Sundew, Sage & Ivy

September 2017

Sundew, Ivy & Sage

Sundew, Ivy & Sage

Rats in need of a home

Sage's bottom and Sundew

Sage's bottom and Sundew

As I’ve said before our local pet store has a little section where they offer animals for rehoming. We try to avoid looking, but it is right next to the sawdust and rodent food, so it can be hard not to take a peek. It was four weeks ago when we first noticed these three girls huddled up in one of the tanks. Actually it was Sage’s gorgeous nose that I spotted, with her white stripe who could resist seeing who it belonged to. As lovely as the girls looked, we had six rats at home, along with everyone else, and didn’t think we’d have the time to offer more rats a fulfilling home. So, it seemed the best thing to leave them and let someone else adopt them and give them the time and attention they deserved.

Week after week we’d pop in for supplies, and see the girls waiting, after a month we couldn’t take it anymore. As well cared for as the animals are at the pet store, nothing could beat a real home, even if it was already a bit overrun with rodents. During the adoption process we were told the rats were very nervous and did have a tendency to bite, probably why they were still waiting for a home. It wasn’t the best news, but once we’d made up our minds we couldn’t go back, so home they have come.

They are all still quite young, and apparently, Sundew is Ivy’s mum. Sage is a black hooded rat, with a lovely white stripe running up her nose, Sundew is a husky and little Ivy is beige hooded, and they all look very healthy if a little stressed at all the change. If we are lucky we can introduce them to our other six girls and they can live together in our office, for now though they tucked away in one of our old rat cages and enjoying a bit of peace and a nice fluffy bed.

What a wonderful surprise!

What a wonderful surprise!
When we adopted our three little girls, we warned they were a bit nippy. I am very happy to say nothing could be further from the truth. All three girls are so friendly and happy to be in their new home, and we are thrilled to have them.
Sage and Sundew are the most outgoing of the girls and once they realised they got to come out and run around everyday they went bonkers with excitement. I can’t tell you how lovely it was too see. There was so much rattie bouncing and playing, they even wanted to play with us. Ivy took things a little slower, than her sisters, but she too has ventured to onto the floor and is running around. She may not be as confident, or bouncy, as Sage and Sundew, but she loves to sneak around under the bed and see what mischief she can find.
As for living with our other six rats, I’m not sure that is going to happen. There is a little tension there, nothing horrible, but I don’t think leaving them alone together would be wise. As it is we let them out at the same time, the six girls in the office and these three in our bedroom and they can go and find each other if they want. We have the odd squabble, but it is broken up easily. Everyone seems happy with the arrangement and so are Derek and I. Time will tell if their relationship improves, but we don’t want anything upsetting the harmony for our six girls.
Everything has worked out so well, we have been very fortunate, and even though I wasn’t sure I’d have enough time to devote to our new arrivals they have fitted in perfectly. They come out twice a day, get a yummy treat of fresh bread at tea time and seem to happily sleep the day away :-).
Friendly ratties

Friendly ratties

When we adopted our three little girls, we warned they were a bit nippy. I am very happy to say nothing could be further from the truth. All three girls are so friendly and happy to be in their new home, and we are thrilled to have them.

Sage and Sundew are the most outgoing of the girls and once they realised they got to come out and run around everyday they went bonkers with excitement. I can’t tell you how lovely it was too see. There was so much rattie bouncing and playing, they even wanted to play with us. Ivy took things a little slower than her sisters, but she too has ventured to onto the floor and is running around. She may not be as confident, or bouncy, as Sage and Sundew, but she loves to sneak around under the bed and see what mischief she can find.

As for living with our other six rats, I’m not sure that is going to happen. There is a little tension there, nothing horrible, but I don’t think leaving them alone together would be wise. As it is we let them out at the same time, the six girls in the office and these three in our bedroom and they can go and find each other if they want. We have the odd squabble, but it is broken up easily. Everyone seems happy with the arrangement and so are Derek and I. Time will tell if their relationship improves, but we don’t want anything upsetting the harmony for our six girls.

Everything has worked out so well, we have been very fortunate, and even though I wasn’t sure I’d have enough time to devote to our new arrivals they have fitted in perfectly. They come out twice a day, get a yummy treat of fresh bread at tea time and seem to happily sleep the day away :-).

Our three rats playing on the bed

Hello Inkie

Things just keep getting better with our new arrivals. They are so lovely they have even made friends with our little cat, Inkie.