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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2003, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking of getting a rat give me some pros and cons of ownig a rat please.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-29-2003, 11:07 PM
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I think rats are excellent pets! I compare them to tiny dogs except even better because they are quite, don't dig holes, poop small... I think just about anyone can successfully keep rats, they're very easy to care for and they are so loving and smart! The downside is that they don't live long, I think 2-3 years is normal and they are very prone to getting tumors (females more than males). If you do go with rats, I suggest getting more than one of the same sex, they are very playfull and like to have friends.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2003, 12:13 PM
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I have guinea pigs, rabbits, a degu, hamsters, mice and rats.

Out of all of them, I have to say rats are the best pets! They don't bite unless scared/provoked and are very very smart! They also enjoy your company, unlike my degu, mice and hamsters! My guinea pigs and rabbits seem to like my company, but my rats seek me out to sit on my lap and see what I'm doing! I hope to always have rats as pets.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2003, 11:00 AM
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Wow, I was about to say all of the things that Waggie and Becki said. Too late! Well, I would defenitely suggest a rat. They live longer than mice, I believe. It's been a while since I kept rats, though.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 10:01 AM
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Rats are great pets. I have 5 rats and have had them for the past 5 years (not all the same ones of course) You should get two though, rats do better in pairs and can get really lonely by themself.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-25-2003, 08:31 PM
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Rats make excellent pets. I had a black one named Hilda and she was so tame. I would carry her around the house on my shoulder. Then i got a cream one and my hubby had put the cages on top of each other. The cream one attacked Hildas tail and bitten it real bad, she lost all her balance and had to be put down by the vet.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-04-2003, 08:24 PM
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I love my girls! I have two hairless females and they are great. I read some where that hairless tend to have more personality that haired but I wouldn't go that far, I had three haired girls first and they weren't near as fun as my girls are now. We get the girls out of they cage and they'll chase you around the room and play wrestle with my hands and one of them Biggles, she's the smaller one, she fiesty and if you growl at her she'll climb all the way up to your face just to stick her nose in your ear and nibble your cheek and run off!
I would definetly say get a rat but like everyone said, make it a pair they do much better
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-04-2003, 09:13 PM
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i personally don't own one, but i know people that do and they LOVE them!! i wanted one, but decided on chinnies instead. not that i wouldn't have one cause i would! i think they are so cute, but i liked the chinnies super soft fur!
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