Ratty Sarah

carleesi:

ratty-sarah said: You got another rat? That’s brilliant! I’m so glad you did. Watching rats interact with each other is a big part of the fun :)


Yup! It was super spontaneous, cause we went out to buy a wedding gift and got home with a rat. xD
Unfortunately, when we got home we noticed a…

I forgot to say: the puffing up is a sign of aggression, but the snorting I’m not so sure. One of my girls blows air out through her nose at me - is that what you mean? I’ve no idea what this is, she doesn’t do it to the other rats, just to me (especially when I do it back to her!). Having one tame rat will also help tame the other when they’re living together - this is basically how I tame all my rats now, they just copy the original rats. If one rat has confidence in you, chances are this confidence will rub off on other rats.  

carleesi:

ratty-sarah said: You got another rat? That’s brilliant! I’m so glad you did. Watching rats interact with each other is a big part of the fun :)


Yup! It was super spontaneous, cause we went out to buy a wedding gift and got home with a rat. xD
Unfortunately, when we got home we noticed a…

Don’t worry, that’s not blood, it’s porphryn (snot/mucus basically!). It appears either when a rat has a respiratory infection, which is very common and is usually easily treated (I use an antibiotic called Baytril), or it could be a sign of stress.

As for introductions - neutral territory is the key. I do my introductions outside the cage, somewhere I can keep a close eye on things and remove a rat quickly if I need to. Googling will give you loads of suggestions about how to do this, but I’d recommend the ‘little but often’ approach - my first introductions are usually brief, about five minutes, to judge their reactions and prevent anyone getting stressed (including myself - rats can sense if you’re stressed, which will stress them out too). I’ll introduce them every day for longer and longer sessions, until I’m happy they get on, which for me takes at least a week. Different people have different methods though, and some rats get on straight away, while others are enemies from day one! Again, Googling will help you learn ratty body language, so you know the signs to look out for. Expect squabbling; rats will wrestle each other for dominancy, but it doesn’t usually get too violent.

When the time comes to house them together, I always clean the cage from top to bottom to remove all scents - again, neutral territory is what you need here.

Most introductions I’ve done have been fine. Rats are sociable animals, so although they need to have a hierarchy (hence the fighting), they generally get on in the end. The one time I had problems, I shoved them all in the bath together with a small amount of water, then put them in the cage - they were so busy grooming themselves, then grooming each other, they forgot to fight! It can be cruel (none of my rats have ever liked water), but it works as a last resort.

Good luck! 

All packed for my holiday ;)
My favourite furbaby, my favourite man (don’t burst my bubble!) and Mr Fluffles (don’t ask).

All packed for my holiday ;)
My favourite furbaby, my favourite man (don’t burst my bubble!) and Mr Fluffles (don’t ask).

I’ve been continuously running my P’s since I got it about four months ago, but now I have to pack it away as I’m going on holiday abroad. I’m sad to put it away, but thrilled to find that my charm fits neatly in the indent for the batteries!
I’ll definitely be starting it up again when I return.

I’ve been continuously running my P’s since I got it about four months ago, but now I have to pack it away as I’m going on holiday abroad. I’m sad to put it away, but thrilled to find that my charm fits neatly in the indent for the batteries!

I’ll definitely be starting it up again when I return.

Just had my last Uni meeting for a while as I’m going on holiday.

Some white bitch ranting at black people for not being experts in Egyptology. nice.
Anonymous

thatlittleegyptologist:

Woohoo! There we go. I was waiting for this. My first time being called a “white bitch”! I didn’t even mention anyone’s skin colour in my post, yet somehow we’re here. I was just pissed off with misinformation. Good times. 

Some anonymous twat ranting at an academic for being intelligent. Even nicer.

Bedtime for Rat Owners
Me: Goodnight, rats! See you in the morning!
Rats: *lounging peacefully in the space pod*
Me: *turns off light, goes to bed*
Rats: *squeaking, fighting, shrieking, and random rat-murder sounds*
Me: *jumps out of bed and turns on light* WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THERE??!!?!?
Rats: *lounging peacefully in the space pod*

xanders-fluffy-hair:

brigwife:

the-security-kitchen:

Summary of Robot of Sherwood:

  • Twelve and Robin Hood bickering
  • Patrick Troughton
  • Clara getting shit done
  • PATRICK TROUGHTON!!!!1
  • A man who looked uncomfortably like Anthony Ainley
  • A plot probably??
  • pATRICK TROUGHTON!!!1!!!!!1!

exCUSE ME “A man who looked uncomfortably like Anthony Ainley” that is Ben Miller u r talkin about

But to be fair he did look uncomfortably like Anthony Ainley

For me, what little plot there was was ruined right at the beginning when the title ‘Robot of Sherwood’ appeared on screen. That kinda gave the game away.

Still, The Doctor in handcuffs, twice. I’m not complaining.

hismarmorealcalm:

Gold Funerary Mask placed over head and shoulders of Tutankhamen’s mummy  Inlaid with blue glass and lapis lazuli  Cairo Museum

I have never felt more humble than I did the day I stood face to face with this object in 2006. I stared into its eyes, and it stared into mine. 
This iconic object is known to millions, it has been seen by millions, it has seen millions, but for five long seconds it was staring only at me.
That was a very grounding experience. I felt very small that day.
I’m now an Egyptologist. A very lucky one.

hismarmorealcalm:

Gold Funerary Mask placed over head and shoulders of Tutankhamen’s mummy  Inlaid with blue glass and lapis lazuli  Cairo Museum

I have never felt more humble than I did the day I stood face to face with this object in 2006. I stared into its eyes, and it stared into mine. 

This iconic object is known to millions, it has been seen by millions, it has seen millions, but for five long seconds it was staring only at me.

That was a very grounding experience. I felt very small that day.

I’m now an Egyptologist. A very lucky one.

Ichigo-Chantchi