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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2007, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, she's advancing quite a bit. We've had her about for two weeks now, and already she knows her name, knows the word "no", gives kisses, and has one helluva cute attitude...Oh, and she begs for food. Pizza seems to be her favorite. God, I doubt I'll brag this much if I ever have real kids.

We've decided not to do the entertainment center-conversion-to-cage thing due to all the roadblocks, so we're on the lookout for a really big cage.

As of right now, she's trying to chew her way out of the one she has. We have her out all the time, but the second we put her back, she goes to chewing on the bars. Can she hurt her little toofies doing that??
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 01:19 AM
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Glad things are going well with her!!

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As for chewing,yes...in the long run it CAN hurt her teeth.It can lead to tooth problems.I had a rescue rat who always chewed the bars of his cage and ended up with a deformed jaw and mallocussion (SP?).He needed vet visits all the time.

If she is chewing the bars alot,it is normally a sign of boredom or wanting attention.Provide her with loads of chew toys and other toys and make sure she gets alot of "out of cage" time.

You can also try using bitter apple spray,thats works with some rats and stops them from chewing things they shouldn't.

I also think you should get her a friend.Rats are VERY social and NEED ratty friends.





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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 10:15 AM
 
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she sounds like a happy rat! do you have pix??
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 02:03 PM
 
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Begging for food is an all time favorite for my Kila. The 2nd day I had her she stole a piece of chicken off my sandwich and ran to the other end of the couch and back to my lap to eat it! Not the best hiding place..
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Begging for food is an all time favorite for my Kila. The 2nd day I had her she stole a piece of chicken off my sandwich and ran to the other end of the couch and back to my lap to eat it! Not the best hiding place..
My rat is still very little. I am scared to give her people food until she gets a little older. I have given her little pieces of carrots and apples though. She loves them.
My parents’ rats are so spoiled they will only eat the rat food if there is nothing else. My parents give them bones, fresh vegetables, fruits, and cereal all the time.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 05:09 PM
 
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sounds like you and your bf are great rattie parents, but she should still have a friend.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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some rats are just bar chewers. Our Inky, everytime she saw us, it was chew, chew, chew. She wanted out, out, out. The other rats haven't done that. Well Sox just started it once in a while after I put her in the new huge cage. I think she was stressed because she and Chops were in a new cage. I've never heard it hurting ratties, maybe our ears and nerves. You could try adding extra toys for chewing in the cage. I do keep some blocks of wood for chewing. The boys are chewing on the parrot ladders in the cage. Hmmm one of the legs is looking kinda rough.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lol...Well, I'd like to get her a friend, but it would definetly have to be after we get the bigger cage...But once we do, I'll be sure to talk to my honey about it. And, no, I don't have pics yet...But hopefully we'll get some batteries for his digital camera soon and then we'll have them. I can't wait, I'm so stoked!!
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