Rat Teen Troubles

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Dublin and Jinx feigning innocence

Yes, it’s true – rats can have hormonal mood swings and teenage angst too!
My youngest two rats have been doing a lot of posturing and having increasing skirmishes.
Jinx has been a complete bully to poor laid back Dublin, by chasing him off the fresh food I put in the cage. I’m not intervening, because Dublin certainly doesn’t look underfed – in fact he’s the bigger of the two rats. It doesn’t help that Stripe has found a way to climb up their cage and agitates them both to distraction, if I don’t get there fast enough!

I’ve had to improvise a makeshift wall to seal off the cage from climbing rats, especially after Jinx discovered he could scale the cage too.

Last week, Jinx attacked Dublin for a dog biscuit, and chased him across the room. Half way along, Dublin changed direction, and ran straight up to my shoulder for protection!!

Stripe, Shy-Shy and Pip are still the best of mates. Pip tells them off if they get out of line, but he’s a fair boss. It still seems strange without their brother Rocky – the cage seems quieter with only the three of them.
Here’s some recent shots of them:

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is my cheesy wedge!

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it tickles

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hi!

Today my lovely rats have been mostly eating sunflower seeds

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2 Responses to “Rat Teen Troubles”

  1. HI, I’VE BEEN ENJOYING YOUR WEBSITE. WHEN I CAME ACROSS THAT YOUR FEEDING YOUR BOYS BEANS I JUST HAD TO CONTACT YOU. APPARENTLY RATS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEANS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET RID OF GAS. I HATE TO THINK OF YOUR BABIES WITH BELLY ACHES. THERE ARE PLENTY OF WEBSITES ABOUT RATS THAT OFFER ALOT OF HELPFUL INFO ON FEEDING AND CARING FOR THESE PRECIOUS LITTLE FURRY PEOPLE. I’VE LEARNED ALOT. KEEP UP THE GOOD LOVE OF THESE CRITTERS. SANDY

  2. Whoa there Sandy!

    Rats CAN and do eat beans – just not UNCOOKED beans!
    I wouldn’t feed them solely beans obviously, but a very small amount is fine – as well as their normal balanced diet.

    And about getting rid of gas – guess what? Any experienced rat owner will tell you – they most certainly can! They don’t burp and cannot vomit, but they definitely do break wind on occasion – I’ve experienced this first hand!!

    Here’s two useful links relating to nutrition, both by very experienced and respected rat breeders:

    http://ratfanclub.org/diet.html
    http://www.shunamiterats.co.uk/scuttling.shtml

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