Rat in the Garbage!

Posted on November 26th, 2007 in by Cassi

Earlier I got the boys out to play and set them in the kitchen as usual. I went back in their room to fill up their food dish and wipe down the shelves. When I came back to the kitchen I heard a strange rustling noise. I look over at the garbage can and see Pixel looking back me. His little face looked so shocked that he had gotten away with getting into the trash! As soon as he saw me he jumped out and ran next to the fridge… with his prize of course. He had found a piece of pasta from dinner that I’d thrown away. Luckily the only thing wrong with it was that it landed on the stove top instead of a bowl. I’m glad he didn’t make off with something gross or rotten, or raw (like the few bits of raw chicken I threw away, which were buried under a few other things). Well now I know to make sure no boxes are too close to the trash can. :P

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Rattie Cuteness

Posted on November 10th, 2007 in , by Cassi

Here are some pics I snapped of the rat babies while they were playing tonight. I think these came out really cute!

First, here they are trying to get out of the kitchen into the living room where I’m standing. Like the remodeling they’ve done to the doorway?

Rats in the Kitchen

Here’s Pica sitting in my hand.

Pica in my hand

And here’s Pica being cuddly in my lap. He loves to have behind his ears scratched. :D

Pica Scratches

I Gave Up

Posted on November 6th, 2007 in by Cassi

So the whole potty training thing lasted a long time didn’t it? I thought with the large blanket they wouldn’t be able to tunnel under it… yeah right. They chewed large holes in it after one day and were able to get under it again. Silly ratties. And even with the heavier dish as a litter pan, they still didn’t use it. At least they didn’t knock it over, but they still pooed everywhere but the dish. I just wasn’t able to stay on top of placing all the stray poos into the dish either.

So now they’re on Yesterday’s News. It’s recycled paper cat litter. It’s not expensive at all, and so far it’s absorbing smells really well. It’s only been one day on it, but it’s working better than Aspen already. The pellet shape makes it not stick to every cloth surface like the Aspen did.

I guess litter training isn’t for everyone! :P

Rattie Potty Training Update

Posted on November 3rd, 2007 in by Cassi

Well it’s only been a few days, but I now know this may be a longer road ahead than I thought. My first attempt at potty training isn’t going so well. They kept tipping over the litter box, and pulling up the edges of the fleece. And of course pooing everywhere except the box (not that they could poo in the box, since it was usually on its side). So I’ve made some changes. I got one big fleece blanket from Tuesday Mornings. Now they can’t tunnel under it. And I also picked up a large, heavy glass dish to use as the litter box. It’s much harder to tip over. Overall, it’s a much better set up, and I should have started out this way. I think I’ll need to go get another blanket or two for back ups. We’ll see how it goes…