Koko and Ruma

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Good news!

Published April 13, 2013 by Kokomo

Oh me Oh my. I have been one shamefully absent blogger these past weeks! Most of that is due t the still medicating my rats every single day, and the decrease of energy from going back to my normal work-routine, which is still costing me energy as my hand hasn’t properly healed yet. It’s on the way though, and I suspect that before my next operation (left), I will be capable of almost everything I was before again.

Luckily, in rat land, peace has been restored. For now. I haven’t actually been to the vet in at least three weeks and the ladies seem to be doing fine. Two weeks ago, after all the bad news we had gotten, emergency visits to the vets, another cure of antibiotics for Valo AND a de-licing cure for all four (yes, we had lice), Koko started waking up with red eyes. Now I now what porfyrine is, and I know that’s what is was, mostly, but underneath, the skin was also kind of reddish and it seemed somewhat swollen on her right eye. Poor thing. For a second there, I again saw myself running up and down the vets office twice a week, again. But on the forum someone gave me the smart advice to give my ladies echinacea in their drinking water. Their immune system was probably a little low, making them also susceptible for the lice. So I did. Koko loved the water with echinacea, funnily, Valo and Maarit were not so charmed. And after about 6-8 days, no more red eyes. Yesterday I noticed something going on with Maarit’s good eye (the one that was infected is now ruined, she is clearly blind on that eye and it never went back to normal size), that looked quite the same as Koko’s eye. I had stopped giving them echinacea after a few days as they really didn’t like it, but I have now put it back in their waterbottle. That’s quite an issue though, because they seem to barely drink now. Going to try to give it to them in babyfood later.

But besides a little red eyes, the ladies are doing really well! They are eating well, sleeping a lot 😉 But all four are playfull at night, dying for attention. Maarit and Valo are well on their way to fully trusting me and Koko and Ruma are their insane selves. Ruma insists on climbing on top of the cage everytime she is let out, to observe who’s living in the top part. It has given her a few sore toes over the weeks, as Valo can get defensive when Ruma is being the nosy peeper. Koko on the other hand is very content with just waddling around the room, scouring for food or anything that smells interesting, or just roaming around in her paper nest or gnawing on an old plastic bottle that is hidden somewhere under the bed :).

So, without further ado, I will now bore you with some more pics of tha ladies and hope to be back to regular blogging soon!

Little sleepy ball <3

Little sleepy ball ❤

 

Sweet face! (this was before her eye went bad)

Sweet face! (this was before her eye went bad)

 

Arrrr, why's ya wakin' me? (my attempt to piratlingo)

Arrrr, why’s ya wakin’ me? (my attempt to piratlingo)

 

Nap time in the mini-duna

Nap time in the mini-duna

 

Ya can't see me!

Ya can’t see me!

 

Clean and redecorated cages!

Published March 23, 2013 by Kokomo

Ok, today I managed to gather enough energy and willpower to clean two cages after each other. Also both cages were pretty much RIPE with pee-smell 😛

 

I realized I have taken so many pictures of the cage and things in it lately that I just wanted to add a photo post about the clean cages and more.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

Bottom -Koko and Ruma; 2 hammocks, a cube-hammock, 2 houses, 2 tubes, a fortress (the greenbox), a cover/hide out, a silent spinner and a toilet.

Bottom -Koko and Ruma; 2 hammocks, a cube-hammock, 2 houses, 2 tubes, a fortress (the greenbox), a cover/hide out, a silent spinner and a toilet.

 

Top -Valo and Maarit; 3 hammocks, a sputnik, 2 baskets, 1 long tube, 2 little hide-outs, 2 ladders, a wooden chew-toy thing, a silent spinner and a toilet.

Top -Valo and Maarit; 3 hammocks, a sputnik, 2 baskets, 1 long tube, 2 little hide-outs, 3 ladders, a wooden chew-toy thing, a silent spinner and a toilet.

 

Whole cage

Whole cage

 

Koko and Ruma napping in the mini Duna as I was cleaning their cage.

Koko and Ruma napping in the mini Duna as I was cleaning their cage.

 

Before cleaning; Koko and Ruma had chewed a hole in the back of the cube-hammock and then pulled the inside into their ball-house, which of course is way more comfortable ;)

Before cleaning; Koko and Ruma had chewed a hole in the back of the cube-hammock and then pulled the inside into their ball-house, which of course is way more comfortable 😉

 

Ruma, first time in the cube-hammock (she lost her nose :P )

Ruma, first time in the cube-hammock (she lost her nose 😛 )

 

Ruma, loving the cube-hammock (this is before they wrecked it)

Ruma, loving the cube-hammock (this is before they wrecked it)

 

Koko doing some re-con

Koko doing some re-con

 

Valo doing some re-con

Valo doing some re-con

 

The sputnik can be quite tight when you're sis is squishing you XD

The sputnik can be quite tight when you’re sis is squishing you XD

 

A close-up of this darling little face. When her eye was still good

A close-up of this darling little face. When her eye was still good

 

Maarit doing some re-con

Maarit doing some re-con

 

Hello big hand, whatcha doin?

Hello big hand, whatcha doin?

 

can't see me!

can’t see me!

 

Picture time!

Published December 30, 2012 by Kokomo

Because my phone is overloaded with silly, sweet and mostly blurry pictures of my two little cuddles, I decided I wanted to treat y’all to a little gallery! Here goes nothing, a few of my favorites:

Big nosed curious Koko

Big nosed curious Koko

My dumbo girl <3

My dumbo girl ❤

This is tasty! Can I eat this?

This is tasty! Can I eat this?

Yummy fresh mint. nommerenomnom

Yummy fresh mint. nommerenomnom

Were doing our door-dance, what do you think?

Were doing our door-dance, what do you think?

Wazzup? Y u wake me?

Wazzup? Y u wake me?

Is this new? Not sure I like this....

Is this new? Not sure I like this….

 

Nice view from up here!

Nice view from up here!

Snoozing

Snoozing

Squeezin' about....

Squeezin’ about….

I'm pretending to be a possum, can you see?

I’m pretending to be a possum, can you see?

I MUST eat this!

I MUST eat this!

noms together :)

noms together 🙂

 

 

Allright, eough with the nonsense. More for later! Thnx for viewing!

Furrtastic news!

Published December 3, 2012 by Kokomo

WE are so excited. I know Koko and Ruma have NO idea what is going on, but I am talking for them today. After months of doubting, wondering, researching, reading, blogging etc etc, I decided I want a better cage. This system is very ingenious, but better cages have been designed 😉

So which one was I going to get? There are a few beauties on my list.

1. Savic Royal Suite Double

Savic Royal Suite Double

Savic Royal Suite Double

With double, full sized doors this baby is the golden ticket of ratcages. Ofcourse, if you want one, you must be willing to pay. I mean PAY. Over here it costs a mere €290,- So yeah…

2. the Critter Nation Double Unit https://i1.wp.com/www.simplypetsupplies.com/prod_images_large/568545.jpgPretty much the, slightly more expensive, some say better, brother of the RS. This baby costs a mere €349,- new. (whuuuuut??)

3. All different kinds of aviary cages, height is a good thing for rats. These can vary in price from €80,- to €250,- depending on how big the doors are and how many accessories it comes with.

4. The Ferplast Furet tower. https://i0.wp.com/www.wearepets.co.uk/smallpets/products_pictures/ferplast-ferret-tower.jpgBig, lot’s of space, many big doors, easy to clean and the possibility to separate the cage parts (this is also possible in a CN or an RS). If you want a new one you will pay around €200,-

5. Ferplast Furet XL . The smaller brother of the above mentioned cage, only one part, suitable for up to 4 rats. Easy to clean and rearrange. Costs about €120,-

So, what to do what to choose. Well, looking at all these prices you may have concluded with me that a secondhand cage will be more fitting for the budget. And it so happens I have bid on a RS and a Furet Tower. I’m thinking it will become the tower, since it seems to be in a better state. I’ve bid €100,- and I am going to take a look (and take it with me) next Saturday. Oh yes, paradise is just around the corner… Will keep you posted with news(and hopefully pics).

Kokomo and the girls

A milestone!

Published November 11, 2012 by Kokomo

Hey, Ruma and Koko here.

Just a quick post as we are waaaaaaaaaay to busy napping, we can’t really take time out of our busy napping-eating-free-ranging-pooping schedule to type long posts. But, we feel it is the very necessary to post this as we feel we need to thank YOU. All of you! Everyone who’s been here, reading, liking, following and commenting. We have passed 500 views. Actually, we had 50 views in the past 48 hours. We are so proud, so happy and so thankful! It is keeping our owner inspired to keep writing about us and keep taking pictures and over-sharing about all our nonsense.

Just a little newsflash, she is considering adding two more ladies to our mix. Wondering what that’s going to be like!

Anyways, thanks a million for everything! We love you!!

Tomato kisses!

The fortress

Published October 3, 2012 by Kokomo

Good afternoon you mere mortals. How nice of you to come and visit our splendid blog. Do you like the changes we had our servant make? (Yes, we say servant now, as she practically runs for us and well, we live in a fortress, so we MUST be royal). We’re not too keen on the pink if you ask us, we’d prefer green or yellow, much healthier colors for us rats, but well, we don’t have to live on the blog. Hopefully we do make it come alive.

Very well, all nonsense aside, we need to inform you of our newest favorite hang-out. The fortress. We have had fortresses for many a month now, but the one we have now, the smallest so far, is our absolute favorite. We have decorated it to our taste, and because it is so small, we move it around where we like as well.

Koko on top of the fortress

What is a fortress you ask? Well, first of all, a fortress isn’t a fortress unless it is on the top floor of your cage. I mean really, on the bottom it would be a dungeon, not? The concept is quite simple. You have your servant take a shoe-box and cut two holes in it, one at the bottom, a big one, and one at the top, a smaller one. The one at the bottom is used for entry and the one at the top is small, but we like to make it bigger ourselves. Then the lid of the box is taped to the box and well, it’s pretty much done. The fortress is placed, as said before, on the top floor of the cage so that from the holes, we can overview our entire kingdom.

Trying to squeeze out together, never works…

But the fortress is more than a box. It’s a place to hide from our servant. It’s a place to keep warm in when it’s chilly. It’s a place to snuggle up in together. When we flip it to the side, the wholes are on either side of the box and we use then as windows to lounge in. It’s really the perfect hangout. Who needs a cage with 7 stories when you have a fortress on top?

Peeking out the ‘window’

Yes, the only thing our fortress is missing really, is a constant food and water supply. On the other hand, we are quite trained in dragging food into our fortress to enjoy it in the privacy of our walls. The only real problem we are faced with then is water. Well and the fact that we have to descend 6 floors to be able to relieve ourselves. Oh why bother? We like wet cardboard! Wet, and warm and with our own fine odor filling the room.

Oh hello servant, what is it you wish?

Our servant got the idea for a fortress from some amazing website that of course she did not tell us about, so we are unable to share the link with you. Perhaps you can try googling for ‘rat toys’ or ‘rat fortress’. We wish you the best of luck! It is time for us to retreat to our fortress now. Fare thee well!

Näkemiin, Koko and Ruma

Please do not disturb me human!

Yes, I am quite comfortable, does it show?

Thank you!

Published September 24, 2012 by Kokomo

Gosh, our owner really wanted to go to bed on time today, but then she saw that yesterday, we had 34 views! In the first 10 days that is waaaaaay cool! We feel very honored and pleased that people come and read about our adventures. We have readers from the Netherlands, Germany, US, China and even the Philippines (how did that happen?). And WHO is following us from Trinidad and Tobago? Wow. We are just two little, mischievous, naughty rats, doing our business (and boy, our business can stink up the place 🙂 )

So, not just from us but from our owner, here is a very heartfelt THANKYOU! Kiitos!

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Please keep reading, following, liking, commenting, reblogging and sharing. We’ll try to update as often as we can.

Koko and Ruma ❤

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