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post #31 of 47
I love all animals. I'm not fond of bugs, or snakes, or spiders...but I dont like to see them harmed either.
I absolutley LOVE rats! I've had 4 of them. Freddie & Nicodemus (Nicky for short) now live with my ex, but I get to see them on occasion. Rain and Barbie were mother & daughter and died of cancer (Rain passed in October, and Barbie passed just a month ago.) Rain was my favorite, but they were all so very sweet, and suprisingly clean. They are intelligent, and friendly too. I dont think I would ever get another rat though. The illnesses of Rain & Barbie were to hard to watch. I hated seeing them go, and because rats have such a short life span, and are prone to getting cancer, I wont get another one.
post #32 of 47
I have no problem with rodents.
post #33 of 47
I don't mind rodents either. I have to like them somewhat because Mom and Sis hate mice! One morning Mom was not feeling well. Her arthritis was hurting so bad she could barely get out of bed. Then I hear her scream my name followed by "Good Kitty, you're a good kitty" then my name again.

Seems her kitty (who could do no wrong) had caught a baby mouse and dropped it on her chest. When I came into the bedroom, mom was backing up the headboard and dad was under the covers - giggling! I picked the little baby mouse up and took it outside.

Sis hates mice so much she has been know to broadjump the kitchen table (okay, try to broadjump the kitchen table) when seeing one. If she sees one in the basement, she screams, runs upstairs then throws a box of mouse killer into the basement. I know the mice are laughing at her.

The only pet I've had that wasn't a cat or dog was Gertrude the Guinea Pig. She was already an adult when I got her so I only had her about a year. But I still like the little piggies. Like to hear their little squeals.
post #34 of 47
It depends where they are and what they are.
Rats in my hay store are a no-no, and I usually borrow a neighbour's ratting terrier to get them out. They can cause a horrible illness (for the pony) by weeing on hay, so that's why. I have a mouse living in my shed at the moment. He or she is quite cute (a woodmouse) so I don't mind that. I expect if any rodent was stupid enough to come into the house it wouldn't last very long before the cats got it. On the whole I don't mind rodents, apart from rats.

Sue
post #35 of 47
Squirrels and bunnies, not a problem.....rice and mats.......no way!!


I mean mice and rats!!
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...936508-3424762


My biggest fear, my biggest phobia, are rats and mice. I've often said I would rather have a burglar in my house than a mouse...well I guess that's why phobias are unrealistic fears. Recently however, I have gained some respect for rats. A couple of weeks ago in my Writer's Forum class we had author Robert Sullivan in for a reading of his latest book "RATS!" We are very lucky to get well known and well received authors visit our class weekly. Sullivan has written quite a few NY Times Notable Books of the Year, and I believe "Rats" has also been given this honor. What a wonderful reading, he was hysterically funny, yet on a serious and well researched subject. He ended the class, by having us join him, in song, with a song about rats. The song was done in a Sea Shanty style, and we sang it with gusto! I got a chance to talk with him at length and he was great and very supportive of new writers. I told him about my phobia (I sure he hears my story at every reading) and told him I can't wait to read his book, though I will have to have a bottle of Xanax by my side. Those of you who love rats, especially Trica would love the book. He made a great point, he believes (paraphrased) that one of the reasons most people loath the rat, is that the rat reflects the negative side of human nature. In other words, if humans weren't such big slobs, the rat would have little reason to exist.
I'll have to check that book out, Barbara! Do you remember the original "Willard" film, from the early 70s? Bruce Davison amd Ernest Borgnine starred in it. I think there was a remake, but I never saw it. My mom had a rat phobia, until I got pet rats. She would walk around the house with a rat or two sitting on her shoulder once she got over their tails, and says she still misses having them around.
post #37 of 47
I'm not sure if I should be surprised or expecting the number of rat/mice lovers on this thread.

Me, personally, NO F*CKING WAY! I don't even want to see them on TV. I am so afraid of mice that when I did have them in my house (about a month) I slept with the TV and lights on so I didn't have to hear them.

A friend of mine has pet rats...I won't go into her bedroom. Her entire house has a smell from them too.

I'm not disparaging anyone that wants to keep them as pets. Just keep them away from me.
post #38 of 47
Nope, I'm not afraid of rodents at all. We have a pet rat named Owen, he'a a wussy rat! We've had quite a few rats before and hamsters and mice, they'll all great!!

Although when my older niece comes over for a visit her bf doesn't like rats at all, he's like "why would anyone have a rat as a pet?" I think the only people who say that never had the joy of having one of those cuties in their lives!!
post #39 of 47
I've had a guinea pig and a gerbil. The gerbil was actually toilet trained. He would go up a little ladder and do his business on a piece of metal I had up there. He never soiled the bottom of his cage. He was a cutie. His name was Jonathan the Gerbil.

My guinea pig used to talk to me. He had the run of the apartment when we were home but in the cage while we were at work. He always came when I called him. He was cute and his name was Niblets.
post #40 of 47
I'm not usually afraid of rodents, but once I was in a shed and saw something out of the corner of my eye. A big rat was on an upper shelf. I never thought of them JUMPING on me before. Ewwww.

This is kind of off the subject, but a friend of mine has a hamster. I thought there was something wrong with him because the um...how should I say this...? ok, the "twin parts" of his anatomy were HUGE for his size. She said that was normal for hamsters. Does anyone know if this is true?
post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by jcat
I'll have to check that book out, Barbara! Do you remember the original "Willard" film, from the early 70s? Bruce Davison amd Ernest Borgnine starred in it. I think there was a remake, but I never saw it. My mom had a rat phobia, until I got pet rats. She would walk around the house with a rat or two sitting on her shoulder once she got over their tails, and says she still misses having them around.
LOL Tricia, I never saw Williard, or Ben. I believe I would rather have my toenails pulled out one by one! Honestly, after the author's reading, I had a rat nightmare, it's just too sensitive a subject for me. It's odd, I had a pet snake as a kid, and was an avid spider watcher as well, they didn't bother me. However because of my phobia, I understand how other creepy crawlies bug out (pun intended) other folks.
post #42 of 47
I think mice and rats are pretty cute, although I would be terrified if I actually saw one in my house I'm sure. There's a baby chipmunk that always sits outside near the porch in the summer and he's so cute! Now, bats I'm very scared of.
post #43 of 47
I can't stand mice, rats, snakes, lizards or any other reptile. I do like chipmunks and squirrels (from a distance though). My family thinks I'm crazy because I'm scared of rats and mice but think chipmunks and squirrels are cute. They keep saying a squirrel is just a rat with a bushy tail. I also don't like possums either. A giant one just tried to break in my house a couple nights ago. That thing was HUGE!!! I've never seen one that big before. It was atleast 10lbs.
post #44 of 47
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
I'm not afraid of rats - I love rats, but I absolutely can't stand mice!!!

I love all animals. Okay, I don't like coyotes or rattle snakes, but thats it! I'm really happy to hear you love rats Sam!
post #45 of 47
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DinahCat
I love all animals. I'm not fond of bugs, or snakes, or spiders...but I dont like to see them harmed either.
I absolutley LOVE rats! I've had 4 of them. Freddie & Nicodemus (Nicky for short) now live with my ex, but I get to see them on occasion. Rain and Barbie were mother & daughter and died of cancer (Rain passed in October, and Barbie passed just a month ago.) Rain was my favorite, but they were all so very sweet, and suprisingly clean. They are intelligent, and friendly too. I dont think I would ever get another rat though. The illnesses of Rain & Barbie were to hard to watch. I hated seeing them go, and because rats have such a short life span, and are prone to getting cancer, I wont get another one.
Yay! I completly agree!
post #46 of 47
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sweets
I'm not sure if I should be surprised or expecting the number of rat/mice lovers on this thread.

Me, personally, NO F*CKING WAY! I don't even want to see them on TV. I am so afraid of mice that when I did have them in my house (about a month) I slept with the TV and lights on so I didn't have to hear them.

A friend of mine has pet rats...I won't go into her bedroom. Her entire house has a smell from them too.

I'm not disparaging anyone that wants to keep them as pets. Just keep them away from me.

I understand. I was hoping you guys would love all animals. Again, its your loss. Anyways, sorry to hear that.
post #47 of 47
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite
I've had a guinea pig and a gerbil. The gerbil was actually toilet trained. He would go up a little ladder and do his business on a piece of metal I had up there. He never soiled the bottom of his cage. He was a cutie. His name was Jonathan the Gerbil.

My guinea pig used to talk to me. He had the run of the apartment when we were home but in the cage while we were at work. He always came when I called him. He was cute and his name was Niblets.

Wow! I'm on the process of toilet training Orei and Princess, and I'm sure that will be hard enough. Sounds like they were great furry friends.
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