Ah, the joys of rodents :)

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  1. Grab

    Grab Active Member

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    Decided to revisit the world of ratties (my last elderly pair..a neutered male and a female, both passed a few years ago). Found these cuties via a breeder on the rattie forum, who happened to be a few towns over.

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    both are girlies.
     
  2. Zoom

    Zoom Twin 2.0

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    Awww! What kind are they? I miss my rattie girls and it's going to be a long time before I can have more, because both dogs think that rats = snacks and I don't have a safe place for them.
     
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    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Look at those dumbo ears!!!! My last ratty was a dumbo, too. Is the second one a hairless or a patchwork/double rex? It's hard to see from just the face. :)

    I miss having rats so much. I'll have rats again someday, but I just needed a break from the short lifespans.
     
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    The little black and white girl is a rex and her sister is a double rex (same litter). She's just currently in the very nekkid baby stage. The rex girl is molting, so has a thin spot, but it will fill in as her coat comes in a bit.

    I have Jules, who is terrier spazzy around small creatures. He did live with rats years ago and learned to ignore them (never, ever when out of the cage though) so hopefully he'll do the same this time. I do have them in a secure area though just to avoid issue, and he's put in another room (usually with a nice raw bone for entertainment) before they have their out times.
     
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    Well that was a quick jump from two to three. Went to a local pet store (kind of a skeevy one, but the only one that sells hamster blocks in bulk..we have an elderly hamster and just don't need 5 lbs at a time if we want it to stay fresh) and were chatting about the ratties. The owner asked about them and I mentioned one was a double rex, and explained what one was since he didn't know. When I described one, he just stared at me with a blank expression, so I was getting ready to go about my business when he said "hold on" and dashed to the back. He emerged with a very cute adult double rex girl.

    Their rats are kept in back in bins, since (aside from very rarely, if they have one with interesting markings) they're rarely displayed for pets. Adults are kept sparingly, and as far as anyone can tell they just keep a few females for breeding purposes. Mostly they keep smaller and baby rats to sell for nonpet purposes. As against pet stores that sell pets I am, we took her home and didn't feel a bit bad about it. I'm sure she's had many litters..she's thin and a bit haggard. She was quite thirsty and gobbled up an apple slice when she got home. They don't get fruits and veggies there, so she was very pleased to find such a lovely treat.

    Yes, she's in a separate airspace for quarantine. Once that's done, she will hopefully peacefully integrate with the baby girls. We'll be ordering a large cage that should arrive by then, so hopefully everyone does well all at once.


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  6. FoxyWench

    FoxyWench Salty Sea Dog

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    i ADORE rexies.

    ill have ratties again one day...i just need to figure out bedding, im aparently allergic to carefresh and i wont do pine or aspen...and im not sure i can keep up with fleece flooring...

    when i do get ratties again though i want dumbo rex and dumbo satins...

    though im wondering why you can get long and long silkies in mice and not rats...wonder if theres away to breed long haired rats...
    i like frizzie mice too! they remind me of long haired rex.
     
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    there's a Harley coat that is longer (reminds me of a longhaired hamster) I'm not sure how many breeders have the coat in their lines though. (I know one rattery seems to have a lot, but that's the rattery that comes up in most searches for that coat)

    The breeder Yersinia and Pestis came from has dwarfs and I saw that some of the dwarfs on her site had a longer coat. I'm not as familiar with dwarfs to know if that's a common thing.
     
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    misfitz Ruddy Buttinski

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    Awwwwww! They are adorable! Makes me miss having hamsters. I fostered for small animal rescue for a while, and can't wait to do it again once I move to a bigger place...with a separate room for nocturnal critters!
     
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    FoxyWench Salty Sea Dog

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    those harleys are lovely...
     

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