Ratty Sarah
Kimiko the Fosterling review (part two)

The sixth icon is a loudspeaker. This is used if you neglect Kimiko and she runs away (which didn’t happen to me) or to call out her name to make her happy.

The seventh icon is a hand, representing the rock-paper-scissors game. Playing this increases Kimiko’s happiness:

The eighth icon is a drink. When Kimiko is a baby she will only drink, she will not eat. Giving her a drink decreases her hunger:

The ninth icon is food, feeding her… well you can guess:

The tenth icon is a snack, giving her a snack increases her happiness but lowers her health:

When Kimiko is hungry she beeps and a stomach icon lights up - attention icons are located below the icons mentioned here, but you are not able to select them. This is the other unique thing about this pet; when Kimiko needs something, she doesn’t just have one attention icon, meaning you have to check her stats to discover what’s wrong. She has a specific attention icon for each scenario. When she is hungry, a stomach icon appears, when she is ill, a thermometer icon appears, when she is unhappy you’ll see a sad face rather than the happy face on her stats (see previous post), and when she runs away you’ll see a running figure icon. 

I really like this pet. She’s easy to care for, but not too easy that it’s boring. She changes appearance frequently, but not too frequently that you can’t keep up. The house-shaped shell on this version is nice as well, as opposed to the round shell of the Baby Byte. 

But best of all, a seller on eBay has some for sale at a decent price. He has all three colours (pink, purple and yellow) and he posts worldwide. I bought one from him and it arrived very quickly, brand new in packaging. I’d definitely grab one while you can!

Kimiko the Fosterlings

Kimiko the Fosterling review (part one)

This pet is different to most pets. For a start you’re raising a human, not a dog, cat or… inhabitant of Tamagotchi Planet. Secondly the icons are not arranged around the edge of the screen like most pets, they fall (rather haphazardly) on the left hand side of the screen alongside Kimiko. Kimiko doesn’t move much, apart from her arms, but she has a range of facial expressions which tell you how she’s feeling (see my previous posts for more info).

The first icon is a book. Making Kimiko read increases her IQ but decreases her happiness (she must be reading a Coptic textbook - trust me, they’re brilliant at decreasing your happiness!):

The second icon is a broom. This cleans Kimiko, which increases her health:

The third and fourth icons are a syringe and a medicine bottle, for when Kimiko becomes ill:

 The fifth icon is a person carrying two buckets. This is discipline (something I didn’t actually use):

Disaster!
The yellow Dinkie (T Rex) died when I was at work! He couldn’t last four hours without me. The other two survived, the teal Dinkie (Brachiosaurus) was hungry and unhappy but okay, and the red Dinkie (Triceratops) was hungry, unhappy and sick. 
They were left for the same time, yet the consequences were different. Maybe health depends on what dinosaur you have (which obviously depends on diet):
The T Rex has the worse diet (but the tastiest!) of burgers and drumsticks, and he died after four hours.
The Brachiosaurus has the best diet of apples and carrots, and he was okay after four hours.
The Triceratops has a medium diet of noodles, and he was sick after four hours.
I’ve started the yellow Dinkie again and paused the others while he catches up *sigh*

Disaster!

The yellow Dinkie (T Rex) died when I was at work! He couldn’t last four hours without me. The other two survived, the teal Dinkie (Brachiosaurus) was hungry and unhappy but okay, and the red Dinkie (Triceratops) was hungry, unhappy and sick. 

They were left for the same time, yet the consequences were different. Maybe health depends on what dinosaur you have (which obviously depends on diet):

The T Rex has the worse diet (but the tastiest!) of burgers and drumsticks, and he died after four hours.

The Brachiosaurus has the best diet of apples and carrots, and he was okay after four hours.

The Triceratops has a medium diet of noodles, and he was sick after four hours.

I’ve started the yellow Dinkie again and paused the others while he catches up *sigh*

The Charming Rat

This is my Etsy shop. I make charms which, okay, are actually for phones, but I use them on my Tamas. The photos are a few examples of what I’ve made but I can make custom orders :)

I post worldwide. Sorry the shipping cost is more than the actual charm - blame Royal Mail!

The rat in my logo is Mookie :)

carleesi:

ratty-sarah:

carleesi:

ratty-sarah:

carleesi:

So, as some of you may already know, I got a pet rat yesterday.
But I’m having a bit of trouble. He seems to be scared of human hands.
I read that to get a rat used to you, you need to wear a blouse that smells of you and then they will start recognizing you.
I started doing this today. Just to…

I don’t know what the situation is in Poland, but sadly in the UK most rats from pet shops are from people who breed for money and don’t care about the animals, therefore handling just doesn’t happen and as a result they can be scared of people. If they’ve been treated bad by the breeders then they can also assume all people are bad. This obviously depends on where you got him. I don’t personally have any experience with lone nervous rats as I always have a group - rats gain confidence from each other, and copy each other, so any new, scared rats watch the older rats and realise that way that I’m friend not foe. Googling should give you tips, but I imagine it’ll be a case of patience until he learns that you’re not going to hurt him. Biting isn’t a good sign though, my rats never bite me from aggression. Sadly it’s a sign of a typical pet shop rat. Sorry :(

well, the pet shop was the only option for me, as I none of my friends has rats.
the woman in the pet shop took him by his tail while putting him in a transporter box, maybe that’s the case? cause I don’t think it’s a normal thing to do, maybe they treated him unkindly there?

You could be right - picking him up by the tail is a clear sign they don’t handle them. I would recommend always handling the rat before you buy: you need to check it for signs of ill health and you can see how friendly it is.

so, you’ve never been through the taming a rat phase?

I’ve had nervous rats, but most have been tamed by mixing them with already tame rats. They never bit me, they were just shy or jumpy. The only time this didn’t happen was when I had single rats (twice, YEARS ago) which were really nervous. They never became tame :(

You’re going out and running late?
Tough.

You’re going out and running late?

Tough.

carleesi:

ratty-sarah:

carleesi:

So, as some of you may already know, I got a pet rat yesterday.
But I’m having a bit of trouble. He seems to be scared of human hands.
I read that to get a rat used to you, you need to wear a blouse that smells of you and then they will start recognizing you.
I started doing this today. Just to…

I don’t know what the situation is in Poland, but sadly in the UK most rats from pet shops are from people who breed for money and don’t care about the animals, therefore handling just doesn’t happen and as a result they can be scared of people. If they’ve been treated bad by the breeders then they can also assume all people are bad. This obviously depends on where you got him. I don’t personally have any experience with lone nervous rats as I always have a group - rats gain confidence from each other, and copy each other, so any new, scared rats watch the older rats and realise that way that I’m friend not foe. Googling should give you tips, but I imagine it’ll be a case of patience until he learns that you’re not going to hurt him. Biting isn’t a good sign though, my rats never bite me from aggression. Sadly it’s a sign of a typical pet shop rat. Sorry :(

well, the pet shop was the only option for me, as I none of my friends has rats.
the woman in the pet shop took him by his tail while putting him in a transporter box, maybe that’s the case? cause I don’t think it’s a normal thing to do, maybe they treated him unkindly there?

You could be right - picking him up by the tail is a clear sign they don’t handle them. I would recommend always handling the rat before you buy: you need to check it for signs of ill health and you can see how friendly it is.

carleesi:

So, as some of you may already know, I got a pet rat yesterday.
But I’m having a bit of trouble. He seems to be scared of human hands.
I read that to get a rat used to you, you need to wear a blouse that smells of you and then they will start recognizing you.
I started doing this today. Just to…

I should say as well: rats will learn to recognise your voice as well as your scent. Try letting him settle for a few days, he could be stressed, especially if he’s been separated from his siblings. Talk to him in a calm voice. If you’re calm, he’s more likely to be calm. If/when he bites again, tell him off in a stern voice. Rats are good at picking up on your mood. Mookie used to bite my fingers if I put them through the cage bars (thinking they were food), but after telling her off several times she learned. She now checks what I’m putting through the bars - if it’s my fingers she licks rather than bites. The one time she accidentally bit me recently she hid from me for a day, she was so ashamed!

carleesi:

So, as some of you may already know, I got a pet rat yesterday.
But I’m having a bit of trouble. He seems to be scared of human hands.
I read that to get a rat used to you, you need to wear a blouse that smells of you and then they will start recognizing you.
I started doing this today. Just to…

I don’t know what the situation is in Poland, but sadly in the UK most rats from pet shops are from people who breed for money and don’t care about the animals, therefore handling just doesn’t happen and as a result they can be scared of people. If they’ve been treated bad by the breeders then they can also assume all people are bad. This obviously depends on where you got him. I don’t personally have any experience with lone nervous rats as I always have a group - rats gain confidence from each other, and copy each other, so any new, scared rats watch the older rats and realise that way that I’m friend not foe. Googling should give you tips, but I imagine it’ll be a case of patience until he learns that you’re not going to hurt him. Biting isn’t a good sign though, my rats never bite me from aggression. Sadly it’s a sign of a typical pet shop rat. Sorry :(