Ok, so in honor of my blogfriend chaoticscribbles (who is in need of some views to get to her 10.000 views milestone), I have decided I shall list my top 3 nastiest rat habits of all time. Mind you, I had to think about this for EVER because it would be easier to make a top 15. Now, like chaotic said, I love my ratties to death but they just have some really nasty habits.
So here it goes:
3. Peeing all over the cage
That being said, they ONLY pee (or poop) in their cage and the poop is even contained to a very small part of the cage, so yay for them being potty trained. But the cage is 6/7 stories high and especially the lower part is all barred floors. So if they pee on the top floor, it drips all the way to the bottom. The floors all get sticky and it takes them just about a week to get the whole cage sticky and stinky. I have to put the entire cage in the shower every week to get the smell and stickyness off. And a little bonus; sometimes they pee in the corners, with effect or something, so the floor behind the cage and the Ikea-case the cage stands against is covered in pee too.
(yah, no pics of the peeing, sorry)
2. An absurd fixation with the trashbag
You’d think they don’t get fed enough. Let me give you a short overview of their diet; catfood (wet and dry), dog treats, bread (fresh and dried), vegetables (raw and cooked), fruits, potatoes, nuts, seeds, yogitreats, fish, meat, cheese all finished off with rat-food-dry-mix. So… they seriously never go hungry (look at Koko as proof). Still the trashbag smells so good to them they HAVE to get into it during free ranging time. It’s so interesting. I hate it becaue they gnaw holes in the bag and never, never, NEVER at the top. Always at the bottom. Which causes all kinds of yucky stuff to leak out and guess who gets to clean that up?
1. The gnawing
I know, I know, I got rodents, what do you expect? But it’s not the gnawing in general that pisses me off. I give them all sorts of cardboards, woods even sometimes plastics and metals to gnaw on in the cage. Yes, it gives a bit of a mess, but they seem to have SO much fun doing it. No, it’s the gnawing outside of the cage that I hate. They never do it openly, but they do it. Most of my bedsheets are either torn apart or have holes in them everywhere. They used to love to chill under my blanket and just make holes every 5 inches or so. I have one set of bed sheets that is (apart from the mattress cover) still whole and I’d like to keep it that way. Also Koko loves the soles inside my shoes, bags and purses that I have put away securely in a box (not so securely anymore) and anything that is leather or imitation leather. And powercords, but ONLY the ones that belong to appliances I use every day, like my laptop and my phone.
Now that wasn’t easy because I could have named the pee-trails they leave or the constant escaping or the ‘fighting’ they seem to only do at night. But, I have to keep things balanced. Therefor my next blog will be a top five of the best habits.
Hope you enjoyed!