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  1. ViciousCurse

    Rats and Singing

    Funny, because I found a video rather recently about researchers attempting to "decode" rat noises. I posted the thread here.
  2. ViciousCurse

    Peeing in the Litter Box

    Click on this link and you'll be taken to an image from Reddit (not mine). People use river rocks as pee rocks and put them in litterboxes.
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    The gang don’t like hammocks/hanging toys!

    Sometimes it takes a while for rats to discover hammocks and how awesome they are to lay in. I've had hammocks in my cage for about three months, and then my one rat, Arthur suddenly started using them exclusively. Sometimes I forget and can't find him until the hammock moves and a rat...
  4. ViciousCurse

    Hi!I'm new here

    Welcome to the forum! What a beautiful bunbun you had! I'm sorry you had to lose him on that day :( Do you know what age the babies were when she separated males from females? I hope it was before the females could get pregnant.
  5. ViciousCurse

    Peeing in the Litter Box

    I'm glad is was/is working. Is it still working for you?
  6. ViciousCurse

    Rats and Singing

    I like to think my rats enjoy my singing, but my bird often butts in and, uh... tries to sing along a lot more off key than me... Otherwise, my boys seem to enjoy it, especially if they're lying on my chest and sleeping. I wonder for those rats if they enjoyed the vibration me singing brought them
  7. ViciousCurse

    Rats in the News

    Lookit the absolute adorable rats! Those wild ones are still pretty darn cute. Oh, also... fun fact I learned while doing my project in my Ecology class. Pet rats and wild rats are scientifically distinct species, similar to dogs and wolves. Wild brown rats are just Rattus norvegicus, while our...
  8. ViciousCurse

    I tried getting my rats' footprints....

    We were going to try t replicate an ink pad next time. Soak a paper towel in some sort of rat-safe ink (on top of a plastic piece or something lol), have Genji walk over it, and then onto the canvas. I'll have to try non-toxic finger paint. While it was funny to have green fingers, I'd rather...
  9. ViciousCurse

    One rat sneezing ONLY during free roam

    Usually I put something on the floor, a shower curtain for example, to make sure they can't get irritated by floor cleaners. It could be harsh chemicals from floor cleaners that could be causing sneezes. Otherwise, it could be as benign as excited sneezes! New smells can sometimes trigger sneezes.
  10. ViciousCurse

    I am allergic to my new rats!

    Is it hives and general itchiness, or is very severe like throat closing? And please be truthful, we love our rats, but if it's a health hazard to you, it would be best to return them. For me, I have a... medium-level allergy. My eyes get puffy and watery, I sneeze, I get hives, etc. I found...
  11. ViciousCurse

    I tried getting my rats' footprints....

    ...and ended up with a green rat and green hands! I used non-toxic food coloring, but my (siamese) rat and I are still just a little green! My little "canvas" ended up turning out quite poorly, unfortunately. Food coloring seeped into the carpet, even with my shower curtain. A whole lot of...
  12. ViciousCurse

    Traveling and Rats

    When I boarded my rats, I felt like an overprotective dad lol! I wrote them a whole list of what my boys see and do, gave them copious amounts of food, treats, fleece, etc. While the employees had never cared for rats, I felt that they were in safe hands, as these people had my instructions...
  13. ViciousCurse

    Taking Rats Outdoors ............. Or With You to Places

    What you are describing is not a true service dog. That is someone's untrained pet making a bad example for an entire community of people with disabilities who need these extremely well-trained dogs so they can live relatively normal lives. True service dogs rarely react to anything. True...
  14. ViciousCurse

    Rat Wheels

    I've been thinking of getting a larger wheel since most of my males are quite large. I've heard 14", 16", etc. All of which are hard to find or expensive.
  15. ViciousCurse

    Traveling and Rats

    I'd either find a rat-knowledgeable sitter or a rat-knowledgeable boarding facility. If it's a day trip, they should be fine, but anything longer and I'd suggest someone sits your pets. You never know what will happen while you're gone.
  16. ViciousCurse

    Taking Rats Outdoors ............. Or With You to Places

    Sort of off topic, but I am seriously against bringing any untrained non-dog animal into any public setting. A service dog is different as they are trained to handle the outside world. I will save my rant for bringing non-trained animals being in stores for later, but... Even I would not bring...
  17. ViciousCurse

    Rat Wheels

    Is thr silent spinner actually silent though? Back when I had hamsters those silent spinners were not silent. At least... they weren't for me lol.
  18. ViciousCurse

    Rat Wheels

    Just wondering what the best wheels for rats are and what would be good for them. I see the saucer wheels all the time. Used to have a wheel for my rats, but never heard or saw them use it, but I want to try again. The original wheel was lost in a couple of moves and now I'm looking for a new...
  19. ViciousCurse

    Antibiotics

    Good luck to you and your boy! Here's hoping everything goes wonderfully and the abscess being removed will help his breathing sound better.
  20. ViciousCurse

    Dad rat and new babies.

    Wow, sorry about the unexpected litter! If you can, call the rescue and let them know this happened. It's up to you whether or not you keep those babies, but if you do, make sure they get good homes! But, I'm sure you know that :) I currently can't remember the exact age, but brothers will have...
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