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Old 05-05-2010, 09:10 AM
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Oh, by the way Chewbecca, I just wanted to say how impressed I am with all the research you are doing months before even getting any rats. You are going to be an awesome rat owner. They're so much fun.
I'm in no place to have more pets right now, but I hope Damien wants rats when he's bigger. Daddy could never say no to him
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:09 AM
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awww, Thank you!!!!
Seriously, though, reading and researching is totally different than actually owning and experiencing rats in person.
So, while I can make everything sound good in type, I'm sure if I got rats, I'd be blown away by how they behave, and I'd probably panic if the tiniest thing went differently than all my research told me!

I am so scared that when I own rats, if even so much as one dust particle comes into contact with them, I'll be rushing them off to a vet for upper respiratory issues. I'm afraid NOT to wash bedding, but if I do, I'm afraid that what I use will cause them to have some sort of reaction.
I'm scared that I'll be allergic to their pee or fur.
I'm scared that they won't eat the expensive, online-only lab blocks I'll have to feed (because it's what the breeder feeds). I'm scared that I'll feed them some people food on accident that I shouldn't have fed.
I'm scared they'll get bored, but I'm scared that if I put too much stuff in their cage at first, they'll have too much fun in their cool, new paradise, to want to bond properly with me.

UGH. Part of me thinks I should just get rats and learn as I own them.
Because info is so conflicting and is based on each individual case.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:17 AM
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Aw, they're really not that difficult. They do require a lot of time and attention, yes, but they're not bad
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:29 AM
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*hands Chewbecca paper bag* Breathe Becca breathe!!!

CD they're wicked cute! I fostered a hooded rattie that looks just like Heen once, they're wicked cute and very friendly... acted like a mini dog!
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:32 AM
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oh, hahahaha!
No, I'm sure I'll be fine, I was mainly thinking out loud.
I know if I got rats tomorrow, I'd be able to figure out how to take care of them.
I'm used to get animals that I have no idea how to take care of, and I learn REAL FAST!


OK, I'm done hijacking your thread Milo!

Your girls are beautiful!

And again, I envy you!
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:08 PM
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I would be CD, lol, not Milo,

Yes, I know about the aquarium thingy. I've got this one of CL right now actually, trying to sell it to get at least a double level cage. They are SO much fun! I love the pants right off of them already! Heen is content to sit on my lap sometimes, but usually they are go go go all the time, haha.

I got females because I didn't want to have to smell male rat pee. I've had rats before, and it was a bit stinky. They marked eVERYwhere! It was probably because there were also Gerbils in the house at the time, but still. I went to Petsmart to get some chewies for them, and all the male rats that they had there (this store only carries males) were solid black. They were cute, but I definitely prefer the hooded!

I'm currently surfing CL to try and find a nice cage for them. I saw a bird cage that might work, if I made a second or third level for them. I also brought home a crapload of cardboard boxes to make a little critter corral for them, and to make little hide boxes and stuff for their cage right now.

I'm hoping this aquarium sells soon though, lol, I want to decorate a cage for them!
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:39 PM
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oh, god.
I don't know WHY I called you Milo!!!
D'oh!!! Sorry.
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:10 PM
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lol! I demand Stagger Lee pictures as an apology!
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