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Post by siofradh on Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:14 am

Hi there!
My name is Siofradh and I'm the proud owner of two female ratties, Bea and Olive. They're only 8 weeks old, just got them last week from a petshop (which i defo won't be doing again due to them being poorly socialised and nervous) and the woman who sold them to me didn't tell me what breed they are. Maybe you guys can help me out on this Smile From having a browse through all the different breeds of rats I'm thinking they're either Russian Silver or Russian Blue. Will post a picture so you's can judge for yourselves as soon as I figure out how! Wink These are my first rats so if anyone has any tips or treats in particular that their rats enjoy, i'd love to know!

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Post by siofradh on Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:22 am



Right, hopefully this will work! Not great quality but better than nothing Smile


[EDIT: Fixed image - Lew]
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Post by siofradh on Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:23 am

Okay didn't seem to work so here's a link to them Smile

http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=2&u=17135054
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Post by Catz on Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:18 am

Hi and welcome to the forum..
I cant help you with the varieties but they are stunning little girls .. cant wait to see more of them
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Post by Zoundz on Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:43 pm

They do look like they may be Russian Silver - but it's very hard to tell from that photo - can you get a good shot with a flash fired? Smile That sometimes helps! Where exactly were they from? It's a shame that petshops have potentially started getting Russian Silvers - the ones that are not bred for health can frequently have very short life spans and be quite sick. I'm sure yours will be OK though. They're rather sweet looking! Smile

Welcome to our little forum by the way! ;D

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Post by smokierat on Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:36 am

Welcome Smile your girls are just gorgeous Smile Hopefully you'll find this forum as good a resource as i have,feel free to ask lots of questions and post more pics of your lovely little ones!i had a similar first experience with my ratties,but we learn from our mistakes Grin and this forum is great for considering future ratties,either rescue or responsibly bred..you're going to have so much fun getting to know your girls Grin

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Post by siofradh on Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:38 am

Catz - Thank you very much, will have plenty more photos to come!
Zoundz - I got them from petmania in carlow town, i was pretty surprised myself to see them im there! i'll defo try to get more photos in the next few days.
smokierat - Yes I'd love to take in some rescues. If there's any female rats that need homes, let me know! Only have one cage atm but hopefully in the next while I'll be getting a critter nation so can take in boys then! Smile

Thanks a mill for the replies everyone and I'm looking forward to using the forum!
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Post by Catz on Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:49 am

Pet mania seems to be getting an influx of unusual varieties lately. There are black berkshires and a few roans etc. in the kilkenny petmania. I asked to hold the the berkies the last time I was in and the girl told me their rats come from somewhere called Johns Reptiles and Rodents in England.
Siofradh are you from Carlow yourself? I lived there for years (my mum still does) just around the corner from petmania Smile
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Post by siofradh on Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:11 am

Catz wrote:Pet mania seems to be getting an influx of unusual varieties lately. There are black berkshires and a few roans etc. in the kilkenny petmania. I asked to hold the the berkies the last time I was in and the girl told me their rats come from somewhere called Johns Reptiles and Rodents in England.
Siofradh are you from Carlow yourself? I lived there for years (my mum still does) just around the corner from petmania Smile

i actually never noticed any rats in petmania before until i started thinking of getting some myself.. i don't know whether it's cos i didn't notice them or they only have them occasionally... i'll ask them next time i'm in there! Smile i actually live just around the corner from petmania also! I'm originally from dublin tho, me and my mum moved down in september. small world eh!
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Post by Catz on Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:44 am

Small world indeed! I'm originally from Dublin but moved to Carlow with my mum when I was younger too haha.. are we related somehow??
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Post by siofradh on Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:51 am

Catz wrote:Small world indeed! I'm originally from Dublin but moved to Carlow with my mum when I was younger too haha.. are we related somehow??

Wow you'd think so haha! Laugh Carlow's very different from the big smoke! I still can't believe how quiet it is down here Shocked
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Post by Catz on Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:17 am

You can say that again! It took me ages to get used to the place. Do you know many people in Carlow? It took me ages to meet people my age but I did a PLC and met loads of them. I moved to Kilkenny about 2 years ago but I visit my mum often Smile
Where in Dublin are ya from?
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Post by katherine on Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:12 pm

Hi Smile your girls look very sweet. Pleased to have you.

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Post by siofradh on Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:46 am

Catz wrote:You can say that again! It took me ages to get used to the place. Do you know many people in Carlow? It took me ages to meet people my age but I did a PLC and met loads of them. I moved to Kilkenny about 2 years ago but I visit my mum often Smile
Where in Dublin are ya from?

I'm from Dublin 7 Grin I know a few people, one of my closest friends moved down here a few years back and we kept in contact. Other than that, not many people.

Thank you katherine!
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Post by Lew on Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:15 am

I've fixed your image link for you. Smile

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