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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Rats Rejecting Treats

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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Mouse the rat
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Mouse the rat has grown quite a bit this past year.

Mouse the rat is getting fat. Not that this is a bad thing at all, because rats tend to get that way with age, but I can remember how tiny she was when I first had her to keep Dumbo company. She was called Mouse for a reason, smallest of the rat litter and very slow to get any bigger.

Now Mouse is getting to be just as big as my rat Dumbo. I like it though. There’s a lot more of her to squish — in a friendly, affectionate way, might I add. I think she has stopped picking on Dumbo as much as she was, too, which is also a plus. It means fewer injuries for me to deal with!

I bought both my rats some different treats recently, some strange, dried-out apple things that are meant to be very good for them. Will they eat them? No! I’ve never actually known either of my rats to turn down any food before, be it a bit of chicken, fruit, veggies or cereal from time-to-time, but they won’t even give these apple bites a lick, turning their noses up in disgust! It’s very unusual, as most rats I’ve encountered will eat absolutely anything edible you put in front of them.

I’m interested to see if any of my friend’s rats will eat these treats, or if it’s just mine being finicky with their food as they’re getting older. Either way, the treats are going to have to go to a good home, and I suppose I’ll have to go back to the treats I know they like. Sadly, my rats won’t do tricks for normal food because they know they get it every day regardless. They’re such spoiled little fluffbags!

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