Came down with my fourth cold of the year or so, which has unfortunately triggered my asthma. So to distract myself from not being able to breathe, have a rat update!
I took the ratses in to get neutered about three weeks ago; they got back kind of groggy but mostly ok. I've had two sets of non-neutered rats and Ed and Al were neutered before I got them, so this is the first time I've really got to see it in action. It's funny... they were fighting a bit right after the surgery, but most of the bad tussling has died down now, so it's mainly rat alpha posturing.
(Speaking of which, check this
out! My favorite part is when she pokes them around 1:30, and when Rat #3 wanders in near the end.)
Dear my rats: why you no make me YouTube famous?
Other than that, their fur has gotten a lot softer, and, more importantly, they have stopped peeing on everything so much! Also, it took a while for them to settle down after surgery, but they are definitely a lot friendlier and lazier than they were before. I think they would have gotten to that point eventually after rat adolescence, but it's kind of nice to not deal with the bickering now.
In fact, both Momo and Haru will now stay still in my lap for half an hour or so as long as I am scritching them. They are so greedy that they keep poking their noses in for more scritches, and they decided my one hand scritching both their heads wasn't enough, so I had to devote one hand per rat. They are so sweet! They are almost up at Ren levels of sweetness, I suspect a lot because I got them so young.
They're still a bit shy around strangers, but they're not as jumpy as Ed and Al were, and they are seriously fond of sitting on shoulders. Or sometimes on top of my head.
Hopefully pics to come soon! CB just got a flash for his DSLR and has been experimenting on the rats.