Sunday, April 22, 2007

Rats? What rats? I don't have any rats.....


Okay, it's been awhile. But I've been busy. What started as a single rat for Cassidy has ballooned into monumental proportions. Literally. We have taken in a total of 17 ratties. No, that's not a typo. Five of them were supposed to rehomed as they were rescues, but we've fallen in love with them and we decided to rehome only one. So currently, we have a total of 16 ratties.


I know you're all thinking I've lost my mind. And you're probably right. But there was a method to the madness. See, you'd be amazed at how many people get rats, and then decide they don't want them anymore and since our shelter doesn't take rats, and there are no rat rescues, what most often happens is that they take them to a pet store to be sold as "feeders." So, that's essentially like taking your kitten or puppy and deciding you don't want it anymore and feeding it to a snake.


Now, I don't have a problem with snakes. And snakes gotta eat, right. And sadly for rats, what snakes like to eat is rats. But, it seems like the ultimate betrayal to feed a pet to a predator. Especially in an enclosure which offers only one possible outcome for the rat.


Add that to the fact that I LOVE RATS and you have a recipe for madness. But it has to stop. So, in light of that, we rehomed one of the rescue girlies today. And I'm not allowed to go into the petstore anymore. And I'm not supposed to read the ads on craigslist from stupid people looking to rehome unwanted rats. Sigh.


So, I have to content myself with playing with my ratties, sewing warm and cozy hammocks for their cages, and cleaning and rearranging the cages. So, I should be able to fit this whole blogging thing back into my schedule.


Maybe I should change the name of the blog to Laura, Rattie Queen of the Universe...


4 comments:

Canada Mom said...

Does anyone remember "Ben"?????
: - )

Mom said...

Aha! But now they are up to 30! (Last time I talked to you) - so, RatLady, Queen of the Universe....anymore?

Mom said...

Ooops! I mean 20!

Dana said...

I think it's a wonderful thing that you would take on so many rats. I love rats, always have. There might even be a rat in my future, though I am always saddened that they only live for a few years. My last rat (about 7 years ago) had to be put to sleep because he had a heart condition that was making his life miserable. Anyway, I don't think it's crazy that you love them. :)