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Agapanthas  (Level: 24.7 - Posts: 2)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 6:30 AM


Hi. I am new to the group and just wanted to say hi to everyone. I joined this group because I love my pets of course. I was kind of curious if I was the only one here that happens to be owned by pet rats. I am owned by two. Their names are Oreo and Tinyestrat. They are my special little ladies. They have their own room in the house and usually end up in bed with me every night. Anyway, just wanted to see if their were any other rodent servants here. Thanks for letting me join and I am glad to see that there are others out there that love their pets as much as I love mine, whatever kind of pet that may be.

Glyders  (Level: 160.3 - Posts: 168)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 9:43 PM

Hi Sherri! Welcome! What type of rats are Oreo and Tinyestrat? A local pet shop used to have a hairless rat in a cage on the counter. They would leave the cage door open and the rat would come and go at will. It was the cutest little thing! Got a lot of attention from the customers too. It was very friendly and seemed to enjoy being fussed over. I've never had a rat as a pet and would be interested in reading some of your experiences as an owner. Marilyn

Agapanthas  (Level: 24.7 - Posts: 2)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 5:02 AM

Thanks for the interest! Oreo is what is called a hooded rat. She is mainly white with black a black head. I am sure that you have seen those before. Tinyestrat is an aghouti rat. I may have that spelling wrong. She is brown in color with flecks of reddish and darker brown. Oreo is quite old for a rat. She is going on four years old. Her age is starting to really show and I am not sure how much longer the old girl will be around but she has lived a good life and has been quite loved.

I started out with Oreo and her sister Milkshake. Milkshake developed a health problem and her vet and I decided that it would be best to euthinize her. Oreo was very depressed so I decided to get her a friend. Then a pet store near me had two adult females that someone had abandond so I adopted them. Then I found Tinyestrat at a pet store and she was very small and quite sick so I took her and nursed her back to health. So I had Oreo, Prisilla, Mrs. Cubbins, Bubbles, and Tinyestrat. They were a handful but I love my girls to death. One by one they passed on and now I am down to two. Each one of them was unique in her own special way. Prisilla was my specialist girl though. She used to give me kisses and loves all the time.

If you are interested in getting rats I do suggest that you research first. They are a smart and loving animal but they do demand a lot of attention. If you can't devote A LOT of time to them then I don't suggest getting them. And they are also a very social animal so you absolutely must have more than one. I also highly suggest obtaining them from an animal shelter or pet adoption facility rather than a pet store. Pet stores tend to purchase animals from breeders that mass breed which is inhumane. Also the rats at pet stores haven't been properly socialized and can be frustrating to a new rat person. At a shelter you usually find adult rats but they have been around humans and are used to them. You also may go to a private breeder. Those rats are kept as pets usually and are bred for their friendly characteristics. I wish I had known all of this when I first started out. The internet is full of info on shelters and breeders. I also suggest checking out the Rat Fanclub. They are a yahoo group and are a wealth of info.

Wow, didn't mean to make this such a long post! I have a million other things that could be helpful to you in deciding to get into rats so just let me know if you have any questions! And thanks for the interest in my little rodents.

Soccer59  (Level: 2.9 - Posts: 4)
Fri, 3rd Apr '09 9:02 PM

i feel like an odd one out i have a mouse! but rats are super cool! much cooler then my mouse who wrecked his cage by eating it! lol

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