this posts focus will be about my lovely pet rats again. ^__^
Luma is an unlucky fellow:
As I wrote in the post "omg-she-looks-like-peachy", the integration of Luma seemed to be a bit more difficult. During their daily run Vanilla and Carli seem to be on good terms with Luma. But not so when I set them back again in their aviary. It is okay, when you hear the rats squeling a bit... but Luma was screaming! It just didn't worked by now. Vanilla and Luma do not liked each other. I decided to separate Luma from Vanilla and Carli - maybe Luma was to young by now. After a while, I decided to try the final integration again but it didn't worked that well again. Vanilla's territorial behaviour was way too much. Due to the fact, that Carli and Luma came along greatly, I decided to set Vanilla in a separate cage for a few days. I felt so sorry for Luma and then for Vanilla also, because they had to sit by day all alone in the cage. =( But in the end, it was worth: In my third attempt the integration was successful! I was so delighted!
|Carli, Vanill and Luma are tired - gosh, how little Luma was back then... <3|
But my delight soon disappeared: I discovered little white "pimple" on Luma's cute ears. Unfortunately, the veterinarian confirmed my speculation: Luma got Itch Mites (german: Grabmilben)! I can't explain myself where she got that from, I'd Luma for already a month back then. My veterinarian told me that the mites maybe came along with some food I bought, but with the expection of sticks (Knabberstangen) I am buying only food which is shrink-wrapped to avoid such issues (f. e. a moth infestation). In order to prevent a further infection of Vanilla and Carli, I had to cure the two also with the "Spot On"-compound the veterinarian gave me.
|You can see the "achievement" of the mites clearly at this photo of Luma|
Well, as I then went back home with Luma again, Carli and Vanilla had to snuffle Luma intensely. Luma didn't seeemed to like it that much and Vanilla was getting cruder. And then, somehow Vanilla must had scratch Luma. Luma didn't squeled but my boyfriend watched them meanwhile and as Luma went out of the red house for drinking a bit, Don saw a pretty big red wound.
|The wound looks terrible, but Luma didn't had any pain|
We enJOY new company:
Almost a week ago my sister asked me whether I can take care for a whileof Joy Snow, one of her pet rats. My sister was holding two pet rats and Luma's sister, named Ophelia, was gravid and birthed babies. In order that Ophelia has the calm to care for her babies I accepted for adopting. She is pretty young and she disturbed Ophelia by caring for her babies immensely.
|little Joy Snow|
|How could you NOT just love Luma and Joy?! MEGA CUTE!!|
Till then, the four are only having their daily run all four together and Joy had to stay by day in a separate cage.
|Vanilla, Luma, Joy and Carli are <3 yoghurt|