Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz & Opal

April 2019

Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz & Opal

Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz & Opal

Four precious little gems

Opal and Sapphire

Opal and Sapphire

We’d been umming and ahhing about getting more little rats for a while. Our sweet rattie girl, Sundew, is getting quite old now, and while we love her dearly Derek and I felt would be a good time for some baby rats to join our family. As we’d had so many girl rats these past few years, it seemed like a good time to get a pair of cuddly boys again. As with all these things nothing goes according to plan, and while looking for two boy rats, we went and fell in love with some sweet little girls – four of them! After years of having rats, I don’t like splitting up family groups. You never know who is the dominant rat, who is more bonded with who, or maybe I just have love to be overrun with little rats. Whatever the reason I couldn’t chose between these four beautiful sisters, so Derek had no choice but to get them all :-).

Three of the girls are blue (I’m not to into rat colouring, but I think thats what their called) and one is black. As they are all so precious it only seemed fair that they should be named after gems. Sapphire is the black one, Topaz is the palest of the three blue girls, Ruby is slightly darker and little Opal has a white tummy and pink tip on her tail. It sounds very wimple here, but I’m pretty sure Derek and I will be getting them confused until we get to know them a bit better.

For now though our new arrivals are settling into their new home and making themselves right at home in all their new beds.

A handful of rats!

Here are the four of our new little arrivals together. Not the greatest picture, but they are wiggly little babies and don’t want to sit sill, even if I ask them nicely.

 Ruby (left), Sapphire (standing on Ruby), Opal and Topaz

Ruby (left), Sapphire (standing on Ruby), Opal and Topaz

Happy babies

Topaz in a quiet moment

Topaz in a quiet moment

Derek and I have been having lots of baby rattie fun over the past three weeks getting to know our new arrivals. Topaz is the craziest of the bunch. She was the first out their cage exploring and now she has her confidence up she dominates playtime. I love having a crazy happy rat running around, but she can make it difficult to get to know the other girls. Sapphire is doing okay, she’s not that far behind Topaz in the crazy, adventurous stakes, but Opal and Ruby are a little more reserved. They both love to come out and play, but they do get a little overwhelmed when Topaz, who has managed to climb something, drops down unexpectedly or goes bouncing past giving them a fright.

Topaz’s crazy ways can also make interacting with Opal and Ruby difficult. She’s one of those little critters who has to be the centre of everything, so when we reach for one rat we get a handful of Topaz, and if we try and ignore her she’ll just climb on us anyway. Oh we are loving life with Topaz, but I would like to give a bit more attention to my two shy girls. Still, they are all only babies and I know how these things work, before I know it there will be all four rats climbing over me looking for treats and cuddles.

The other not very serious problem we are having is the girls are all so fast, or maybe Derek and I are just getting a bit old! Either way, we are struggling to get any pictures or videos of the girls running around. Videos just tend to be the tip of a tail as we try and track someone bouncing around or the blur of a rat coming to see the camera. Crazy Topaz also loves the silicone cases our phones are in, so we spend a lot of time defending our devices from rattie attacks. What fun :-)

Fruity time

The only time our little gems sit still…

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Air-conditioned ratties

We love our little girls very much, but we have beens struggling to get to know them as well as we’d like. At first I thought they were just a bit on the timid side. They loved to come out of their cage, but they spent most of their out of cage time running around underneath my desk rather than exploring the office. We’ve been giving them time and gradually they started climbing a bit more, but were still a bit timid and very easy to startle.

A few weeks ago we had air-conditioning installed in our home office and while its not been partially hot here in the UK, the difference in the girls is amazing. As I write this they have been out and about for over an hour and are currently running rampage all over Derek’s desk (they have never been up there before). It is amazing to see, the change in them is so sudden.

Ruby is the smallest and so far the shyest of the girls, and even she has been climbing on me enjoying a cuddle. We were looking forward to having the AC, but now it has had such an incredible impact on our rats, it seems like an a amazing gift.

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