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Rats!!!!

post #1 of 29
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Yeah we have a couple, the kids love them!!!


Smore is the black and white one and Boo (short for peek-a-boo) is the grey one.
post #2 of 29
Ohh how cute!! I have a solid brown one named Boo too! She came with that name and she is the meanest little thing!!!
post #3 of 29
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Boo is so gentle, we got her from a local pet store when she was tiny and she developed the respritory issue that is common in rats. She is my daughters< we got her as a 6th birthday present, so did not want her to die. I think I prayed her back to good health!!! She has always had a slight squeek when she breathes since then. But what a love....she will lick the crap out of your hands, but has never once bitten!!
post #4 of 29
Rats are simply awesome pets.
I highly recommend them as first pets for small kids because they do bond so well, and unlike most hamsters and gerbils, they put up with a lot more handling.
Rarely have I met a well raised rat that would bite unprovoked.

I miss having them, I used to raise the fancier types for a mom & pop petstore in my late teens, early 20's.
post #5 of 29
I too had a pet rat. Her name was Cricket. She lived 5 wonderful years! She would sit on my shoulder as I walked around cleaning or down the street. It's simply great when people would freak when they seen her.. she measured 38 inches from nose to tip of her tail. She was peach and white with pink eyes... I do miss her at times! They are awesome intelligent animals!
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
I too had a pet rat. Her name was Cricket. She lived 5 wonderful years! She would sit on my shoulder as I walked around cleaning or down the street. It's simply great when people would freak when they seen her.. she measured 38 inches from nose to tip of her tail. She was peach and white with pink eyes... I do miss her at times! They are awesome intelligent animals!
you had a three foot long rat?
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Missy'smomma
Boo is so gentle, we got her from a local pet store when she was tiny and she developed the respritory issue that is common in rats. She is my daughters< we got her as a 6th birthday present, so did not want her to die. I think I prayed her back to good health!!! She has always had a slight squeek when she breathes since then. But what a love....she will lick the crap out of your hands, but has never once bitten!!
Two of my others are the sweetest little things. They are sisters, Monkey and Jello. They love attention and will groom my fingers.
post #8 of 29
Awww That pic is so cute!!

I have two girlies Hermione and Ginny!
post #9 of 29
I got a little baby girl rat two weeks ago and when I went to hold her last night I realized she is actually a he. We loked carefully when I bought him/her and we were all sure it was a girl, well I noticed his little um male parts getting bigger. So I seperated him yesterday and exchanged him for a girl today. I feel bad taking him back but I have 2 cages of females, I just don't have room for another cage setup, plus I would have to get another male to keep him company... My resident rats are giving her a hard time for some reason. They usually do well with younger rats but I hear little squeals every no and then. They turn her upside down and sniff her and I don't think she likes it. They aren't hurting her I think they are trying to show her who's boss. Are some rats alpha and do they usualy have to establish that like cats do? If it keeps up I may seperate her, but they leave her alone and then bother her a bit, off and on so I don't know.
post #10 of 29
Rats most definitely have a pecking order and the females are generally the dominant ones.

They don't flip the other rat over, the other rat rolls belly up in a display of submission.
Much like cats, as long as there is no bloodshed, let them work it out, just keep on eye on the submissive one.
post #11 of 29
Ya that's what I figured and now that you mention it she is flipping over. They are really gentle about it, but she screams a bit anyways.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by arcadian girl
you had a three foot long rat?

haha yes I did! She was HUGE! She would walk on a ferret leash!
Now that I have a scanner I'll dig out a pic of her and post it
post #13 of 29
I had two rats, they were WONDERFUL. One was named Fuzzball, because when I got her she was naked. She was a curly haired rat. Later i got shadow, named her that because she followed Fuzzball every where.

Then, I developed an allergy to them, and had to give them to my mother and her bf. Where their claws touched me I would hive up and rash up. I miss those little guys.
post #14 of 29
we also had a rat..*dexter*..they r a great pet, he never once bit usually licked hell outta u..we loved having him and would tell any new buyers to go for it..there a great pet
post #15 of 29
I love your rats! I always wanted to get some but my mom was terrified of them and now my husband just really doesn't like them. From what I understand, they're awsome pets.
post #16 of 29
I have 2 girl ratties, they are the sweetest girls!!!

Here are my threads about them

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84211

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85321
post #17 of 29
I love rats! I have a pet one named Chibi, she is a black dumbo-eared. My dad used to breed them for his snakes but I always got babies from him (Weaned), so I could have them for pets! ^_^ I only have one right now but that might change.
Rats are awesome.
My rat Lucia was my favorite, she was a curly (rex) type, and SO sweet. It's amazing how much like a puppy or something they get like...Lucia too would lick my hands or even act like she was grooming me! (you could feel her teeth lightly grazing your skin in rows! lol) She came when I called her too.
Chibi isn't like that yet, but she's new and probably needs some adjustment....the apartment has the scent of the cat too, poor thing! ^_^
post #18 of 29
cute pic! the look like a good duo.
I had to get rid of my girls Lucy and Ma. they were great girls but i just didnt have the room after TJ had 14 babies (i had my hands full)

I got tj when she was a weanling (bought her as snake food) and i had to supplement her with milk cause i was afraid she was to small to eat rat food. we ended up being buddies and she ended getting stuck with our male(snake food). Now she is a proud mama of 14 babies(most gone). She loves my attention and always gives me the sniffies in my ear.(shes to cute to be snake food)

rats are good pets. Just make sure you keep boys with boys and girls with girls...dont want 14 babies like i did LOL!
post #19 of 29
I love pet rats!!! They're soo sweet!
post #20 of 29
I have rats too! 7 boys and 2 girls.
post #21 of 29
Ok I have a question for you rat people!! My neighbor has 5 rats and they are cool and everything but they ALWAYS pee on me if they walk across my bare skin. Is there any way to stop them from doing this? I like to hold them but I hate having them pee on me lol.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sicycat View Post
Ok I have a question for you rat people!! My neighbor has 5 rats and they are cool and everything but they ALWAYS pee on me if they walk across my bare skin. Is there any way to stop them from doing this? I like to hold them but I hate having them pee on me lol.
From what I understand, they're scent-marking you. I prefer when my boys do that on my arms or hands because it's easier to wash than clothes. Of course, having a special "rat shirt" that I wear when I let them crawl on me helps, too.

Also, thye have a litter box close by whenever I let them out. They're not consistant about using it, but it helps.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sicycat View Post
Ok I have a question for you rat people!! My neighbor has 5 rats and they are cool and everything but they ALWAYS pee on me if they walk across my bare skin. Is there any way to stop them from doing this? I like to hold them but I hate having them pee on me lol.
they are marking you as theirs. i had 13 rats a few years back and if they liked you they would do that. i have 2 males now and they ALWAYS do that hehe.

yup yup i am a rat owner tooo..

these are my babies, they turned a year on may 24th(ironically my rats and husband have the same birthday rofl, sad?)


post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sicycat View Post
Ok I have a question for you rat people!! My neighbor has 5 rats and they are cool and everything but they ALWAYS pee on me if they walk across my bare skin. Is there any way to stop them from doing this? I like to hold them but I hate having them pee on me lol.
They are marking you. LOL I havnt been able to break any of the ones that do that of it. Some mark some dont.My currents none ofthem mark thank goodness. But in the past I've had my fair share of markers.
post #25 of 29
Well I figured thats what they were doing but I was hoping there was a way of getting them not to lol. I guess Fearless likes me then
post #26 of 29
I miss my rats... They both passed away over the summer One, Cara, had pneumonia for almost a year, and the other, Kei, we think had a heart attack (she had an enlarged heart). After Kei died I think Cara just gave up, because they were so attached to each other... I just had bad luck with my poor ratties I guess, because Kei had surgery for a mammary tumor and then started to develop another one, and Cara was sick for SO long despite many many types and delivery methods of antibiotics.

I plan to get two more females soon although I keep trying to contact this breeder and they aren't replying :/

Here are photos of my girls:


Cara


Kei



Cara and my Golden Retriever, Ginger
post #27 of 29
That is the most adorable pic with your dog and rat. I wouldnt trust my dogs with my rats.
I have 5 rats .
Sweet-pea, She is a hooded rat. My baby and introduction to owning rats. Never once bitten anyone. Loves my kids and terrorises the cats.
Then there is Lovely. She was given to me from the breeder of Sweet-Pea, She was getting rid of her rats(to snake breeders) and she thought that Lovely was too nice to be snake food. I was told that she was sterile and too small to have babies . well wasn't she wrong . 1 month later Lovely had 10 babies. The breeder was keeping her with the boys.
So out of her litter we kept the only white rat Roxy , and Muffin that looks like a wild rat.All girls.
And a few days ago i was given a male rat from a friend, cos he was too big for her daughter. His name is Jerry .
Rats are fantastic pets.
post #28 of 29
Yeah the best thing about my rats is that they NEVER bit...not once did either rat ever nip or bite anyone. They were really sweet too, they loved to ride on people's shoulders (and hide in their hair, heh) and were just SO friendly!
post #29 of 29
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Yeah the best thing about my rats is that they NEVER bit...not once did either rat ever nip or bite anyone. They were really sweet too, they loved to ride on people's shoulders (and hide in their hair, heh) and were just SO friendly!
That is just how my 2 girls are.

Cute pics BTW
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