I have started weighing many girls who may have come into contact with my little intact wild boyrat I caught in my apartment last Wednesday night. He was picked up by the local Wildlife Centre and is healthy, and almost ready for release now. Sadly this summer, the City had a civic strike (garbage pickup, etc) and there was a rat population explosion because of it. I started weighing girls on Thursday night and Friday night (the Likely girls who free-roamed in the livingroom...they don't like staying on the couch...and the Unlikely girls...couch girls with me or bedroom girls with barrier up) on separate days, since you don't want to miss a pregnancy). Then I realized I needed new batteries so did my 2nd Weigh-in's on Saturday and Sunday. They both showed huge discrepancies from the first "old battery" weights but there was some significant gain for about 5 girls
I am now weighing the Likely girls every night at the same time, since I have no clue when they could've been impregnated and are literally going by their weight patterns/gains for clues.
As a pre-emptive thing I have e-spays booked, 1 for today and 1 for Friday.
Scooshee (7 mo) is first as she has gained a total of 23 grams in 5 days and had an gain of 11 grams in 24 hours.
I will weigh again tonight and tomorrow to figure out Girl #2, but it's looking like her mom Molly.
My vet is really cutting me a deal but its still going to be a lot of money. BUT a whole PILE of people from different rat forums sent me donations to help with the e-spays and I have enough for 5 now!!
My nerves are just a wee bit frayed right now.
I have learned that stress like this, makes serious, logical thinking go out the window, and figuring out the girl's weights a real challenge.
When I dropped off Scooshee this morning (mom Molly is her companion) I also booked another e-spay for Monday and 2 more on Thursday.
Here is the potential father.