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Offline Shiratori

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Anyone here have pet rats?
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:22:22 am »
Does anyone here have pet rats? I've been keeping them for the best part of a quarter century and love their cheeky little personalities. Here are photos of my and my fiancée's current lot. Most of them are from breeders apart from Didcot and Timble who are rescues. Teal'c and Elara will hopefully be having a litter later this year to make some lovely Siamese and Burmese babies.

Bra'tac


Teal'c


O'Neill


Fenrir


Cheekycheeks


Potato


What A Poser (WAP)


Winkston


Didcot


Timble


Elara


Ditty


Grimalkin (Grimmy)


Jackanapes (Napes)


Snickersnee (Snee)


Wiggy


Wildling


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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 06:03:42 am »
I'm a rat owner and I love them to pieces. I only have two, but that's all I can handle- they're always up to something so I need to watch them very closely. I can't imagine how you can keep up with so many at once!
  You're a lucky rat mom to have such a big family! O'Neill and Potato are especially adorable imo
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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 12:23:38 pm »
I raised rats for a long time when I was younger. They were just normal pet store rats, but I was crazy about them. My first two were an albino female, and a black male. They were named Ghost and Demon. I was kinda in a gothic point at the time. I let them breed once. I gave away a couple of the babies, and the mother ate the rest. So if you're not used to breeding them, watch the mother closely, once the babies are weaned, and have some spare cages/aquariums/whatever ready.
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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2017, 11:46:07 am »
I don't have any myself, but I did care for some when I was working in pet stores or looking after them for friends during uni break some years back. They're more intelligent and resourceful than I expected them to be, and far more social as well. Didn't they just discover rats can laugh and respond to being tickled with high frequency laughter?
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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2017, 03:41:07 pm »
They are sweet.  Are you sure that they really are rats and not Basil's Siberian Hamsters (Mesocricetus fawltytowerus manuelii)?

Sorry.

I wonder why Norway rats and black rats aren't quite so cute.

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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2017, 03:47:29 pm »
Had a pet rat for a while, but it got mites really bad. We didn't realize it till it was too late. I like rodents as pets in general and are easily cared for and can have personality.

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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 10:53:45 pm »
I have had Rats for over 20 years. One of the best pets I have ever owned. Smart and clean I am down to one currently as one of our boys just passed. We have had babies unbeknownst to us we got pregnant females twice. Our first Mom gave us 4 3 girls and a boy. Sly, Ash, coal, and Char. Char was a big boy was one of the best rats we have had. He would play with our cat.

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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2018, 03:43:53 am »
When you go out as Cinderella you'll have rats to pull the pumpkin.
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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018, 08:17:24 am »
I'm afraid of rats but those look cute. My brother loves his stupid practical jokes and once he got this realistic looking mechanical rat and sent it scurrying across the kitchen floor while I was cooking. Yeah, I screamed and went running out and my brother almost died laughing.  We had a rat in our garage last winter. My dad set a couple of rat traps but I made him take them up and use the trap that catches the rat without hurting it and then let it go away from the house . I'm afraid of rats and to be honest I think they are nasty creatures that spread diseases but I also don't think people should kill or hurt them.
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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2018, 04:45:04 am »
Another rat keeper here. I ran a rattery for about 4 years - nothing quite like to a room full of tiny eepers all excited to see you :3

I stopped breeding as they do not live long enough and it's heartbreaking when they pass. Currently still have a trio of rescues whom do not yet fully trust me, but we make progress every day :)


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Re: Anyone here have pet rats?
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2018, 04:24:48 pm »
They're really cute :) but I wouldn't dream of having that many myself. I love their names!

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