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Old 07-14-2007, 10:21 PM   #1
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My Son's New Pets
Well, ever since my dd got her puppy in January, my son has felt a little left out...having no pet of his own.

Dh refused to allow him to get a dog (would make three in the house), so I took my son to the pet store to look at alternatives.

Here's what we brought home:








The first guy's name is Cadillac (as in Williams...played at Auburn and now at Tampa Bay Bucs). The second fellow's name is Chance (don't know where ds came up with this name).

They are dumbo rats. Sounds kind of gross, but I know a teacher at my school who has two. They are very smart, bright, social, and clean. I am actually enjoying them. They are really cute and sweet.

Anyhow, ds is absolutely thrilled.
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:37 PM   #2
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awwwwwww, they're so cute!!

I had a cat named Chance because the grey in his coat reminded me of grey rain clouds and I estimated that he had a 40% 'chance' of rain.
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Awwwwww!!! Soo sooo cute!
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Really sweet, good choice.
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Rats make fantastic pets. DS will love them.
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They are so cute!! I love rats... I always look at them when we are at the pet store. Awwwww!!! The only thing stopping me from getting my own is the 4 cats.
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They're so cute!!

I once went through a haunted house that had a "bubonic plague" room. The guy in the room had his pet rats in there, walking on the "food." He was so disappointed that I wasn't freaked out by them.
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I had rats for nearly 20 years, but lately found it too hard to lose them, so I'm taking a break for a bit. They're both adorable, but the grey capped one is soooo cute!!!
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Originally Posted by auburnchick View Post

They are dumbo rats.
If you paid more for these because they are dumbo rats, you got taken for a bit of a ride. Only one of those guys is a dumbo. The other is a standard (or top-eared) rat. I've seen pet stores around here put top-ears in the dumbo tank where they just so happen to cost more. But they sure are cute, anyway!

As for the sneezing, respiratory issues are the major health concern in rats. It is common for rats to sneeze for a couple of days when coming to a new home, it's just the stress of the move. However, many pet stores carry the SDA virus which is very contagious between rats, and fighting the virus weakens the rats immune system so much, it makes them much more susceptible to respiratory disease. SDA has a very high mortality rate. If your rat is only sneezing occasionally, but is eating/drinking fine and is otherwise active, I would give it a few days to settle down. If it continues, a vet visit is warranted. As was mentioned with the bedding, pine/cedar are BAD(!) and should not be used with any small animal. Aspen is okay, Carefresh is okay but it is dusty and causes many rats (and people) to sneeze. Personally, my rats have fabric in their cage with a litterbox filled with Yesterday's News cat litter (they sell it for small animals, but it's the same as the cat litter except in a smaller, more expensive bag).

I would find a vet now that is experienced with rats, since they are prone to respiratory infections and usually do need at least one vet visit for this in the course of their lives.

The best food for rats are lab blocks, but many people feed a homemade mix. Suebee's Rat Diet is the most common. I feed Suebee's except I use Harlan Teklad lab blocks instead of dog food.

If you have any other questions, you can pm me or visit Rats Rule. This is probably the most active and comprehensive rat forum on the 'net. If you go to the reference desk there are all sorts of helpful sites linked in the "Rat care sources on the internet" thread.

Hope your son enjoys his new friends!
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Originally Posted by frostywolf View Post
Only one of those guys is a dumbo. The other is a standard (or top-eared) rat.
I'm curious...which one is the dumbo?

We're using Aspen at the bottom of the cage, and we used towels to cover the shelves so their feet won't get hurt. I read that you can cut placemats down to fit the cage to protect their feet. I may just do that.

As far as the sneezing...we'll keep an eye on it. He really is doing so well. The other one is very scared right now. He's spending a lot of time hiding in the cage when we don't have him out.

Where do you purchase the blocks?

Thanks a bunch for the link (and your patience with my questions)!

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