The baby ratties‘ eyes opened this past week! I told you they just get cuter by the day…
This is what their breeder had to say about them at this age:
Now with their eyes open they start to explore their cage a little bit. This gives their poor moms a hard time as they still want to keep the babies bundled in the nest; while she is collecting the babies one at a time to carry back to the nest, the ones she has packed back in are passing her on their way out to continue exploring!
Of course you’ll want to see pictures. But first, I must publish a quick erratum: Ninja told me that his black Berkie isn’t Night – his name is Knight. OK. So now we know 😉
And now for the pics!
Here are Knight (in front) and Moon at 15 days old.
Their little eyes aren’t fully opened yet, which makes them look adorably sleepy!
Here you can see Moon’s beautiful blaze. I also like his gentle expression. But it looks like he can be playful too!
I love how ratties always need to be close to other ratties 🙂
And here are my boys, also at 15 days of age. Say hello to Mishka and Vodka:
You can see Mishka’s big round dumbo ears quite clearly in some of these pics. Here he is striking a pose…
Don’t these ratties just look so clean and shiny? 🙂 And that beautiful grey-blue colouring goes well with the snowy white for a truly Russian-themed pair!
It’s an overload of cuteness and I am so excited to meet them! They look infinitely cuddly 😛
It’s amazing to think that only two short weeks ago, these little guys were helpless, hairless pinkies. Ratties’ lives are so short, so I’m glad to enjoy each stage of their development.
Our old girl Flea is getting noticeably older now. She’s our first ratty to survive into old age with us, so it’s a new experience. While it’s always sad to see the slow decline of an animal that you’ve loved, there are positive sides to her ageing too. The best part is how much she asks for affection and wants to be close to us. She was never a ‘lap ratty’ until her op and of course the loss of her sister, but since then she spends much longer with us outside the cage before showing signs she wants to go back.
We are doing all we can to keep her warm, loved and well-fed, and we hope she’ll keep going strong to see her 2nd birthday at the end of August and the arrival of the new boys a few weeks later.