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Anyone here have pet rats?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by ajevans, 8 Aug 2007.

  1. ajevans

    ajevans New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Just curious....

    My new girlfriend's got a hamster and it's made me nostalgic for keeping rats like I did as a teenager.

    Very tempted to get some now.
     
  2. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    I looked after my friends African Rat while he went on holiday.
    It was nearly as big as the cat:ohmy::biggrin:
     
  3. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    my mate's got three and they stink, i'd never get one! had to feed them while he was on holiday, they almost had my arm off.
     
  4. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Male rats stink because they're incontinent.

    I kept rats some years ago (females!) and found them to be ace pets - intelligent, inquisitive and very robust. The only downside I recall was that their teeth grow like fingernails, so if you don't give them an appropriate chewy thing to grind them down, they have to be snipped by the vet.

    Bren
     
  5. OP
    OP
    ajevans

    ajevans New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    stink? Rats don't have a natural odour likes mice or hamsters (males have a habit of scent marking though). They only stink if you don't clean them out enough.

    It's also super-rare to get bitten by one.

    Those African Giant Pouch rats are huge! Clever too, they're used to sniff out mines.
     
  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I can't imagine any reason for keeping vermin as pets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. OP
    OP
    ajevans

    ajevans New Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    My mom thought the same thing when I was a teenager, she soon fell in love with mine.

    Pet rats are the same species as the Brown rat, but bred to be docile and more interesting colours. They make much more interesting and intelligent pets than hamsters, rabbits etc.

    You soon form a bond with them. When I used to enter the room, they'd run to the edge of the cage for some fuss. They particularly like to ride around your shoulder snuggled up to your neck.
     
  8. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    You keep mosquitoes, don't you???????????????????????????
     
  9. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    I used to keep rats, they were amazing. One of mine, who was the tiniest thing, had twelve babies in one litter!

    I was just checking out those African pouched rats on youtube and came across this:

    Amazing:biggrin:
     
  10. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Blimey!!! If the Andrex puppy saw that, it'd sh*t itself!!!
     
  11. Peyote

    Peyote New Member

    Vermin are just animals in the wrong place, just like weeds are plants in the wrong place (ignore the fact that 'wrong ' is subjective).

    So rats can be vermin to one person, and pets to another, and to a third they could be their next meal!

    By sister used to have a rat, she was called Badger (the rat, not my sister) it was really cute, far friendlier than the half dozen guinea pigs we had.
     
  12. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    So that's what they're called now. ;)
     
  13. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    You keep mosquitoes, don't you???????????????????????????[/QUOTE]

    I don't keep them from choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Quite right, to a cattle farmer, foxes are excellent animals that work hard at keeping down the rabbits that eat the grass his cattle need. To the adjoining sheep farmer they're vermin.
     
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Quite right, to a cattle farmer, foxes are excellent animals that work hard at keeping down the rabbits that eat the grass his cattle need. To the adjoining sheep farmer they're vermin.[/QUOTE]


    Whereas, to Patrick 'man o' the wild' Stevens, they're Goulash...;)