Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rat Giftys!

My rattys & their giftys :p They got new hammocks too, but I pulled them out of the stockings so the rattys could crawl inside :P

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Man Eats Baby Rat on Youtube Video

Man accused of animal cruelty walks free from court after filming himself eating a live baby RAT

  • Judge ruled creature is 'not a protected species'
  • Andy Ray Harris had eaten baby creature 'for a dare'

  • A man accused of animal cruelty has walked free from court after appearing on video eating a live baby rat.
    Andy Ray Harris was arrested after chewing and swallowing the tiny, pink rodent during a sickening 45-second clip.
    But despite eating the hairless animal and washing it down with a mouthful of beer, Harris, from Tooele, Utah, escaped punishment in court after a judge ruled rats are not a protected species.

    The 31-year-old had been charged with aggravated animal abuse in April after police were alerted to the footage which had drawn complaints from horrified internet users.
    The disturbing 45-second clip shows the small pink rat squirming on top of a notepad in a pub.
    A spectator is then heard goading Harris, by telling him to 'go on and eat it'.
    He picks up the helpless creature, snarls at the camera and pushes it into his mouth before chewing for around five seconds and taking a drink.

    Animal rights charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reported it to police after a string of complaints.
    Harris told police he ate the rat 'on a dare from my friends' but pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated animal abuse.
    Prosecutors argued the baby rat deserved protection because it was not wild and was killed in a way that is 'not an accepted fashion'.
    But last week Harris went away from court unpunished after the judge dismissed the charges against him, declaring that rats were not a protected species.
    Harris admitted his actions were 'grotesque' but was not cruel.
    He'd also claimed his actions were not cruel because the rat was going to be eaten by a snake.
    He added that 'for centuries rats have been a scourge to humanity and should have no legal protections'.


    This isn't my usual kind of rat post, but I thought it made a good point. Rats & other rodents kept as pets, are often thought of as 'disposable'. There's also a huge number of people who can't see rats as anything but a pest. Rats deserve the same protection other animals get. They are intelligent, are prominent in human history... & they're just plain adorable.
    The fact the charges for this case were dismissed, is disgusting.

    Friday, December 16, 2011

    Hugging Your Rattys Will Keep Them Off Drugs

    Hugging Your (Rat) Babies Will Keep Them Off Drugs

    According to a new study, hugs from rat mothers make baby rats less likely to grow up into little rat drug addicts. Go home and hug your rats, everybody!

    A Duke press release (via Strollerderby) reports that researchers got one group of rat mothers to pay extra attention to their babies, by removing the babies from the cage for short periods of time and then putting them back in. They let another group raise their kids normally. Then they put both groups of ratlings through an experiment designed to test their cravings for morphine. The extra-loved rats liked morphine just fine the first time they got it, but once it was withdrawn, their cravings disappeared over time. But the normal, average-love rat babies maintained cravings for much longer.

    The study authors say the extra doses of maternal touch upped the rat babies' levels of interleukin-10, an anti-inflammatory molecule that also reduces cravings. In a followup experiment, when the researchers gave normal rats a drug that stimulated the production of this molecule, they were way less into morphine. Says study co-author Mark Hutchinson, "Two exciting things have been uncovered by this groundbreaking research. One, we have proven a mother's touch changes brain function and two, we have demonstrated an exciting way to intervene in the cycle of drug abuse." It's not clear whether either hugs or interleukin drugs would work in humans, but if you want to keep your rats off drugs, you should probably give them a lot of affection. Oh, and keep them away from your hamsters.

    A Mother's Touch May Protect Against Drug Cravings Later[Duke]
    Study Says: Don't Want Your Child to Grow Up to Be A Drug Addict? Then Hug Them.[Strollerderby]

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Ratty Christmas!

    I thought I'd finally share some of the Christmas rat items I've come across this year. Tragically I didn't buy any of these myself.... maybe next year. My rats ARE getting stockings full of goodies however. I'll snap some photos on x-mas day!
    But yeah, great selection of products out there. I wish I'd had time(and money) to buy more.

    Available at Zoes Hammie Haven

    Available at Pet Rabbit Toys

    Available at The Dapper Rat

    Available at Equine Canine Feline

    Available at The Ferret Shop

    Available at The Rat Warehouse

    Available at Pet FBI - Pets Found by Internet

    Available at Fuzzbutt Cage Comforts

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    The Bad Rat Pledge

  • I will not graze on the carpet.
  • It is not considered "cool" to beat up rats smaller than myself.
  • There is no need to steal treats from others when I am given one of equal size of my own.
  • I will not leave raisins on the sofa for unsuspecting human butts.
  • Pots are for growing plants in, not digging up.
  • I will refrain from climbing down the blouses of female visitors.
  • There is no nutritional value in used tissues.
  • Chewing on electrical cords is not fun, even if it elicits such an enthusiastic response from my human.
  • Peeing on the remote control does not give me the right to choose the tv channel, nor does it endear myself to my humans so that they turn the tv off & play with me.
  • I will not develop a foam mining enterprise in my humans mattress.
  • Unlike their favourite old t-shirt, peeing on their crisp newly ironed white business shirt as they leave for work will not elicit a loving response.
  • Licking my goolies in public is considered a faux pas.
  • I will not create a fake massacre scene in my cage when I eat red foods.
  • Barbering others is nothing more than gratuitous graffiti.
  • I will not start a game of hide & seek every time my human calls me back to my cage.
  • If I was meant to eat recycled paper pellets, they would be placed in my food bowl rather than my litter tray.
  • I will endure a bath like the calm, dignified rodent I am.
  • Bath time means a bath, not a chance to jump out and eat the soap.
  • I will do my best not to tread in squishy raisins and trample them all over the house & my human.
  • I will not find amusement in nipping my cage mates butt as he exits the hammock.
  • Adding urine to my water does not make it taste better.
  • When my human lets me out after completing their 100 page assignment, I will refrain from exploring the Delete key.
  • Chewing of cage wires does not elicit a favourable response from my human.
  • When dinner is being served, I will control myself and share with my cage mates in a sensible fashion.
  • I will go about my night-time business in respectful silence.
  • When I don't want to go home to the cage yet, I will not wedge myself under immovable furniture.
  • I will not give my human a heart attack by sleeping soundly with my eyes open.
  • Human saliva is not a tasty treat.
  • I am not qualified to give my human a manicure, pedicure, ear cleaning, nose cleaning, or dental exam.
  • I will not try to run off to the boy rats' cage at every possible chance.
  • The newspaper that lines my shelf does not need to be shredded to bits and thrown out the cage bars.
  • I do not need to pee on the magazine my human is reading, even if it is "yellow journalism".
  • My human lovingly hand-crafted this cozy hammock for me... so I must not pee in it, poop in it, eat staining foods in it, or chew six holes in it.
  • I will refrain from sofa spelunking.
  • I will not squeak in bloody terror when my human is trying to give me medicine & I will certainly not spit it out afterwards.
  • I will not climb the curtains & play along the curtain rod just out of reach of my human.
  • Band-Aids are there for a purpose and are not to be removed without permission.
  • I will not sit on top of the boys' cage when I am in heat & flap my ears coyly to drive them insane.
  • I will not teach my offspring to be as bad as I am.
  • I will not climb into the printer, scanner or paper shredder, especially when it is on. That also goes for the washing machine, clothes dryer, microwave, fridge & dishwasher.
  • I will refrain from jumping into my human's coffee mug & then walking coffee prints all over the table.
  • My food is placed in my own bowl, not on my humans dinner plate.
  • I will not throw bedding out of my cage at the cat.
  • When the dog barks at me & sticks its nose into my cage, I will not stoop to his level & bite him... after all, he's just a big stupid beast and doesn't know any better.
  • I will not bite my human's earrings, especially when she is wearing them.
  • Humping my cagemates is not an acceptable outlet for sexual frustration.
  • I will choose a more appropriate place than the litter tray to wrestle with my cage mate.
  • Chewing small holes in blankets, towels, clothes, bedcovers, etc is not appreciated as "ratty lace".
  • Socked toes are not fair game.
  • I will eat all the skins of my fresh foods rather than scatter them all over the cage.
  • I will use my cage brick to keep my claws blunt, not as a honing tool for precision sharpness.
  • Diving down my humans shirt & scratching them with my nails just to hear them squeal is not an acceptable game.
  • Free range time is a privilege, not a right.
  • Begging for another treat after stashing the first one does not fool my human.
  • I will try to remember to groom my tail... at least once a year.
  • When visiting the vet, I will conduct myself with decorum.
  • It's rarely ever wise to chew a hammock hook while lazing in it.
  • I will not tunnel under my bedding & knock all my toys, cage mates & food bowls over.
  • Yoghurt drops are to be eaten in moderation, so I will refrain from begging for them 24 hours a day.
  • When I'm working with my human in a PR capacity, I will not pee on, chew the clothes of, poop on, bite, sniff embarrassing body parts of, scratch the skin of, or otherwise deter those who might be interested in having rats as pets.
  • I will stash anything I get my hands on in a location known and accessible to my human.
  • It is not considered polite to take food from my humans mouth.
  • I will strike perfect statuesque poses every time the camera lens points in my direction.
  • I will refrain from flaunting my enormous torpedoes at anatomically inadequate human male visitors.
  • Just because my owners fingers smell like avocado does not mean they are edible.
  • I will not attempt to mate with the rat girls through their cage bars.
  • Candles are for humans, I must not eat the wax.
  • I will endure my humans cuddling, belly kissing & smoochy baby talk with stoic dignity.
  • If I simply must chew something, I will opt for one of the countless expensive chew toys my human provides for me that lie around like abandoned relics in my cage.
  • I will not demand avocado and smoked salmon for dinner every night.
  • My human does not approve of kisses immediately after I've groomed my butt.
  • I will not look all angelic while my human is attempting to reprimand me.
  • My human provides me with lots of toys, I do not need to play with other household items.
  • I will not cling to that spot between my humans shoulder blades where I cannot be removed without assistance.
  • I must remember that human skin simply does not have the traction required for vertical climbs.
  • Sneaking up on the family cat and biting his tail is not considered good form.
  • I will not sniff humans breath, then turn around and sniff my goolies for comparison.
  • I will refrain from climbing into the popcorn bag until my owner has had a chance to taste it.
  • I will not eat, threaten to eat, bite, groom excessively, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise terrorise my new cagemates.
  • Walking down one level of my cage to use the litter tray is not inconvenient. Besides, it's good exercise for me.
  • I will not pee in my dry food mix.
  • Water bowls are not provided for tail washing, dangling balls in or as a repository for unwanted lab blocks.
  • I understand that my human must spend time on the computer instead of playing with me & will therefore not chew through the mouse cord to get attention any chance I get.
  • I will not resort to maniacal blood-letting with my cage mates over inconsequential things like inequality in treat size, use of the nest box, or who gets to go out the cage door first at free range time.
  • I will not poop uncontrollably in front of strangers.
  • I will not hump one of my cage mates when my human has visitors so my human gets asked embarrassing questions like, "Did you know your rats are mating?" so s/he has to explain why girl rats do this to one another.
  • Peeing all over myself & my cage mates does not make us smell irresistible.
  • When called, my cage mates and I will return home after free range time in a prompt & orderly fashion.
  • I will not make so much racket in my cage at night by throwing various toys etc about & give our human heart failure because s/he thinks there are burglars in the house & then look innocent when our human gets up to check.
  • Paper towels are not rat food.
  • When conversing with other rats, I will not refer to my human as "The Rat Slave".
  • I will not stare forlornly at my human, nose pressed through the bars of the cage, when she is having dinner & make her feel guilty so we get most of what she was eating.
  • I will not.... I will not...

  • Ah, stuff it, I'll do whatever the heck I want to do, because my human doesn't believe there is such a thing as a 'bad' rat & even if I destroy things of great value or behave in a terribly embarrassing way (including using guests as a urinal), s/he's just going to say 'awwwww' and give us extra avocado treats & tummy kisses!

    Thanks to The Dapper Rat

    TB-Fighting African Rats

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Random Cuteness

    Ok, so I haven't posted anything for a while.... I'm useless, I know. I have three blogs though... so bare with me.
    Today I just thought I'd share some of the candid camera moments from around the rat cage lately :P

    Blurry fatty Homer

    Squished Homer

    Ratties Pile at the bottom of the ladder

    Rat Noses

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Ratty Piñata!

    Ok, I've been a bit slack with posts this week.... so here's my ratties enjoying a snack piñata :P

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    New Rat Stuff!

    Got some new items in the mail today from AnimalLover2. I've been doing quite a bit of rat shoping on etsy actually. Got a few basic hammocks & corner hammocks from TomatoBrains just a couple of weeks ago. I also recently got a Bucket-O-Rats from Kistch N Sniff(& got another order from them on it's way). Thought I'd share some images with you, as they're wonderful pet home designers & their sewing quality is wonderful(very sturdy items). Also, the tunnel from AnimalLover2 & the Bucket were custom sizes. Always love a DIYer who will make customs for me :D

    Hut by AnimalLover2

    Tunnel by AnimalLover2

    Hammock by TomatoBrains

    Bucket-O-Rats by Kitsch N Sniff

    As you can see, Homer is my ratty model :P He seems to get into every photo!
    I will post about more DIY rat designers in the future... always finding new places to shop. etsy & eBay are always helpful in the 'rat shopping' realm though :P

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Khan the pillow rat!

    I'm working on a 'Basic Rat Needs' post, but for now, here's some super cute photos of my rattys... specifically Homer using Khan as a pillow :P

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Newly Discovered Giant Rat Species

    Great accompanying article too: Giant rat found in 'lost volcano'

    I personally find previously unknown animal species fascinating... especially when they're cute & furry!