(Closed) Rats? the pet kind i mean

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I used to care for 350 of them in a lab!

 

They make excellent pets. Wicked smart and affectionate.

 

The only con for me would be that I don’t like their tails.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I used to have rats!  What wonderful and smart pets they make.  They’re so affectionate.  Go for it!

Ps – get a girl so you don’t have to see the male rats’ huge balls, LOL!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Oh, since you asked for pros and cons, the pros are that they’re smart, cute, friendly, trainable, and affectionate.  Some cons might include that they pee a lot (everywhere), often die of tumours/cancer (they have a 3-5 year life expectancy), and they stink; you really have to change & clean their cages often.

Good luck!  Is it for you or for a kid? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

They can be very sweet. And some have lovely coloring. As with any rodent pet, wash your hands very well before handling. If they smell food, you may get nipped. Haha

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

SO and I have two female rats and we love them!  They are so cute, sweet and loving.  I second the PP on getting females. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Cons: I hate that cage smell…and they also only live 3-5 years and usually don’t age gracefully. Pros: they can be cute??

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had pet rats as a teen. I love them, we had 2 girls, Snoosh and Moo. They were black and white hooded rats. We got them quite young, and handled them a lot so they were very tame. Snoosh used to sleep on the back of my neck under my hair, or in the sleeve of my jumper, or occasionally in my cleavage, lol. They are very smart, don’t poo and pee nearly as much as mice, and are very clean as long as you keep their cage clean. We kept ours in a large fish tank, and we spot cleaned it every other day and did a full change of bedding and cleaning the tank once a week. They did die quite suddenly though, at about 3 years old. We didn’t get new ones because my mum’s new partner was moving in with us and was terrified of rats. I’d get them as pets again in the future if my kids wanted them.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had them in college and I loved them! They are so much fun!

I am surprised that some of you say the life span is 3-5 years. Mine all lived about 2 years, and I read in several literature sources that the average life span is 1.5 years. So that’s a con.  You will have to say good bye after a short time.

Another con is that they are prone to developing tumors and it is very hard to find a vet who is knowledgeable about rats. As someone said, they don’t age well and it’s heartbreaking watching them get old and sick.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

@aprose: once you see rat balls you just cant look away – LOL!!!!!!!!!  So true ahaha.

So glad you’re probably getting them!  I’ve heard rats are happiest when there’s more than 1 (same sex).  Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We have a pet rat named Ruby.  She is very sweet and rolls around her house in her rat-ball.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

my roommate keeps a couple of rats. they’re so sweet! they’ll cuddle right up to you and nom on food while sitting on your shoulder. we have two males and they used to get along great, but recently there have been some fights (we’re thinking about fixing the one that is bullying the other). luckily, rats can heal CRAZY quick from wounds. i swear, they’re like wolverine! also, the size of the male rat’s testicals in comparison to their body size is HILARIOUS. for the first couple months we had them, i could not stop laughing whenever i saw them.

good luck with finding some of your own! i suggest also that, as it is with most animals, go for the one’s that look more mixed in colors, as they’ll likely be smarter. at least, that’s what i’ve always heard! more genetic variation is better, so i guess that’s why.

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