These are my first pictures of my foster rat, who was named Mozart when I got him. The family who gave him to me seemed very sad to see him go. The little girl whose pet he had been even started to cry as she gave him to me.
So far he seems to have no fear of humans at all. He did an odd sort of humping thing, where he sort of dug with his front claws and sharply nibbled with his teeth, but nowhere near hard enough to break skin, and when I made squealing noises, he immediately stopped. I’m thinking it’s a male hormonal thing.
Overall he seems to be very people friendly, and I’m thinking his incident of biting was simply a case of owners not knowing how to properly handle a rat.
I’m starting his handling very slowly, as he has been subjected very suddenly to the shock of a new home and new people/animals to interact with. My dog has had interactions with rats before and generally leaves them alone, but the cat has never seen one, so I’m trying to monitor his interaction and observance with Mozart.
Mozart is in a cage much too small for male rats his age, so I will clean out one of my old cages very soon. He seems to be on some sort of shredded paper type bedding. They gave me his food, which is a typical rodent mix from kaytee. I plan to switch him over to fleece bedding and HT2016 (HarlanTeklad) lab blocks.
PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST. ANY RAT LOVERS IN THE CENTRAL PA AREA!! I WILL TRAVEL TO FIND THIS SWEET BOY A HOME!
I will continue to update as I learn more about him. I’ve only had him a few hours at this point, but he seems very sweet and tame.