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Oliver’s first introduction with Waddlesworth, my roommate’s super mellow neutered male. They got along so well and pretty much fell asleep next to each other right away. He is so tiny compared to gigantic Waddlesworth!

I am going to do these short intro sessions until Oliver’s cut is all healed up just because I don’t want Waddlesworth picking at it or his bandage when it’s on. It looks almost 100% better so if the intros continue to go well, he and Waddlesworth will start living in the smaller cage until he is neutered and recovers/is sterile.

My roommate has 4 male rats but she is not interested in having another one, mostly for space and financial reasons, or else I would consider giving him to her instead of putting him through the neuter. Luckily, neutering is not a very invasive surgery and has a short recovery time so after that, he can live happily with the ladies. Also, we are both graduating college in May and going our separate ways so I would essentially be rehoming him and wouldn’t see him after May so I would rather keep him and do the neuter. But now he won’t be lonely while he is waiting and recovering and Waddlesworth can have a break from the other males who sometimes pick on him since he is neutered and on the bottom of the social pack. Yay for solutions and successful first intros!

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Waddlesworth passed away a few weeks ago.  After losing three rats in such a short period of time I decided to take a little break from tumblr, but I wanted to post about Waddlesworth even thought it’s a few weeks late.  At about 10 pm that night he crawled to the very corner of the cage and just sat there away from the other boys.  He was cold to the touch so I pulled him out and wrapped him up in a big fleece blanket and cranked up the heat in my apartment.  He died a couple hours later.  He was such a great rat; very patient and so good with all the babies that Kara and I brought home.  He wasn’t exactly the most social, but he was such a nice blobby boy and he had the best whiskers.  I already miss him so much.

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Meet Julia’s Rats!! 

I know I’ve posted about them before but I’ve never done a formal introduction so here goes!

1. Badger: He is a black blazed variegated standard eared rat. He is the largest of her rats and is a giant ham. He is very sweet and loves to cuddle!

2. Cheerio: He is a fawn standard eared rex rat. He doesn’t like to be held but he loves people and he is sooo photogenic- I love him.

3. Templeton: He is a dumbo agouti rat. You may notice in some of his pictures that he is missing an eye. It got injured and most of it had to be removed about a year ago. He looks like a big toughie but he is super sweet and loves to cuddle. He is the dominant rat in the cage.

4. Gremlin: He is a hairless standard eared rat. He is relatively new so he is still coming out of his shell and showing his true personality. He is still timid in new situations and he prefers to stare and judge you from a distance. 

5. Waddlesworth: He is a black rex standard eared rat. He came to us as rescue at the same time as Piper. He is the only one of Julia’s that is neutered. He is probably my favorite just because he is so calm and funny looking. He has the best whiskers!!

Get ready for some serious rat spam!!