The rats had a great day yesterday. I noticed that their cage is kind of dark the way it was set up. So I decided to fix it up a bit. I put the rats in their spare cage and added pancakes. Dad helped to rotate the opening in the middle floor from far right to near left corner. I put their new green food dish made from a 100% recycled paper . Also, I put a large disinfected rock under their water bottle not only for fun but to keep their little claws blunt. They look really really really cute standing on it. I used blue colored CareFresh in their litter box for the first time. The rats don't care but I think it adds a nice touch to their cage.
Mom gave me some pretty new fabrics and I will start working on a prototype rat (or other small animal) carrier\bonding pouch.
I went to volunteer at Pets Unlimited for the first time on Monday. Hannah showed me how to feed and water the critters. Most of them were sleeping. One silly baby mouse would not get out of the food dish and when I tried to pick it up it ran to the corner very, very fast and disappeared in a pile of its sleeping siblings.
The baby rats were very sweet and I had fun watching them play. There also were some little birds called button quails that were in separate cages because they all started to pick on each other. They were very fast and tried to fly away when I opened their cages to change their food and water.
I had so much fun, and I even got to play with a ferret. It was a great experience. I can not wait till next week.
I sold my first Valentine Heart hammock today. The lady who bought it was really nice and even offered to send me pictures of her rats. I can't wait to see them. She chatted with me about rats and it was lovely to finally meet someone who is a rat enthusiast.
Koda is the little one, and Murphy is the big one. I introduced them yesterday, and they are best buddies already.
Today was an awesome day! I introduced Koda to the other rats. It went better than I had hoped.
It all went like this: after I had breakfast I covered my couch in an old bed sheet and put all the rats on it to play. Koda behaved so well and showed her respect to Amy (the alpha rat) Murphy and Lola. Lola and Koda groomed in the wooden hidey hole. I videotaped a little bit(okay, okay, a lot).
Later I let the rats play in a laundry basket with a towel on the bottom. After they were all done exploring they curled up together in a rat pile. I then decided it would be okay to let them spend the night together in one cage. I disinfected the big Critter Nation cage and re-arranged all their toys and hammocks. I even moved the top half level to the right. I put them all in the cage and gave them some rice, ham, cheese and olives with the pits still inside. The rats loved their meal, nd contentedly sat eating in silance, the only thing that I could hear was quiet crunching