Okay, okay. We know - they're rats - not bunnies. That's okay. Any fuzzy, furry thing that we end up helping through Bunny Party! counts.
Meet Zena and her two foster rats. Zena came to Bunny Party! and learned that you can foster all kinds of animals - including rats. We forced her to answer a few of the inevitable questions that come up when someone near and dear to you decides to foster rats:
Q: How easy was it to foster your rats?
A: It was very easy to foster the rats. I emailed Danielle at the shelter, and in less that two weeks, I had a pair of rats in my home, with the cage, accoutrements, bedding, and food.
Q: Why rats?
A: I picked rats, because I've always thought they were cute. I've never had a pet of my own, so I thought fostering would be a good way to start, to see if I actually enjoy having rats.
These rats were not raised as pets, so they're pretty afraid of me. they don't like to be held, and they squirm away from me as fast as they can. I'm hoping that they'll learn to trust me, but it's going to take time. My goal is to be able to take them out of their cage without them running away from me like I'm going to eat them.
Q: What's the cutest thing your rats have done?
A: I think the cutest thing is when they take a little piece of food out of my hand, and then hold it in their adorable little paws and munch on it. I love rats' front paws! they're like miniature hands!
It's cute when they groom each other. One will chew on the other's ears and fur, while the other one rests with its eyes closed.
I like to watch them play. Once in a while they'll really go for it, running all over the cage, upstairs, downstairs, climbing across the walls, squeaking and pawing at each other. (At least, I assume they're playing?)
Has Zena's story inspired you to rescue something soft and fuzzy from the Seattle Animal Shelter? Tell us your story!