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Star’s Rat Rescue has started a Rat Train

Star’s Rat Rescue has started a Rat Train…please see below and please feel free to cross post..

Star’s Rat Rescue is in need of the following:

Adopters
Transportation
Overnight Stays

If you can do all three that’s wonderful, but if you can only do 1 that’s wonderful too. Please help a rat find his/her forever home.

Please send the following information to stars.rat.train@gmail.com

Name:

Email address:

Location: (City and State)

Please let us know if you can adopt rats, if you can please list how many and the sex.

Please let us know if you can provide transportation, please list what cities/states you are willing to travel to, how many rats you can carry in your vehicle and when you are available for transport.

Please let us know if you can keep some rats for a short period of time, until the next transport is available and how many you can accommodate.

Please send the information to the above email, as we have someone co-ordinating the rat train for us and they will contact you shortly. Once we have all the information and if we have enough people to help, we will then work with the adopters so they can choose the rat they want. Adopters, we will have pictures for you at that time.

Thank you.

Star’s Rat Rescue

Rescued Rats from Star's Rat Rescue
Rescued Rats from Star's Rat Rescue

Some of the wonderful Rats Star’s Rat Rescue has rescued.

We have a map of current adopters, if you would still like to adopt please email. If you can help with transportation, please email. Thank you.

Map of Adopters:


View Star’s Rat Rescue 2010 Rat Train in a larger map

Bad Press in the UK

One of the members at RatChatter posted this link: BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | A plague of super-rats

Of course it was quite good of the BBC to allow for comments, and once I found some time I wrote the following:

A delineation of wild/feral rats versus pet fancy rats would be a nice start, but given that distinction was not made some of the statements in the article strike more as opinion versus fact.

Wild rats may live in conditions that are generally considered to be unclean, but they also spend nearly one-third of their waking moments cleaning and grooming themselves … a strikingly greater amount of time than most domesticated mammals, such as humans.

Rats are quite industrious when it comes to survival. Wild rats are well adapted to living in close proximity to human habitats as they are well aware of the much easier access to sustenance than foraging in fields.

Proper disposal of refuse in more effective containers would help reduce the amount of unwanted visitors one can expect, but to relegate all the interlopers to the rat family is a little preposterous as there are many animals that would happily feed on the quality remains most people throw away that others in more impoverished countries would only dream of savoring.

The point of Leptospirosis is a hard one to take at face value as most consider this a rare condition to contract with an average of only 20% of feral rats even carrying the infection; that also depending on geographical location. Weil’s disease (a form of Leptospirosis) being an even more rare condition.

“Rattus norvegicus – is a disgusting animal.” An opinion I would suggest that greatly impugns the reputation of rats; and, I would also suspect in contrast to The National Rat Fancy Society, long standing proponents of fancy rats in the UK.

I am a fancy pet rat keeper and believe the rat, as a pet, is one of the finest animals to be graced with. My opinion but one only meant to share as an interest not opinions to create a maligned image.

Perhaps a bit long winded, but there were so many  points to be addressed.

Forbidden Foods Updated Feb 26, 2009

I just updated the Forbidden Foods information article with additional details regarding feeding plums and their stone, or pit, to pet rats.

Here is an excerpt from Practically Edible:

The pit of the Plum has cyanogens in it, which are bound molecules of sugar and cyanide. When this bond is broken, the cyanide becomes free and able to act.  The cyanogens don’t leak at all into the flesh of the fruit, for some reason, but should it ever occur to you to try fermenting Plum pits, or to break them up and roast them as snack food, it might not be such a great idea.

The meat of the plum is generally a good thing for pet rats so that is fine as far as I’ve been able to find in my research, it just the pits that should not be fed to them, just in case.

Thanks go to the RatChatter forum member slinky_whippet for starting the thread.

Do you know of any foods dangerous to be fed to pet rats? Leave a comment and share your research.

Model Rat

One of the members at RatChatter forums posted a link to a great article posted at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ (article link: http://tinyurl.com/cj29xz).

Follow the links and enjoy the article with some very cute pictures of a blank and white hooded pet rat.  Of course, it inspired me to create more iPaper … have I mentioned how much I really like making iPapers?

The first is the photographer, Jessica Florence, holding her pet rat, Bug.

A girl and her pet rat, both adorable.
A girl and her pet rat.

Then a very sweet image of a sleeping Bug in the arms of a Teddy Bear.

A sweet little bug in a bear.
A sweet little bug in a bear.

Enjoy!

Leave me a comment on your views of my choice of iPaper subject matter … I’m reading!

Good Laundry Day

This was not my usual rat laundry day but this has not been a usual week either. Mrs.R and myself have been on vacation this week and aside from some unexpected medical issues it has been rather uninteresting until today.

I had just finished taking the rat laundry from the dryers and was going back to the folding counter when an immigrant family decided they needed to do their laundry in the exact same area, ignoring the other four rows of washers to choose from. I just went about my business of folding and putting the laundry back into the clean hampers. I was listening to a random shuffle on my iPod and had not really noticed the two elderly ladies that had started doing their laundry on the other side of the washer line I was at. As I removed the earphones one of them asked, “How many dogs do you have?”

She said she recognized the blankets being the same as she used for her Chihuahua. I said they were not for dogs, but were for my pets. We chatted a moment or two longer when I remembered a recent post I made and decided to push the envelope a bit more. I led in with they are for pocket pets. Her friend was quite attentively listening and asked what are pocket pets? The first lady suggested ferrets; I took the opening and said, “No, mine are rats, pet rats.”

The first lady grimaced, the second let out a little “oh” and I smiled seeing an opportunity to explain the greatness of pet rats. Given the use of the blankets for their pet dog, I used the similarity between rats and dogs. The intelligence, the train-ability, the bonding, and especially the commonality of small breeds of dogs and rats.  The first lady was still being skeptical, but starting to accept the possibility of a rat as a pet, the second lady appeared to think it was very interesting but curbed her enthusiasm as it might not sit well with the first.  I spent another five minutes or so with the ladies explaining other benefits to rat keeping, and trying to explain how there are ladies of their age (“no offense”) that breed and keep rats.  The first lady asked several times if I breed rats, which I replied each time with, “no, we are not breeders” but some of our boys have come from professional breeders.

I think it was a good laundry day and quite fortuitous to be able to try and explain the benefits of fancy rats as pets and companion animals … just like having dogs.

Good Rat News

It seems the British have it right, they have chosen a very handsome Russian Blue Dumbo rat as: The cutest small pet in Britain.

Here is a link to the Telegraph online article and a copy of a great picture of the “clever little varmit” as one of the judges described Vimmy, the winner.

Vimmy - The cutest small animal in Britain
Vimmy - The cutest small animal in Britain

I have to agree, although I do hold some reservations as my Turq! would give Vimmy a run for the ribbon if this was made into an international event.

Young Turq!
Young Turq!

Of course, we still have to explain to Turq! he is not a dog, but that should not be all that difficult as he is a clever little varmit, too.

Should there be an International Cutest Small Animal Competition? Leave a comment where you think it should be held.

Rat Years in Human Years

I often wonder what a rats age would be in human terms.

This is by no means a scientifically derived formula, it’s just some easy numbers based on a few simple correlations. So I picked some easy benchmarks to start with:

  • Average human lifespan: 80 years or 960 months
  • Average rat lifespan: 30 months
  • Human years to rat years ratio would be 32:1.

These numbers in themselves could be argued up or down, but that is the whole idea of discussion topics like this one.  Of course these numbers are not truly directly related to our lives.  These numbers would indicate that two hours to a rat would be the same as almost three days to a human.  Have you played with your pet rats for two hours or more at a time?  How do you think you would feel after constant attention for almost three days?! 

This is by no means a reason not to interact with your pets, actually the reverse. Its more a reminder that the the time differences are immense in comparative terms, and if the time is directly proportional as the above ratio suggests then the time we spend apart from our little ones is also immense.  Think of it as visiting your best friends once a month for a couple of days, then waiting another month to do it again.

There are many ways to calculate rat years in human years, what numbers do you use?

The Year of the Stainless Steel Rat?!

The current Year of the Rat is coming to a close on January 25, 2009.

This is the Year of the Earth Rat, and the next Year of the Rat, the Metal Rat, will occur in the years 2020-2021.  Now that is a long time to wait to celebrate this great little animal with its own year. I propose we do not wait that long.

I am suggesting we celebrate the rat every year. It’s a remarkable pet, and to quote the most recent wiki:

Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiac, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, determined, tenacious, charismatic, practical and hardworking.

Personally, those are traits I would like to find in most anyone I meet; and, I am thrilled my grandson was born in the Year of the Rat. It’s also no wonder rats steal their keeper’s hearts in no time at all, my grandson stole mine.

In preparation for the next Year of the Rat, or just as a good excuse, may I recommend reading the series written by Harry Harrison, about The Stainless Steel Rat. I have read and enjoyed some of the series and intend to go looking for the rest.

Have you read any of The Stainless Steel Rat? Why not leave a comment with your review.