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Old 05-05-2010, 01:49 AM
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All of you people with rats and mice and cute little ferrets.

I found two female rats on CL that someones kids weren't taking care of. And they were in my city. And free. And came with all the stuff they had with them. The parent's were just happy I wasn't going to feed them to snakes apparently. They had a ten year old and a seven year old and the kids just weren't taking care of them like they "promised they would" so the parent's didn't want to deal with it.

I got a 55 gallon aquarium and a whole bunch of stuff with them too. They're really friendly, and seem no worse the wear for not being taken care of and interacted with daily for a few weeks. I've named them Heen and Howl. Heen is the beige hooded and Howl is the black hooded. They are really fun already, and very very social. They came from Petsmart, so I'm surprised at that. I REALLY want them to play in the ball I got for them, but they aren't too keen on it yet.

Howl is kind of a bit skittish, but she still is pretty calm when I'm holding her, and when I had her out to wander around for a bit.

Heen is awesome, and she's definitely my favorite of the two. She's much more bold and outgoing than Howl. She likes Apple Jacks and peanuts and will take them from me without any fuss. Howl prefers I set the treat down first.

Also, they are INCREDIBLY difficult to take pictures of! Oh my god! I need a real camera, and apologies in advance for the crappy cell phone pictures.

So, without further ado, pictures.

Heen;





Thats a book I was using to keep them corralled, lol. They didn't seem to mind.




And Howl;




Almost none of Howls pictures were worth posting though, which is a pity, she's really pretty. They're already using the litter tray I put in there for them, even though they were just messing in their cage. Albus and the dogs are really interested in them, but aside from Albus staring at them, they are leaving them alone. The girls are of course running around trying to get a good look at every body else too.

And girls finally outnumber the boys in this house! Yes!
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:15 AM
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Omg they're so cute! I rather desperately wanted hooded (and still do) they're sooooo pretty! Maybe later this year I'll try to find two hooded males.......
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:22 AM
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oh god, they're BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously.
I demand more pics!!!

Also, you'll really want them in a wired cage of sorts, not an aquarium. I don't own rats yet, but I've been doing a bunch of research on keeping them as pets, and glass aquariums do not have enough ventilation for them. When they pee in their cage, it'll cause fumes that can be harmful to their sensitive respiratory systems (can you all tell I've been hanging out at goosemoose.com a lot lately?).
Plus, (especially females), they are curious little buggers who want to climb, climb, CLIMB. And they really do best in a multi-level cage.
And, from what I've gathered from those that have used aquariums in the past, glass aquariums are a PAIN to keep clean.

Good for you for getting them, though!!!!!!
I am so INSANELY jealous of you. I want some ratties sooooooooo badly!

And, also from what I've gathered, girls are seriously active. And they get into everything!
And they're SUPER smart.

In the rat world, it's typically known that females are the smart, active, and crazy ones who will want out of their enclosures, but not necessarily to see YOU. They want out to explore, explore, EXPLORE!

And males are lazier, bigger, smellier, but they're also complete lovebugs with their people.

You are soooo lucky!!!!! Give them teh smooches for me.
They're sooo pretty!!!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:45 AM
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Awesome! Yeah, I'd go for a new cage. The good thing is you could probably sell the aquarium to get back some of the money you'd spend on a cage since you got it free.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:16 AM
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Oh, thy are sooooo cute!!! congrats on the new additions!! I don't want to sound repetiive, so I won't say anything about the cage

they're so cute!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:27 AM
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i agree with the others on all aspects...

save up some money and get them a good BIG cage, aquariums are terrible for ratties, critter nation or martins are great cages.

and they are super cute!!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:40 AM
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And it's really hard to decide between a Martin's and a Critter Nation (I wouldn't advice getting a Ferret Nation unless you are willing to cover it with hardware cloth). Martin's are more affordable and are more portable, but Critter Nations look better, imo. AND come with their own stand. And have a TON of floor space.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:43 AM
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And it's really hard to decide between a Martin's and a Critter Nation (I wouldn't advice getting a Ferret Nation unless you are willing to cover it with hardware cloth). Martin's are more affordable and are more portable, but Critter Nations look better, imo. AND come with their own stand. And have a TON of floor space.
You'd really only need to cover it if you had small rats or babies. Adult males should have no problems in a Ferret Nation. That's what I used
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:05 AM
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You'd really only need to cover it if you had small rats or babies. Adult males should have no problems in a Ferret Nation. That's what I used
oh, I was suggesting it to her since her rats are females. Aren't female rats still able to slip through the 1" bar spacing of the Ferret Nation?
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:07 AM
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oh, I was suggesting it to her since her rats are females. Aren't female rats still able to slip through the 1" bar spacing of the Ferret Nation?
Oops, sorry! I totally misread that they were males. They looked bigger.
Some could slip through, yes. The females I had probably couldn't have but they were a bit on the large side
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