Spaghetti for the Ratties

Posted on September 26th, 2007 in , by Cassi

The rat babies LOVE food! They go nuts over fruit, cheerios, and oatmeal, and I gave them whole wheat spaghetti with tomato/basil marinara sauce tonight for the first time. It seems like they really enjoyed it! Check out the pictures and see for yourself :P (sorry they’re a little out of focus…)

rats with spaghetti

pixel eating

They also got a little bit of scrambled egg for breakfast yesterday, but they were less enthusiastic about it.

Lap Rat Picture

Posted on September 22nd, 2007 in , by Cassi

I just wanted to share this cute picture of my lap rats. :D They love chewing on socks for some reason. You can see Pica chewing on my foot in this pic.

Lap Rat Picture

New Rat Cage!

Posted on September 16th, 2007 in by Cassi

I got a new cage for my boys yesterday. It’s a Marchioro Tommy K 102. I know I said I was building one, but it just wasn’t turning out the way I wanted it to. And when I found the Tommy cage it had everything I wanted. The base is really deep, so they can’t kick litter out. And it’s much longer and wider than the old cage. I think the dimensions are 40″x20″x20.5″high. So it’s about 4 inchces shorter than the old one, but the length and width more than make up for it. The cage calculator says it can hold 4 rats. Sometime in the future I may get 1 or 2 more, but not for a while. The two of them are enough work for now. ;) I think it’s supposed to be a guinea pig cage because it came with a hay dispenser, which I laid flat in the cage as a little “house” for them to sleep under. It’s the clearish-blue thing over to the left. I also added the shelves from their old cage, the hammock, a large food dish they use as a shelf to sit on, and I got one of those half logs for them to play on and under. The towel pinned to the cage creates kind of a teepee over one of the shelves for them to sleep under. Here are the pictures:

New rat cage

rat cage from the front

Gerbil Picture

Posted on September 11th, 2007 in , by Cassi

Here’s a cute pic of the gerbils sleeping cuddled up together from earlier this evening.

sleeping gerbil picture

I was hoping to have the new rat cage built by now, but it’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m sure by the end of this weekend it’ll be ready for the boys to move in. The real advantage to the new one is that it’s a whole foot taller. I’ll have more room to add things like bird toys and ropes and other fun stuff. And the advantage for me will be that it’ll be a lot easier to clean and they won’t be able to kick litter out the sides of it. :D I’ll have lots of pics and a “how-to” on how i built it once it’s done.