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Maso reference sheet by mechanicalmasochist Maso reference sheet by mechanicalmasochist
Maso aka Flighty rat
she is a lab rat who was created through genetic engineering (mixing the DNA of a cat with that of a rodent. (fun fact! this is something that is actually done now a days though the host doesn't take on any real qualities of the appearance of its new DNA, I took artistic license with that lightly)
she has the same abilities as a normal rat though she can meow and his more like a cat (which is pointless since rats already squeak , hiss and brux-which is like their version of purring)

she can also be drawn adorned with goggles, metallic wings, gears and other stump punk type things :3


I don't own the maine coon picture it is sourced from google
the rat tail picture I do own that'be Ben's tail : D

the main pose here is referenced to: [link] ( I love how this rat is drawn but i find it silly a rat would sneak in to someones house to try and eat a baby (like seriously?)

her colours are based on a variegated hooded rat and down under rat which look like as follows:
[link]
[link]

also if anyone is thinking of making a rat character let me direct you to this rat markings list very useful :3
[link]
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xXXenonUranXx Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love her design so much! ^^ Ahh you make everything look so wonderful. ;u; Everything you draw is so perfectly done, so jealous. :la:
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Healehwolf Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is funny, because a while ago I made a rat character named Sonic, (never put on DA for some reason) and she just happens to be a genetically altered lab rat and has coloration similar to Maso. I found this reference and I was like "Whaaaaat, I thought I was one of the only ones with a lab rat fursona..." She even had eartufts, damnit.

So I changed her a little. Gave her pink eyes, so she was like semi-albino. And headphones that send some sort of radiowaves or something that affects her brain. And I added a tail tuft to make her look a bit more different. Sorry if she still looks too similar ^^'
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Katsyune Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
epical!
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liighty Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maso looks awessoommeee!
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froggyribbit Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012   Digital Artist
I' in love with this rat. I love rats!
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Blackk4t304 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Main coons~~~~:heart:!!!
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miho-kitty Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your art it is always so perfect! (T^T)
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Nekomatafujoshi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
y u so cute Maso? >w<
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WoundParra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the design @w@

And a random question,
How did you get pictures of Ben and Loki?? My rats will NOT stay still long enough for my camera xD
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD they where asleep this time and my new camera has a sexy sports mode which allows to catch fastess, most of the time i shoot them in their cage though because outside it they never hold still ;w;
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WoundParra Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of mine is blind (;-;) so he doesn't normally realize when I'm taking photos unless he hears me, the other WILL NOT STAY STILL sifnfijsfdh

I wanted to put pics of them up on dA the other day but they decided not to cooperate xD
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FelicitySolitaire Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm.....strange....I've been thinking of making myself into a rat or mouse(cuz my mice died a long time ago :C ) during school. Should I be a rat or a mouse.....Idk
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Blanketkitten Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Flighty, can I get some tips on taming an old rescue rat? He was rescued by someone who never tamed him and he likes to bite anything he sees (including fingers! yikes) It makes it a real pain to handle him and try to tame him at all. He's about 2 years old.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have never tamed a rescue rat though my rats sometimes nibble a lil harder than usual I usually copy the loud squeak noise they make themselves when they want another rat to take it down a notch on the nibbling and it usually works or stops them

this website might help: [link]

often rats will only bite if they are scared or territorial depending on what it is will depend on how you can train him anyway, but it will take time.

never jump or pull away fast from a bite if you do get bitten though because that is the reaction a scared or aggressive art probably wants and by reacting that way you are showing he can get what he wants by biting you could try wearing gloves if he bites hard and just start by opening the cage and putting your hand next to him try getting closer each time and if he freaks take it bac a step even if you have to start at the cage door, you could also try offering him food to show you are a friend to not foe, try and get him to take it from your hand if he wont then put the treat on the cage floor and leave it, i find yogurt on a spoon was most effective with my scaredy rat Ben.

but of course how you train depends on why hes agressive though its usually trust issues especially if he was rescued and has had a bad experience with people
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, another rat character! It's nice to see more of these! <3

I also love how you use real markings! I try to do that with my animal OC's. ^.^
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Abbeygelle Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Das ist voll toll geworden*O*
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LeoTheHolyGoddess Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
kewl!
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LunaMoon54 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Thats really cool ^^
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silverowl-bird Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you like mice too?
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like all rodents its fair to say though I prefer rats because they are more intelligent (they are basically a cat and dog mixed together in a rodents body because they can learn any trick a dog can (my rat plays fetch gives a paw and comes when he is called, but he also loves cuddles and bruxes(which is like purring) when he is happy like a cat :3)

But not to say mice are any less they are certainly cute and I know you can teach them agility they just prefer each others company I still think they deserve more respect and I've always wanted one XD
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silverowl-bird Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay for mice!
I have always liked mice. When I get one I 'm going to teach to tightrope walk!
And my friend has a rat named Ben. I like mice a bit more because they are very small and cute.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet trick, my rat Ben is a balancing god he always scares me to death balancing on things XD
mice are small and cute but they are also very fast and like to escape plus I own a snake who eats big mice... not good really if a mouse escaped and got in his tank.

Rats were my first favourite pet, i just love the fact that they are so different from most rodents, wanting attention and wanting to be with their owners, heck some people even walk them outside without harness's. but i always like bigger fatter animals I can cuddle since im always scared of hurting smaller ones XD

oh if you get some mice you should try and get gold or silver satin mice they are beautiful:
[link]
they are really shiny though this photo doesn't show it my friend had two gold ones for a while this one shows the shininess better I think:
[link]

OMG you can get them in silver with golden under sides? now I want one HNNG
[link]
[link]
look at that beauty...
mice and rats can play together outside their cages...more reason for me to get one

once I get a lock for my snake tank of course
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silverowl-bird Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, those are really cool! I don't know if the pet shop has those kind... I was thinking of just paying the dollar or two to get some feeder mice because thats really the only way to get mice around here. And I also might get a canary.

And I was about to get a mouse in fourth grade, but when we got to the pet shop my mom only wanted a female mouse because apparently they smell less, but the shop didnt have any. So we got a Panda Hamster insted. But then it escaped after about a year and the cats got it. :(

And it would be really cool if you got a mouse!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i will say buying from a pet shop isn't the best idea, since most of them are bred in mills and mass produced (something i learned the hard way with my two boys who both suffer from myco and have some bone exposed on their tail tip which they were born with due to bad breeding)

and though rescuing live feeders is tempting your still giving money to the people who breed them for such sick purposes.

I would suggest finding a breeder if you possibly can, I've already made sure to write down the details of a rat breeder for when i get my next rat so i don't go through this terrible ordeal again

but obviously f you want to buy from a store no ones stopping you, just the pet trade has become a big business and less stores care about where their animals come from and what conditions.


as for males being smelly , it helps if they are litter trained but i'm not sure if you can litter train mice XD
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silverowl-bird Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay. Thanks for the advice.
I'll see if I can find some mice a the Humane Society, they get rodents sometimes.

The last time I went there, they had three zebra finches and a little baby finch! It was all fluffy and cute~
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rescue animals are the best but sometimes need more work taming up, i really want to get a rescue animal, perhaps for my next bird, since my two current birds are needing a new home ever since they turned out to be a breeding pair D:
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TheGemstoneGang Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love her design flighty, talk about cool! I need to get a pet rat so bad tanz.
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AnimatronicHowl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job :3 Also I plan on making a rat fursona so that rat markings list will be really helpful :D
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Meep! She's too cool!
I really like her, she even has a cool rat pattern!
Did I ever show you my two rats?
Desiree: [link]
DJ: [link]
I couldn't have gotten them without telling my parents about your video saying how awesome rats are. :meow:
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember seeing Desiree but not DJ they are so cute and I love their colours especially Dj's

that's so great to hear I did some good, I plan on uploading soem videos of my rat's doing tricks since Loki just learned fetch :3
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me a while to get a picture of DJ, she's jittery XD I love their colours too.
My girls are always playfighting, it's usually because Desiree is a clean freak and cleans her sister every second of the day XD
"You got a little schmootz right there."
"I can do it myself!"
"No you can't."
"Yes I can!"
Imagining their conversations are the best! XD
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Wulfwall Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whats with you and rats? xD (I love them too .3.)
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