Hello!! I'm here to introduce to you my first pet rat!
Her name is Louna! I work at a pet shop for the summer (what a bad idea...) and saved her from being snake food! I got her at 5-6weeks old 2 weeks ago, and I'm conserned she may be pregnant! (of course our pet shop does not seperate males from females who are meant as food, we have other cages for fancier colored rats who are sold more money and just as pets)
She was the only non-all black rattie with her sister, who also got adopted as a pet by 2 really nice ladies. I saw her sister again yesterday, and she looked smaller and thinner (though they are feeding her horrible pet shop food with corn and peanuts and millet in it...) I feed her suebee's and some good quality dog food without corn, but it might be a bit high in protein (22%) could that be what's making her grow big?
I'm used to seeing thin rats because obviously the pet shop does not provide them adequate food, they're fed hamster lab blocks, and if I'm not the one working, my coworkers forget to feed them. I don't recommend anyone supporting a pet shop.
I was wondering how having babies could influence her behavior and rats in general? what happens if you take babies away right when they are born? (we sell frozen pinkies and I really wonder what it does to the poor mother who had them)
I also wanted to know what you guys used as bedding? I'm using those horrible cylinders that seem annoying to walk on but at least make lest dust than shavings... what's the BEST thing out there? that absorbs odors but is comfy for her?
thanks in advance! I'm greatful to have found this forum
I'm a wildlife rehabilitator, but we never keep rodents long enough to know anything about what they look like pregnant! and we never get rats... wild mice sometimes, but never rats!
i need 20 posts to put up pictures! so I'll answer a few threads and come back to post photos of Loulou!