Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Missing My Rats

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her first rat, Queen Dumbo Duncanson-Bryan, and a rat named Mouse.

rat in water dish
Photo Courtesy Shellyane Bryan
Mouse the rat prefers to use the water dish as her bed.

It’s been three weeks since I sent my rats Dumbo and Mouse to Yorkshire while I went on vacation, and the withdrawal symptoms are starting to develop. Usually when I come down first thing in the morning, the rats clamber around on the cage bars, desperate for some attention (or food). Now only Leon the hamster is here, and he couldn’t care less about a morning greeting. I’m used to expecting the rats to listen out and want to play 24/7. It’s sort of sad how used to my rats I am.

Anyway, the real withdrawal symptoms are the dreams I keep having about them, as if I don’t miss my little ones enough when I’m awake! According to the Dream Moods website, “to see rats in your dream signifies feelings of doubt, guilt and envy. You are feeling unworthy. Something that you are keeping to yourself is eating you up.” I didn’t believe any of that of course, so I looked up pets instead, which suggested, “You are lacking attention from others and are feeling neglected.” Too right, I am! I want my rats’ attention!

Thankfully, my brother is bringing them home this weekend. As a little present for them, I might be getting them a brand new, sparkling cage. I can’t keep their huge cage, because there just isn’t enough room here, and their other cage is too small.

I’m searching for a cage that isn’t too wide but is quite tall, as both rats like to spring around so much. I can hang various things from the cage, little ladders and hammocks and sputniks — if I can find any at last!

I am probably a little too excited about the new cage, but the rats definitely need a new place to call home, especially with Dumbo getting fatter and fatter, and Mouse growing to adult size.

I’m so excited about having my rats back. I’ve missed all their affectionate licking and the crazy antics.

I can’t remember if I already mentioned this, but Mouse has taken to sleeping in the water bowl (now empty of water and replaced by a bottle). Little weirdo ...

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I feel bad for you.
Mike, Columbia, TN
Posted: 6/18/2009 1:00:06 PM
I feel sorry for you. You must be really attached to your rats. Like I am to my rabbit. She's a real charmer. She also wants to play 24/7 it's really cool how sometimes she will steal my mom's car keys or tear up my favorite magaziene. But rats are great pets that's for sure.
Aiyanna, Eugene, OR
Posted: 5/24/2009 8:47:42 PM
Rats are great pets.
Neil, Cedar Park, TX
Posted: 5/23/2009 4:38:41 PM
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