Yup,my hands are full now,but I wouldn't have it any other way.Keeps me busy and believe it or not,keeps me sane.The rats are sort of like therapy to me.Not that I need therapy,but I mean the rats keep me happy and busy and always have me laughing.
Good for you VanillaRat, working with the rats that society often gives up on ((hugs))
Do you need help with Vlad?
Yup,well the rescue was going to have Vlad put to sleep because he was so aggressive and older and also needs vet care and the reality is people don't want a rat like that.But I told the rescue I would continue working with him and wanted to give him a chance.He is an old boy and don't have much longer to live,so I wanted to at least try and get him to live his last few months happy.They said if I was sure I wanted to do that,then go for it.
The girl who had him admitted to not handling him and told us he was a biter.Him and Steven came together and were in a tiny hamster cage that was separated by pexi glass,since the two never got along...so that made the cage even tinier! They were also only eating cheerios and on clay cat litter...
...he has a tooth/jaw deformity now and needs frequent vet care and tooth trims.But otherwise he is pretty happy.
And he is quick to bite.He can only be handled for a few minutes with gloves on,as he has no problems with biting.He also gets huffy if I am feeding him,like he does not want me in his cage.But were working on it...he begs for my attention now,when I am in the room and that is a start,since he didn't do that before.Steven hasn't been handled either,but is the complete opposite of Vlad,he is a big sook and cuddly.And he clearly was hungry for affection since he begs more then any of my other rats just to cuddle and have scritches.
And yeah,if you have tips for such an aggressive rat...I would love to hear them.I have dealt with nippers before,but never did I have such an aggressive rat,so this is new to me.
But like I said,he will probably remain with me.
Here are a couple pictures of Vlad when he first came to me in the hamster cage.
And a couple of Steven...who was technically living with Vlad,though they were separated by glass.Steven lived on the bottom as you can see in this picture and Vlad had the top.