Things have been fairly laid back around the rat room lately. I don't talk with the girls much since our cages are across the room, but I have heard a bit of news around the water bottle. It looks like Rat won't be having any babies this go round. For whatever reason, the breeding wasn't successful. Snivy and Essie both appear to be gaining some weight, from what I can see. Don't tell them I said that, though! They are so sensitive about their figures. That brings me to something, though. The reason mom pairs three girls at a time is so that there will be a spare mother in case a mother decides not to take care of her babies. I think that is a responsible thing to do. It makes sure babies aren't just left to die without the love a ratty mother. Breeding three has a better success rate than just breeding two. This is a perfect example. If mom had just paired Snivy and Rat, she may not have had a nursing mother available to take on any pups. And mom has a very strict rule that if more than three pups are still left from a previous litter, there won't be any pairings for the month until they find homes. So far, this hasn't been an issue. All of our pups have found great homes with loving and caring adopters, and that makes us all so happy! It makes the adopters happy, too. That's why so many return to Tiger Tail for their next baby and why they tell their friends to adopt from Tiger Tail. So a HUGE shout out from the rats in the rat room to all of the adopters of Tiger Tail babies, past, present and future. You guys are amazing :) I gotta run for now. I just piddled on the keyboard from excitement, so mom wants me back in the cage.