RATS

My boyfriends rat Frodo with my rat Parker and his other rat Sam in the background.

My boyfriends rat Frodo with my rat Parker and his other rat Sam in the background.

Rats of the ring: the fellowship of the rats

Rats of the ring: the two sewers

Rats of the ring: the rats returns

Now I feel like we need more rats so we can have the full cast

They were 6 weeks old in this pic..on our way home.

That would be awesome lol

My new little guy Parker!

My new little guy Parker!

Aw such a cutie!!!

no since my sister already stole that name...:( but my next one is gonna be named Tobey (as in tobey maguire) lol. I named him parker after Spider-Man since he won't stop hanging upside down in the cage

Thank you! I think so lol

Please tell me his brother's name is Peter.

I think it's fair to warn people that rats can be this way. No one ever talks about the not so good experiences.

I think it's fair to warn people that rats can be this way. No one ever talks about the not so good experiences.

Get a rat, they are just like little dogs, they are clean, they don't smell, they are a social species so you need at least two. That is what I was told when I did research on getting rats, and I did over a year of it. No one warned me about when rats are complete terrors. They all want their favorite pet to look good, I get that too, but I am really soured on them because people never tell you the bad. Even when I tell some people my experiences they just say that's rare or could not possibly be true because rats like dogs must all be good boys and girls and they are "just like dogs".

I own modified ferret cages so they could have a much bigger space. The cages that held 2 - 4 rats could easily hold 9 at 2.5 sq. feet per rat. They were all given extensive socialization. They had multiples of everything. Most were introduced to elderly or baby rats. There is no good reason for any of the things I have had problems with over the years.

I have had to clean male cages twice as often as female cages, and have to do way more scrubbing. Ladders, levels, even the cage bars, covered in urine in under a week. They have all seen a small animal vet, none had UTIs. Their feces smell is much worse than females too. I have them in a large area, about the size of a studio apartment and it gets ventilated sometimes because of them.

Then there is the biting and vicious attacks on other animals and humans both. Nearly all of my males just one day had something snap in their tiny rodent brains and they went berserk aggressively attacking other males. Some of them were fear aggressive for no real reason considering they were well socialized. Only one showed their rat and human aggression right away. The vets couldn't find pain, arthritis, tumors on the brain, they didn't have seizures, literally nothing medical that would cause it. Our other species of pets are mostly well adjusted despite all being rescued from abusive situations originally.

I'm pretty sure I have nerve damage from a rat who randomly bit. One that was never extremely social but also had never bitten before. I get twinges of pain in it every now and then, and it was the most agonizing animal bite I have ever received. I didn't do something stupid like knowingly put my hand in an aggressive animal's cage or break up a fight with my hands. I had no anticipation of getting bit and tried to move my hand away as soon as I saw some lunging. I wasn't as fast as the lightning striker.

I'm so ready to just give up on rats as pets. They are NOT little dogs. They are not nearly as affectionate as dogs, as trainable, or as sociable. They DO smell absolutely terrible literally four days after cleaning their humongous cage with anti bacterial soap and extremely hot water. They are called a social species, but getting two or more can still be a disaster when one or both just decide one day to hate other rats, or people. Everywhere I call says they do not even see let alone fix rats, OR they almost never do it and it will cost no less than $199. That's up to a 4 hour driving radius from where I live. I have tried asking vets about discounts, no go. It also won't fix ones that became fearful aggressive, since neutering only fixes hormones.

So yeah when rats are perfectly behaved, they can be great, definitely not dogs, but great in their own rodent aspects. But when they aren't? Good god, they will raise your stress levels to maximum with all the bad behavior. The god awful urine and feces smell, the constant urine marking were things I could look past. The aggression, and not at all being what people always make them out to be? Not so much.

/End rant.

Give your rats to somebody else.

Did you get feeder rats from a pet store? Any rat from a halfway competent breeder will NOT act like that. Sorry you had a bad experience, but all the male rats I've had over the years have been cuddly and trainable with no hints of agression at all.

I mean aren't all animals like this? I love dogs but I've had awful experiences with them, cats are nice but my ex roommate's cat was satan. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do, I wouldn't blame it on the species

I understand this, so hard.

I have found some.good tips to cut down on smell though with both males and females. I can keep 6 to an enclosure and not have the smells I used to. Also, hepa air filters are amazing.

Aggression is a huge issue I've focused on working out of lines. Especially since there are so many forms your can deal with and poor breeding just perpetuates it. I'm sorry you've had poor luck of the draw with them, I've definitely been there. It's actually one of the reasons I started breeding! If you're ever looking for some solid, well bred rats I can probably point you in a good direction!

We're not hiding anything!

We're not hiding anything!

Yeah I've heard that before. Okay gotta pat you down. I thought so. Sharp toofies without a licence!

Mischief!

Nosey Rosie 😘

Nosey Rosie 😘

"What doing? I halp."

Snoot booped.

Orange rat! I feel like I haven’t seen many of those ☺️

When your rat goes to night school to get a liberal arts degree.

When your rat goes to night school to get a liberal arts degree.

Rats deserve better than minimum wage.

So you're saying my rat chewed sweaters are finally trendy? Hell yeah.

Working boi

All I've got is a mischief of free-loaders.

Rodents wanted by police for Public Nudity & Indecent Exposure

Rodents wanted by police for Public Nudity & Indecent Exposure

Seriously, they just go around with their balls hanging out...like put on a pair of pants smh

forgot to tag this as NSFW

They should be on a list! The nerve...

They look guilty to me. Lock em up!

This may not look like much, but she has never stayed to nibble on her treats.. Her trust is finally growing after 9 months!!

This may not look like much, but she has never stayed to nibble on her treats.. Her trust is finally growing after 9 months!!

She just got back your dna tests and you were cleared for being her pet.

Proof my dream is reachable. Congrats.

Sting rat is out.

Sting rat is out.

That's priceless xD I always thought rays were kinda cute, now I know why

Rare makeup sponge rattie.

SO ROUND AND FLAT. <3

Ah! So round and cute!

Ethan looking dead. Wish he would stop sleeping this way.

Ethan looking dead. Wish he would stop sleeping this way.

LOL at the RIP tag.

I have a rat that sleeps in dead pose, too. Sometimes it's a little scary.

If you think that's bad, try finding a rat who fell asleep after eating a raspberry.

Oh I hate it when animals do this! I get so paranoid about checking breathing once they start getting old, cuz cold fur when you're expecting warm is terrifying

I had one that I would pick up and rub for several minutes and still wouldn’t wake up. Had my heart stop at least once a week.

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