How many Rats do you have ???!!

For anything to do with rat care that doesn't fit into any of the sections above!

How many Rats do you own?

1-3
31
26%
4-7
33
28%
8-12
21
18%
13-18
13
11%
19-25
7
6%
26-32
7
6%
33-40
3
3%
41 + !!!
2
2%
 
Total votes: 117

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Post by neeshkabeesh » Mon Sep 05, 2005 7:34 pm

I only have my two girls, I couldn't manage with two cages and now feel quite silly as there are so many with many more cages than that to clean! :lol:

Hanlou wrote:For me, the 'problem' was that I had quite a few at similar ages, so I seem to have lost a lot of rats in a relatively short space of time. None of my 'recent' deaths have really been unexpected - all were rescues (apart from Jemima who was a pet shop rat) and all were between 2 and 3 years of age, but it's hard to lose so many in a *fairly* short space of time. 7 out of my current 8 rats are about 18 months old (some a bit less) so I may end up with the same situation in a year or so. (Probably less for my 4 sisters :( ) Which is hard. Hence my decision to have less ratties in the future.


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Post by Jillybean » Mon Sep 05, 2005 7:38 pm

Hi.....I have my five ratties. Two neutered bucks and three girlies !
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Post by tigerbabe » Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:05 pm

I have 11 - 9 boys & 2 girls... not such a bad number til you realise that at the moment they're living in 5 cages! Wispa doesn't like leaving the cage (he just sits in a corner freaking out til I put him back home - I've had him 10 months and haven't been able to persuade him that coming out is fun :roll: ) so at least out of cage time happens in 4 groups instead of 5
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Post by RattiesRule » Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:05 pm

I have 7 of the little rascals. All bucks
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Post by ritzy » Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:23 am

i have 2 groups, 4 girls and 9 boys so thats 13 altogether
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Post by ali67 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:12 am

I've got nine boys, which is fine, except they live in three groups :-? . I definitely won't go above this number, and plan to go down in the future to a number that I can comfortably keep in one cage - probably six or so. I find it's not the number of rats so much which is a problem, but the number of cages.
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Post by Emsrats » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:28 am

Same here - too many cages. I've got five cages with 23 rats- 10 boys and 13 girls. I plan for the numbers to drop now though, as lots of ours are over a year, I'm not getting any more for ages. Plan to drop to about 4 girls and 4 boys tops, so we can give them more time. Ours are perfectly happy, clean and comfy, but they just don't get the attention that rats get when there are less of them. I'd like to be able to have them out for hours and hours at a time. But it's too easy just to take on one more rescue.....
Plus we all get so upset when one dies, I keep thinking, we've got 23 deaths to go at some point :cry:
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Post by ali67 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:40 am

Emsrats wrote:Plus we all get so upset when one dies, I keep thinking, we've got 23 deaths to go at some point :cry:


I know I haven't got as many rats as you, but I keep thinking the same thing. The trouble is, of my nine boys, two are elderly (around 2 years or more) but the other seven are all roughly the same age (14 months and 15 months) :( . I think there's going to be a period in my life in a year or so which isn't going to be much fun at all :( .
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Post by Solar » Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:05 am

Same here all 5 of my boys are roughly the same age :( I'm dreading the end of next year.
I told myself I wouldn't go over 5, but coz Seth is on his own I thought maybe he would get along better with babies, if not they will go with the 4 (fingers crossed) and Seth will remain on his own but living right next door still to the 4.
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Post by tracey.burgess » Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:10 am

I have 3 boys (ages 1 -2) in a Freddie, 6 girls (ages 6mths - 1) in a Maxi Brio, 2 OAP's (3 next week!) in a critter1 and my 2 (6 mths) newbies in our spare cage!
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Post by Frances » Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:19 am

I've got six boys at the moment, all about the same age. The worst bit was when they all hit puberty at the same time....I nearly lost an arm to Strangeway!

Six is just the right number for me, but the OH think I have far, far too many. He's just jealous. :hearts:

I think in the future I would'nt go about three or four. Or five. Or eight.
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Post by LisaLQ » Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:18 pm

28, I think :lol:

The most was 31 but that was when I was fostering Maia and kittens. Course, that was where it all went wonky, cos I kept most of them :lol:

Not going any higher than this though. I want the pet numbers to go down a bit as Kathy and I are hoping to look into (very small scale) showing and breeding next year maybe.

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Post by geo614142 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:24 pm

i currently have 4 will have 8 by xmas ... :D
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Post by flavrat66 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:56 pm

I have 6 girls and 6 boys. :hearts: Also have 4 house rabbits, and 2 house guinea pigs :hearts: The girls all live today but the boys are in 3 different cages - a situation I'm hoping to change at some point in the future as spending too much time cleaning :exclaim: They are all different ages and mostly unrelated as all my animals are rescues.

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Post by Times of Grace » Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:51 pm

We now have 29, as the remaining two "fosters" cannot go back to their owner, so have become permanent residents.
We're also looking after 7 boys whilst their owner decides whether they will need rehoming, and we have 2 kittens due from Templeton in September. They will be the last kittens until numbers have fallen, as I'm spending a fortune on cages, food and dear little toys that they can't possibly do without :lol:. So in reality the total is 36 rats, currently 9 cages (girls, intact boys, two boys who are being castrated on Thursday because of their aggression, fosters...). As you may have guessed they have a room of their own, and as I'm lucky enough to be a full-time student with not many lecture hours, I can spend lots of time with them.

I'm not at all looking forward to the inevitable heartache of their passing. The cost of medical treatment doesn't worry me, I knew that for each rat I took on I was looking at a big vet fund, but I'll miss each and every little whiskery face. We've lost three thus far, but I know that we did everything possible for them.

In future I'd like to have a small rescue facility, so I think keeping my pet numbers low would benefit less fortunate rats who need a place to stay before they find a forever home. Plus then I'd maybe be able to find a volunteer to do the cleaning out whilst I do the socialisation :wink: (joking, I can't think of many jobs more taxing, yet so rewarding)

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