Before it gets too late

The kids did have their presents on Christmas Day and I did take some photos, and yes it has taken me this long to get round to posting them. Cosmo and his girls got some new chew toys, the two boys got a new willow ball, and my mum also bought some wood chews with tasty treats inside. And between those two groups and little old lady Misty, there was a stocking full of individual treats to share.

Drumknott and Lias got first dibs but were a bit bemused by the whole thing.


Well, there’s things, but we don’t know what to do with them.


Drumknott starts to get the idea.


Hazelnuts! Yummy!


And this is?


No idea but it smells a bit like food.


You need to help me with this, Daddy, because I lack opposable thumbs.


Yay! Biscuit!

Cosmo and the girls got the hang of it quite quickly:



Cosmo found some peanuts…


… and took them off to a quiet corner where no-one would disturb them…


… which went well for a while…


…until Dimity tracked them down.


Misty came out by herself and unwrapped her gifts.


She had to have a little bit of help, but she did enjoy tucking in to her popcorn.

So we approach the end of the year with Misty the only one left of the ten rats we had in January – an almost complete change of population. She is getting frail and is less and less interested in food or playtime, ย but still just interested enough to make some effort.

From all of us here, weย hope you and yours all had a good Christmas and wish you all the best for 2016.


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12 Responses to Before it gets too late

  1. ramblingratz says:

    What lovely Christmas tails ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Is Cosmo a Chinchilla variety? We have a chin and Cosmo looks very similar, though ours has lost a lot of his colouring! The black berky with socks is beautiful too, all of your ratties are beautiful really!

    • ownedbyrats says:

      Yes, we’ve been told Cosmo’s a chin – I’d never seen one before. The colour is lovely. Does your chin have slightly smaller eyes than normal? Cosmo’s are noticeably smaller than the other rats’ and we were told that’s a thing with chins.

      • We thought that our Howl was a Berky, then an Essex and then our breeder pointed out that the breeder we’d got him from had been experimenting with Chins so he was likely a product of that, he’s not got perfect markings which is why we think he wasn’t kept for breeding!

        I wouldn’t say that he has a smaller eye though it certainly isn’t a large eye either IYSWIM? (He’s one eyed, his brother poked out the other one when they were little!)

      • ownedbyrats says:

        Funnily enough we went through the Berky/Essex options too! Do you mind me asking which breeder yours came from?

      • Our chin is from rivendell in Dartford, the rest are from fugly in Brighton or rescues.

      • ownedbyrats says:

        Ah, yes – Ann Storey is Rivendell, we had a girl from her (indirectly via another breeder) several years ago.

      • She is indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ We had our first two from Rivendell, Howl & Haku. It was only earlier this year that we took Howl to our local breeder to have a look at as we knew he wasn’t quite right as either an Essex or a Berky but couldn’t work it out ourselves. I’m glad we’re not the only ones! Our breeder wasn’t sure until we told her where we’d gotten him from (he’d lost a lot of his colouring by that point).

        The Fugly breeder is 20mins drive from us which is why we’ve got the rest from there, that and the rats from there are really wonderful, lovely squishy cuddle rats ๐Ÿ™‚

        Where are the rest of yours from? The two blacks are stunning, and the blue rex!

      • ownedbyrats says:

        Ours are a bit of a mixture! Cosmo (the chin boy) is from Flaxholme Stud, based in Essex – we did have his brother too, but sadly he died young. The black boy and blue rex boy are from RattieAngels, in Warwickshire – Sam is one of our more local breeders and she makes very handsome rats! All the girls are rescues, the three with Cosmo came to us most recently, and we’ve had Misty for well over 2 years, so unknown background genetically but they are lovely girls ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Is Flaxholme good? We’re relocating to Essex in the next couple of years and it may not be feasible to get all of our rats from Fugly any more, though I’d happily travel to get one set a year still, just maybe not all of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ownedbyrats says:

        I’m not sure how active Flaxholme is, it was good timing for us that they had some boys when we needed a couple. They do seem to make generally healthy and well-tempered rats! Cosmo is quite a cuddly and licky boy and his brother was very affectionate. Depending on where you move to in Essex there are lots of breeders in East Anglia, though – Midlands Rat Club, Heart of England Rat Club and National Fancy Rat Society all keep lists on their websites.

      • We’ll be moving to Colchester area most likely, so quite central in East Anglia. Good to know that there are good breeders around there! We’re happy to travel for nice rats too ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll probably get the occasional pair from Fugly still but it would be nice to have a good local-ish one for some variety.

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