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Old 06-19-2020, 01:47 PM   #21
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Oh are they babies? Inky is adorable.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:03 PM   #22
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Oh are they babies? Inky is adorable.
Yep. Rats can be put up for homing at 8 weeks old and that's how old they are :3
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Old 06-19-2020, 03:43 PM   #23
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Since you've had rats before, may I ask:
Are they stinky?
Are they so smart that it's a full time job keeping them entertained?
Do they pee mark everywhere they go? On you?

I hope you don't find my queries rude, inquiring minds want to know. Maybe someday I might do the rat thing.

Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2020, 03:53 PM   #24
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THEYRE HERE!

I present to you Inky (white stripe on face) and Splat (all black)

(For some reason it won't allow me to upload an image of Splat. Probably as she's so cute. Will try again later
Inky is so so cute! Please try again to upload a photo of Splat, whenever you manage to pull yourself away from this lovely little creature.
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Old 06-19-2020, 04:11 PM   #25
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Since you've had rats before, may I ask:
Are they stinky?
Are they so smart that it's a full time job keeping them entertained?
Do they pee mark everywhere they go? On you?

I hope you don't find my queries rude, inquiring minds want to know. Maybe someday I might do the rat thing.

Thanks!
No worries I'll happily answer any questions. Now by all means I'm no pro and still learning myself.

Are they stinky?
-this is a very common question and the short answer is no. They are incredibly clean. I've found that one hamster emits more odour than 3 rats. This doesn't mean they can't stink. Regular cleaning is a MUST. Unlike hamsters, rats can be 100% toilet trained for both pee and poop so really removing soiled litter every couple of days and wipe down any shelves you have is basically it. Bucks have this thing called buck grease...which isn't grease. People compare it to cologne but you can't smell it unless you literally smell your rat it's not an awful or over powering smell.

Are they very smart that it's a full time job?
-well it can be if you want it to be. Honesty though a lot of thing you may do with your hamster, you can do with your rat. Like digging box, foraging or generally making them work for their food. Sprouted seeds or cat grass can also be used. Plenty of climbing equipment and rotate through different toys rather than keep it all the same. 1hr out the cage with you and doing tricks with food and you'll be all good.

Do they pee and mark everything?
The only time I was pooped on a rat was when it's scared. Other than that I never have. I haven't noticed any marking even when I had males so if there's anything it's not noticeable. Also as they can be litter trained they'll be more inclined to use that than anywhere else.
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Old 06-19-2020, 04:42 PM   #26
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THEYRE HERE!

I present to you Inky (white stripe on face) and Splat (all black)

(For some reason it won't allow me to upload an image of Splat. Probably as she's so cute. Will try again later
Ahhh Inky is so cute!!! Congratulations on your new family members!
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Old 06-19-2020, 05:43 PM   #27
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https://youtu.be/n-PLIvAAAyk

Little video of them popping out to say hi as I'm unable to post pictures
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Old 06-20-2020, 12:50 AM   #28
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Just watched the video - they are too cute!!
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Old 06-20-2020, 03:32 AM   #29
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They are beautiful! Congratulations!
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Old 06-20-2020, 05:01 AM   #30
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They are beautiful! Congratulations!
Thank you. I can believe how stunning they are
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