Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Rat Adventures While Mom Is Away

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 wasn't too thrilled about visiting someone else's home while her owner was on vacation.

I left my rats, Dumbo and Mouse, with my friend’s parents over the weekend, because I went to Prague to celebrate my birthday. I’m always nervous about leaving my rats with strangers, because, unfortunately, Dumbo and Mouse are quite easily frightened by anything that is a little out of the ordinary.

I thought they might feel quite at home with the scent of other rats in the room (boy rats, though). Mouse seemed very excited about the adventure, but Dumbo curled up in her hammock and sat very still — this is not surprising behavior for her.

I felt awful about having to leave Dumbo, so I provided her with one of my best socks, just so she would have a familiar scent while I was away. I knew both my rats were going to be fine after they got used to the smell of other rats and puppies in the house.

According to my friend, her Dalmatians were very confused by the appearance of two new little furry creatures. In the end, Dumbo and Mouse both seemed to have settled in nicely.

Even so, I think my rats are happy to be back at home again.

Whenever I leave them, Dumbo is always a bit wary of me for a couple of hours when I return, as though she is irritated I left her! Eventually though, she definitely comes round and goes back to her usual, affectionate, licking self.

Mouse behaves no differently of course. She never does. I don’t think she even notices anything that is going on around her half the time — either that or she just has a huge sense of adventure and relished the opportunity to enjoy a different environment entirely.
I’m happy to have both my rats back, regardless. I always miss them when they’re gone, because, night or day, they are always around for cuddles.

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