AJ and Buster Turned 72!!

A little late of a blog post, but on November 7, 2017, Buster and AJ turned two! In rat years, this equals 72 years! 

 Buster

Buster

 AJ

AJ

They were made teensy tiny little hats by their mum, look how cute they are!!! I have no idea how she got them to stay still long enough to take these pictures!

Thank you Paula for being such an amazing rat mum, and always making sure I have updates on these lovely boys. Not only have you been a great rat mum, but you're always learning and even teaching me new things and showing me cute little new things to do with my ratties, like make them hats.


I wanted to take this opportunity to also share a really cool article I found today while researching my own medical issues! I was reading about a certain medication, when THIS LINK popped up on the side on rats and rattie life spans!

By late 18th or early 19th century, albino rats became the most commonly used experimental animals in numerous biomedical researches, as they have been recognized as the preeminent model mammalian system. But, the precise correlation between age of laboratory rats and human is still a subject of debate. A number of studies have tried to detect these correlations in various ways, But, have not successfully provided any proper association. Thus, the current review attempts to compare rat and human age at different phases of their life. The overall findings indicate that rats grow rapidly during their childhood and become sexually mature at about the sixth week, but attain social maturity 5-6 months later. In adulthood, every day of the animal is approximately equivalent to 34.8 human days (i.e., one rat month is comparable to three human years). Numerous researchers performed experimental investigations in albino rats and estimated, in general, while considering their entire life span, that a human month resembles every-day life of a laboratory rat. These differences signify the variations in their anatomy, physiology and developmental processes, which must be taken into consideration while analyzing the results or selecting the dose of any research in rats when age is a crucial factor.

So finally I can give you the numbers, if you would like to calculate your ratio's age, 1 rat month = 3 human years!