When I last posted I had just had Charlie put to sleep. I said I didn’t want any more animals, as selfishly, it hurt me too much when they inevitably became ill and died.
My resolve did not last long.
Within a day of missing Charlie, Bosley started self mutilating and chewing his hands to scabby dryness. He was unhappy and lost. And I’m not having that.
So I adopted a young female and started the process of introductions.
Her name is Ruby (Tuesday) she is white with a grey stripe on her back and has ruby red eyes. She is a little darling and mouse like (to me) in that she rarely stays still. My boys were my first rats...and boys... and I am advised boys are slower and quieter than girls.
However introductions haven't gone well. We did the bath tub thing armed with treats and ready with fleeces to throw over them in the event of a fight.
And we needed it. Ruby just wants to be friends, Boz is having none of it and has attacked her every time. Proper rolling over fighting, squeaking and he drew blood one day. I confess I haven’t tried since then. But their cages are next to each other and he is definitely interested.
Ruby has a Ruffy 2 she is quickly growing out of and we have another critter nation ready for her... and her friends.
Because if Boz won’t take to her I am not letting her remain alone and am planning some baby girl friends for her I hope next week (with appropriate introductions of course).
My darling Bosley and cages side by side with Ruby
Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.