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Jan 24, 2007

A little 'Warmer'

You when you're drinking coffee, and you're ready for a second cup, and the diner waitress says: "How about a warmer, Hon?" and you go "sure, thanks", so she fills the rest of your somewhat-empty cup with warm coffee? Well this is a little warmer, but in rat form. Just a liiiiiiittle warmer than you were before, right Erika?


I love the look on Erica's face here, she's all, "this is pretty much the ushe."



And let's not overlook the DELICIOUSLY HIGH B.E.F.!


Thanks to Olive the rattle who "just likes hanging out in there". She fits right in!

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Rats in racks! Love it, what a cute little guy...

also, first post! :D

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Look at the leetle rat nose! I want to kees!

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:04 PM

omfg.that's...that's...ok I'm speechless.

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:09 PM

That tee shirt's lookin' a little ratty, don't'cha think?

Sorry, but as cute as the widdo face is, there's sumthin' about the tail and the notion of rats climbing around inside clothes that gives me the willies.

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:11 PM

AWWW!! i could not be more pleased unless the rat had a green hoodie on.. and good luck with that as my rat refuses to wear hers. ^.^

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:31 PM

Ouch, the last time I hace rats running on my bare chest and shoulders, I leaped up from the little claws. And my SO, who had placed said rat on my bare skin (it was in the summer, and I wasn't about to wear long sleeves to play with rats), quickly realized that this was a mistake. I'm allergic to rats (though I love them to little rattie bits), so this would leave my chest covered in an itchy red rash...

Anyway, that was more than you all wanted to know, I'm sure.

R. Moore
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:36 PM

And countdown to the obligitory, cute-ruining "Eww! A rat, they're ugly" comment in 3...2...1...

(I myself love the rattie bef!)

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:39 PM

Aww, it reminds me of my Oreo! *sniff* Although the little claws can be a bit much on *ahem* sensitive skin.

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Oh sure, a rat climbs in there, it's cutesey-wootsie. I do it, and it's all "harassment" this and "restraining order" that.

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Olive *is* coffee with cream. She's even stirring here.

Suda Nim
 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Ah, my rat's favorite pastime. *checks shirt* Yep, I can see 3 of them down there in my sweatshirt as of this moment.

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 11:20 PM

So, so cute. I used to let my mouse climb up and relax inside my shirt. Once, I wore a keyhole top and he'd poke his little head through the opening. My mom snapped a picture and we still have it.

 |  Jan 24, 2007 at 11:20 PM

Christina - *PLEASE* send that picture to Meg!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Picture 1: "Hey, what's down there? Oh I think I'll take a look..."
Picture 2: "Hey! This is nice and warm and cozy..."
Picture 3: "Oh, yeah, thiiis is niiiiiiiice..."
Picture 4: "Hey, you don't mind if I take a little nap, do ya?"

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:30 AM

Christina, I agree with acelightning, please send that picture to be posted!

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:33 AM

Reminds of what my rats used to do, don't remind me of the scratches.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 12:50 AM

LOL! As a former Rat-daddy (who will be a Rat-daddy again someday, either when I have a place to myself or when I find a housemate who isn't rat-phobic), I identify with everything people are saying in the comments.

Rats are SO cuddly and have so much more personality than the more photogenic hamsters and gerbils... you just have to watch out for the pointy claws! I would encourage my late ratties to snuggle up between my T-shirt and sweatshirt, which kept them nice and warm while sparing me the skin irritation.

Throbert McGee
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 02:30 AM

aw, adorable!

Olive looks like my rattie Oscar, he likes to do this too.

more rats on CO! Yeah!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 03:05 AM

Awww. cute. And Olive is such a great name too. :)

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 03:26 AM


WATTIE!!! I just wuv teh watties.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 04:24 AM

I used to have a pretty white rat and we let him climb all over us! Gus was a great pet! Till he bit my ear and Mom made us get rid of him.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 04:31 AM

The grrl has got really big lips. I like. I don't like the rat though, looks scary.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 04:59 AM

Aw, gorgeous burrowing rat.

'a warmer' sounds funny. Over here in the uk they ask if we 'want a topup' to our drink.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 05:35 AM

I could do without the lips (thisisnotanantirackremarkthisisnotanantirackremark), but the rat's indeed a pretty lil' nibbler.

I have a friend who'd phonecam me shots of her with her little darlings on her just to basically say, "Ha ha, look what I have but you don't!" Curse her. :p

The Guy Over There
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 06:07 AM

aglee: LOL!! too funny.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 06:25 AM

I've never considered rats cute before seeing this. This is a CUTE rat! I mean it- Look at that visker face!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 06:47 AM

You know, this would freak the shrieking jibbly #&@%-knots out of an awful lot of people.

I'm OK because my cats protect me.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:01 AM

I have four, but only one of them is really prone to shirt-diving. If you're wearing long sleeves, Roo will run up the sleeve and out the collar. If your cuffs are tight, he'll try his best to pry and worm his way in.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:01 AM

I love rodents. I don't love scratches from them though...look at the scrapies on the second picture! Ouch!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:03 AM

this almost makes me cry! my Susie-roo (the pianist of an earlier post) used to do this when she got older and less active. i used to be covered in climby-scRATches, but anyway... if i looked down at her, i'd get little rat keeses on my chin. for those of you who haven't had the pleasure, rat keeses are PERFECT! not slobbery like a dog, not rough and fishy-smelling like a kitteh (though i wouldn't pass up either one of those either!). just right. and i'm glad to hear i'm not the only one who likes to kees them on the tiny nose.

it's sooooo amazing to have such a small animal want to be near you and interact with you.

the tails are much easier to love once you've see how they use them for balance and maneuvering. it's neat! and they need them for heat regulation too.

thank you thank you thank you, CO, for another wonderful rattie pic!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:17 AM

I understand that rats are very inteligent, loyal and loving pets. However, this does not take away fromt he fact that this picture is going to give me nightmares.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:19 AM

As well as shirt diving I wonder if he is into muff diving? Slaps own wrist and goes and sits on the naughty step.

The Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:25 AM

THGA -- oh I think very probably.

(ahem -- don't worry, now)

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:32 AM

Slight misunderstanding caused this photo series. The rat heard that he could get a "nibble" if he crawled inside the shirt.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:39 AM

Never mind the rat, let's just concentrate on that furrrrree animal

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 07:56 AM

Oh oh oh! Olive looks extremely prosh in that last pic! I'm in love!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:05 AM

Awww, this makes me miss Houdini, whom I had as a little girl. I wanted a rat SO bad, but Mom wouln't let me get one. I had other furry animals, however, and when one died (or got eaten , *cough* cats...) I had a spare cage. The bookstore was across the street from the pet store, and Mom sent me over to buy cat food... and I sneakily bought a rat!

Mom was mad but let me keep him because she didn't want to cause a big scene :P

I wasn't sure what to name him, but I put him in his cage and went over to my friend's house to spread the word... When we got back, though, he had SOMEHOW escaped. "Houdini" was born, and I figured he would die, as we had two cats.

Imagine my surprise when he was caught two months later, alive and well in the basement :)

Loves some ratties! GREAT pets, and yes, rattie kissies are perfect :)

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:13 AM

Theo, I didn't recognise my own initials at first. I thought THGA was a new exclamation like AAGGH.

The Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:15 AM

...sorta like "Teho" sounds like the Battle Cry of the Gerbils.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:18 AM

Rats! With their delicious velvetty little tails, perfect for stroking and letting hang out of your mouth like spaghetti! I am a fan of this pic set!

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:29 AM

Hehe, well I should have mentioned that picture was taken when I was ten. Dante (the mouse) used to like to sit on my shoulder too. Fond memories.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:32 AM

chumblefuzz - yes,their tails do feel nice, don't they? i think people imagine them to be totally bare and , i dunno, slimy or something?but the peachfuzz is lovely, especially when they're bebehs.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:35 AM

mmm. baby rat tail nuzzlins. *drifts off into pleasant daydreams*

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:40 AM

Okay, I'm converted after seeing all the wonderful kissable ratsies on CO. I neeeeed a rattie friend and rattie kishes. Do ratties do okay by themselves or do you really need to have multiples for companionship?

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 08:44 AM

ok all you guys are weird. but i luv reading all the comments and i can't stop. a friend told me once that everybody is weird in their own way. guess so. but i luv all furry fangy clawy critters. specially kitties. comment on co luvers. comment on.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:11 AM

Cattails- rats absolutely need to be kept in pairs or they will go batty with boredome and lonelyness. plus they really like to snuggle up together when sleeping. you can have same sex pairs, or fixed boy/girl(yes, you can get them fixed! i always imagine that they must call in a tiny little vet.)

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:18 AM

Thanks anner.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:36 AM

My rat Freddy likes to climb inside my jacket when we go to the pet store to get food and treats, of course we take the bus and subway up there, so little rattie nose peeks out every so often, sometimes he sits on my shoulder and watches out the window.
Oh and yes Freddy has razor sharp claws, hence he recived the name of the horror movie guy with sharp knives on his hands. I put a stone in his cage in hopes he would weardown the points, instead he uses it to hone them to razor sharp points.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 09:50 AM

Awwwwhhh…a-ouchiessss ;)

I've been a rat-parent and I used to love to let them run around in my hoodie but they do leave marks with those needly little toeses of theirs.

*sigh* Miss them. I'm so bummed that they are illegal in Alberta. They are the bestest little petses.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Erica, you must be very tickle resistant. My ratties tickle the heck out of me when they crawl over my bare skin.

 |  Jan 25, 2007 at 10:18 AM

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