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  • I just bathed a rat.

    In terms of odd chores, this takes the cake.

    The whole idea of moving horses home is cool and all. But then come the other animals.

    New horses.

    Random lost dogs.

    Rats.

    The former is my fault. The middle is fate. The last is... well, my fault. I did agree to allow the older child her very own pet if she paid for all its accessories and care herself. And she has. But you can't get just one rat.

    With all the "How do I kill my resident rodent?" threads, I can now assure you all that PetHead shampoo is not the answer. One out of two rats would give a thumbs up to spa treatment. The second just squeaked pitifully.
    "I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten." - Winnie the Pooh

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    So now they are squeaky clean

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    • #3
      Ok, that is just darn cute.
      Life doesn't have perfect footing.

      Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
      We Are Flying Solo

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      • #4
        squeaky clean

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        • #5
          I think if you have to repeat this performance, that a video is a must!
          There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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          • #6
            Our son had three darling pet rat sisters who lived in a palace of a cage in his bedroom and saw the vet regularly for their various ailments as well as ate daily gourmet salads.

            At the same time, we had a terrible rat outbreak in our hay barn. I used live traps until they got too smart. I wouldn't use snap or glue traps. So every evening my husband came home from work and got a glass of wine and his .22 and very sadly shot rats in order to give them a quick death.

            The irony was not lost on us. Enjoy your darling, clean ratties!

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            • #7
              Great as pets, nightmares as vermin.

              No photos of spa day, OP?

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              • #8
                I just fed Ivermectin-laced apples to two baby porcupines with mange...

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                • #9
                  without pics of "squeaky clean rats" this post is useless!!!!

                  As much as I like them, I couldn't have pet rats, I'd feel guiltier then I already do when I killed their vermin cousins in the barn.

                  LBR
                  I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                  R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed

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                  • #10
                    Oh, dear lord! I love rats. Mr. CC hates them. Hence, I have no pet rats. Please, please post pictures!

                    Though, I'm afraid we might have them in our barn, they are not the spa treatment kind, unless drowning them in a bucket counts
                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                    • #11
                      Just saw a trailer on TV for the season finale of "Hoarders", and the guy hoards rats!!! It gave me the willies to watch it, not sure I will tune in for that one.
                      There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                      • #12
                        Pet rats are just the cutest thing ever. Pic please!

                        My husband hates rodents of all types, particularly rats. Apparently the tail freaks him out. I argue they are cute and very smart. Who needs a 2 year old when you could have a pet rat?! He will not take the bait on this argument. He is going overseas for a year...I think I shall get a pet rat while he is gone. (And one of those crazy finches with the crazy feathers that stick up on their head like a pineapple. I MUST have one...or 5.)

                        I can now at least let him know that they can easily be washed with pet shampoo. I think this fact should make all well in his world.

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                        • #13
                          This thread title made me think of a new song for Katy Perry.

                          I bathed a rat and I liked it.
                          Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

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                          • #14
                            And my sick little mind had you calling the rat drowning technique described in the rat extermination thread "bathing." Anyone else sick like me??
                            Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.

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                            • #15
                              Awww, one of my most favorite pets of all time was my russian blue rat Leon Redbone. He was so cool, never a mess or a pest or destructive, just liked hanging out and being loved on and spoiled with goodies. He'd gratefully eat anything, though sourcream, twinkies and beer were his favorite treats. Everybody loved Leon, he even helped people who were afraid of rats.

                              I snuck him away with me when I went to college, I couldn't bear to part with him. He lived for 4 years until cancer finally claimed him. I spent every penny I had to my name at the animal hospital trying to save him. After 3 nights at the hospital he was finally doing well and I was coming to take him home, when he passed suddenly over night. The vet and his aid both shed a tear telling me. He was loved everywhere he went.
                              Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.

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                              • #16
                                I just snorted out my hot chocolate at the thought of a Katy Perry song of that title!! My 7 year old would dearly love a Katy Perry cd, but I have remained strong and have not bought it. Can you imagine that blasting through the speakers?
                                RIP Mydan Mydandy+
                                RIP Barichello

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by tasia View Post
                                  So now they are squeaky clean
                                  <SNORT>
                                  "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

                                  "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x

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                                  • #18
                                    I love rats! We don't have any now - instead, cats! But they are great pets.
                                    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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                                    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.

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                                    • #19
                                      Awwww. I used to have a rat named Neeewwwwman (said the Seinfeld way) he was so pretty. The "big C" got him too
                                      Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
                                      Sam: A job? Does it pay?
                                      Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
                                      Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.

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                                      • #20
                                        What?! No pictures?! I love rats - they are fabulous pets.

                                        DH and I had 15 rats when we were first married. We had brought home 2 males and a little female. Yup. She turned out to be pregnant and we were surprised by 12 baby rats. I was going to be brave and take some of the kits to the pet shop to be sold when hubby stops me and says "You can't. You know what will happen to most of them .... snake food." I was relieved since I had been thinking the same thing. Please note: it is really hard to convince your friends that they need to adopt one of your rats. We ended up with cages all over the living room.

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