This Idle Mind
This Idle Mind
rappsrats:

appleratties:

New buck - his old owner affectionately named him Gasbar. He’s super cool.

He’s a real beauty, I want to steal him ;3;

rappsrats:

appleratties:

New buck - his old owner affectionately named him Gasbar. He’s super cool.

He’s a real beauty, I want to steal him ;3;

ATTENTION ALL HAIRLESS RAT LOVERS/OWNERS!!!

I want to try my hand at caring for hairless rats at some point, but for now I’d love to see and hear about yours! SHOW ME THEM WRINKLY, NEKKED RATTIES! Hahaha.

What made you choose hairless ratties? What accommodations do you have to make for them due to their “nakedness”? How do you prevent skin infections and the like? Do people shy away from the hairless rats more than the usual furry ratties? If so, why do you think they prefer furry over hairless?

Of course before I eventually get a hairless or two, I’ll do my research, but for now I want to know all about your naked ratties!

Send me stuff about your hairless babies to my submit box! Found —-> HERE!

Things Rat Owners Say

steampunkrat:

"Stop sleeping on your head."

"No, don’t leave your cage yet."

"Don’t give me that look."

"TAKE TURNS!"

"Don’t do that."

"DON’T DO THAT."

"Ow!"

"Stop fighting!"

"That’s called bruxing."

daximed:

Hotel showers are really weird because they can range anywhere from “gently peeing on you” to “I fear for the safety of my nipples”

I’ll be updating Athena’s GoFundMe page in a few minutes with details and will repost asap.

cookingpeach:

fuzzykitty01:

choose-your-muse:

wearelike-smallpotatoes:

zomey:

My bosses daughter wanted hair like mine for her schools Crazy Hair day, so I took on that 14” challenge and put it up for her n walked her to school . Needless to say she’s very popular in that bodunk town now :p

This is the CUTEST FUCKING THING AHHG

It looks like he’s giving her a pep talk.
"Okay Sarah, now you go out there and be the best freaking punk you can be. And if anyone makes fun of you, the Mohawk makes a great weapon."

"You are ready, my young apprentice. Go forth and ROCK!"

Now I want a Mohawk.

cookingpeach:

fuzzykitty01:

choose-your-muse:

wearelike-smallpotatoes:

zomey:

My bosses daughter wanted hair like mine for her schools Crazy Hair day, so I took on that 14” challenge and put it up for her n walked her to school . Needless to say she’s very popular in that bodunk town now :p

This is the CUTEST FUCKING THING AHHG

It looks like he’s giving her a pep talk.

"Okay Sarah, now you go out there and be the best freaking punk you can be. And if anyone makes fun of you, the Mohawk makes a great weapon."

"You are ready, my young apprentice. Go forth and ROCK!"

Now I want a Mohawk.

KAY! I just got off the phone with a different vet near by.

This is their estimate for removal for a grape-sized mammary tumor:

No spay+No biopsy: Roughly $342
Spay+No Biopsy: Roughly $539
No Spay+Biopsy: Roughly $539
Spay+Biopsy: Roughly $737

MUCH less than the +$1,000 dollar for removal ONLY I was looking at with the other vet. This vet does exams for exotics for $59.99, which is also much less than the other vet. I got a discount at the other place because I was a new client. It would have been around $85 if I was an existing client.

I’m thinking that I should do the removal with the spay, but no biopsy. Biopsy would confirm it’s benign, but from what I can tell and what the OTHER vet could tell it’s more than likely benign.

Does spaying actually reduce the risk of the tumors even after removal? Or is that only BEFORE the tumors pop up?

I took my oldest rat, Athena, to the vet yesterday.

She is perfectly healthy aside from a small mammary tumor. Likely benign. She has ZERO signs of a limp or any other health issues. The vet of course recommends removing the tumor, but for $715 to $1337.77 idk…. She could still live a normal, healthy rattie life with the tumor. Of course it will grow and will impact her quality of life eventually, but the risks with removal topped with that hefty price tag…. yeesh. I still applied for CareCredit and got denied because I literally have NO credit. The vet is willing to work with me on a payment plan, though. They’d have to charge charge 1.8% interest and it would take 7 to 12 months for me to COMPLETELY pay off.

Athena is 1.5 years old and perfectly healthy aside from that tumor and I have four other rats to care for… I’m shopping around and calling every exotic vet in the area.

I posted my experience in every rat FB group I’m in… Everyone pretty much says the estimate they gave is a damn joke and that my expectation of 200-500 dollars was in the right ball park. The vet was very well qualified, had a caring, sweet personality, and the facility was top notch, but I’d have to agree that they are damn crazy. I would sacrifice many things for my girls, but I just can’t afford 1,000 dollars to have a tumor removed, only to have it come back anyway. The removal doesn’t include a spay, so likely it would come back.

It’s a tough choice, and I am withholding a final decision until I find a different vet and have thought about it further.