Thursday, February 26, 2015


So my friend Anna over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup decided to tag everyone in this meme and I figured, why not. I'll play along too. So here are some answered questions about me. 

Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name
1. Mom
2. Grandma
3. Mare
4. ScaryMary

Four Jobs I’ve Had
1. Self Serve Laundromat Attendant
2. Bakery/Deli Manager
3. Jewelry Store Manager
4. Apartment Leasing Assistant

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once
1. Fright Night *original*
2. Queen of the Damned
3. Jaws
4. Poltergeist

Four Books I’d Recommend
1. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. Once in Paris by Diana Palmer
3. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
4. Favored By Felix by Shelley Munro

Four Places I Have Lived
1. Redondo Beach, Ca- where I was born.
2. Van Nuys, Ca- When I was a teenager.
3. Guyandotte, West Virginia for a year when I was a teenager. 
4. Las Vegas where I live now. 

Four Places I Have Been
1. California
2. West Virginia
3. Las Vegas
4. Utah

Four Places I’d Rather Be Right Now
1. Scotland- being wooed by a sexy Scottish lad. 
4. Yeah sorry, I got nothing for this. lol 

Four Things I Don’t Eat
1. Liver
2. Snails
3. Butternut Squash
4. Honey

Four of My Favorite Foods
1. Chocolate Truffles
2. Pizza
3. Buffalo Style Chicken Wings
4. Donuts

Four TV Shows That I Watch
1. Supernatural
2. Vampire Diaries
3. The Originals
4. Grimm

Four Things I Am Looking Forward To This Year
1. A new laptop
2. Seeing Family
3. Thunderstorms
4. When summer is over/next winter. lol 

Four Things I’m Always Saying
1. Oh dang- I say that all the time. 
2. Whatever- When I'm starting to get mad.
3. What are you doing- I seem to say that to the rats every day. lol 
4. Don't start with me- If I say this it's better for you to just leave. 

Four People I Tag
Everyone and anyone who wants to participate. Just let me know in the comments if you made a blog post and I'll come take a look or tell me in the comments a few of your answers. 

Rats 101: Water Bottle Vs Water Dish

Most people who have rats and hamsters as pets use water bottles but you can use a water dish as well. The differences in using the two different water dispensers is quite big though so if you are thinking of using a water dish, you might want to read this first.

Water Bottles
Using a water bottle that you can hang from inside or outside a cage is probably the easiest way to make sure your rat has a continual fresh source of water. If you use a large water bottle you only have to fill it once a week or when it's almost empty. They are easy to clean, won't leak unless your rat finds a way to chew on it and aren't messy. If you have a rat that likes to chew the bottom on the water bottle through the bars of the cage, you can buy something called a water bottle guard, which is a metal cup that the water bottle sits in and it covers the bottom of the bottle so the rats cannot get their teeth on it.

Water Dish
Using a water dish much like a smaller version of a dog dish and might seem like a good idea but as I can tell you from first hand experience, it's not. When I first got rats I thought letting them drink from a dish like a dog would be better for them and easier. They did almost everything but drink from the dish and it was incredibly hard to keep it clean of debris because they were constantly putting things in the water. I had 4 rats in the cage at the time and put a ceramic dish of water in their cage. They decided it was a bath and jumped in it, rolled and ran through it. Making water spill all over the inside of the cage.

So I tried again and this time with less water. They didn't like that either. Instead of drinking from it they used their mouths to throw food in the water and even picked up their poo and threw that in the water as well. I did find that they liked to lay and play in the water on warmer days to keep cool and they also liked it if I put frozen vegetables in their dish of water so they could 'fish' them out and eat them. So now I only use a water dish as a play toy, to keep them cool if it gets too warm or to let them have fun fishing frozen peas out of the water.

While some rats may like to use a ceramic water dish as their water source, mine did not.