Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A Sudden Rat Crisis

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her rats named Mouse, Slinky and Diddy.

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Mouse the rat looks innocent, but she has a habit of biting her rat friends.

There was a small crisis at the beginning of last week. As I've mentioned before, my rat Mousey has a small habit of biting ears and toes. She used to do it to Dumbo (resulting in a split ear), and now she does the same thing to Diddy and Slinky. I've never known why; mostly I've just let her get one with it, because she's never caused any serious harm. I came into the laundry on Tuesday last week, however, to discover a blood-splattered cage and three blood-splattered rats!

I instantly feared the worst, but the three of them initially seemed absolutely fine. This was until I caught sight of Slinky hobbling around and realized she was missing a toenail. Who was responsible? Mouse, of course.

I plucked Slinky out and sat her on my lap with a towel to try and stop the bleeding. After a time, it slowed, but then every time I let her go, Slinky started licking the wound and making it bleed all over again! I started to get very concerned when I put her back in the cage, and she couldn't move. She's a very hyperactive rat, so this was very out of the ordinary for her.

I removed her again and set her back in the small cage, but she didn’t seem at all well. She was, however, eating and drinking, so I left her in my room and went to sleep, hoping she would be feeling better in the morning.

Luckily, she was as bright as a button in the morning! Missing a nail, but absolutely fine. I put her back in with Slinky and Mouse, and she was her usual self, thankfully!

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