Hello! I'm a long time lurker-- just joined today because I've been itching to get into wet preservation. Ever since I was a small girl and saw a deer fetus at the local state park, I've been fascinated by critters in jars. I'm looking to try my hand at it on a frozen feeder rat I will be purchasing from the local pet store. My goal is to get good enough to preserve my personal pet rats once they pass, simply because I cannot bare the thought of them being put into the ground. I move too much these days and due to personal and spiritual reasons, I do not feel any place is suitable. Now, as I've said-- I've done some research from various sources around the net (including this forum) and I think I have a basic grasp on what I need. However, I have a few questions: 1.) Will the frozen state of the rat be a problem? I assume I should let it thaw before I submerge it? Is there a limit for an animal to be in a freezer before it turns "bad", per se? 2.) I have read from a few sources that 70% Rubbing Alcohol works best for long term storage? 3.) Rats are on the large end of small animals-- would it be pertinent of me to make sure alcohol gets into the body cavities? I may be able to procure a needle for injection, but does cutting a slit into the animal work as well? What area of the body would be best for this? Would it also work to put alcohol down the throat with a syringe? 4.) I have read Rittel's Preservz-It is a great substitute for Formalin. Is this true? Would it be wise of me to purchase some of this first for the initial positioning and then transfer it to alcohol, or does a small animal not require this step? 5.) Flushing the animal... how important is this? And if it's recommended (I didn't find too much about this, so I'm not sure) how do I go about doing it? (Cleaning the bowels and such, I mean-- if it won't leak too much I won't bother with it.) Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate the help this community has brought to me so far. I am by no means trained or learned in any of this. I've simply been a life-long admirer of taxidermy and preservation, and I'd love to try my hand at wet preservation to start off with since it seems like a fairly simple thing to at least make an attempt at.