Farewell My Lovely Rats

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It’s been a few months since my last two lovely boys passed away. It was November 26th and Dublin was getting very feeble and off his food. Jinx took a bad turn during the night, and we were very upset to find him barely moving in the morning of the 27th, so I had to make the harsh decision to put them both to sleep. I knew that Dublin would only decline very fast without his brother so I thought it was kinder to let them both go together. It was not just the end of days for these two wonderful little guys, but the end of an era, I had decided not to bring any more rats into our lives for the time being, as it is not so practical having to house them in the garden shed (a consequence of my partners allergies), not to mention the heating bill. So I will make this my last post, a farewell to my sweet pixies Dublin and Jinx, and a tribute to all our rats gone by. To the Rainbow Bridge my little ones xxxxxxxxxxxx

Irresistibly Cute Dublin's 1st Day Home

Irresistibly Cute Dublin's 1st Day Home

I is a Mouse, honest

I is a Mouse, honest

Baby Dublin Fluffyness

Baby Dublin Fluffiness

Wassat?

Wassat?

Peek-a-Boo!

Peek-a-Boo!

I Gots it

I Gots it

Old Boy Dublin

Old Boy Dublin

Dublin in his Prime, a Handsome Ratty

Dublin in his Prime, a Handsome Ratty

Baby Jinx's 2nd Day Home

Baby Jinx's 2nd Day Home

Pixie Rat!

Pixie Rat!

Hi!

Hi!

Cute Jinxy

Cute Jinxy

How Whiskery Am I??

How Whiskery Am I?

Jinx on the Sink

Jinx on the Sink

Cuddling Rocky

Cuddling Rocky

Old Boy Jinx

Old Boy Jinx

Adorable Jinx

Adorable Jinx

The Big Boys

The Big Boys

Snuggly Shy-Shy

Snugly Shy-Shy

A Rat Party!

A Rat Party!

Sniff Sniff

Sniff Sniff

Today My Lovely Rats Say Bye-Bye

Ratty Gallery

Jinx

Jinx

At last an update! I’m posting this in November, but these photographs were taken back in September. The boys were very good to pose for me, possibly due to the incentive of treats being given!

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Dublin and Jinx are getting old and somewhat skinny, so I’m trying to give them all their favourite healthy foods like scrambled egg just to make sure they’re eating well.

Dublin

Dublin

Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating scrambled egg and salad

Cute Rat Pictures

There’s nothing really new on the ratty front, so here are some up-to-date photos of the small furry fellas :) Click on each photo to bring it up larger.

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Today my lovely rats have been eating Yorkshire pudding pieces

Handsome Chaps

Here’s a few more great mugshots of my six handsome bucks!

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Rocky, 19 months old

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Jinx, 5 months old

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Shy-Shy, 19 months old

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Stripe, 19 months old

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Dublin, 5 months old

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Pip, 19 months old

Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating apple slices

More Baby Rat Pictures

Here’s a few more pics of the new little boys. Also a big huddle of the older bucks with Hannah.
As you can see the new ones are black hooded dumbo rats. Dublin has a longer “hood” and a stripe widening at the tail, while Jinx is smaller and has black mottling on his back. Jinx has white on his chin, and two strands of white fur on his head, which distinguishes him from his brother.
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Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating bread in Lactol

Keeping Cool and Rats’ Tails

With the recent warmer weather, it can get pretty hot in the rats’ shed. I’ve had to make curtains for the windows, so that during sunny days (we get them in the Highlands too, you know!) I can keep the shed shaded, and open the windows a little for air circulation. Rats are fairly susceptible to heat because in the wild they are nocturnal and would probably avoid hot periods of the day and find refuge in their underground burrows. This is where a little rat’s scaly tail can be very useful. His tail is hairless and acts as a heat-loss organ. It comprises only 5% of the rat’s body surface area but can loose about 17% of a rat’s body heat. When the rat is hot, the blood vessels in his tail dilate, letting warm blood through and releasing heat, if the rat gets cool the blood vessels in his tail contract, so that his body heat is contained in his torso and head where it is needed most.
A rat’s tail also helps the animal balance and enables him to climb in the most precarious places! If he is waking a tightrope or similar construction he can use his tail as a kind of rudder to maintain his centre of gravity, and will move or curl his tail according to his needs. The tail has a scaly texture which also has a slight gripping quality. You may notice this if you rub a rat’s tail very gently the wrong way (from tip to trunk) as it feels rough and if you stroke the rat’s tail from the trunk to the tip it feels smooth.

Gallery of Tails
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Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating cheese and onion pasty and rocket salad

Gallery

Here’s some cute photos of my lovely rats. Click on the thumbnail to see the larger picture.

The Bucks

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As Babies

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