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Old 08-26-2012, 07:53 PM
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Default I think I found someones pet rat!!! HELP!

Ok, so I was walking down my condo's hallway and saw something..scuttle..
Mind you, I live on the 50th floor of a very clean building so it was a total odd moment

I turned the corner next to the elevator and saw this RAT!! My first instinct was of course to scream but I noticed that
1. It didn't run away or seem scared of me
2.It was white and brown
3. It was standing on it's hind legs looking at me and waving it's arms, like..begging..like a dog.

It looks exactly like this


Ok so I went into my apartment and got a cardboard box and put some carrots in it and called it over and it ran inside the box. Which ALREADY IS FREAKING WEIRD FOR A NORMAL RAT TO DO. My parents think it's just a pest rat but what kind of rat COMES WHEN CALLED?!

Problem? I now have a trapped rat in a box and I have no idea what to do.

I called the front desk and they said nobody has called about any lost pets and that they could send a maintenance guy to come get it but that that would involve killing the rat. and I really don't think it's just a regular rat.. it doesn't seem to be trying to escape or eat out of the box or anything..and when I lift the top of the box it just looks at me..like kind of.. oh god I sound like a crazy person.. but like a friendly kind of look lol

..oh and I don't think it likes carrots.. I gave it a few doritos and it seems to like those.

but any idea how to go about finding a rat owner?? I've got 24 hours before my mom has a nervous breakdown.

I can't make TOO MUCH NOISE about it as far as my condo building goes because rats are CERTAINLY not allowed. I've already been sitting in the hallway waiting for someone to come looking but nothing so far.

I also have no idea how to give it water. Preferably in a way that does not involve me touching it lol will a small bowl work??

I'm also kind of scared that this is just a friendly..diseased totally normal rat.
but even my mom agrees that it's too nice of a color to just be a rat rat.
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:03 PM
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Put out a poster saying "have you lost your 'dog'?"

With this picture:


Type in weight, 10 oz etc

ETA or better yet, a poster with a picture of a dog/cat/whatever animal is allowed with a rat

eg (but maybe a little less obvious?)


saying "found pet" or something.

Or just do a "found pet" poster, anyone who lost their rat would probably clue in.

lol

I guess if you or your mom just cannot do the rat thing, give it to the humane society? Are there any small animal rescues where you are?
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:03 PM
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Someone I know has snakes and if the snake doesn't eat one of the weeks he buys rats, he throws them outside as he doesn't like to keep and feed them. Not saying that this rat isn't lost, that is also a possibility. Maybe put an ad on craigslist, if not call around to local (small) pet shops, maybe they will take it. It is possible it could be used as a feeder though.

Or you have a new pet .
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:07 PM
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Could be a feeder, but coming running over to a person is pretty friendly even for your average FO(pet store) rat.
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:14 PM
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Could be a feeder, but coming running over to a person is pretty friendly even for your average FO(pet store) rat.
As a previous rat owner most feeders are nasty tempered.

Fran awww good on you! Try a poster, if you have any rubbermate storage containers use that (with holes) for the night. If no one claims it try a rescue??
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:17 PM
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And yeah, water in a bowl is fine.

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Old 08-26-2012, 08:20 PM
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Gahhhh I miss my ratties...
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:23 PM
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CrazedACD.. if someone did that in an apartment building that would be the party foul above all party fouls!! LOL

I gave it some water and I'm pretty sure this is someones pet. But I can't think of a reason why it would be WALKING AROUND a hallway.
I put on some leather gloves and stuck my hand in to put the water bowl in and it sniffed my fingers and tried to climb on

I stuck some "FOUND PET" and my contact info post-its in all the elevators.
I drew a piece of cheese on the post-it. Hopefully that's enough for someone to get it lol
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Does it have the brown above the nose just like the picture? I am pretty positive wild rats do NOT come in Himalayan
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:27 PM
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Does it have the brown above the nose just like the picture? I am pretty positive wild rats do NOT come in Himalayan
Ya. It's all cream colored with a brown nose just like the picture. That's why I figured it wasn't a regular rat.. it looks like a siamese cat!

and I sure hope they don't or else this is probably the dumbest thing I've ever done and my family is NEVER going to let me live it down lol
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