Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Team Rat

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.

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Dumbo the rat
Photo Courtesy Shellyane Bryan
Dumbo the rat won another fan when she met Shellyane's grandmother.

My nan came by for a visit today. Being of that generation, she isn’t exactly a No. 1 rat fan, but I always have faith that Dumbo the rat can change anyone’s mind. My nan doesn’t even like hamsters very much beyond looking at them through the bars of the cage, so I wondered what she might say when I came out carrying plump ol’ Dumbo the rat, hoping she would be as cute as possible.

Dumbo didn’t disappoint. My nan is not an animal lover. She would never harm one of course, but she has never been particularly fussed about them either, so it was nice to hear my nan say, “She really has a nice face actually.”

Success! Dumbo the Rat does it again! That’s one more for Team Rat. Needless to say, I couldn’t convince my Nan to pet her, but that’s because of — as usual — the tail.

On another note, I’m starting to get a little worried about my other rat, Mouse. She has been drinking an awful lot of water lately. I know it has been very hot here in the U.K over the past month or so, but she still seems to be drinking in excess. Saying that, she is a very energetic creature, so perhaps the simple reason is that she is moving around too much.

Though it’s rare in rats, my main concern is diabetes, but aside from drinking a lot, there doesn’t seem to be anything else wrong with her. She’s eating plenty, she’s putting on enough weight for her age and her coat is sleek.

Mouse also seems to be enjoying the toilet roll I’ve left in the cage for the two of them to play with. My rats have been treating it terribly though, throwing it around the cage like a bouncy ball. When they aren’t doing that, Mouse sticks her head in it and just goes to sleep.

So easily entertained.

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