New baby rat.
Such a lot has happen in the past two weeks. I have a new baby pouched rat – as yet unnamed. You can see pictures of him in the Album.
I picked him up from the breeder on Saturday. He is just four weeks old and he is completely hand tame. This is the age I had been told that it was best to get a new rat because they can be fully socialised and become really sweet pets who love human company.
To make sure he bonds to me I am still bottle feeding him. He doesnt really need it but he loves it and holds on to the syringe even after it is empty. He is also eating solid food although he does like it chopped up very small. Like any small animal when he is not eating he is either rushing about or sleeping. He is likes to sleep while I am holding him.
I will have to keep him separate from Ambaa until he is about five months old. She will be too big for him and could hurt him unless he is big enough to look after himself. I decided not to get Ambaa mated as I wanted a breeding pair. It was really lucky that I saw the add for my new baby on the internet as I started looking.
Update on Ambaa
Ambaa is getting more interested in things again. I now let her run in a different room and I feed her mealworms when she is out. She really likes the mealworms and the change of environment has put a spring back in her step. She is still very nervous but she will let me hand feed her mealworms and her yoghurt treats. She also lets me stroke her.
The longer she is out the bolder and more playful she gets. To start with she doesnt venture far from her carry case but with gentle coaxing she starts to explore the room. If she has a good run she will end up jumping onto the chairs, table and sideboard.
It will be a lot of extra work keeping the two of them separately but hopefully they will live together when the new baby is older and, hopefully, they will have their own litters one day.