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Juska is back, this time with rats! (pictures)

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Juska is back, this time with rats! (pictures)

Postby Juska » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:20 pm

Some of you might remember the thread I made a long while back about getting some rats as pets. I lived at home then, and of course my parents wouldn't allow it, so I settled with the "you can have them when you have your own place."

Well, now I do, and welcoming two boy rats into our home was one of the best things that's ever happened to me :D

The black/white one is Johnny, and the beige is Dracula (named so because he is a nipper and has ruby eyes)

Johnny is a real sweetheart, he'll sit on your shoulder and lick your ears, or your fingers when you stick them through the bars (I reinforced the "stuff that comes through the bars is not food" rule).

Dracula is a bit skittish and tends to hide and scurry away when contact is made. I'm breaking him in though.

I got them at about 5-7 weeks old, and now they're nice, plump ratties that like to be handled and love to play. I'm a proud rat mom :lol:
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:52 pm

That's good news. They sound nice.
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Postby astargirl22 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:03 pm

too cute
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Postby Zombie_Doll » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:50 pm

Aw, they're so cute! I can't wait till I can move out and get rats of my own.

(Of course, I might still try to convince my parents to let me have rats, it probably won't work. :roll: )
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Postby Juska » Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:50 pm

I made a Facebook page for Johnny, Dracula and Scorpio, in their point of view. If anyone wants to check it out or "like" them, here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Dr ... 2469069726

I plan on updating it a few times a day with what they're doing and such, playing out their unique personalities will be fun :)
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Postby Ash » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:36 pm

I remember when I had my rats. They were the coolest, most affectionate pets I had when I was a kid.

Dracula is beautiful! His color looks a bit creamy. He reminds me of one of the ones I used to have.

I'll have to go "like" the facebook page!
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Postby Juska » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:55 pm

Thanks, I'll try to keep up some humorous posts to brighten people's day :)
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Postby Juska » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:41 pm

Got some nice pictures up of the boys!
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Postby Akuma223 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:01 pm

What pretty rats you have! I miss having rats so bad, I loved mine when I had them. Patches, sandy, nip were my first ones. I got patches when I was about 5 maybe 6 then got the other two. After they died I got Spot and violet. I would so get some again if I weren't saving up for a fennec.
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Postby the_unstable » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:11 pm

Awh, they're so cute! I've never had a fully beige rat before...never even seen one in person, actually. I really want a blue colored rat someday.
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Postby Juska » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:17 pm

I'd like a seal-point one and a few more hooded ones, in different colors. But I'm probably not going to have rats after these guys aren't around anymore.
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Postby the_unstable » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:55 pm

I've had both siamese and himalayan rats. They're so cute! I'm assuming that's what you mean by seal-point anyway. I don't know the color names very well. Hooded rats are about all you can find in my area, at least if you were to go to a Petco. Almost every single rat is a black and white hooded. They're cute, though, don't get me wrong! I try not to buy pet store rats if I can help it, as there are so many in shelters and such needing homes. Why no more rats?
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Postby Juska » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:13 pm

I just like hooded rats, I guess, no matter what color they are. I like black, blue and fawn/beige as far as colors go.

Not having a job right now and the fact that it's going to be very hard to say goodbye to my boys when they go are contributing factors to not getting any more rats. That, and they're not "easy" pets to care for, like most people would believe. They do cost a fair bit of money to house and keep properly. And lugging their cage outside every week to clean it is a pain. But while I have them, I intend to do it, but I don't think I could go for another 3-4 years with a new group.
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Postby the_unstable » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:23 pm

I do like hooded rats also. My favorite "colors" are probably blue, hairless, and siamese...if those are considered simply "colors".

Yeah, I know how the joblessness goes. I'm working on finding something but there isn't much out there, and what seems to be available is something I've already done and got tired of/burned out on. AKA retail. I've never really thought of rats being terribly challenging but now that you mention it, I realize they're not "easy" like people think. They need their out time each day, lots of toys and stimulation, and a good cleaning of the cage at least once a week. I've only taken my cages outside once or twice to spray them out. I normally get a bucket or something and fill it with hot water and vinegar and wipe out the cages with a rag. It works okay. I'd say a dog is an easier pet than rats, though not less expensive than rats.
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Postby Juska » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:24 am

Came home around 9:45 tonight; checked the rats and noticed only Scorpio and Dracula came to the cage door. I found Johnny lying inside his hammock.

We don't know when it happened or why, but we're hoping he just fell asleep sometime today while we were gone, and passed away peacefully. He was a little over two years old.

Rest in peace my little fuzzy baby, Matt and I miss you and we loved you so much.
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