If you are a rat fan, you probably saw Nadyart drawings on Instagram or anywhere in the Internet. She stole my heart with her art, that is subtle, but with perfect lines, and some warmth hidden between the ink and paper, that proves how artist loves rodents and other little creatures.
I remember Nadyart starting to sell small gadgets based on her drawings on Etsy – prints, buttons, and even necklaces. I wanted to have them all. Same as most of the rat lovers all over the internet. That is why, when I have heard that she is going to print out her own book about adventures of two tiny ratties, my hart jumped.
Right now on the Kickstarter there is a campaign ongoing, that will help artist to collect the money necessary to finish this project. Art and Story book will have a title “Wanderlust, My adventures to where you are”. With 32 pages of it you will find truly magical adventures of two tiny rattie characters, that will win your heart in a second when you will click the play button to see campaign video. Book actually won’t contain any text, but images painted with ink and white acrylic are building a captivating story that will boost your imagination same as emotions, without extra words.
Cute dumbo rats – Isabella and Oliver – are on a journey to find each other. Isabella’s journey forms part one of the book. Oliver’s travels make up the second part. Will they meet each other half way? You will find out when you will open your own copy of the book, so make sure to choose your pledge reward on the Kickstarter page within next days.
If the campaign is successful, and I am sure it will, book will be printed at the beginning of 2019. How wonderful start of the year! Having said that, I am keeping my fingers crossed for Nadyart who is my inspiration when it comes to following ones passion and making dreams came true. And I have to admit, it is also because she chose rats as inspiration for her art, thus giving her contribution to building a positive image of these animals, which I love with all my heart.
I love to collect things with rats – cups, notepads, bags, bracelets. This week I could add to this collection a beautiful, hand made bookmark, which I won in the contest organised by RedHead Things. Done with watercolours and a pen, laminated, looks very solid and will be my companion for many interesting lectures. About rats of course!
Olena was more interested in a paper package (so much that I left it for her to play with). But maybe it’s better that the bookmark was left without her autograph.
Taking care of an elder rat is a challenge, even for experienced rat parent. Age aliments, meds, reduced physical activity, these are just some examples of difficulties which need to be endure, both by rat and the owner. But if your pet is well taken care of, old age might also be a time of a lot of joy, cuddles and time that will strengthen the bond between you and the animal.
You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. “Little Prince”
Here are the 5 things you should remember when your rat is getting older and starts to require even more of your attention then usual.
Patience. You will start to feel as you can write your own chapter in the book “100 ways to give medicines to your pet”. You will also start to wonder why veterinary clinics doesn’t have loyalty program with card points. Some more ambitious rat parents might also try to earn the “veterinary technician assistant” badge. But when you will feel exhausted and powerless, your rattie will come to you and let you cuddle him for an hour. Can a rat parent imagine a better prize?
Vigilance. Be like a best detective in the station – always watchful. If you will notice the smallest signals of disease immediately take action. Do not let any illness to struggle in your herd!
Elders needs. Old rats have their needs. Cage should be furnished very well to prevent falling down or any injuries. If your cage is very big – consider moving gammer or even entire herd to a low but wide cage. Cover the bars, so weaker paws might not be caught between the rods. A very good idea might be also putting a carpet or non-slip mat on the floor near the cage, especially if your rats suffer for progressive legs paralysis. Try to force your rat to move a little bit. Exercises are important for elders to stay in good shape. Do not indulge laziness.
Time. Hands on rats clocks move much faster than on human ones. Spend as much time with your rat as you can. Play, cuddle, have fun together. Remember, you are a whole world to your pet, and that tiny creature is spends its live with you, even if it’s just a moment for you.
Food. Good nutrition is now very important. Time to end with yoggies, cookies and other forbidden foods, that you might been given to your pet from time to time. Old rats they do not need so much protein, but vitamin and good carbohydrates are welcome. It would be great if your rat could use his teeth as long as possible. Also watch his weight. Chubby rats might be cute but extra grams will just make it more difficult for them to walk. They will burden their, already week, paws or heart.
I think I can summarize all that was said above in one sentence, which is: Let’s hurry to love our rats, they leave too quickly.
Take care of your furry friends. They were there for you. Now you have to be there for them.
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