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So when I was getting feeders for my snakes, a little white baby rat caught my attention and interacted with my finger when I wiggled it in front of the tank. I spent two days thinking about the cutie before going back to the store and spending $10 to get him and a water bottle. I turned an old plastic storage bin into an enclosure with the help of a power drill, am using shredded newspaper for substrate, shredded paper towels for bedding, and I made a little cardboard house with four levels inside and four holes for poking out.

I believe that this little one is a female because I see no sign of boybits but who knows. Either way, it's name is ******. It might not seem very creative, but it's actually fitting in with my Wonderland themed names(****** being the sexy brit in a bowler from Malice in Wonderland).

Anyway, here's a video of ****** enjoying an apple core and some cheerios in the comfort of the "mouse house".

http://s45.photobucket.com/user/straponwings/media/VID_20131206_190644_986_zpsa45593cc.mp4.html

It's crazy how sweet and tame this little rat fated for feedings turned out to be!
 

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Oh my gawsh, the baby! She is so cute.
And I agree with the fact that feeder rats are one of the sweetest! My little girl, Patrick, use to sneak out of her cage to snuggle with me at night and alwayd gave me kisses when crawling around me. And she almost became snake chow before I bought her.

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cute. just a word of caution,they can easily chew through plastic in no time.keep an eye out for a metal cage with 1/2" spacing.they also need the extra airflow.
 

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be careful feeding apple to rats!! D: Apple seeds contain arsenic and can kill your sweet baby in no time I'd they eat too many.

If you ever need to know anything about caring for ratties, let me know! I ran an actual rat rescue for years.
 

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I am familiar with the seeds being dangerous. I owned a couple of rats several years ago with a roomie and she always insisted on diligence in preparing their foods. So I actually picked the seeds out before I gave her the rind so I could let her chew on it without having to worry about just that.

As far as chewing on plastic, I used holes that were small enough that I didn't think she'd be able to get her teeth at the edges to gnaw easily but I do intend to keep an eye and will upgrade her as necessary.

Thank you guys for the tips though! Those are two important things for a newbie rat owner to know.

From the looks of it, ****** needs to do some chewing though. I don't know if rat teeth are like rabbit teeth but I assume they also need to wear their teeth down and hers look longer than they probably should be. I've given her cardboard to chew on but is there anything else you guys might recommend that would help wear her teeth down?

Anyway, just finished a fourteen hour shift, so it's time for me to pass out.
 

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As far as chewing on plastic, I used holes that were small enough that I didn't think she'd be able to get her teeth at the edges to gnaw easily but I do intend to keep an eye and will upgrade her as necessary.

Holes dirlled into the plastic isn't enough ventilation. Storage containers in general are unsuitable to hosue rodents in unless you modifiy the lid in such a way to attach a large mesh wire basket or hardware cloth to it. I kept a gerbil and later a mouse in a clear plastic container that had a large mesh basket fitted upside down into the lid for ventilation.

Your rat would be much happier and healthier in a wire mesh cage. Or large 20 gallon long aquiarium with a tank topper.


From the looks of it, ****** needs to do some chewing though. I don't know if rat teeth are like rabbit teeth but I assume they also need to wear their teeth down and hers look longer than they probably should be. I've given her cardboard to chew on but is there anything else you guys might recommend that would help wear her teeth down?
All rodents have continuously growing teeth. Rabbits, too, but rabbits aren't rodents, they're lagamorphs. Pet stores sell various wooden and other chew things for rodents and rabbits. Unscented cardboard tubes and boxes are good, too. Regular paper towel and toilet paper tubes are thin so they don't help the teeth much. But you can take one tube and insert several more tubes inside of it (might have to fold them a bit) to make a harder tube for gnawing on. I used to give my gerbils really thick hard cardboard tubes to gnaw on. Most of the tubes I got from a school bathroom that always had nearly empty commerical toilet paper rolls lying around ;-) Craigslist and FreeCycle.org are places where you can post a wanted ad for free cardboard tubes to keep up with your rat's gnawing needs :) After all, who doesn't use toilet paper and paper towels? It's good way to recycle those emtpy tubes. Staples and ther office supply stores that has a printing center might have thick cardboard tubes. Rolls of paper comes on the tubes for the giant printers. It wouldn't hurt to ask.
 

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As far as chewing on plastic, I used holes that were small enough that I didn't think she'd be able to get her teeth at the edges to gnaw easily but I do intend to keep an eye and will upgrade her as necssary.

i should have been more specific i guess. rats can eat through plastic,wood,cement and certain metals. it does not matter if there are holes in the plastic or not. i am more concerned about air circulation though. rats can get really gnarly skin and respiratory problems from not getting enough circulation. aquariums have the same problem. i have a really good rat food recipe, if you want it pm me.
 

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I have a 20 gallon that I could have used but circulation was a concern for me too. So trust me, I put a /lot/ of holes in the tub. I made like four rows of holes spaced about 1 1/2" apart wrapping all the way around the tub and included larger holes in the top since they wouldn't be as easy to access and gnaw on. But the earlier mention of cutting the top to put mesh on it actually sounds like a really great idea too so I might have to try that out too! I'm not especially keen on a standard wire rodent cage because I know from experience that they tend to be extremely messy but I do plan to construct a modified wire cage in the foreseeable future that will offer the benefit of full ventilation with a protective barrier around the bottom to minimize on nastiness in the area around the cage.
 

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Can you get ahold of a friend for her and a rat manor or similar cage? Mine also LOVE Hammocks and willow tunnels. I have 4 girls. She is a very cute little girl.

You can even make her like a martins topper but the tank will need cleaned fairly often because of ammonia.
 

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Oooooh, I like the idea of the martin's topper. I think something like that combined with a tub with holes for ventilation would be a good thing to work towards. I will see about getting her a friend. She currently has a mouse in there with her that my snake didn't eat this week but that's only temporary.
 

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Rats will kill mice, I've seen it happen... Funny enough though, they will take in and raise/nurse mouse kittens... Had a mouse abandon her litter after they stayed to geta little bigger, so I tucked them in with one of my momma rats that had just hada liter, she started nursing right away. It was adorable.
 

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Thanks for the advice! I have been keeping an eye(and an ear) out for any signs of aggression or distress. But in a couple of days, the mouse is going to be dinner anyway. In the future I'll store any "leftovers" separately though.
 
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