Hey all. After a couple of years lurking The Rat Shack forums, I finally decided to join. It's a great community with loads of experience, resources, and anecdotes from what I've seen. Now that I feel more experienced in terms of rat kinship, I'm hoping to offer what help or useful tidbits I can. I'm pretty obsessed with rats now, honestly, and highly recommend them as companions. In addition to 3 rats currently (and 5 over the years), my husband and I also have a black cat named Toothless, who is one of the most loyal critters ever (especially to my husband). From left to right or top to bottom: Mercy [deceased, kidney/respiratory failure] - May 2017 to October 1, 2019 Luka [deceased, cancer] - May 2017 to August 28, 2019 Bianca - Unknown birthday, approximately 3 years old. Likes to sleep in odd positions. Ripley (formerly Squeak) - Born August 17/19, 2019. Adopted from the Ottawa Pet Rat Rescue. Pidge (formerly Cricket) - Born August 17/19, 2019. Also adopted from the Ottawa Pet Rat Rescue. We've had Ripley and Pidge for just under a week, and they're already adjusting beautifully. The moments Bianca has had with the two young ones are already beyond what we expected - she adores them, and their playfulness is rubbing off on her. Even for an old lady, she's eager to squirrel-hop and run around with the babies. Though she only spent one week alone after Mercy passed, the toll of losing her cagemate definitely showed.