So this morning I gave Maxi and Ben their honey oats, as per usual.
After scoffing down their breakfast, they assumed the “mommy-give-us-scritches” position.
Obviously I can’t resist showering my furchildren with affection and it wasn’t too long after that Maxi started bruxing and boggling.
Scritching – The collective term for petting, rubbing, massaging, scratching, kissing, cuddling, grooming, fondling, tickling and otherwise showing your rat just how much you love him/her.
Boggling – The rat’s eyes will bulge in and out in a fast motion.
Bruxing – A rat bruxes by grinding its teeth together. Can either sound like grinding or chattering teeth.
*Note: This is not a video of my rats.
Naturally the first time this happenend, I freaked the fuck out. I honestly thought they were having seizures and would soon pop out their eyes and die.
However, after further investigation, it became evident that they do this when they are content.
Like how kittehs purr, this is how ratties show that they are happy.
Just a heart-melting moment I wanted to share with the rest of the world. :)
I despise people who labour under the misconception that rats are filthy, diseased creatures that need to be exterminated in the cruellest of ways.
I never in my life thought that adopting 2 rats could brighten up my life in so many ways.
I mean, how can you say no to this?
We got Max (The brown hooded one) about 10 months ago and then 4 months down the line – after a considerable amount of nagging the boyfriend; we got Ben (The pink eyed, white one).
What I did not know was just how much attention and care rats actually require.
Besides making sure they have enough food and fresh water daily, you also have to ensure that their cage and litter box (Yes, they are actually potty trained) gets cleaned every day.
And if like me, you like to spoil your furry children with custom made beds and hammocks, you need to wash those every week, because unfortunately they love to mark EVERYTHING.
Living in unhygienic conditions can be detrimental to their health.
Like most pets, rats also require a lot of attention and interaction. They are highly intelligent, affectionate and each have their own, unique little personalities.
There’s nothing better than coming home after a shitty day and hugging your furbabies.
Perhaps one day my dreams of owning 20 rats will be fulfilled.