Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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A Dee-Luxe Apartment In The Sky

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 5:32 pm on Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lest you think I’ve forgotten the permanent Rattie family, here’s a little update about them!

If you’ve been here a while, you may recall that the Ratties live right next to where I spend my day sitting. They are literally within a few feet of me at all times.

And here’s what it looks like from my chair.

Jen's View

Pretty convenient for Rattie play time – they just come out of the cage door to a pile of pillows on the chair arm, and then to my lap.

With the addition of Lily and Laurel, however, the cage you see above, which is large enough to hold three rats, became inadequate. But we couldn’t afford a new cage. What were we to do?

We built up!

As seen from my chair, this is the new, 6-story tall, Dee-Luxe Rattie Tower. We took some 1/2-inch hardware cloth, put it on top of the main cage, and cut a hole through. Then we secured the body of our smaller cage on top, and added a wooden birdie ladder.

When the assembly was done, all five Ratties made a dash for the upper levels. They were thrilled with the new space! Each one of them, too, had lived in the smaller cage at one time or another, so it was a familiar place for them.

Yuri and Leonardo have quickly adopted the penthouse as their favorite snoozing spot.

While the girls are enjoying the freedom to pile up as they wish, without having to make room for the boys.

What you can’t see in that picture is that, somewhere under Lily and Laurel, inside the purple fabric, is Lola. Actually, I think you might be able to see part of her. Look at Lily’s ears (she’s the blond at the top), and follow a line straight down from them, past Laurel. You’ll see a small patch of gray fur peeking through a hole in the fabric. That’s Lola!

It’s already evident that the crowding they’ve been going through has been stressful, and that they’re feeling a relief now. They still ask to come out and play, but not as often, and not with such a desperate look on their faces. And Lily is showing signs that the change has made her ultra-comfortable in our home. Every time she comes out now, she begins an endless series of grunts and low chirps that are getting louder and happier sounding with time.

Blog Changes?

It’s become clear to me that I seldom want to blog about my crafting any more. Yet, here I am with a blog called “Crafting Jen”. I know it’s meant to have double meaning – not only a reference to what I craft, but to the notion that any life is essentially lived in the crafting of yourself as a person. Still, I keep thinking it needs to change, but I don’t know what to change to. Any thoughts? I don’t think I want to go all rattie, even if they do seem to be the major theme these days.

Coming Next

New foster baby portraits!


Comment by FemaleWriter

September 5, 2008 @ 1:57 am

Wow! That’s a pretty cool looking high rise. I’m glad the gang is happier with the extra space and no longer as stressed as they were in a cramped smaller cage.


As for a blog change…hmmm…
I have a few online journals/blogs/diaries…if you’re interesting in trying a different site.

One site I use allows multiple journals under one username. You could have as many private (only you can see) and public journals as you want. I have at least 4 on this site, even though I rarely use one. But I don’t know how you would feel about a journal site that is “by and for adults” (they don’t allow anyone under 18 to have an account).

I think I use 6 different journal/blog/diary sites, but haven’t posted in any of them in over 6 months. I think I might be feeling the itch to get a new blog as well, but I’m not sure what I would do or where I would start a new one.


Anyway, I hope things are going well with the babies and the rest of your furry family. I hope you are fine as well.

Take Care!


Comment by Carrie K

September 5, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

One blog! One blog! I know people love to split their interests and not everyone cares about the diversity we all bring to the earth, but they can skim the topic that doesn’t engage them.

As for the name, I’m still partial to Crafting Jen. It speaks to a number of levels.

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December 7, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

[…] After an hour, we decided we were good to go. We did some straightening of the franken-cage, changed out a couple of hammocks, and added Laura and Trixie’s litter-box. (Oh, yeah – their adoptive family did so well with them they’re litter-trained! Maybe they can teach the rest a thing or two!) Refresh the food, add the Ratties, and *poof*. All seven Ratties living in one happy family. […]

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