We have been talking for a while about getting a third rat, and we’ve been looking on craigslist and at online sites for rats that needed rehoming, as we are conscious that some breeders breed for the money and don’t care for the rats at all, but as we were in Petco to buy some stuff, there was only a few rats left, a worker in there told us that they won’t carry rats anymore. And that he would give us a good deal for all of them as he would rather they end up in a loving home. I have mixed emotions about Petco. I saw some bad things at the Hawaii one, and I don’t like how they have Betta fish in tiny plastic boxes on display, with literally NOTHING but water in them. They did the same in Hawaii, and there I saw several beautiful but dead ones. However, if you set aside the internal conflict, being in a pet store is fun! And the Petco down on LaBrea has a lot of different animals. Look at this cute guy! These guys have clearly hired a very good decorator for their homes. Look at this guy! One of the saddest things you see is this, the abandoned cats and dogs, just laying within the cage, waiting. Rick and I wanted to save them so bad, and we would if it weren’t for my extreme allergies, I am SO allergic to cats! Even with allergy tablets, I am so uncomfortable around them. It’s tragic. Rick wanted to adopt one so bad, and of course so did I, but.. we can’t. We hope these kitties find a better home soon. There were plenty of mice, and they are fun small little fellas, so cute and active. Look at this chubby hamster snoozing away! Awww ha ha ha.
Anyway, so the guy really wanted us to take all three of the remaining female rats, but we decided on just taking one, as it takes time and money to properly take care of pets. We’ve spent a lot of time getting to know and house train Pinky and The Brain, and they are so happy and social.
We wanted to properly integrate our new female rat, so they could all live together, and be able to get to know her and make her feel loved. As guilty and sad we felt about not saving her two sisters, we adopted this Albino girl, and named her Snowby Wan Kanobi. I asked why they are not carrying rats anymore, and the guy said for security reasons, apparently the breeder had gotten complaints because when the rats have been fed to snakes they had often fought back too hard, and bitten the Snakes, and the Snake owners had to take their expensive snakes to the vet! Ha ha ha ha. Yeah that’s right, strong tough ratties! Rick and I introduced the girls on neutral ground, (In the bathtub) one by one, and it went really well. We also put them in other places together and kept a close eye on them, we had Snowby on her own seperate level for the first two days, and only let them play a little, now we’ve made an opening so they can all three go up and down and hang out. And it didn’t take long before they showed us their sisterly love.
We filmed the first meeting and I will update with a post on that so you can see.