Episode 10 (08-01-2017) Rats Practice Loving and Respectful Interactions; Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets Could Learn From Them

Matt and Liz talk about our new fosters, rat enrichment DIY, Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets, and more.

Ratty Topics – We had to put down our beloved rat TippyToe due to old age and congestive heart failure. We miss her so much!! Rats are so empathetic to each other when they are sick and Pinky and Baby Groot took good care of Aunt TippyToe her last few days.

We had some biting rats as fosters and we share some tips for how to make them bite less. Let them settle in to their new environment without forcing interactions, make sure they have enough wood toys to chew on, and gently push back on their mouth when they bite. Very gently and with love! Parent animals check their youngsters like this when their play biting gets too aggressive and you can do it, too.

We also give some tips for DIY rat enrichment.

For more rat enrichment ideas, check out podcast Episode 19.

Local Animal News – Rats care for kittens at a special cat cafe! We tell you all about it.

Rats caring for kittens

For more news about cat cafes, check out podcast Episode 20

Nerdy Topics –  We groan and moan about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and the SNES Mini. But on the bright side, Liz loves her newly discovered iPhone game Gardenscapes.

Mads Mikkelsen wants to play Doctor Doom

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Episode 9 (07-11-2017) Pink-eyed White Rats – The Spider-Gwens of the Rat World. What Would They Think of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

Liz and Matt talk about pink eyed whites (PEWs), our new fosters, and Spider-man Homecoming.

Ratty Topics – What’s the deal with those albino rats? Pink-eyed whites have a few special characteristics besides their coloring. Have you ever seen your rats scoot up sideways to each other, crouching down low? That’s a submissive pose. We talk about why Pinky did that to Fieval.

Local Animal News – A young bald eagle was found injured in the DC area and taken to a rescue rehabilitation center. Was it one of the DC eagle babies from last year? Also, the DC Eagle Cam is raising money for new cameras. Please help them out!

DC bald eagle saved
Raising money for new DC eagle cam

Nerdy Topics – Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comics Creator Stan Lee, passed away. They had been married for almost 70 years! What a love story. Speaking of love, we loved Spider-Man: Homecoming and we’ll tell you why. We were less enamored with this season’s Supergirl finale. But we re-watched Aliens which was a lot of fun.

Very nice article about Joan Lee (wife of Stan Lee) who passed away

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Episode 8 (06-26-2017) OMG, Rat Babies! Help! But They’re Not As Difficult to Deal With as Transformers 5

Liz and Matt talk about dealing with pregnant rats, baby rats, and unexpected rat babies, baby eagles in Washington, DC, Supergirl, Doctor Who, Transformers 5, video games and more.

DC Eagle Cam
Summer Games Done Quick starts July 2
Dead Cells on Steam
Don’t Pre-order Battlefront 2
Nintendo announces and discontinues to the SNES Mini

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

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Episode 7 (06-03-2017) Wonderful Rats and Wonder Woman

Liz and Matt talk about new fosters, Wonder Woman and more. PS we know the illustration is of Captain Marvel! 

DC Eagle cam
It’s a Rat’s World Magazine
List of food for diabetic cats with carb listing
Gigantic computer game
Sheriff Eli

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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.

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Episode 6 (05-25-2017) Difficult Rat Introductions – Easier or Harder Than Heroes Meeting New Family Members in Aliens Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

 

Matt and Liz talk about their new rat Toro, traveling with Kitten, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Alien Covenant, Flash, Shield, and Doctor Who.

Ratty Topics – How to handle difficult rat introductions (hint: a lot of patience with the intros is needed – it might take weeks to fully integrate your rats.) Also, why it’s not good to own a single rat and why introducing them to friends might be extra difficult (but definitely possible and soooo worth it!) A bonding pouch can be helpful to force loving snuggling.

For more tips on doing rat intros, check out podcast Episode 1 and Episode 11

Have you experienced leaking water bottles? We have a great tip for how to fill plastic water bottles so they don’t leak. No more stinky wet bedding!

Local Animal News – Liz rescues (another) lost cat and we explain why we are against letting your cat be an outdoor cat. Also, we love the Washington DC Eagle Cam Watchers Facebook page! And in personal animal news, we took our cat Kitten on vacation with us to Ocean City.

DC Eagle Cam Watchers

Nerdy Topics – We talk about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Alien Covenant, and the current seasons of Flash, Agents of SHIELD, and Doctor Who.

The Fifth Element is 20 years old

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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.

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Episode 5 (05-01-2017) New Rat, New Grommet Tool, New Games, and Revisiting Atari

Liz and Matt talk about our new foster Toro, video games and more.

Grommet tool for making rat hammocks
Marty Mouse House
Playerunknown’s Battle Grounds
Nintendo announces they are stopping production of NES mini
Bon Jovi fan karaoke video
Nintendo’s Restrictive Licensing History

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

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Episode 4 (04-16-2017) Caring for Rats Before They Give Up the Ghost and Ghost in the Shell

Matt and Liz discuss caring for elderly rats, local DC eagle news, Ghost in the Shell, Batgirl movie announcement, gaming, and more. 

Baking clay recipe for pawprints

DC bald eagles

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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.

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Episode 3 (04-02-2017) Two Horrible Things – Exercise Balls for Rats and Iron Fist on Netflix

Liz and Matt talk about weight gain in pet rats, why exercise balls are no good, and what to do if you cannot keep your pet any longer.

We also talk about the Iron Fist show on Netflix, Legion and the Flash musical episode.

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.

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Episode 2 (03-19-2017): Why pet rats?

We answer the question: Why pet rats? We also talk about Kong: Skull Island, Get Out, and Iron Fist.

Bald eagles nesting in DC – sitting on their nest in the snow! Dawwwww. And the egg just hatched this week.

Patrick Stewart and his foster pit bull, Ginger.

 

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.

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Episode 1 (3-6-17) New Rats in a Mischief, New Mischief for Logan

Matt and Liz talk about introducing new rats to a mischief. We talk how to do first intros and how you might need extended introductions with new rats.

For more tips on doing rat introductions, check out podcast Episode 6 and Episode 11

For nerdy topics, we cover the movie Logan (spoilers end at 36 min mark), the future of Doctor Who, and more.

Matt’s Rat Hoodie from Unconditional Fashion
Rat Patches from SpiderStitchesParlor
Rat Bonding Pouch Pattern from PetHelpful

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.

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