Some time back I said that we would be looking at moving house. Since then it’s kind of taken over our lives – we put our house (which is in another part of the country) on the market and started to spend our weekends poring over adverts and viewing houses to buy.
Progress seemed slow, but in fact our house has only been on the market for just over two months – and we have a buyer. We accepted an offer from them last week, and offered on a house we like, and our offer was accepted so at the moment every spare minute is taken up with mortgage applications and solicitors’ paperwork.
So what does this have to do with the rats? Well, the new house is a similar size to this one but configured differently. We will have a little more space downstairs, but a smaller third bedroom. Now, the time was when our ratties lived downstairs, usually in the dining room, where they got plenty of attention and got to watch all the comings and goings. Several years ago we decided to move them to the spare bedroom (at the time we had a two-bedroomed house) as that was where the computer was, and I spent a lot of my time on the computer, so they got more attention that way.
In this house, two fundamental aspects of that relationship changed. The first was that it’s a three-bedroomed house, so the rats got their own room, separate from the room where the desk and pc were. The second is that my old pc packed up and I bought a laptop, which I tend to use mainly in the living room. The new house (assuming that everything goes to plan) has an extended kitchen/dining room, plus two other downstairs rooms, so we are thinking about having the rats downstairs again.
Their cages should go in the “middle” room, which is between the living room and the dining room. It’s a little darker as it sits in the centre of the (open plan) house, so the nearest windows are effectively in the neighbouring rooms. The current owners have the radiators downstairs turned off, which would also work for us as the rats don’t need to be too warm. And they would get to interact with us much more than they do at the moment. It will also be more convenient for cleaning out the cages, though we’re not sure at the moment where playtimes will take place. Maybe I’ll look into making some sort of playpen.