Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Pink Rat

Don't call PeTA, it looks worse than it really is. Ratzi has an infection on his hind paws. My other rats never any problems but I guess Ratzi's feet are too sensitive to the metal bars flooring. He's not on antibiotics and I removed all the metal flooring. Everything is being taken care of. Anyway, I guess he's been licking his feet cuz an hour ago I noticed Ratzi's fur was pink! o_O
Pink Rat
The cage was a bloody mess too.
Bloody mess
No choice, gotta put Blackie's old cone on Ratzi's neck so he can't lick his feet.
rat cone
You can't tell since he's not moving, but that's one mighty pissed rat. He's starting to cool off now and has stopped trying to remove the cone.

As well as his feet, Ratzi is also on antibiotics for recurrent respiratory problems. It's weird, Eli was the most healthy of the two (apparently) and he died first of a heart attack. I thought Ratzi would go first, since he's always sick, but he just won't die. He's the rat Highlander! e_e


Blogger Daniel said...

That cone is both hilarious and cute, but how is it that metal bars mess his feet up?

I did read the part about sensitive feet, but does he have some sort of metal allergy or something? Meh, I guess all animals have some sort of weird problem.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Jonas said...

Rats are pretty resilant creatures, the mamalian version of the roach. You arerage rat lives about 3-4 years although the oldest recoded rat lived 7 years and like three months. Since Ratzi is what apears to be albino or at least one of those Geneticly artifical lab rats he is going to be more subseptible to sickness due to his biological makeup. Kinda like a human Ginger.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Fusion said...

Poor rat... Hope Ratzi gets better.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

The problem isn't walking on metal, it's walking on bars or mesh.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Don't call PeTA, it looks worse than it really is."

I thought that's what PETA was all about? :) Over reacting?

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Jonas said...


8:05 AM  
Anonymous Mr God said...

Speaking of PETA, they've got a really cool flash animation where you get to have fun chopping a turkey for noshing.
Cooking Mama
I think they meant it to be off-putting, but they only managed to put me off tofu.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Fishes are supposed to be called Sea Kittens now.

Speaking of PeTA. I pwned PeTA

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im writting from a iPhone not mine

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Peirrin said...

Daniel, yeh, try walking on oh, chainlink fence in bare feet for a couple hours. You'll get the idea.
The wire mesh down at the bottom of the cage is so their crap can fall down and they don't roll in their own filth. I don't know much about domestic rats, but with birds at least, you can put beams running across the cage, near the bottom, they'll step up on those and walk around, better for their feet at least. Don't know if something of similar fashion would work for rats?

8:31 AM  
Blogger Sailor Scorpio said...

Aww, poor thing. Hope his infection clears up soon.

...there can be only one!!!!!!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

The last Anonymous was me. XD

I haven't seen blood for a while now.

1:09 PM  

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