Owning rats, or as some say, being owned by rats, is a journey. For me it began with being intensely rat-phobic to where I am now, rat-obsessed (ok, i admit it).


Weekly Nutrition Checklist

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This is a checklist I created to keep track of my rats nutritional requirements (according to Debbie D. the Rat Lady). Bold items are essential; the boxes show how many times/week they should have each item. Liver/oysters should be given 2x/wk for adults and 4x/wk for ratkids under 6 months.

Please feel free to use it if it will be helpful. You can download it to your computer by clicking on the picture at the left. This will load the full-size graphic which you can then right-click on and save to your computer. Or I would be happy to send you the Excel file. Just leave your name and email address in the comment section with your request or email me directly.

My next project is a Ratty-Human Diet complete with recipes. In the meantime, if you want some good kale (and other) recipes check out World's Healthiest Foods Recipe section
or Food Down Under.


I love IKEA because IKEA loves rats

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Where can you go to buy stuffed rats and rat sheets and rat wrapping paper?

IKEA! All year long.

Are these cute little mice-wannabe's? Are they frightening blood encrusted snarling rodents?

NO. They are adorable rats just like our pets.

Minnen Råtta (roughly translated as Rat Memento or Souvenir).

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Dumbo Rat Halloween Costumes

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This probably would have been a better October post, but I came across the pics the other day and it brought back fond memories.

I work at an all-girl afterschool program and my rats (used to) get to come to work with me until a rodent intolerant person nixed that.

All the girls adored my first 4 girls (Penelope, Bon-Bon, Gigi and Dinky) who got to come with me everyday and the girls bonded strongly with them. For Halloween, two of the girls decided to go as Penelope and Bon-Bon. They looked very cute with their ears and pin-on pink tails. K, the shorter girl in the picture, has kept her interest in rats. She kept a rat journal and wrote down info she found in books and on the net and at one point wrote Bella of Bellaratta's Nest (one of her favorite sites) and got a wonderful reply.

Jane, one of our group leaders and an amazing and creative seamstress, helped them with their costumes. Here's a pic of her modeling her creation.


Bunnyman Sketch

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How does Socar J. Myles do such amazingly realistic rat drawings? I can't get my rats to hold still long enough to properly observe them! I did this sketch while Bunny was in the corner of his cage watching me and falling asleep. He likes to be near me. Probably because he knows if i see him i'll want to get him out.


The Tale of Samuel Whiskers

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I have been looking for a copy of The Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter ever since I heard that it was written about her pet rat. I found several references to it but never the actual text, until now!

I mentioned Project Gutenberg in my last post (the story of Malmo the wounded rat). They put copyright-free literature on the web for anyone to access freely. They also include the original illustrations for many books, especially children's books. On a whim I searched for it and I was delighted to find that they have a complete copy which can be read online and also downloaded here.

My little Otis reminds me of Samuel Whiskers. Something about that sly little look on the face when they're up to no good.


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