Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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About a Boy (or Two)

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 6:08 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Things are progressing well in the Rattie Kingdom here. Lola is going nuts trying to figure out who the interlopers are next door.

Lola at the bars
Lola Says, “I Smell Stinky Boys!”

I think she’s figured out they’re not going anywhere. If I hold one of the boys up near her cage, she gets frantic and tries to bite them through the bars. She even reaches her paws through like she can pull them into the cage.

Today is two weeks since Yuri and Leonardo had their surgery, so it’s another week before we can put them together with Lola. Given her past aggression, and her current aggressive overtures, we’re going to be cautious about it. I’m sure two sturdy, young boys can hold up to her advances, though. Besides, they outnumber her.

We’re not going to just suddenly throw everyone into the same cage together and hope they work it out. No, first we’re going to try a trick of smearing all three rats’ backs with some yogurt or chocolate pudding or something. Then, everyone gets tossed into the bathtub together, while Gryphon and I supervise to make sure no one gets hurt.

The theory is that the desire for the yummy treat will overwhelm the initial instincts to assert dominance, and that we’ll wind up with a mutual pudding-washing session. Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, Yuri and Leonardo are adapting very quickly to their new home. Yuri was actually vocalizing on the second day here, making little happy chirpy noises. Neither Star nor Sable did that for months, and Lola only occasionally vocalizes even now after 6 months with us.

Yuri and Leonardo’s personalities are shining through clearly. This picture actually shows the difference well:

Yuri and Leonardo, Day Eight
Yuri the Bold, and Leonardo the Mellow

Yuri is always the first to come check things out when the cage door opens, while Leonardo tends to stay back and see what develops first.

But if what develops happens to be a couple of fingers dipped into yogurt, all bets are off, and Leonardo is right there alongside his brother!

Yuri and Leo Love Yogurt
Yuri and Leonardo Love Yogurt!

The boys have also displayed a distinct fondness for kleenex, fighting to see who gets to yank them through the bars and drag them to the nest corner. I guess some things are fairly universal among Ratties!

They’ve gotten so used to me now, too, that I’ve been bringing them out to play on my lap under a blanket. They show the same love for a knit made of Lion Brand Homespun yarn that Star and Sable did (and Lola does), so I spread my Homespun sweater on my lap, lift them out of the cage, and put them underneath. They go crawling everywhere, shoving the sweater where they want it to be! They’re young and have so much energy we’ve never gotten to the point where they decide to crash and snooze on my lap yet, but they clearly enjoy the outings.

Rattie business aside, I’m starting to feel like I can catch you up on the rest of our lives. Real Soon Now. This post is already long enough, and I don’t want to detract from the warm fuzzy cuteness contained within!

See you soon!


Comment by Carol

January 22, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

Awwww. Here’s hoping the pudding-orgy works!

Comment by Emily

January 22, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

I just found this cute pattern for a rat after reading your post. Great to hear things are going well for you all!


Comment by Carrie K

January 23, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

Cute Rattie pix! Yuri the Bold is a darling boy.

Comment by Carol

January 23, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

I love your blog. Therefore, I award you with the “you make my day” award on my blog.

Comment by FemaleWriter

January 24, 2008 @ 1:56 am


I’m sorry to hear about Sable’s passing. She had a good life and a good family. She will be missed.

Also, I see you have a new pair of rats. Neutered boys, wow! I can’t wait to hear about the life and times of Yuri and Leonardo. And I can’t wait to see which one gets along with Lola first.

I hope all is well with you and your family.

Take Care!


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