Rattie Ratz Rescue: Strawberry & Detective

May 23, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Rodent Ramblings

by Alyssa Nader

Alyssa Nader is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL will be featuring at least one animal rescue adventure story, and every other month there will be one from Rattie Ratz.

“Our rats r cute. First, Strawberry was wild. Then Detective was wild and Strawberry was shy second and Detective will be wild for the rest of hiz Life.”

Jennifer and her family adopted two rattie boys from Rattie Ratz in December. We spoke to her (and heard in her kids’ own words!) about how they’re doing in their new forever home.

Cassidy and Strawberry

Strawberry and Detective are adorable names that came about once the kids got to know their rats a bit. They named one boy Strawberry, because strawberries were his first food. He is the daughter, Cassidy’s, rat, though the kids share in the fun with both rats.

“Our son named the other rat Detective Rat, due to his nature which is to be bold and explore.”

Detective putting on a bold face with his BFF

Detective was energetic and was outgoing from the start, but as Cassidy’s note says, something changed! Strawberry got more used to her new home and has become the first to come out of the cage to play.

As we know, rats love to explore and are masters of escape. The family made a cardboard box enclosure for the rats and within a month they were able to jump out, even once they extended the height with more boxes. You just cannot contain young and curious ratties! To avoid escapes, the kids now tend to play with them in the bathrooms and enjoy taking them for walks outside.

Now don’t get any big ideas!

Cassidy loves to hold the rats while she dances to the Lion King soundtrack and other songs. When they’re not starring in Disney shows, they like to hang in their hammocks and let their heads hang over the sides while looking at their humans, yawning to say hello. They also have a taste for the finer things in life. They prefer leftovers and for the past month have passed on rat food in hopes of human food.

Jennifer describes the positive impact of adopting Strawberry and Detective: “They have added a lot of sweetness to our lives and are teaching the kids to be safe with animals, gentle, use a kind tone when speaking and not talk too loud, and to control their impulses.

Staying at home made sweeter with little homebodies

A pandemic can be lonely, and they help us stay in the moment, find joy and get more company and fun.”

Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to help all domesticated ratties who come to us find a loving, forever home.

Rattie Ratz: Rescue, Resource, & Referral
Click here to email us at: info@rattieratz[dot]com
Call us at: (415) 340-1896

If you would like to know more about Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their Facebook page. If you are interested in adoptable rats or volunteering for Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their website: www.rattieratz.com.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section & watch for more stories from Rattie Ratz every other month. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to Rattie Ratz.

Alyssa Blake Nader is a writer and mental health professional living in the Bay Area. She is new to the rat community and mother to two rat brothers named Bitey and Pablo. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, improve performance, dancing to techno, and bothering everyone about rats.


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