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Welcome to The Nerdy Rat.

A podcast about pet rats and the nerds that love them. Your hosts Liz and Matt have been fostering rats for Small Angels Rescue since 2013. Small Angels is a rescue for rats, mice, guinea pigs and hamsters serving the DC, Virginia, and Maryland Area.  If you are in the area and looking for a new family member, see their animals available for adoption right now. If you are not in our area but would like to adopt, here is a list of rescues around the country.

New episodes twice a month.  You can email us any questions for the podcast to thenerdyrat@gmail.com

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider donating to one of our favorite charities. We support Small Angels Rescue and Extra Life. And Like us on Facebook!

Check out more of Matt’s rattie artwork on thenerdyrat.deviantart.com

Visit our Etsy shop for rat bonding pouches and hammocks made by Liz.

Episode 20 (2-5-2018) Get your Four-Player Cooperative Mode On with Rats, Jumanji, and Stardew Valley

Matt and Liz talk about new foster rats, lots of local animal news, Jumanji, The Flash, and more.

Ratty Topics – We have four new foster rats, all boys and bonded brothers. We’d really like them to be adopted out together, so if you live in the DC/MD/VA area and can give them a forever home, please contact Small Angels Rescue! They are super sweet and easy to handle – great for first time rat owners and we are offering a bonus accessory package if you adopt all four.

Liz’s heart rat, Toro, is becoming an older rat and he has some overgrown teeth. Rats’ teeth can separate as they age and then they aren’t able to grind them down themselves. He has an appointment with the vet to get his teeth trimmed down. Never attempt to trim rat teeth yourself – pieces can easily get lodged in their throat if your rat squirms and kill them. Pay an experienced vet to do it safely!

Local Animal News – The Washington DC Eagle Cam Watchers are having a Facebook contest to guess when the first eagle egg will be laid! You can vote here.

The Baltimore Aquarium is finally committing to re-home their captive dolphins and end the dolphin shows going forward. The Cove is a disturbing documentary that reveals the horrible ways that most aquarium-owned dolphins are captured (lots of collateral dolphin death is involved) so we are really glad that our local aquarium is finally doing the right thing.

News article on the Baltimore Aquarium’s dolphin re-homing program

Charm Kitty Cafe is OPEN in Baltimore, MD! We will have to visit and review it for you! Also, we learned that there is a cat cafe in DC – Crumbs and Whiskers. How did we not know about these tiny nirvanas? Sounds like the perfect date night to us!

Nerdy Topics – Liz and Matt finally saw Jumanji – and we loved it! We also talk about the current season of The Flash and Agents of SHIELD.

In gaming news, Stardew Valley mentions some progress on 4-player cooperative mode and World of Warcraft offers a pre-sale for the new expansion along with some new Allied races that you can play while you’re waiting for the expansion to drop.

News article on Stardew Valley

If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 19 (1-18-2018): Slimy Humans or Slimy Rats? Plus Slime Rancher and Slimy Ego Pandering

Liz and Matt talk about enrichment activities for ratty playtime, Slime Rancher, and the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Ratty Topics – We got two new foster rats through Small Angels Rescue who were being starved to death by neglectful humans. Fortunately, they are on the mend and gaining tons of weight! We discuss some behaviors that starved rats may exhibit – including stashing food obsessively.

We respond to loyal listener Emily’s question about enrichment activities for playtime outside the cage. DIY cardboard boxes are a big hit and we have some tips for how to modify them into a ratty city that your rats will love! The key is not having too much open space between boxes. Check out our Pinterest page for more DIY enrichment ideas.

In distressing ratty news, Liz has developed allergies to the rats (and cat – and dogs!) She refuses to give up her (fur) children – it’s not even an option – so she’s visited an allergist and is looking into allergy shots. Did you know it takes a full year before they start to help and it’s a five year process? I didn’t!! In the meantime, daily Claritin is helping as well as some management strategies to minimize fur contact with bare skin (even though that’s the best part of owning rats!)

Local Animal News –  In a new study, it turns out that the Bubonic Plague or Black Death from the Middle Ages was not in fact spread by rats, but humans! Vindication for our ratties!!

BBC news article on Bubonic Plague and Rats

Also, a brave and clever squirrel has been stealing moss from the DC Eagles and it’s been captured on the DC Eagle Cam. Let’s hope the squirrel stays away from those sharp beaks and talons!!

DC Eagle Cam video of daring squirrel thieves

Etsy Shop – A big shoutout to KJArting who designed and licensed the rat graphic that I’m now using on labels with my Etsy bonding pouches and hammock sets. It looks awesome! Check out her shop, she has tons of digital graphics for sale.

And, Wonder Woman hammock sets are now available from TheNerdyRat Etsy shop (handmade by Liz)! Also featuring Batgirl and Supergirl.

Nerdy Topics – Matt got Liz the computer game Slime Rancher for Christmas and she shares her review, frustrations, and tips. Overall, it’s super fun, but I hope a storyline concept might be developed. I’m worried that once I discover all the sandbox areas, I won’t want to play anymore. Liz has also been enjoying the game Costume Quest which is Halloween themed.

Matt discusses the trailer for the Nintendo Switch Labo and talks about his adventures in refurbishing an old computer that runs Windows 8 (Liz believes it’s a Pentium 3 but these show notes might need to be corrected.)

We discuss the latest Doctor Who Christmas Special (which we were about to see as of the last podcast episode). We’d like less pre-special documentaries, less Steven Moffat ego-stroking, and more storyline.

Speaking of Doctor Who and the First Doctor, Liz has been watching the classic Doctor Who episodes on BritBox (which streams all the available ones, either through Amazon Prime or Chromecast or other devices). Woo hoo! Liz loves them, Matt not so much. But The Time Meddler has just appeared who may possibly end up being turned into The Master. He’s a rogue TimeLord with his own TARDIS and the Doctor started a fight with him… which may last for all eternity?

If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 18 (12-27-2017) Choking in Rats – is Kylo Ren to Blame? The Last Jedi Might Have the Answers

Matt and Liz talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, what to do with choking rats (and how to prevent it), and more.

Ratty Topics – What causes choking in rats? For Toro, unfortunately, it was old dried bread. Dry bread expands and gets too sticky. We talk about what to do if a rat is choking and what foods can cause a rat to choke (dried bread and peanut butter).

Also, we have a new hairless rat as a foster. She has a lot of cysts and pimples. This is typical for hairless but one cyst burst and became infected. We talk about special health issues to watch out for with hairless rats.

Etsy Shop – Would you like a handmade-by-Liz rat bonding pouch or set of rat hammocks? Check out TheNerdyRat Etsy shop!

Nerdy Topics – We saw the classic Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard, at the AFI Silver Spring Theatre. And we have lots to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Kylo Ren, Rey, Reylo, fanfiction, we cover it all.

We’re also loving the current season of Agents of SHIELD and Matt is excited for MegaMan 11 coming out soon. And hey, maybe the Disney acquisition of Fox studios will give us Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the Avengers universe!

We’ll be watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special tonight, so look forward to our review next episode. We’d like to see Jumanji in the coming week, too, so hopefully we’ll have that to review next episode as well.

Mega Man 11 Announced
Disney Fox Merger

If you like our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 17 (11-29-2017) Underweight Rat – Could Be the Flash. Better Call the Justice League!

Matt and Liz talk about the long awaited Justice League movie, our foster rats, the end of the Marvel Heroes game, and more.

Ratty Topics – We are concerned about some new foster boys who are underweight and don’t seem to be eating. We will be taking them to the vet this week for a check-up. Our PEW foster girls need a forever parent who’s tolerant of getting chomped on and bitten while being smothered with ratty love. And, our own rats are upset that we loaned one of their wheels to the fosters.

Wodent Wheel 11″

Local Animal News – the DC eagles continue rebuilding their nest in preparation for some new babies. And speaking of babies, Bei Bei the (toddler) baby panda at the National Zoo had some stomach issues this week, but he’s ok now.

DC Eagle cam video – nest building

Bei Bei’s minor health issue

Nerdy Topics –  The online game Marvel Heroes shut down after laying off employees the day before Thanksgiving. Boo, hiss! Liz figured out (i.e. googled) how to beat the desert maze in the RPG Legionwood: Tale of the Two Swords. And, we have a LOT to say about the new Justice League movie. Including what we think of that Amazon warrior costuming controversy. Finally, we discuss our hopes (based on a twitter hashtag) for an animated Justice League movie!

Marvel Heroes layoffs – news article

Legionwood: Tale of the Two Swords

Justice Leage – Amazon costumes controversy

Animated Justice League reunion?

If you like our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 16 (11-14-2017) The Loki of Rats and Thor: Ragnarok

Mat and Liz talk Thor: Ragnarok, foster rats, DC Eagles and more.

Ratty Topics – Our new foster rat Nova is sweet one minute and chomps on us the next – but only to show her affection. Kind of like a certain Loki who we loved in Thor: Ragnarok. “I hate you! Now I love you! Now I hate you again!” Only Nova doesn’t hate us, she just…bites.

We got our own baby rat Dawn spayed this week – please spay your baby girl rats before they reach either 6 months or one year of age. It prevents future mammary tumors, extending their life and their quality of life and minimizing your future vet bills or heartbreak.

Local Animal News – The Washington DC Eagles are back on the eagle cams lovingly building their nest. We have a link to a great video of them adding a stick.

DC eagles build nest 

Etsy Shop –  Liz has bonding pouches and hammock sets for sale. Gift wrap is available so drop hints to your loved ones!

Nerdy Topics – We review Thor: Ragnarok – overall, we loved it! It reminded us of What We Do In The Shadows (no surprise, since it’s the same director).

Matt discusses how EA ruined the Star Wars Battlefront game with lootboxes, resulting in the most downvoted Reddit comment ever.

EA has the most downvoted reddit comment ever

From Blizzcon news, classic (legal) WOW servers are announced as a future project and also a new World of Warcraft expansion – Battle for Azeroth. 

If you like our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 15 (10-26-2017) Halloween Special! Perfect Time to Announce the Nation’s Most Rat Infested City

It’s Halloween on The Nerdy Rat! Liz and Matt talk about their favorite Halloween movies, Ikea’s new pet line, Flash Season 4, and more.

Ratty Topics –  We share updates about fosters and share our sadness that we had to put our beloved rattie Krysa down due to cogestive heart failure and mammary tumors.

Local Animal News –  IKEA releases a new line of pet items. Also, good news for rat lovers – Washington, DC is one of the nation’s most rat-infested cities!

Ikea releases a line of pet items
DC is one of the country’s most rat infested cities.

Nerdy Topics – We talk about Halloween bonuses in our current games – a decor pack for Gardenscapes and a very elusive headless horseman mount for World of Warcraft.

What are some of our favorite Halloween movies? Classic Universal, the Christopher Lee Dracula series, Goosebumps with Jack Black, and of course the classics – Halloween, Living Dead, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. We are attending a live appearance by Count Gore de Vol at the AFI Silver Spring this weekend for a werewolf double feature with I Was a Teenage Werewolf and American Werewolf in London, so tune in next episode for our reviews.

Also, Matt’s Extra Life stream is this weekend which benefits our Washington, DC Children’s Hospital. All donations go directly to patient care so please support this great cause!

Matt’s Twitch Channel

If you like our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 14 (10-11-2017) All Things Mini – Rat Mites (not BatMite), SNES Mini, and Our Minimal Love for Blade Runner 2049

Liz and Matt talk about Blade Runner 2049, SNES Mini, and more.

Ratty Topics –  We talk about how our little baby girl Dawn is fitting in and who’s protecting her in the cage when Pinky got a little aggressive.

Have you ever seen little scabs on your rats and not known what they were? Chances are your rats have mites. We talk about how Cat Revolution is the best treatment for mites, where to obtain it, and how to apply it.

Local Animal News – the two Washington, DC bald eagles have returned to their nest from their summer hiatus! Can we expect another batch of babies soon?

Nerdy Topics – There’s a new goose stealth game due for release in 2018 which looks amazing. It doesn’t have a title yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated on new developments. Also in gaming, we created a Nerdy Rat Steam group! We hope to see you there!

And of course, we share our lack of enthusiasm over Blade Runnner 2049 (spoiler – we weren’t impressed!)

Un-named Goose stealth game
The Nerdy Rat Steam Group
Star Wars Battlefront Loot box article

If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 13 (09-26-2017) Rats Biting You Isn’t Funny. Cary Elwes and The Princess Bride Are. But What About Clowns and It?

Liz and Matt talk cautionary rat advice, The Princess Bride, It and gaming.

Ratty Topics – We give foster rat updates, talk about baby rat Dawn moving into the big cage, and unspayed rat Krysa’s mammary tumor surgery. Also, we stopped using the Snak Shak – a loyal listener alerted us that it is toxic if rats ingest it. We also offer some tips to prevent your rats from biting.

7 popular rat products you didn’t know were dangerous

Local Animal News – Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary’s upcoming Open House is on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary

Nerdy Topics – We saw Cary Elwes live at a 30th Anniversary screening of The Princess Bride. On a darker note, Matt discusses the new movie It. Liz and Matt discuss what movie they can compromise on for Halloween since Liz doesn’t like true horror but will watch zombies, some vampires, and classic (hilarious) horror or Mystery Science Theater. We wonder if Count Gore De Vol will be doing some monster movie screenings this month at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring.

In gaming, Gardenscapes has a new companion app game called Homescapes, where Austin the butler renovates his parents’ dilapidated mansion. And, Matt has been playing League of Legends again with his friends.

Matt’s Extra Life stream is coming up the last weekend of October! For every dollar you donate (100% of which supports the DC Children’s Hospital patient care fund), you can request that Matt play 1 minute of any game you choose (that is free or that he currently owns.) Last year his mom made him play Candy Crush for an hour.

If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 12 (09-11-2017) Rats Love Bonding Pouches – Plastic Dollar Store Baskets, Not So Much. Do Humans Love Castlevania on Netflix?

Liz and Matt talk about good and bad rat accessories, a local Facebook hero, Castlevania, and more.

Ratty Topics – We talk about our new foster rats and why rat bonding pouches are great (check out Liz’s Etsy shop). Also, we discuss sprains in rats and bumblefoot (and what causes sprained feet – don’t put Dollar Store plastic Halloween baskets in your cage!).

Local Animal News – We recently discovered local Facebook hero Otis T. Squeaks (a stuffed hippo) and we’re loving his photo posts. Also, did you know that there’s a hotel which offers pet goldfish for your stay?

Hotel offering goldfish services

Nerdy Topics – We talk about the new Castlevania Netflix series, a clown-only screening of the movie It, and Rick and Morty.

Clown only showing of It

Under gaming we review Gardenscapes, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, Ziggurat, and Destiny 2.

Magic the Gathering: Arena

If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !

Episode 11 (08-24-2017) Defend Male Rats From Aggression With Neuters and Then Tune In to The Defenders on Netflix

Matt and Liz talk about their newest rat Krysa, The Defenders, the H3H3 lawsuit, video games  and much much more.

Ratty Topics – Doing introductions with new rat Krysa. Intros can be slow and we took our time. We also discuss why neutering male rats reduces their aggression towards each other. Foster rats Willow and Hummus are now doing great and have stopped fighting.

Local Animal News – Check our our YouTube Channel featuring videos of our very own rats!

The Nerdy Rat Youtube Channel

Nerdy Topics – Liz is playing a plethora of inexpensive or free Steam games – Hero of the Kingdom, Legionwood: Tale of the Two Swords, and Building the Great Wall of China 2.

Popular video team H3H3 wins their lawsuit. Why is that important and what was it about? We’ll tell you! Matt tells us what Grimmz and the Honkapalypse is (Liz has no idea.) And of course, we give you our review of Netflix series The Defenders.

H3h3 wins lawsuit
Matt’s dream arcade cab

If you enjoy our podcast, please consider supporting our two favorite charities.

Small Angels Rescue, Inc., is a Frederick County, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Email us questions and feedback at thenerdyrat@gmail.com !