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Introductions August 31, 2004 5:25 AM

Hi, I'm Catriona and I started this group oin the hope that somebody might join... any minute now... any minute... Well, I can't be the only one crazy about rats. I started this group because I've had lots of pets, but I really think that rats are the best. You don't have to agree, but rats make much better pets than people think, don't they? When I was 12, a girl came up to me and said, 'Do you really have rats?' and I told her I did. She said, 'Where did you get them from? Did you go to the sewers?' and went on like this. Anyway, it demonstrates a lot of people's opinion. I think people should check their facts before judging, or they come across as ignorant. What do you think?  [ send green star]
 
Hello! August 31, 2004 9:09 AM

You are definitely NOT the only one who loves rats! And yes, I find the general public to be very misinformed about rats and their personalities and intelligence. Each of my rats has been distinctly special to me. I think of them as "my babies" and I know many rat parents feel the same. As I write, two of my little girls are here with me at work waiting for their Dr. appt. They are both ill and my heart is breaking. Jill has heavy breathing typical of pneumonia and Tiffanie has a growth on her right cheek. I've had over 20 rats in the last 4 years and am dedicated to their love and care. I'm located in Boulder, Colorado and desperately seeking other folks in Boulder (or anywhere in Colorado for that matter) who would like to start a group! Where are you located? The photo is of my dog, Lilly, and me. (I'm 44 years old and getting older fast!)  [ send green star]
 
Hi August 31, 2004 10:18 AM

Hi Cindy! That's good, my group number has doubled over the past day. From one to two. Yes - I call mine my babies too! My family are getting quite sick of it, really. My parents made me sign a contract before they let me get my rats - 'no holding rats into people's faces', 'no talking incessantly about rats'... my baby Harvie is on my lap right as I speak. He is the one in the group photo, actually. I live in London. Poor ratties, I hope they get better. Maybe if we were 10 years on, I'd say 'Right, I'm coming over on the plane to make them better straight away'... but I can't go telling people I'm a vet until I've trained for it! You had 20 rats in the past 4 years?! I've had 4! I have a pair at a time, and they live for approximately 2 - 2 1/2 years, don't they? Anyway, I agree with you - people think rats to be aggressive, dirty, stupid... most rats are actually the opposite of these words, aren't they? But honestly, in my opinion, they are the best pets ever. Lower maintenance than dogs, cats or horses, more fun than reptiles and fish, and generally more intelligent than almost any other pet available... Well, everything I said summarised - rats are the best!  [ send green star]
 
Aww August 31, 2004 10:20 AM

By the way, I think Lilly has a lovely face! So happy looking!  [ send green star]
 
Hello August 31, 2004 7:18 PM

You can count me in also oh and missy, chomper, gemima and spanky my rats.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Welcome! August 31, 2004 7:35 PM

This will be fun! I love the names of your rats! Where are you located? Happy Ratting! Cindy  [ send green star]
 
Hello August 31, 2004 8:13 PM

I'm from Australia in Victoria bu I was born in (Netherlands) Holland and came to Australia when I was about 7 months old. I have 4 rats at the moment 2 male and 2 female. Missy the mum, chomper the dad, Gemima the daughter and brother to spanky the son. I have been interested in rats for about 11 years now and will continue to do so for many more years. The only down fall I have with rats is they dont live long enough, its heart breaking. Over the years I have changed many peoples opinions and thoughts about rats, too many people have misconceptions about them until explained and showed different, I have to remind people that people carry more diseases than rats ever have or will. I even had a roof rat called Molly who was a Rattus rattus, I found her as a baby and she was the cleanest out of all my rats. I could go on and on and on so instead take a look at some of my photos of my rats at http://groups.msn.com/Ausrats/alonaruratalbum.msnw Hope this link works.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi September 01, 2004 1:20 AM

Hi Ilona  [ send green star]
 
Hi September 01, 2004 1:40 AM

Hi Ilona! Your rats are so cute; you take such creative pictures! I like 'rats on the run'. Mr Spanky looks very much like Scamper and Pamper (Pamper being my photo)  [ send green star]
 
Rats September 01, 2004 11:54 AM

Hello. I love all animals and I think that rats are especially cute. I've never had one or really interacted with one. Anything I know about them is from what I've read (don't know much). I'll be here as an observer and as a supporter of these wonderful creatures.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Natalie September 01, 2004 8:38 PM

Thanks for joining us natalie, I am a lover of all animals myself and rats are one of my favorites. Rats are cute but it is most unusual for someone like yourself to think so if they have never interacted with them as many people think rats are ugly, especially the tail. Its a shame that there are not more people like yourself who think the same way.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Rats September 02, 2004 5:22 AM

I know - people who come to our house are often surprised; they come thinking they don't like rats, but most leave saying they do! Some leave saying they dont like rats but they do like OUR rats (which is ridiculus because my rats are not as fat lazy and friendly as most!) My godmother came over after my confirmation. She wasn't sure if she wanted to see them in the first place, but we persuaded her. Then when she saw Dash for the first time it was love at first sight! Do you like the group photo, by the way? I think Harvie looks like a little angel.  [ send green star]
 
Members September 02, 2004 5:26 AM

Pleas invite new members by the way!  [ send green star]
 
Hello everyone September 03, 2004 11:12 PM

I've had pet rats as long as I can remember(almost), but I don't have one now. My last baby died about a year ago of a cancerous tumor. I haven't gotten another for a very good reason. You see, there are only a couple of places to get them here, and I'm convinced that they all use the same breeder. I'm very sure that breeder just breeds his rats indiscriminately. My last 5 babies have all died young of cancer, either tumors or sores. It's so hard to have another one knowing what will probably happen. My very first pet rat was named "Varmint." Since then I call all my babies my varmints as a homage to him. Our group photo is one of the cutest I have ever seen. Is Harvie a pooka? Lee  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Cancer September 04, 2004 6:22 AM

Cancer's a big problem in rats, isn't it? Both of my old rats had cancer operations several times, but it was untreatable when one got brain cancer and the other lung cancer. I think that cancer was bred into rats in laboratories when scientists were looking for cancer cures.  [ send green star]
 
Cancer September 04, 2004 7:16 PM

You said it! Cancer is one of the major problems in rats but not only rats have this problem, any animal or human can get cancer, its nature at its worst. I have had many rats who have cancer but also to my suprise I have lost a budgie to cancer. I just hope that one day soon they will find a cure for this disease.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Cancer September 05, 2004 4:25 AM

Yes, I hope they find a cure, but I hope they do it by some other way than making rats get it to test on them...  [ send green star]
 
Ooh September 05, 2004 9:23 AM

Our group size has doubled to 10 in the last 4 hours! I haven't heard from any of the new members, though.  [ send green star]
 
Hi fellow ratz and rat-ettes! September 05, 2004 11:04 AM

i really am awful busy to join new groups, but good grief, how can you resist rats as pets? I hadnt had one in 30 years or so when i did a rescue mission for my buddy Rat-Teesha... who spent 3 days in a snake cage watching her brother get digested. Brought her home strictly as a foster mom intending to find a cool kid for her, and she's turned into my bestest 'puter-pal, sittin on my desk and helping me write whatever. please come see her at http://maggiezfarmaz.blogspot.com/ since i dont know how to post pictures in here yet. as of today, she's top of the page.... and a neat buddy.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Aww September 05, 2004 11:21 AM

To Maggie, Aww your rat is so cute! How nasty that she had to witness that! I hope she's not scarred for life!  [ send green star]
 
I love my rats September 05, 2004 1:10 PM

Hi! I'm Kathleen and I have two wonderful little ratties, Bea and Emma. When I went to the pet store to get a small animal, I knew I wanted something different. I was looking at all the different kinds of small animals and when I saw this little grey and white rat looking back at me, I fell in love. I read up on rats and discovered what wonderful pets they make. I was convinced after that. I bought that little ratty and she became my sweet Bea. I now have mice and a hamster too, but the rats are the best. They sit on my shoulders and run about the house like mad. They have lots of toys in their cage. Rats are so misunderstood. People always look at me funny when I say I have rats as pets but they don't understand. When I show them my rats, they're surprised they're not disgusting but rather cute instead. I hate it when I hear bad things about them. Hopefully this group will help people understand what wonderful animals rats are! Thank you for inviting me!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi September 05, 2004 3:21 PM

Hi Kathleen, I got my rats by falling in love with them too. I went to a pet shop to buy my friend a birthday present (a fish tank decoration; not a pet!) and I looked into the pet section, and as I passed a really cute little boy rat jumped up onto the bars of his cage and looked at me. I don't know whether that was Dash or Harvie, but it made me spend a whole day begging my parents to let me have them!  [ send green star]
 
Hello! September 05, 2004 7:58 PM

My husband and I love our rats like they're our kids. We recently had to put two to sleep (cancer, massive respiratory disease), but we couldn't resist getting 3 more, bringing our brood up to 5. We're going through the nasty process of trying to introduce the new females to the old, very dominant female and very passive, fixed male, but it's not going so well. The male is scared of the newbies and the female isn't accepting submission at all - she just keeps poundng them. We're about to move so we're hoping once the little ones are bigger and it's on neutral ground it will be easier. Any suggestions? So far, talking to Mogwai (the brute) about being civilized hasn't seemed to help much  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hmm September 06, 2004 6:40 AM

My two boys have a neutral relationship. They take in turns to be dominant and never fight.  [ send green star]
 
 September 06, 2004 8:38 PM

Hello Maggie B, Teesha is beautiful and she has a beautiful name I must say. I Think Teesha is thankfull for you love and kindness and knows she is one lucky rat, well much more so than her brother, poor thing. I just couldnt do that to any animal, what do you say we put those kind of people in a lions den, sounds good to me, they will soon realise how Teesha and her poor brother felt in the snakes den. People dont realise all animals have feelings of fear, they have a heart, a brain and they bleed just like us, they might not be as smart as the human race (sometimes I wonder though) but that doesnt mean they dont feel, They also have honest love to give out than most humans have to offer these days. You done a wonderful thing saving Teesha and Im sure she says thank you to you every day. I would like to thank you also, its people like yourself that makes this world a better place for rats to live in. A Little love goes a long way.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hello September 06, 2004 8:39 PM

Hello Maggie B, Teesha is beautiful and she has a beautiful name I must say. I Think Teesha is thankfull for you love and kindness and knows she is one lucky rat, well much more so than her brother, poor thing. I just couldnt do that to any animal, what do you say we put those kind of people in a lions den, sounds good to me, they will soon realise how Teesha and her poor brother felt in the snakes den. People dont realise all animals have feelings of fear, they have a heart, a brain and they bleed just like us, they might not be as smart as the human race (sometimes I wonder though) but that doesnt mean they dont feel, They also have honest love to give out than most humans have to offer these days. You done a wonderful thing saving Teesha and Im sure she says thank you to you every day. I would like to thank you also, its people like yourself that makes this world a better place for rats to live in. A Little love goes a long way.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Rat introductions September 06, 2004 9:39 PM

I also had the same problem with introducing new rats. So I found that the easiest way was to have my female rat reproduce, acceptance was then only natural instints. I keeped brother and sister and it broke my heart to have to give the rest to the pet shop, that was the only downfall. I keeped the father of the litter and I am still having problems with the mother always picking on him and pulling his hair out every time they cross paths. So I have Mum, dad, son, and daughter, one happy little family most of the time. You could try introducing them one at a time by using another cage, untill they all have accepted each other that might work but sometimes certain rats will never get on and keeping them together could do more harm than good. I keep my male rats seperate from the females only at night (both are desexed)incase mum and dad have a serious argument and Im not there to sort it out, but durring the day they are free to sleep and play where they like. they have free access to eachothers cage and a large class tank I use for a play cage. As long as there isnt any real damage done when they fight, all should be fine, it just takes some time.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hmm September 07, 2004 7:52 AM

I've never had any difficulties with rat introductions, because I get them in pairs anyway, as I only have room for two. But I think it's sooo sweet the way rats brought up together show so much devotion for each other!  [ send green star]
 
Hmm September 07, 2004 7:57 AM

Yes I agree, people cause so much pain to animals and call you anthropomorphist if you feel compassion. But this is an issue I have struggled with; are some species worth living more than others? Is one snake's life worth fifty rat's lives, even though rats are possibly more intelligent? It's difficult though becaue this is how nature is, of course. It's easy enough for humans, we can survive without eating animals (and quorn is yummy).  [ send green star]
 
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