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04-08-2014 07:23 PM
wolfy dog
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The pit bull won't even look at the rats and won't enter the room where they are kept.
Sweet.
04-08-2014 05:45 PM
blehmannwa Havoc snapped at a rat nose a few weeks ago. Now he comes in only for evening snack time and has to maintain his sit while I hand feed the rats.

He enjoys this but loses interest pretty quickly when the new rules are enforced.

The pit bull won't even look at the rats and won't enter the room where they are kept.
04-08-2014 03:59 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by wolfy dog View Post
I love my rats, won't like to be without a group. The dogs will eat them if given the chance but as long as they are in their cage, they ignore them. The rats will actually bite the dogs' noses if they come to close to their cage.
Most people who say "I hate rats!" change their minds once they really met and handled them. Mine have the run of the house a few times a week (dogs in another room), come when called but mostly they hang out with us. Eating a meal with socialized, free ranging rats is quite the experience.
Awesome! That's when you should invite guests over.
04-08-2014 03:41 PM
wolfy dog I love my rats, won't like to be without a group. The dogs will eat them if given the chance but as long as they are in their cage, they ignore them. The rats will actually bite the dogs' noses if they come to close to their cage.
Most people who say "I hate rats!" change their minds once they really met and handled them. Mine have the run of the house a few times a week (dogs in another room), come when called but mostly they hang out with us. Eating a meal with socialized, free ranging rats is quite the experience.
04-08-2014 01:28 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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my friend just lost one of her babies this weekend, he had just turned two
What a cutie! What a tragedy. I can't imagine losing one of my guys.

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04-08-2014 01:26 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by Blanketback View Post
Very cute!

The pic's fuzzy, so I can't tell if those are litter boxes in the bottom corners? If not, I suggest getting one because they'll use it - for poo at least, keeping the cage cleaner. I use the recycled newspaper (unscented) cat litter for this. Also, you might want to hang some towels over the cage to block the window because rats prefer dim lighting and it might be too much for them in that location. I have half my bars covered, as well as the top. They'll chew this material, lol.
Yes, they are. I put two litter boxes in. It makes cleaning up a lot easier!
Oh, I temporarily set the cage there. Their cage is actually placed in front of the chimney.

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04-08-2014 01:22 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Growing up, my family had multiple pairs of rats at one time or another, and they actually got on really well with our old female GSD. Domesticated rats are incredibly curious and friendly animals with a lot more personality than your typical hamster. They would climb all over her while she was sleeping, and she would herd them back into the cage when she decided they'd had enough fun
That's adorable! So far, we're enjoying them a lot. Very amusing creatures.

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04-08-2014 01:18 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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not my cup of tea but would like to ask how your dog responds to having rats in the house.
Actually, Varick's crate and the rat cage are side-by-side. He's very curious. not aggressive at all.
Harley likes to come in the room and sniff them, he's also curious, but he's grown accustomed to having small pets around the house. I let my pet rabbit and Harley run around in the backyard outside together, they never bothered each other. Practically friends. It was adorable.

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04-07-2014 12:43 PM
mego my friend just lost one of her babies this weekend, he had just turned two
04-07-2014 12:29 PM
Blanketback Very cute!

The pic's fuzzy, so I can't tell if those are litter boxes in the bottom corners? If not, I suggest getting one because they'll use it - for poo at least, keeping the cage cleaner. I use the recycled newspaper (unscented) cat litter for this. Also, you might want to hang some towels over the cage to block the window because rats prefer dim lighting and it might be too much for them in that location. I have half my bars covered, as well as the top. They'll chew this material, lol.
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