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Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006, 02:00 pm
Rats and food--a match made in heaven!

You know, it's really hard for a rat not to gain weight during Christmas. People (including at work) foist their left overs on you and you're honour-bound to eat it.

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
darkentiger

awww poor thing, if I was back home i offer anything u want... and Promise to eat u..... hehe

Happy Holidays Marko

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

*blush* How did you know I'd like that?

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
darkentiger

hehe just a hack..... hehehe

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
savant_da_rat

Heh, my solution to that problem was to be a shiftless bum -- no job, no cookies from co-workers to worry about! *snicker* 'Course, now I'm home with all the holiday treats here, so I don't know if I'll be any better off... ;)

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
vassilissa

You're allowed to stash it, you know.

I've known rats who put food aside for later on and totally forgot where they put it.

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
jackrat

Hehe :) This is a bad thing?

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year ;)

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
twigmouse

Yay! Get that rat belly built up for FC. I'll need a pillow you know :-)
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Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
cryoyank

Go for a run then, work it off!

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Me? Engage in strenuous physical activity (other than the horizontal kind)? But all is not lost: Ristin and I have been doing an exercise routine, though we have been slacking off since we shot the video. But we promise to get back into it in the new year!

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
cryoyank

One thing: You MUST stick with it and do it regularly. The old cliche of no pain, no gain is very true. Doesn't mean you have to put yourself in the hospital, just means you have to get past that "ooh, it hurts!" stage. As Nike says, "Just do it!"

Or buy this dragon a ticket to Brisbane and I'll whip you into shape, mwahaha!

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
espilonarge

*gives lotsa belly rubs to the ratty* n.n

Oh and on another note, I currently have 37 rats. c.c;;;

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

(I know this might piss you off, but I've pissed off more than my fair share of people by speaking my mind, so I'm used to it. I'll take the risk.)

Do you know how to properly take care of 37 rats? What are you planning to do with them? Sell them as pets? Will you be able to find homes for all of them as an unlicensed and unknown breeder? That's not something I'd be comfortable with when I know a lot of them would be doomed to die lonely and unloved. (It's a sad fact that a lot of people don't take pet ownership seriously.) Sell them as snake food?! Leaving aside the fact that it is (thankfully) illegal to feed live rats to snakes in this state, I would feel quite rightly horrified.

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
espilonarge

I was prepared for these kind of issues from the beginning.

Currently 21 of the rats are mature and ready to be sold. We're going to be keeping 3 to 5 of them. I'll be taking the rest to a local retailer who is legally allowed to sell pets. The price they set ($10 a rat) is high enough that theres a slim chance they would even get sold as snake food. (I would never sink that low! *eye boggling shock*)

The males and females are being kept in 2 seperate large cages. Both can support multiple rats with no problems and have toys, hammocks and bedding. The cages are cleaned once a week and the litter is replaced. They get fresh food served on a large bowl with treats every couple of days (gotta keep them happy) and their water is replaced (almost all gone withen 24 hours) every single day.

I know for a fact that only getting 1 rat can lead to a short and lonely life. General rule of the thumb is always 2 or more rats (as long as they are same gender) to keep themselves company but still need TLC from the owner such as patting and play. Most owners who only buy 1 rat find out the hard way that they need attention at 24/7, needing the most at around 12AM to 6AM which is unfortently when most people are asleep.

Because they have been sired from the same father and raised in the same cage at the same time (while they were young) theres a slim chance there will be any territorial issues. They have however (as above) been separated and weened from their mothers to keep them from "bang-banging" each other.

As for the other 13 pups, they are to young to be put in with the other rats at the current moment (the young girls are a bit still to rowdy.) We have a 3rd cage set up for this reason. Both the mother and the other female are in this cage, one acting as the suregent mother for when the real mother gets to over-welmed (all females have only 12 teats.) It also keeps them company.

Also if any do start "biting" its possible to train them out of it. Its people who don't know how to deal with it personally and "deject" them (usually its caused either by a parent or both being biters or are treated roughly at a young age.) None of the parents have bitten me, my flatmate or other people who handled them and the pups show no signs of hostility. Tessa has only "nipped" me once but that was because my eye was a little to close to her nose (only got my eyelid) because ratties love the sweet sweet juices of the eye (try and get The Simpsons reference joke.) :)

*nuzzles* I've had a cat thats given 3 litters before. They got sold/given to good owners. Unfortently every time I kept one, they either kept getting nicked off (stupid @$$holes) or rev-heads would run them down non-stop (this hasn't only happened to me but multiple people along the street I was living in over at Eagleby. Rev-heads are very common over there..)

Even if they don't get sold off straight away, the shop owner won't just dump them. They would lose their pet license if they did. Even then because they are licensed, they would have quick vetanery access and know-how when an issue arrises.

I'm prepared for this Marko. *gives the puppy eye look*

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Okay, thanks for your reply. I have to admit I'm not really comfortable with breeding rats on principle (there are so many of them already) but I can see you have given it some thought and you do sound like you know about rat care.

Fri, Dec. 22nd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
espilonarge

Well it could have been worse. I could have been hand-rearing mice. Now THOSE are little stinkers (literally.) n.n;

Thu, Dec. 21st, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
aldi

Yay! Now you can match your iconized pot-bellied version!
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