(Closed) Rodent owners and the like –

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have four rats. That’s right, rats! They make amazing pets. Unlike hamsters, they need to have cagemates, and they are very smart and squishy. I highly recommend them for everyone, even children. I’ll have to get some pics…

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

we have a rat! copernicus:

he’s almost 2 and we’ve had him since he was 6 weeks old. we adopted him from the san francisco animal care & control. his mom was from a big hoarding case in southern california.

i’ve also had guinea pigs in the past. i love them. 

this was taco:

i don’t think i have any pics of my first GP. his name was petey. he lived to about 6 or 7. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I second rats! I don’t have any right now, but I have had many in the past and they are wonderful pets!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve had gerbils and a rabbit. Dont have any pictures of the gerbils (it was before my digital camera days) but heres my Honeybun. <3 I miss that girl.

I only had her for 4 short years, unfortunately. She just stopped eating one day, and the next day I woke up and she was laying in her cage dead. I got her when I was 13 and too young to take her to the vet myself, and my mom didnt think she needed to go because “she’s just a rabbit.” But now that I’m older and know better, I’d definitely find a vet that was familiar with rabbits and take her yearly. 

 

My gerbils (I had two) lived to be 2 and 3. They were so easy. They were sisters and although they were raised the same, one hated people and the other liked people. The one that didnt like being handled was the first to die, and after that the friendly one became even more friendly. I think it was because she was lonely without her sister.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:   Similar to a rodent…I used to own 3 ferrets. Unfortunately, they have all passed away.

Ugh, pic stopped working…sorry.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Here are the pics of my boys!

@calibee79:  Yay for more rat lovers!

[email protected] cell phone pics… also, so hard for the camera to focus on these guys!

Jackie Chan (aka Chan Chan), the seal-point siamese dumbo rat, and his brother, Bruce Lee (aka Bruce Bruce), the black top-eared rat. Cheerios are rat-crack.

Jean-Claude VanDame (aka FugFug), the agouti hooded dumbo eared rat, and his brother Jet Li (aka Jetson), the black dumbo eared, with white belly and socks, rat.

 

And this one is really blurry, but I like it because Jackie Chan is being cheeky.

 <edit> Forgot to mention, these are 4 of the 12 rats I’ve had over the years!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dwarf hammy Bandit! He was a rescue and was super sweet. No biting or anything, just loved hanging out in his wheel and being a general gangster. He was the perfect “tank pet” for me because I wasn’t allowed to have anything larger and these little guys are only about the size of an egg, with no tails like mice/rats. With a little attention they are people friendly and like to be held and crawl on you. Awesome low maintenance happy little guys!

Post # 11
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Newbee

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Me and SO found a baby squirrel while I was home for spring break, and I’ve snuck her in my dorm (hehe..) Shes SO sweet and cuddly! Sounds like a weird pet, I know, but shes really quite and playful. I don’t have any pictures on my computer though :/

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is my little lady when she was a baby. She’s a year old now and not quite as fluffy, but just as adorable! She’s litter trained, so she has free-roaming priveleges in the house when we’re home, and she likes to jump up onto the back of the couch and snuggle up against our heads if we’re reading or watching TV. She’s the perfect pet for us. πŸ™‚

ETA: Rats are also really sweet pets. My sister and I had a pair while we were in highschool. They just break my heart because they have a shorter life span. Mine used to ride around in the pocket of my hoodie and share my breakfast with me.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2023

I just realised I don’t have any photos of my rats πŸ™ That’s made me really sad, as they were the best pets I ever had.

I used to spend all my time with them, and just didn’t ever photograph them.

Totally think rats are the way to go πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I can’t imagine having a rodent pet :O, they pee all over stuff. One time I gave a little rat lab to my boyfriend and the thing (how cute it was), pee and pooped all over us when we managed it for more then 2 minutes. I don’t have much experience, so maybe it was only that one… but since then I can’t imagine having another. I really like to see then though, they are very cute.

Once a friend of mine had a rabbit, and it was on her bed and she opened the bedroom door too quickly and the pour guy died of heath attack πŸ™ I can’t imagine the pain it must have been.

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I fostered a chinchilla once… no very good pics though. He was neat. Rats are awesome, but I personally can’t stand hamsters. (I worked in a pet store as a reptile specialist, and I got more and nastier bites from the hamsters than I ever did from lizards or snakes, but rats were pretty friendly.)

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