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

 

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…)

 

Cute rat! (New Short) July 25, 2014

So. Well. Hm.
To be honest, I’m not sure what’s happening in this video, just that it’s oddly entertaining. (more…)

 

Derpy Bunny (New Short) July 24, 2014

I have a ton of random clips scattered about on my computer that are too short to make into a video, but I want to upload them anyway. I decided to call these “Shorts”, ’cause, well, they’re short. Below is the first one, “Derpy Bunny”. Believe it or not, it took forever to make. I wanted to add music to the video, but, as most songs are longer than twenty-four seconds, I kinda had to make my own music by chopping up a Zelda song. Editing snippets of music so that they fit together just right is a pain in the butt, but I’m fairly pleased with the final result. (more…)

 

My Favorite Channels December 3, 2012

I thought I’d list my favorite rat-related YouTube channels here. Feel free to add to it in the Comments section.

CreekValleyCritters
This is where I got my inspiration for the YouTube videos, though her videos mainly focus on mice.

oPuPo–“Whiskey and Womble’s place”
This person doesn’t seem to be uploading new videos anymore, but they’re worth checking out. They aim “to show the world, one by one, that rats really are amazing creatures and fantastic, loving and faithful pets”.

Staceyspetmice–“Lola, Lulu, Susie & Oscar ♥”
I’m a new subscriber to her channel, but she has lots of good advice for first-time mouse-owners (a lot of which can be applied to rats).