Raturday.


Amelia and Chas jr helping themselves to coffee. This particular crew was partial to tea, as am I, but they liked a bit of coffee now and then. Click for full size.

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  1. jazzlet says

    Does caffiene affect them the way if affects most humans?

    I have known a coulpe of dogs that weren’t bothered about drinking coffee, but loved to stick their schnozzles right down into an empty cup to snort the smell for minutes at a time.

  2. says

    If it does, it doesn’t show. They don’t get particularly hyper after tea or coffee, but they do have a serious fondness for tea. They’ll drink tea throughout the day, and they also take a lot of naps during the day.

  3. says

    I did draw the line at coffee beans though -- when I showed them coffee beans, they wanted to run off with them, and started chewing them immediately. I figured that might be a direct line to a heart attack, so all the beans were taken away.

  4. rq says

    So I googled ‘rats and caffeine’ to see what’s out there… Turns out, there is a LOT. Heh. :)

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    Caine @ 4

    They’ll drink tea throughout the day, and they also take a lot of naps during the day.

    Much like my older relatives, though it’s mostly coffee.
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    Both look extremely cute while they’re at it.

    Have the ratties tipped over cups while helping themselves to coffee or tea? Though I’d imagine it’s much harder to tip ove a mug than a Myrna style coffee cup (the narrow bottomed cups with gold-plated edges and golden brown flowers).

  6. says

    No, they’ve never tipped a mug or a glass. They are delicate gymnasts, and outstanding when it comes to balance.

    Oh, I recognize the Myna style from my sproghood. Those never hold enough for me.

  7. says

    rq:

    So I googled ‘rats and caffeine’ to see what’s out there… Turns out, there is a LOT. Heh. :)

    I have no doubt of that! I expect caffeine might affect younger rats more, those who are just out of ratlet phase. The ratlets have rarely liked tea, it’s a taste they grow into. Some of them never do develop a taste for it. Chocolate milk, now that’s a universal! Beloved by rats everywhere.

  8. jazzlet says

    I guess caffiene will have a variable effect n diffferent rats too, like it does on humans. I’ve a friend who loves coffee, but gets palpitations if she has more than a cup a day. Oooh chocolate milk *wanders off to fridge where there is no chocolate milk, but there is tiffin*

  9. lumipuna says

    What, you can’t infer the effect of caffeine on rats from human studies? My research career is ruined.

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