Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Introducing Jack and Gus - Rat Brothers

If you follow Pawsitively Pets on Facebook or other social media, chances are you've already heard the wonderful news. If not, I adopted two adorable rats on Sunday. I'm sure you're all eager to hear more about them, and if not I'm just eager to tell you!


I don't know too much about their history. The lady who I adopted them from brought them to me Sunday afternoon, and to be honest the story was a little confusing to me. All that mattered to me was that they needed a new home that I was willing to give.

Their names are Jack and Gus, like the mice in the famous Disney movie Cinderella. I didn't rename them and decided to keep these names. They are one year old and I'm not sure if they really are brothers or not. And they are big! Much bigger than Nibblet was, but she was a female rat.

Jack

Jack is an all brown or "agouti" dumbo-eared rat. Dumbo-eared rats have ears that stick out on the sides of their heads. He's pretty plump, and the larger of the two.

Gus

Gus is a grey dumbo-eared rat with a white spot on his forehead and white  fur on his underside.

Jack and Shiner

I'm still getting to know them, but they are both very friendly. Shiner also got to meet them and seems to like them. My 2 year old daughter  is absolutely in love with them and sits in front of their cage talking to them all day long.

Gus enjoying a nibble on Lily's pants.

I was kind of concerned about them at first because they had a little fight with each other a few hours after they settled in. But, later I noticed them sleeping together in their little house. Maybe they just had a disagreement about something. I plan to keep an eye on this, in case I need to separate them when they are arguing.

Jack napping in the window.

Since this is my first pair of male rats, I am noticing quite a few differences from females. These two seem very chilled out. After playing on the couch for a while, they both went over to the window sill and just napped there for several hours. Very different from Miss Nibblet, who never napped or sat still when I took her out to play.

So anyways, very happy to welcome these two into our home! Jack and Gus can't wait to share more of our lives together with you all!

36 comments:

  1. Oh now you have TWO of this funny guys! They are cute and they have wonderful eyes ( I don't know if people noticed that rats have really beautiful eyes, even the rats who live in nature). I'm glad Shiner like Gus and Jack too!

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    1. They're eyes are kind of funny to me! Especially Jack's googly eyes in that one picture lol.

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  2. Yay! Welcome to Jack and Gus! I know you've been wanting to adopt another rat. I'm so glad you found two. How sweet about your daughter (and Shiner too!).

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  3. Welcome home Jack and Gus! We are looking forward to your adventures!!!

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  4. Congratulations on your new additions! They are so cute (love the dumbo ears), and I like their names, good choice to keep them. We're looking forward to hearing more about them!

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  5. OMD, they re so cute! Gus's white spot looks like a heart in the pictures! Can't wait to hear more about them!

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    1. Doesn't it?! I thought the same thing...

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  6. Hmmm, I wonder if Jack and Gus can sew gowns like the ones from Cinderella?!? BOL Miss Ann, you know Ma now thinks rats can be cute because of you. These too guys are adorable...we love their ears! Oh, we cannot wait to hear all about their adventures.
    *Cairn cuddles*
    Oz

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    1. Aw that is awesome and makes me smile Oz! So glad she thinks they are cute now.

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  7. Congratulations on the new rat brothers. Hope they work out well and fit in with the family.

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  8. Welcome Jack and Gus, you look very yummy, uh no... we wanted to say funny and friendly ! Purrs

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  9. Hi Jack and Gus you two are very very cute, enjoy your new home.

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  10. we iz knot on facebook sew we send a happee gotcha day N welcome two ewe both jack & gus !! we bee lookin for werd ta mor storeez N we promise never ta say ya look like tastee snax ta uz ...deel...!!! deel ♥

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  11. I recognized Gus and Jack from Cinderella. They were two of my favorite characters. I am so happy that you found two new friends. CongRATulations! ☺☺

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  12. Congratulations to your new family members. Jack and Gus look cute with their dumbo ears.

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  13. Welcome to the new blogging rats, Jack and Gus. I didn’t know they had tuxedo rats. MOL! They’re big enough to be riding the NYC subways.

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  14. Congratulations on your new family members. They're cute.

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  15. Welcome to the world of pet blogging, Jack and Gus! You sure did find yourselves a wonderful home! :)

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  16. Love the pic of nibbling on your daughter's pants!
    Do you take them outside to play or do they only stay indoors?

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    1. Well, I haven't had them long so we haven't gone outside. And I never did take Nibblet outside, but maybe I'll change that with these two. I need to get to know them better first though so I can make sure they wouldn't run off. I tried to put Nibblet's rat harness on them (it was too big for her) but they were too fat! lol

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  17. I saw them in istagram :)
    They look cute.
    I never had rats as pet before, they are much cleaner than the wild rats here.

    Welcome gus and jack :)

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    1. Yes, definitely much cleaner and different than a wild rat :)

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  18. Woohooooooo!!!!!! Huge congrats! They are adorable!!! I can't wait to get to know them better!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  19. Con-rat-ulations! And so happy you adopted them through someone. I have a feeling the little disagreement may have been one of those brotherly spats, like who gets the top bunk in the new place. Wishing you best of luck with your new family additions. (And so happy that Shiner and your daughter have welcomed them too.)

    --Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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  20. Oh how exciting! I do not know a lot about pet rats, so I will be looking forward to more of your posts about these two. I think I've mentioned I had hamsters growing up. Rats seem smarter and more interactive to me, but I guess I just don't know!

    Love the pic of Shiner! Such a sweet girl.

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    1. I had a lot of hamster growing up too, and they are quite different. I agree that rats are smart and more interactive. No offense hammies. I still love ya!

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  21. Welcome jack and gus,you two are lucky boys,xx Speedy

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  22. So cute! I had rats years ago and they were so sweet!

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  23. Congratulations on your new family members! Boy rats are definitely more mellow than girl rats. I actually prefer the boys----I find them much more relaxing to be around. Jack and Gus look incredible sweet. So glad you adopted them! Looking forward to hearing the continued adventures. <:3~

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    1. Thank you Jasmine! I have heard the same, and can totally see it. My girl rat would never lay down when she was out to play, but these two have no problem taking a nap on the window sill.

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