube! >:-/
https://www.peta.org/blog/peta-helps-bust-rat-mouse-torturer/?utm_campaign=0214+PETA+Helps+Bust+Alleged+Rat+Mouse+Torturer+Tweet&utm_source=PETA+twitter&utm_medium=Tweet

PETA Helps Bust Alleged Rat, Mouse Torturer
Written by Paula Moore | February 4, 2014

If you ever doubted the power that one person can have when he or she suspects that an animal is being abused, this case will dispel that doubt. Recently, Chicago resident Michael Semens allegedly posted videos online depicting the torture of a rat and a mouse—in one video, part of a live rat’s tail and both of her ears are cut off, and in the second video, a mouse ensnared in a glue trap is tased to death. Mouse torture

As soon as a concerned citizen alerted PETA, we saved the videos, which were private and wouldn’t have been seen by authorities without the complainant’s help and our involvement. We then tracked down the suspect’s address and turned over our evidence to local police—who arrested him within hours. He has been charged with two felony counts of animal torture and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.
Never Be Silent

If you witness any animal abuse—whether it’s in cyberspace or in your local community—please alert law-enforcement authorities immediately. If the agency isn’t responsive, contact PETA. Your intervention could mean the difference between life and death for an animal.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/michael-semens-rodent-torture-243321501.html

Man Accused of Torturing Rodents, Posting Videos to YouTube
"I literally work in garbage. If I see a rat, I catch it," Michael Semens told judge
Published at 8:19 AM CST on Feb 3, 2014 | Updated at 12:50 PM CST on Feb 3, 2014

Man Accused of Torturing Rodents, Posting Videos to YouTube
Michael Semens

A Chicago man faces animal cruelty charges after prosecutors said he posted video to YouTube showing him torturing and killing a rat and a mouse.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. on Saturday allowed Michael Semens, 24, to be released on a $10,000 individual recognizance bond. Semens must remain on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial.

Semens allegedly posted one video showing him cutting off a portion of a live rat’s tail and later cut off both of the rat’s ears with surgical scissors, according to a police report.

A second video showed Semens using a Taser on a live mouse on a glue trap until it was dead, police said.
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When police arrested him Friday, he told police, "I know I messed up. I shouldn’t have done it," according to a police report.

Before setting the bond, Panarese asked Semens what he did for a living.

"I literally work in garbage. If I see a rat, I catch it," Semens said.
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Semens, of the 2100 block of West 22nd Place, has no criminal history. Upon his arrest, he told police the nine-volt Taser used in the video was in his girlfriend’s purse.

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This creep of a man was supposed to babysit a lady's pet rats but instead he said his cat ate them!
This creep was trusted to look after three pet rats and then when the lady got back he told her that they were dead and that they got out and his cat ate them. There was no damage to the cage so if the rats had gotten out it would be totally his fault! D:

There really is no excuse for something like this to happen, because if you have cats, you should keep the rats well away from them and place their cage in a safe space! This jerk should be charged with animal cruelty!!!





These are the innocent victims of the scumbag! I seriously hope karma comes back and bites you in the worst way creep!!!

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This is not a rat trying to take a shower, the animal is desperately trying to get the soap off it!
This is not a rat trying to take a shower, the animal is desperately trying to get the soap off it!

It's A Rat's World magazine
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I'm sure most of you have seen this video going around by now. Does it creep anyone else out, or is it just me? Anyone else think it's a hoax? Anyone else think that if it's not a hoax that it's not a rat? I mean what rat stands that straight? What rat has dark furry feet and hands? And where's the tail??! Maybe it's a rodent of some type, but I don't think it's a Rattus norvegicus or even a Rattus rattus. And if this isn't a hoax, I definitely don't think it's "washing" itself. I think it's desperately trying to get the soap off that some human covered him in. What are your thoughts?

https://nypost.com/video/bizarre-footage-captures-a-rat-taking-a-shower-in-a-bathroom-sink/


Bizarre footage captures a rat taking a shower in a bathroom sink
January 29, 2018

Unusual footage surfaced from Peru showing a rat taking a shower. The small animal even takes time to soap up all its hard-to-reach spots, making it seem like it was really cleaning itself.



Also the mouse in this so called "Clever Mouse Plays Dead To Fool Cat" is not playing dead, it's injured with a broken back by the cat! The people laughing in the background and the person filming the video are all sick in the head!



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What to do if your pet rat has lice?
https://www.thespruce.com/pet-rat-lice-1238521



Pet Rat Lice
What Lice Are and How to Treat Them

By Adrienne Kruzer, RVT

Updated 02/17/17

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If your pet rat is itching and scratching, he may have a common ecto-parasite called lice. The word is terrifying and probably makes you itch just thinking about it, but don't worry, there are ways you can avoid this gross little parasite and safely treat your pet if he contracts it. Pet lice can be treated and eliminated safely if you know what to do.

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First, Kill the Lice!



If you suspect your pet rat has lice, seek medical attention from your exotic pet veterinarian immediately. Your exotics vet can diagnose your pet with lice and treat it appropriately, possibly using a drug like ivermectin or selamectin off-label (meaning the drug is not intended for this purpose but veterinarians routinely use it and are legally allowed to do so). Do not attempt to buy over-the-counter medication from a drug store or pet store to treat rat lice. Human lice treatments are far too strong for a small pet and can kill your rat. Pet store treatments can be dangerous in their own right, causing seizures or just being ineffective and a waste of money. It's better to rid the lice from your pet, than the pet from the lice, so play it safe and speak with your vet.

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Clean the Cage Thoroughly



After your rat has received proper treatment from your vet, and before returning your pet to his enclosure, thoroughly clean and wash the cage, dishes, and any toys in the cage with water and some mild dish detergent. Be sure to rinse all the soap off before putting fresh bedding in. Throw out any bedding and food that could have been previously infected, and freeze any remaining materials to kill any insects that may be hiding out for at least 24 hours. If it is below freezing outside you can always put your rat's cage and belongings outside overnight to freeze (but not your rat!) and then replace the bedding, water, and food the next day.

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Species Specific



This means humans get human lice, mice get mouse lice, guinea pigs get guinea pig lice, and rabbits get rabbit lice. So don't worry about you or your child getting lice from their pet rat with pediculosis (lice infestation). If a rat louse jumps on you it won't bite you, and it won't survive. In other words, you can't get lice from your rat and you can't give it to him either.

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Mites Vs. Lice

Simply put, mites are arachnids like spiders and ticks, and lice are insects like ants. There are also two kinds of lice, sucking lice and biting or chewing lice. The sucking lice are more worrisome than the chewing lice because of the possibility of blood borne disease transmission and anemia (excessive blood loss). Regardless of the type of lice your rat has both are quite itchy. Don't delay treatment if you see your rat itching.

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Pets at Risk



Rats, mice, guinea pigs, and gerbils are the most common pets to acquire lice. Oddly enough, as popular and over bred as they have become, hamsters are not widely known to get infected with lice but guinea pigs commonly do. Rabbits will occasionally become infected, especially if they have spent time with other rabbits, such as at a fair or a rabbit show.

If your rat is itching it is best to get him checked out by his vet after cleaning the environment and making sure the air isn't too dry in your house.
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Tips on welcoming your new rat
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/rats/tips/welcoming_new_rat.html?credit=web_id1398961

Welcoming Your New Rat

The Humane Society of the United States



When you first bring your rat home, they're likely to feel stressed by the transition to an unfamiliar environment. They may be away from their littermates for the first time and will be inundated with strange sounds and smells.

Less stress

You can ease your rat's stress by following a few simple steps:

Set up your rat's cage with appropriate accessories before you bring them home; a nesting box and other places to retreat will help your rat feel safe.
Use the same type of food and bedding that they're used to and introduce new products slowly.
Give your rat a day or two to get settled after their arrival, and discourage friends and visitors from handling them during this adjustment period.

Once your rat is comfy and relaxed in their new home, you'll be ready to take your relationship to the next level by introducing them to gentle handling.
Multi-rat households

Rats are social animals who crave the company of other rats. Even so, if you've acquired a new rat as a companion for another, you shouldn't introduce them right away.

You need to keep your new rat quarantined for at least two weeks after you bring their home to prevent the possible spread of disease. This means keeping them in a separate cage in a separate room of the house and not allowing them to interact with your resident rat.

During the quarantine period, make sure your new rat is eating and drinking normally and appears active and alert. Once you've had your veterinarian check them out, you can begin introductions.

Introductions need to be gradual to allow the rats to get to know each other's scent. Introducing them too quickly can lead to fighting and rejection.
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I hope the evil person who did this loses their arms and legs in a car crash!!!
https://screenshots.firefox.com/5nm2i9u9tSdxtmQy/www.change.org

Remove/Investigate Mouse Torture Video
Animal Abuse Investigations



We are demanding the immediate removal and investigation of a HEINOUS video of prolonged and sociopathic ANIMAL TORTURE posted on the Chinese Portal, SINA.COM, and is spread through social networks.

Numerous international crime investigation agencies are tracking animal abusers because the kind of horror seen in the video is easily translated to humans and society. It doesn't matter to this kind of perp whether the victim is a mouse or a person, they are clearly stimulated by physical and psychological pain and suffering.

The gruesome video is NOT RECOMMENDED for viewing. It is short and shows a mouse that is tied down and has limbs that have been previously cut off while the perpetrator performs another removal. The mouse clearly sees what is about to happen and can not get away. This is one of the most sick, deplorable and deeply disturbing acts we've seen.

William Howard, Director
Animal Abuse Investigations
USA
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CEO and President, Sina Corp.
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People think that just because mice have been abused and killed by humans through out the ages and used in laboratory experiments, that mice don't deserve any better and deserve to be treated inhumanely and cruelly and were created to be abused and killed by humans, but the fact of the matter is that mice are just like humans anatomically, physically and mentally, they feel pain and fear and agony when tortured just like us and deserve to be treated no different than humans. If mice were physically different from humans then humans wouldn't use them in laboratory experiments to find cures and treatments for humans. So let's treat them like we treat our own kind .... please
Jasmin Sanders, Van Nuys, CA


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Safe and toxic woods for rats to chew. (Avoid the toxic ones of course)
https://www.thespruce.com/safe-and-toxic-woods-for-rats-1238293

Safe and Toxic Wood For Rats to Chew

By Adrienne Kruzer, RVT

Updated 04/28/17



Rats are rodents that need to chew on things regularly to keep their teeth trimmed and healthy (because their teeth grow continuously throughout their life). Wood is a popular and natural choice for rat owners to provide to their pets but not all types of wood are safe. Before just grabbing that tree branch from your backyard or a chunk of wood from the local lumber yard, make sure that the wood you are offering your pet is safe, free of pesticides, untreated, and free of paint.



Many woods on the safe list can be found in your yard but if you aren't 100% sure on what it is, it is best not to give it to your rat.
Safe Woods (and Wood-like Substances) for Rats to Chew

apple (thin apple wood sticks can often be purchased from pet stores)
arbutus
ash
bamboo cane
blackberrry
blackcurrant
cholla
coconut shell (can be purchased at craft stores and pet stores, usually with hermit crab supplies)
cottonwood
crabapple
dogwood
grapevine
hawthorn
hazelnut
kiwi
linden
manzanita
mulberry
pear
pecan
pine (kiln-dried white only)
poplar
quince
rose hip
sycamore

Toxic Woods for Rats to Chew

abale/esia
alder
almond (can produce cyanide)
apricot
aspen
balsam fir
beech
birch
black locust
blackwood
bog wood
boxwood
buddleia
cashew
cedar
cherry
citrus (all citrus woods including lemon, orange, lime, etc.)
cocobolo
cypress/bald cypress
dahoma
ebony
elang/mukulungu
elder/elderberry
elm
eucalyptus
fig/cape fig
fir
goncalo alves
greenheart
hemlock

horse chestnut
iroko
juniper
kapok
laurel
magnolia
mahogany
mansonia
maple
mimosa
mopane/mopani
myrtle
nectarine
oak/cork
obeche/abachi
okuhaba/yungu
oleander
olive
opepe/kussia
paduak
pau ferro
peach
peroba rosa
pine (fresh pine is toxic as are pinecones)
plum
plywood
prune
purpleheart
quebracho
redwood
rosewood
satinwood
sassafras

sequoia
snakewood
spruce
teak
walnut
wenge
willow
yew
yunnan
zebrawood

Other safe wood options for rats are available in pet stores. Woods marketed for chinchillas and other rodents are usually safe to offer to your rat but make sure the type of wood is not on the toxic woods list before putting it in your rat's cage (just in case). The same goes for the material that hide boxes and cages are made out of (if they are made of wood). Any items in the cage are fair game for your rat's teeth to nibble on so you want to make sure they are safe!

If you think your rat may have eaten a toxic wood then contact your exotics vet as soon as possible. Different woods are more dangerous than others and affect your rat in different ways.
Wood Bedding for Rats

It used to be common to house your pet rat on wood shavings but we have learned that there are more comfortable and safer options for our pets. Aspen shavings are the safest of the wood shavings available at pet stores if you still must use them but you should avoid pine shavings. Cedar shavings are thought to be the most dangerous to rats so you should under no circumstances house your rat on cedar bedding.

Besides the fumes and possible ingestion of toxic wood shavings, wood can be irritating to walk on.

Rats may develop sores or small cuts on their feet and might itch due to the wood being irritating to their skin. Options such as recycled paper bedding (such as CareFresh) are preferred over wood shavings for their absorption qualities and softer texture.
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http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2017/12/24/officials-rescue-more-than-80-tame-rats-abandoned-fort-collins-field/980108001/

Officials rescue more than 80 tame rats abandoned in Fort Collins field
Associated Press, Associated Press Published 1:27 p.m. MT Dec. 24, 2017




(credit: Larimer Humane Society)

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LOVELAND (AP) – Animal control officers rescued more than 80 domesticated rats from two Fort Collins natural areas.

The Reporter-Herald reports officials say the Larimer Humane Society received a report Thursday that about 30 apparently tame rats were at the North Shields Ponds Natural Area.

Humane Society officers rescued some of the rats Thursday, and then another call came in Friday that echoed the concerns of the first. The caller had found dozens of friendly rats at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area.

Animal Protection and Control Officer Jason Downs says he used some peanut butter cookies his children had made for him to lure the rats out of the bushes. It took officers about an hour to round up the rats.

Officers determined the rats most likely were abandoned by the same person.

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Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, http://www.reporterherald.com/

Animals: Colorado program connects senior pets with senior citizens
October 30th, 2017
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Manhattan Gallery’s Squeaking Floor Angers Rodent Lovers


Natasha Millikan, a self-described mouse expert, at the Castle Fitzjohns Gallery on the Lower East Side, where she had shown up to oppose an art installation features mice beneath a floor that visitors walk on.
Jeenah Moon for The New York Times
By SARAH MASLIN NIR
October 29, 2017

There are 70 white mice in individual boxes set like tiles on the floor of a gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In clear plexiglass cages, designed to be stepped upon, they peer up underfoot in an exhibition exploring phobia.

To Natasha Millikan, a self-described mouse expert who squatted on the checkered floor on Sunday afternoon, her head pressed into her hands as around her mice shivered, chewed bits of wood or slept beneath her boots, it was an exploration of torture.

“Mice are prey,” she said into her cellphone, to the artist, Joseph Grazi, whom the gallery owner had called at her request after she arrived from Jersey City to protest the show. “They have the instinct to be terrified from anything up above them, any shadow. So at this point, these guys are just shutting down.”

Mr. Grazi disagreed. The animals, so-called feeder mice, he said, had been destined to be eaten by reptiles. Here in the shallow tiles beneath gallery-goers feet, they were well-fed and happy.

“You can’t understand how they feel,” Ms. Millikan, who runs a Facebook group, Rats and Mice are Awesome, with 43,000 members, replied. “Because you’re a predator!”

The interaction was the result of a campaign that has emerged since animal activists took notice of the monthlong exhibit, “Prehysteria,” which opened on Oct. 19. And it has sent the four-year-old space, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, into the same cross hairs of controversy recently trained on more venerable institutions: This fall, the Guggenheim pulled exhibits involving live animals, including lizards and insects, from an installation called “Theater of the World” by the Chinese conceptual artist Huang Yong Ping, where the penned animals vied for survival.

The gallery has been inundated with negative online comments, as well as haranguing phone calls from as far away as Europe. The owner, Vincent Harrison, said the public response had revealed the challenges of weighing criticism against artistic repression, not to mention the well-being of a bunch of rodents.


The mice in the installation, called “The Social Network,” had been feeder mice, destined to be eaten by reptiles, said the artist, Joseph Grazi.
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“Bothering people, causing conflicting emotions, to me is part of my job as an artist,” Mr. Grazi said. He said he often calls out what he sees as the hypocrisy of treating, say, an eagle better than a chicken in his art. “Everywhere I walk there is some barbaric rat trap, or some sign that says, ‘We are currently poisoning rats,’ but nobody cares because they are out of sight, out of mind,” he added. “Here the only problem is that they are the opposite: They are in sight, in mind.”

Mr. Grazi, 33, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, created the mouse-tiled floor installation, called “The Social Network,” as a commentary on the isolation endemic in social media. Arranged like a chessboard, each tile is roughly a square foot and contains a tiny dish of water, a stick, some food pellets and a little white mouse with red eyes sitting on black sand.

On Sunday afternoon, children jumped from square to square, playing hopscotch atop the mice, as the structure creaked.

In their little boxes, the mice did mice things, chewing wood or sitting stock-still in tightly knotted poufs. They scrabbled at the clear ceiling, gnawed at the air holes drilled in the top of each box, and tried to shove pink, whiskered noses through the ports.

The mice are all available for adoption, and three have been adopted. Those who are not claimed will be fed to Mr. Grazi’s pet ball python, Mr. Clip.

In September, the Guggenheim announced the live animals would not be shown, out of “concern for the safety of its staff, visitors and participating artists,” and said that it was “dismayed” at the attack on freedom of expression. Mr. Grazi said he would consider modifying the piece if he were concerned about animal welfare, but never shutting it down. This week, he will add little hideaways to the terrariums, so the mice have a place to duck into and hide from the shadows above, he said.

That did little to satisfy Nicole Hall, an animal activist who lives in Hell’s Kitchen and arrived at the gallery on Sunday to voice her distaste.

“I don’t think that living beings should be considered as art,” said Ms. Hall, 47, who works at a rabbit rescue center in Connecticut. “Hundreds of years ago, Africans, people from other countries were actually art installations,” said Ms. Hall. “Now, as we have moved away from that, we look back at that and say, ‘How hideous were we?’”
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http://kingsriverlife.com/10/28/rattie-ratz-the-summer-adventures-of-antoine-and-bijou/


Rattie Ratz: The Summer Adventures of Antoine and Bijou

IN THE October 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andRodent Ramblings SECTIONS

by Stephanie Cameron

Stephanie Cameron is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL will be featuring a column from Rattie Ratz.

Antoine and Bijou are two special boys with a very special role: teaching the next generation how wonderful rats are. Antoine and Bijou are brothers who began life, as do so many of the babies brought to rescues, as part of an “oops” litter. However, they had a lucky start to life–a much different story from what most rescue rats go through. The two beautiful brothers were born into a loving family with children who doted on them every day. When their female gave birth, the family reached out to Rattie Ratz Rescue to help ensure the babies were placed into good homes. Rattie Ratz worked with the family, and all the babies were happily adopted. Two of those babies are Antoine and Bijou, who found their forever home with Donna.


Antoine & Bijou

Donna has been an owner and lover of rats since she was in high school. Now, after experiencing what wonderful animal companions rats can be, Donna works with one of her local shelters in the summer months, sharing her experience with children.

Donna describes how it works: “One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to be a volunteer speaker at Critter Camp at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. During each camp session, I give a little talk to the campers, who range in ages from first through sixth grades. My talk focuses on rat care and why rats make such great pets.”
At each presentation, Donna always makes sure to bring some furry rattie friends to introduce to the children. Since she is an avid rat lover, this isn’t usually an issue. However, while gearing up for the summer critter camp this past spring, Donna found herself in the unfamiliar predicament of not having any rats to bring to her camp presentations.


Donna presenting at Rohnert Park Animal Shelter

“At each session, I always bring along a couple of my own pet rats to share with the kids. It’s their favorite part of my talk. But this past spring, I found myself having only one rat, and she was not very friendly. I needed a couple of friendly, social rats to be my ratty ambassadors for the summer.”

Donna reached out to her local shelter. While rats may not be the most commonly found animal at city shelters, there are a surprisingly large number surrendered to shelters each year. When trying to re-home their pets, rat owners who don’t know where else to turn to often seek the help of shelters as a last resort. Unfortunately, the pair of rats at Donna’s local shelter were already reserved, so she reached out to Rattie Ratz. And Rattie Ratz just happened to have two double rex, dumbo boys who were as sweet as could be, and were surprisingly calm for their young age (only two months old). The volunteers surmised that their uniquely calm temperaments were, in part, due to the environment they were born into. After all, these are ratties who had plenty of children playing with them from the time they were very young. This is why early socialization is so important, not just for rats, but for any animal. A well-socialized animal is a well-adjusted animal.

Donna came to pick up the boys; all of the volunteers at Rattie Ratz who had the pleasure of knowing these brothers were sorry to see them go; they had a way of sneaking into your heart. When Donna brought them home, “They settled in quite quickly and were not even bothered by the cats and dog. They have just the sweetest personalities. They are so playful and joyful. At first, they were really hard to tell apart…they were like identical twins. I even had to put a little blue dot of food coloring on the back of one so I could learn to tell which rat was which.” Since Donna was going to be traveling to France, her mind was in ‘French’ mode, and that’s how she came up with the names of Antoine (Anthony) and Bijou (Jewel).


Halloween shoot with one of the boys

Antoine and Bijou now have a lovely family who dotes on them every day. But these little guys can’t get too spoiled, because come summer, they have a very important job to do. Donna explains how, “The campers just loved the rats and their very exotic names. They were super patient with all the kids handling them; they did just great. I always hope that these kids come away from these sessions having learned to love rats just as much as I do.” Antoine and Bijou get to rest and enjoy their winters off work until they have to gear up for next summer’s new campers. In the meantime, they get to run around my rat room (which is off limits to the cats), and enjoy snuggle time in the evenings while we watch TV.”


Saying hello to a camper

When Antoine and Bijou become too old to attend the summer camps, they will retire and live out the rest of their days being spoiled by Donna. But for now they are still young and have many more adventures ahead of them.

If you would like to know more about Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their Facebook page. If you are interested in adoptable rats or volunteering for Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their website: www.rattieratz.com.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Rattie Ratz every other month. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Rattie Ratz.

Stephanie Cameron works and lives in the Bay Area, and has been active in the rat rescue community for a number of years. She got her first pair of rats – sisters named Snowflake and Diamond – when she was eight years old. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking her dogs, traveling, discovering fantastic vegan recipes, and singing in the shower.
October 28th, 2017
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These soulless creeps need to be caught and jailed!!
https://www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/latest/details/-/articleName/2017_05_22_horror_footage_men_torture_rat

Horror footage: Men torture rat and launch out of a cannon

22.05.2017



Horrific footage showing a rat being forced into a metal pipe before being launched into the air using a makeshift cannon is being investigated by us.
Tortured rat being forced into cannon launcher © RSPCA

The video - which has been viewed more than 5,000 times on Facebook - shows one man in a garage leaning into a plastic dustbin before pulling out a grey and white rat by its tail using a pair of pliers.

He and another man are then filmed trying to shove the rat inside a metal exhaust pipe while the rat can be seen struggling and heard squeaking in fear as he tries to escape and the men taunt it with expletives.

As the rat tries to bite his blue-gloved hand one of the men says: “Get him in there boy, whack him on the head, knock the **** out!” before using a crowbar to hit the rat on the head and poke it inside the piping.

Attaching the pipe to a compressor to form a makeshift cannon he then runs outside, laughing, before blowing the rat metres into the air above.

Our inspectors are appealing for anyone who might recognise the men in the video or where it was shot to contact them.

Special Operations Unit chief inspector Mike Butcher said:

This footage is absolutely awful. It would have been a terrifying ordeal for the poor rat. You can see him being picked up by his tail clamped in a pair of pliers and he is struggling to free himself. You can hear him squeaking and trying to wriggle free.

The men then push and poke the rat for more than a minute as they try to force him into the piping.

As the rat tries to free himself one man knocks him over the head using a crowbar before they shove his little body inside the pipe. They can they all be heard laughing as they run outside and blow the rat high into the air. It’s really disturbing.

It appears from the background that these men work in a garage - possibly as mechanics. It is a large workshop. The outside area of the garage is quite distinctive as all the other units are bright red and we are hoping that someone will recognise either the men or the area where they are.

Rats are still living creatures

Mike added:

Some people see rats a vermin - but they are still living creatures that feel fear and pain and it is completely unacceptable to treat them in this way.

This little rat is grey and white so there is always the potential that it is someone’s pet that has escaped. We just don’t know. We would just ask that anyone who recognises the men or where they are to contact us as soon as possible.

Anyone with information about the video is urged to contact us on 0300 123 8018.
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October 26th, 2017
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Warning do not use Bow Tie Animal Transport!!!
Warning, warning, do not use Bow Tie Animal Transport! It seems that Richard Hardy aka Rapha Amen and Franklyn Hayward are at it again under a new business name. Unfortunately these scumbags are not trustworthy and have previously caused the deaths of many animals due to their incompetence in knowing how to safely transport animals. D: See here: https://www.facebook.com/Victims-of-Frank-Richies-Animal-Transport-1887065634740399/

Do not use these scumbags! https://www.facebook.com/BowTieAnimalTransport/

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I hope the Police in India whack this guy good with their batons!
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4766889/mouse-torture-video-shopkeeper-tied-jar-beat-it-stick-india/

TAKING THE MICKEY Sick shopkeeper ties a MOUSE to jar and beats it with a stick to teach him a lesson for ‘stealing’ from shop

The rodent can be heard squeaking in pain as it is struck over and over in the shocking clip 'filmed in Mysore, southern India'
By Tom Michael
25th October 2017, 7:02 pm
Updated: 26th October 2017, 12:39 am

A SICK shopkeeper has been slammed for trying a mouse to a jar and beating it with a stick after he caught it “stealing” food.

The torturer, named in the Indian media as Melahalli Ramanna, filmed himself whipping the helpless rodent as it squeaks in agony in footage branded “disturbing” by one animal welfare officer.



A shopkeeper tied a mouse to a jar after he caught it 'stealing' food

The mouse is said to have been raiding his shop in Mysore, southern India, every night, feeding on his groceries and destroying other items.

Ramanna had reportedly been unable to catch the mouse until it eventually fell into his trap.

As revenge he is said to have tied the tiny raider's limbs to a glass jar with green strings and flogged it with a stick - the results of which can be seen in a shocking video.

The vile torture meted out to the mouse was captured in a 32 second long video reportedly recorded by Ramanna's friend on a mobile phone.



A man filmed himself hitting the helpless mouse over and over with a stick



The rodent squeaks in pain as it is struck again and again with the stick

As the poor mouse whimpers, he can be heard repeatedly asking: "Will it eat gram flour and wheat again?"

The man hits it so hard at one point the jar falls off the table before he picks it up again.

His pal can be heard laughing in the background and saying the video would look good if music could be added to it before the clip ends.

The rodent’s fate is unknown.



The poor mouse had reportedly been stealing food for weeks before it was caught



At one point the mouse gets hit so hard the glass jar falls off the table

Anthony Rubin, an animal welfare officer from Chennai, India, said: "This is truly a disturbing video. I do not know where the world is heading.

"How can a person torture an animal like that?

"These people are a serious threat to the society and actions should be taken against this person so he knows what is right and what is wrong.

"This is not how animal should be treated. This is torture."

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