swantelopes said: i love your blog- really fun to read :> i had a question about my two boys! they're around a year old & i've noticed hair thinning around their rump area. i couldn't figure it out until i noticed Franny was balding around his genitals as well.. i think they may just be over grooming one another. does that sound right? they don't seem bothered, but i want to make sure it's not the symptom of some other discomfort. (plus they look like scruffy little hobos.)
Mod 2: Good question. I don’t have a definitive answer for you, but I would get them checked for mites (especially if there are scabs in the balding area!). The members on ratforum.com might be able help you out better than I can, as I haven’t encountered that issue before. I hope that helps!
Anonymous said: May you post your icon picture? It's so cute!
Mod 2: Our icon is from a picture I drew a while back, the full image was posted here about a month ago. :)
threeteabags said: My ratty Pigwidgeon is about maybe 2 years old? Her buddy Leo, who was always more placid than her, had to be put down due to a tumor a while back. At first she calmed and stopped biting completely, but now Pig has become pretty aggressive again, when I put my hand in the cage she'll bite if she gets the chance, no exceptions. She doesn't like being picked up IN cage, but if I have her out she LOVES me and has fun again.I get her being territorial and lonely, but I fear for any new rat, advice?
Mod 2: She’s probably feeling the effects of her buddy being gone, which may be contributing to her aggression. Once you get her out of the cage, she obviously calms down and feels better, so it seems that living on her own has made her very territorial. You can try putting yogurt on your hand and just leaving it in the cage (just inside the door, rather than very far in so she doesn’t feel threatened), and see if that helps.
As for introducing a new rat, introductions should be done in neutral territory anyway (such as a bathtub or another such place) with a dab of vanilla essence between their shoulders to mask their scents. Another thing you can do is put the new rat in the cage while you have Pig out with you, and allow them to run around the cage and leave their scent there. Then you can move the new rat back to their temp cage and put Pig back in her own, so that she can get used to smelling the new rat in her territory. You can also straight up switch them between the cages so they’re in the “other” rat’s territory for a little while, getting used to their scent and leaving their own throughout the cage. I hope that makes sense, and I hope it helps! Keep us updated. :)
I’d like to mention
Sometimes the formatting of the caption looks off under the image (for example occasionally it’s not in italics). It’s not that I’ve forgotten, sometimes Tumblr seems to remove the italics on a post so that will be why they won’t show up.
Also, occasionally I get the picture wrong or the caption wrong, that’s just my mistake. Most of the time I spend an afternoon making all the submissions and then just slowly uploading them all, so things can get a bit messy and I apologise if I mess up a submission and forget to put the correct name on it.
To make up for it, here’s a picture of my three young boys so you can squee over ratty cuteness :) -