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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Planning Christmas With 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.

Mouse the rat in a tunnel
Courtesy Shellyane Bryan
Could Mouse the rat be pondering what Christmas delights await her?

My rat Dumbo really gets cuter and cuter with every passing day. She has always been a very amicable, docile rat, but just lately she has been particularly sweet.

Unfortunately, my other rat, Mouse, managed to take another chunk out of her ear because, yet again, her claws need trimming. Yet, whenever I clean Dumbo’s ear, all she ever does is sit in my arms and let me do what I have to.

She often also tries to eat the cotton wool I’m cleaning her with, but that’s a given with most rats. If it’s there, try to eat it before deciding it’s not edible. I think that’s a rat philosophy, as they seem to try and eat most things.

Well, Christmas is approaching very, very quickly. I’m especially looking forward to letting Dumbo and Mouse explore the tree, because Dumbo loved it last year. At the time, Mouse was far too small to be allowed to roam free, so this year I definitely want to give her a go!

I need to decide what I’m going to give them as Christmas presents, which is difficult considering I normally buy them treats and toys fairly often. I have no idea.

I was wondering if I could find a nontoxic Christmas tree to go in or on their cage so I can decorate it with goodies for them. I would love to wrap presents for them and see how long it takes them to get inside (obviously these would be full of food, otherwise I doubt they’re going to be at all interested!).

I might get some tinsel to decorate the cage with, but I have a feeling they might think that’s edible, too. Does anyone make intentionally edible tinsel? If not, they should!

Then I’ll get the rats all dressed up in it too. That’s something I’m going to need to take photos of ...

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