our very own waffle and pancake are featured in this upcoming year’s Mainely Rat Rescue calendar! they’re the May pin-ups! ( : support MRR and buy a calendar filled with adorable ratties!
This is a phrase behaviour analysts say a lot. I recently attended the Geneva Centre for Autism’s Summer Training week where Nancy Marchese, a BCBA presented to a room full of teachers and related education professionals. “It depends!” was her answer to many “What should I do about a student who…
I love this - it is of course also applicable to my clients when talking and asking about their dogs. So many times they expect a clear cut answer, but so many times I disappoint them (initially) with “it depends”! Then of course we get into more details.. Thanks, Tricia-Lee, for writing this out so well. ( :
Ever since I started learning about dog behavior and spreading that knowledge to dog owners, I noticed a stark difference between what vets and I were telling owners regarding puppy socialization. Do not ever forget that the critical period of socialization for a puppy is between 3 and 16 weeks of age. Many vets tell their clients to keep their puppy inside until they have received all their shots, which usually happens at 16 weeks. RED FLAG!! Read this position statement published by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) that emphasizes the importance of getting your puppy outside and socialized within the first three months - and feel free to bring it up to your vet if s/he says otherwise!!
a rattie update
I can’t believe it’s been four months since we adopted Pancake and Waffle. We have learned so much during that short time, and both of our ratties have gotten so much more comfortable around us. Waffle still doesn’t like being picked up all the time (I blame his being under socialized), but he now rarely “eeks” when we do so. They both love exploring our bed and hanging out with us in the bonding scarf. And, of course, they like eating! Pancake’s favorite is picking out the peanut from chunky peanut butter and Waffle’s favorite is.. well, let’s just say he’s not that picky.. ( : Anyway, all in all, we love our ratties!!
first time on the sofa! I love how curious they are, but it’s so hard to get a good photo! ❤🐭it took me a week to get comfortable enough to pick up waffle and pancake. I tried it once and I felt like it was stressing them out - especially waffle. he would eek! and run away from me. after many emails, their foster mom convinced me how important it is to get them used to the handling. my husband and I spent about three days just leaving our hands in the cage. if the ratties came up to or on our hands we’d give them yummy foods! if not we’d leave and try again later. by the third day of doing this, both of them would let me pet them. I think doing this and taking it slow definitely helped. they seemed much more comfortable with us afterwards and even let me pick them up for their first sofa session!
introducing.. waffle & pancake!!
I know I’m still in the process of going down the adoption, but I couldn’t wait any longer! My hubby and I adopted Waffle & Pancake from Mainely Rat Rescue (MRR). Waffle was previously known as Blaze and Pancake was previously known as Cookie. You can read about our match here.
Waffle is a boy:
enjoying a grape!
a bit blurry, but sniffing away!
Pancake is a girl:
whatcha doin over there?
caught on camera! (can you see waffle’s tail?)
They are both an estimated nine months old. We’ve had them for exactly seven days now, and we are in love. Well, I can’t speak for my husband, but I definitely am! ( : I can’t wait for our adventures and for us to all get to know each other!
why RATS?: shopping spree
I love shopping. If I could, I’d do it all the time. I love watching QVC. I have bought two things from them in the past ten or so years I’ve been watching, but I just love shopping so much that I watch it. So, I was very excited at the thought of shopping for all the new supplies for my ratties. I didn’t buy anything until I was approved to adopt by Mainely Rat Rescue (MRR), but before the approval I was window shopping and just made the sales final when I was approved. All of the things I bought were purchased after a lot of research and what I thought would work best for two ratties.
1) Martin’s Cage R-690
(although mine is black powder-coated metal)
I read online that Martin’s made good rat cages and I liked how they had a lot of variety. I also liked how they made cages especially for rats - as opposed to “small animal cages”. I chose the R-690 because of its small footprint - an absolute must in a small apartment!
2) Tall Corner Litter Pan by SuperPet
Mine looks a little different than this one. It’s purple and it attaches to the cage by two little teeth on the back of the two sides that face the cage. I wanted to potty train my rats (or at least poop-train), but it’s definitely a work in progress. My ratties like to dig and kick out the litter I have in here. Which brings me to..
3) CareFresh Ultra Bedding/Litter
I chose this to use as litter based on research. However, my rats like to kick it out of the litter box so I think when I finish using it (or maybe sooner than that), I’m going to try alfalfa-based rabbit pellets. I’ve read good things about using that, too.
No picture for this one, but I bought a bunch of fleece from Jo-Ann Fabric. My husband measured and made cage liners for our cage. He also made ramp covers, too. We have already switched out the liners once (after two days) so I’m glad we have two sets right now. It’ll definitely be beneficial to have at least three since we do laundry once a week.
This food was recommended by MRR and it’s what my rats were fed at their foster home. Harlan Teklad lab blocks are highly recommended in general and I hope they are good for my ratties! I buy them from MRR so I can support the organization while buying food for my ratties.
6) Lixit glass water bottles 16 oz.
I read that glass water bottles are cleaner than plastic since it naturally inhibits bacterial growth. I bought two 16 oz. bottles to place on the first and second floors of the cage.
Those are the essentials that I bought for my ratties! I will post next time about all of the accessories I bought for them. ( :
why RATS?: the adoption process
I admit. The adoption process with Mainely Rat Rescue (MRR) was a bit more complex than I thought it would be. First, you have to fill out a survey and answer a lot of questions including how you’re going to set up the rats’ environment. After everything on that survey is cleared, you’re put in touch with an adoption counselor. The counselor is there to help answer any questions you may have about rats and their care. We had many emails back and forth and when the counselor and I both agreed my knowledge of rat husbandry was sufficient, she sent me back to the adoptions coordinator. She then helped us choose our rats.
All I knew in the beginning was that I wanted two well-socialized rats that were cute. I thought at the time that I wanted two male rats because I read that boys are more cuddly. However, after researching online, the general consensus was that males were cuddly and lazy while females are more agile and willing to learn. MRR assured me that those were generalizations and you could always have rats that don’t fit into that stereotype. The adoptions coordinator asked if I would be open to the idea of getting one male and one female so I could experience both genders. I said “sure!” and asked about Blaze
The Coordinator thought they would be a great match for us and they were reserved for us after we paid the adoption fee.
I am now grateful for MRR’s rigorous adoption process. Although I had done a lot of research on my own, there were still things that came up while I was thinking of what supplies to buy for the ratties. In addition, it was great to have somebody to ask these questions without feeling like a burden. I think MRR is a great organization, and I would definitely recommend them and adopt from them again.
Now on to the SHOPPING! :D
*Photos courtesy of MRR