Sunday, August 26, 2012

Random Squish Moments!

Just some new photos of my boys. Technically, i should've got up off my butt and snapped a photo of Homer nesting in the wheel today..... But these ones will have to do.


Homer playing around on one of the Hammock Hangers from cosybedsandburrows
Fantastic product! I mean seriously, those things are awesome.


Little Boots all curled up in a epic flame pocket hammock from Chelsey's Cozies
He's such a smoosh...


Homer boggling as he eats..... he REALLY likes food!


The boys being snuggle chubbers in a Hammock SLeeping Bag from Kitsch-N-SNiff


Some uber cute squishy-sleepiness! *dies*


The boys all snuggled into a hammock a fellow rat owner & good friend made for them!
It's an awesome design!


Homer being a super lazy pudge
& Little Boots looking at me all innocent like 'I swear, it wasn't me who messed up the litter tray!'


Friday, August 24, 2012

New Unique Rat Species Discovered!

A species of rat has been discovered that cannot gnaw or chew and represents a new step in rodent evolution.

The shrew-like animal, Paucidentomys vermidax, has fang-like upper incisors which are useless for gnawing and no back teeth. It lives exclusively on earthworms.


A newly discovered 'toothless' rat species represents a new step in rodent evolution


P. vermidax was found in remote rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

It shares some characteristic with insectivorous shrew rats from the Philippines but has taken an evolutionary step further by completely dispensing with chewing molars.

Dr Kevin Rowe, from Museum Victoria in Australia, a member of the discovery team, said: "There are more than 2,200 rodent species in the world and until this discovery all had molars in the back of their mouth and incisors at the front.

"This is an example of how species, when faced with a new ecological opportunity, in this case an abundance of earthworms, can evolve the loss of traits that were wildly successful in previous circumstances."



P. vermidax is described in the latest issue of the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

The creature has a rat-like tail but a long, thin nose similar to a shrew's. Its only teeth are its incisors, which in the upper jaw end in twin points. The Latin derived genus name Paucidentomys means "few-toothed mouse" and the species name vermidax means "devourer of worms".

Co-author Anang Achmadi, from Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense in Indonesia, said: "The specialised incisors of rodents give them the distinct ability to gnaw - a defining characteristic of rodents worldwide. In having lost all teeth except a pair of unusually shaped incisors that are incapable of gnawing, this new rat is unique among rodents."

Dr Rowe said the find was a reminder that wild habitats can still harbour undiscovered species.

Article courtesy of Yahoo News

Monday, August 6, 2012

SHOES!!!!

These are just too adorable not to share! Marc Jacobs has out-done himself!
Apparently he's been making these for quite some time(earliest blog post I could find was 2003 I think), in different colours/styles. Personally, I LOVE these newer designs. If I wore flats, I've totally save up and splurge on these! He's also done other Mouse/Rats items in the past, totes & such. If you're interested, i recommend browsing on ebay.



The Travelin' Rat also has cheaper jelly versions of these available! VERY affordable at $5 a pair! *dies*



So, now our feet can be almost as cute as our rattys! So marvelous that people create these thing!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rat Humour

"Although no one has investigated the possibility of rat humor, if it exists, it is likely to be heavily laced with slapstick. Even if adult rodents have no well-developed cognitive sense of humor, young rats have a marvelous sense of fun. We have already bred rats that exhibit playful chirping, and thereby hope to track down some of the genes for joy. Perhaps we will even stumble on new molecules to alleviate depression as well as some excessive-exuberance disorders."

For more info & a video, check out this link: What happens when you tickle a rat?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Photo of the Week

This is Nemo, he's owned by Dani. He's super cute & that is why today, he's my favourite photogenic fluffer :P



I do apologise for the lack of non-photo posts lately. I've been dealing with some dental issues, my blog motivation is a bit low at the moment.... But hopefully, my post flow should improve again soon :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Onslaught of Epic Squee!!!!

Just some random cuteness from my rattums!


My boys, checking out their new bunk from The Critter Cove


Little Boots all curled up on his laying pad from Robin's Hammocks


My boys, snuggling in a nest of newspaper.... ignoring their numerous toys & hammocks.


Khan, looking a tad psychotic....


The boys, in a pea frenzy!


& last, but not least, Homer being a snuggle butt in their new bunk from Liberty Bliss


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Photo of the Week

Again, no idea who took this picture. If anyone knows, please comment so I can credit them.
This has been floating around the rat pages/groups on Facebook this week, totally adorable & amusing, totally worth sharing!



KinderAngst - Rat

Just about the most adorable thing I've ever listened to! Thanx to The Rat Whisperer for sharing this in her blog!




A Little Bit Strange

So, some more crafting ideas, for all your knitters out there!

Now, I realise these are a tad gruesome. But personally, I love the designs. Of course you could always create the bookmark without the blood etc. Also, the scarf is just awesome!



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Photo of the Week

Ok, so... I'm a little late on the 'weekly' thing.... bare with me people, it's been a busy few weeks..... So make up for it, here's a picture I like to call 'Well... this is awkward...'. Tragically, I have no idea who took this picture, but if anyone know, please comment & tell me, so I can credit them.



Friday, June 22, 2012

OMG NEW CAGE!

So, after waiting what seemed like forever & spending months buying new rat stuff, my new cage finally arrived on Monday.

Hammocks & Toys etc. from: Kitsch'N'Sniff, Robin's Hammocks, Chelsey's Cozies, The Critter Cove, Cosy Cavies, Liberty Bliss, equinecaninefeline.com & Pet Products & More


Took me the better part of the day to get it together & set up.... But omg it's extreme.
For those who don't know, this is the Ferret Kingdom from Puppy Power:



It's very similar to other cages(Critter Nation & Liberta Explorer for example). I think it's gonna take me a few weeks to really get use to it, but this was my first set-up:



The hammocks are from Kitsch'N'Sniff, the shelf covers/laying mats & rat trees are from Robin's Hammocks. Both wonderfully skilled seamstresses, definitely two of my personal favourites.
Additionally, the corner hammock is from Cosy Cavies(I planned to buy another, it fits perfectly in this cage). The colourful rope/wood chews are from Pet Products & More, so super cheap.
Everything else I either bought so long ago, or from such random places, I don't remember :P

To conclude, great cage, SO glad I settled on it. The seller is also very helpful. They helped me with measurements, they're sending a replacement tray(the middle one has a crack in it), they even informed me when there was a delay in shipment. So pleased.

Now here's a bunch of adorable photos of my rattys enjoying their new cage :P















Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Interspecies Relations are Important!

Like to point out, this is titled as a mouse & cat, though it's quite obviously a rat! And one of the cutest rattys ever mind you!



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Steps Forward



Paralysed rats on 'incredible' road to recovery


Swiss researchers say they have been able to make paralysed rats walk again.

Scientists from the Federal Polytechnique School in Switzerland injected a cocktail of drugs into the rats' spines, then electronically stimulated their spinal canals.

Lead researcher Gregoire Courtine says after a couple of weeks of rehabilitation, the paralysed rats were not just walking, but sprinting and climbing up stairs.

He says the research has implications for humans.

"This very surprising plasticity and recovery that we have observed opens promising perspective in humans with spinal cord injury," he said.

Scientists plan to start human trials of the treatment in two years.

Dr Bryce Vissel, who works on nervous system regeneration at the Gavin Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, has told AM it is an exciting piece of research.

He says it demonstrates for the first time science may be able to offer the possibility of recovery from spinal cord injury.

"In this case we are actually not repairing the spinal cord," Dr Vissel said.

"They are allowing the natural processes in the spinal cord to do their thing, to actually stimulate natural nervous system plasticity.

"The rats were paralysed. They had lesions, very severe lesions to their spinal cord which cut the connection between their brain and the lower part of their spinal cord."

Dr Vissel says that with the combination of drugs and electrical simulation, the scientists got the animals to start moving involuntarily.

"As this treatment continued over some days and weeks ... a natural process occurred whereby the brain started sending out projections into the lower spinal cord, meaning they started to rewire together and eventually the brain got control back over the spinal cord," he said.

This is an incredible step. [It] provides great hope that this is going to be able to go forward to help people, at least some people with spinal cord injury.
Dr Bryce Vissel

But he cautions that it does not provide hope for all people with a spinal cord injury.

"I think a qualifier is that there has to be some function left," Dr Vissel said.

"There has to be a little bit of a pathway left through the lesion of the spinal cord in order for this to be able to work."

Dr Vissel says he is most interested in is evidence of the natural capacity of the brain and the spinal cord to repair itself.

"The capacity, the plasticity of the nervous system is really remarkable," he said.

"For myself and many scientists who work on a range of neurological diseases, I think that we are all going to understand that the implications of this go much further potentially to helping a number of neurological diseases.

"It seems inevitable and the investigators who did this study are saying that they are going into clinical trials as soon as they possibly can in Switzerland and I'd be very surprised if it doesn't start to take off rapidly around the world."

The research has been published in the journal Science.

Source: ABC News