Rat Discussion: Male vs. Female
I have both male and female rats in my humble abode and wish to know your opinions on each sex. The general concensus seems to be that female rats are more skittish, but also tend to be more outgoing -- always on the go, always needing something to do. Males are usually laid back, and will sit around and fall asleep in your lap...earning the name "lap rat."
That was the general concensus, and here's my opinion on it...based on my many male and female rats:
-Female rats tend to be curious, and about as skittish(maybe even less) than the male rats. Very friendly too.
-Male rats are big scaredy cats, less inclined to explore their environment and more intent on finding a place to lounge around.
I hate to say how disappointed I am with the attitude of my male rats...but I'm happy with my female rats. Anyone have an opinion on this? My males just won't come out of their cage, hate being held(they poop and piss EVERYWHERE, and their tails swing wildly), and just want treats. I've had them for a good amount of time now and give them looots of attention, attempting to coax them out of the cage with treats and even giving them playtime on the table(they just run back to the cage...and if I take the age away they crap all over the table).
This may just be one giant rant, but I want to discuss it as well. What's your pick? I love all rats, but as a companion pet...I pick female.