The Rat Diaries

A blog to show you that rats might just be…not so bad, after all.

The Rat Diaries is currently on hiatus. November 6, 2014

I’m going to take a break from The Rat Diaries while I recover from the recent loss of my pets. This includes my YouTube channel. I’ll be back someday, though I’m not sure when. It could be a few weeks, or several months. But I’ll be back. After all, I have a ton of videos needing to be finished. I want to thank you all for your support these past two years. I enjoy reading every comment I receive, and I’m so excited each time I get a new follower or subscriber. I look forward to sharing my future animal adventures with you.

Until next time,
Anna

 

Results of Vet Visit October 23, 2014

The vet visit went very well. I think the vet may still have some things to learn about rats, but I was very pleased with how caring and professional she and her assistant were toward the rats. (more…)

 

First Vet Visit Tomorrow October 22, 2014

So this is a bit of good news and bad news. Good news is, my parents are finally letting me take Bunny and Button to the vet for an exam. Bad news is, Bunny is very, very sick. (more…)

 

An Update on the Rats, the Blog, and My YouTube Videos October 1, 2014

Hi all. I wanted to post a general update so you all have an idea of what’s been going on and what to expect in the next few months.

Firstly, some sad news. The rats are almost two and a half years old – which equals about seventy years in rat years. They are slowing down and showing other usual signs of old age, one being, especially for females, the development of tumors. It is very common for unspayed rats to develop mammary tumors as they get older. Sadly, my little Button is one of those many unlucky rats. As a teenager, I did not have the money to spay Bunny and Button, and I do not have the money to have Button’s tumor removed now. Plus, the rats are so old that any surgical procedure could be detrimental to their health and well-being. Button’s tumor will continue to grow, and when it’s time I will have to have her euthanized. Bunny has also recently developed a tumor. I’m not sure what kind it is exactly, but I am assuming her situation will be similar to Button’s.
I will include a picture of each rat at the bottom of this post in the hopes that it may somehow help another rat owner or better the rat community in the future. The pictures may be upsetting to more sensitive readers. (more…)

 

Resources and Information for Those Grieving a Lost Pet July 24, 2014

Over the years, when I’d stop for a moment and wonder what life would be like without Cricket, I saw myself being sad, but getting over the loss within a day or two. I thought losing a pet wasn’t a tremendously huge deal – when my goldfish Guppy died, I don’t think I even cried. You never hear about someone mourning a pet.
But now that Cricket’s actually gone, I feel…painfully empty. It’s been a week, and I still cry. The weird thing is, I never even felt all that close to Cricket. She was my dog. I pet her, she laid on my lap. Throw in a few occasional walks and that was it. But maybe I just felt that way because she was always there. It’s been forever since I’ve not had a dog, and I never realized how big a part of my life she had become. She was everywhere, and now that she’s gone, my house feels empty.
That first night, I found myself too upset to sleep. So I got online and looked around for anything to help me feel better. Below are some of the articles and Websites I found. If you’re dealing with the loss of a pet, too, I hope one of the links below gives you some comfort. As always, thanks for reading. (more…)

 

Online Rat-Breeding Game April 10, 2014

A friend recently introduced me to a free online game called VirtuRatz. The object of the game is to breed rats, but you can also enter your rats in shows. The game’s still in alpha phase so there’s not much to it, but I like it a lot. Also, if you’re an artist, they’re looking for people to draw and color rats and other things!

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Did I mention it’s free? 😉

 

Vacation Time! December 23, 2012

My family is on our way to Kansas so we can spend Christmas with our relatives.
I dropped Bunny and Button off at a family friend’s house – and had a panic attack. Now I’m talking to anything remotely cute like I do with my ratties, even animals on Minecraft. -_-

If you’re going on vacation, it’s best to leave your rats behind (no matter how much you want to take them) with a babysitter. Make a care sheet with instructions on how to handle rats (be sure to include the “no picking them up by their tails” part), feeding, playtime, cleaning, and note any medical conditions and what to do if something serious arises. Go over the big points when you drop them off, and maybe call your babysitter once or twice during your trip (depending on how long it is) to check up on things. (more…)