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keeping rats is quite addictive...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hate, 3 Aug 2006.

  1. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Sussex

    my cage, complete with a black hoodie!

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  2. Simmy

    Wise Guy

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    Very colourful! :D Do your rats like being outside then? Our brownie (lemiwinks) gets terrified when I step foot outside with her :\
     
  3. MeddlE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Aug 2005

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    Location: Kent, England

    Reminds me of when I had my two, Quiss and Ayaji. Used to have free roam of the house 24hrs a day, always used the cage for toilet, never chewed any cables. Used to regularly go out with them on my shoulders, hiding under my hair. Got banned from a couple of shops though. ;)

    When I'd get in from work they'd come running up to the front door to greet me. Best pets in the world.
     
  4. Amp34

    Caporegime

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    Location: Canada

    Heres Malibu, she replaced Bacardi to keep Smirnoff company when Bacardi died.
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  5. Hate

    Soldato

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    Location: Sussex

    they didn't seem to mind, I had just cleaned the cage out - I use the smaller "vet" cage to keep them in and put them on the step outside so they can have some fresh air while I clean the big cage out next to them.
     
  6. Mint_Sauce

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Sep 2003

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    Location: Manchester

    hehe, our rats were awesome! Meet Gordon and Maralyn, Fudge and Podge.

    Their Castle

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    Gordon joining in having an ice cream
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    Fudge has a look to see what's going on
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    I loved our rats, best pets i've ever had. They know who you are, and are always really excited to see you. Love being mischevious and having fun - never hurt a fly and were just awesome. They are also highly intelligent, yes - they're small but they know what's going on and they do get bored so make sure there's plenty of things to keep them occupied when your at work for 8+ hours a day. Also, if you can't give them 2 hours a night play time with fun things to keep their brains going - then maybe a hamster is a better option. Sorry, that lecture is just for any people thinking of buying. We took Podge and fudge from someone who didn't care for them. They were both in a complete state when we got them, frightened of everything and really overweight. After a few months they loved every second of their lives. Think of rats as mini dogs!

    Here's a video of our original two fighting over an ice cream tub.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK8LZqvK740
     
    Last edited: 10 Aug 2006
  7. Eliot

    Soldato

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    oooo i wnat one!!, shame i have a kittten tho: (
    (not saying i dont love my kitten, hes the coolest cat ever but rats look cool, if only they would make friends....
     
  8. Amp34

    Caporegime

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    I shouldnt have watched that, I so miss mine now. :(

    I don't think non rat owners realise how intelligent and almost human rats are.
     
  9. Mint_Sauce

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Sep 2003

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    Yeah, I really miss our rats.

    They only live up to around 4 years max really. :(

    Gordon and Maralyn used to have competitions to see who could run up my arms and lick me the most. Used to grab hold of my nose with both paws and lick the end of my nose. Both pushing each other out the way, all I could see were bulging eyes bobbing around with a great big pink tounges frantically licking. :p

    The rest of the time they'd sit one on each shoulder whilst I browsed the forums. :D
     
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  10. Richiev4

    Hitman

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    Location: Swindon

    This thread brings back so many memories

    We have had 4 rats all together and reading the posts just reminds me how intelligent they could be.

    Have 2 dogs now but would definitely recommend a rat to anyone looking for a small animal as a pet

    Would also say that between the 4 rats we had and the 4 rats by brother had we where never bitten.

    Probably the best rodent pet you could get:D

    Rich
     
  11. nomad

    Hitman

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    rats really do rock, one of mine (hellboy) decided he wanted to try my beer last night, kept trying to stick his head in the bottle! mega cute. noticed a couple of you guys are using hay as bedding, i would look at other bedding if i was you, hay tends to promote fleas and isnt as soft for the ratties :)
     
  12. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Sussex

    eco petbed = winnar!

    its basically shredded cardboard, doesn't have stuff that irritates their lungs and is soft
     
  13. nomad

    Hitman

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    i use megasorb, which is the same by your description :D
     
  14. Richiev4

    Hitman

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    I always just used shredded paper from work, they always had and endless supply, it was free.

    Rich
     
  15. ElectroBlaster

    Soldato

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    Location: The land of Cows n Grass!

    Nah sorry m8 but I love rats, not the sewer ones as they are vermin 100% but proper clean pet rats are cool as :D

    I had a couple years ago and they were great. A mate of mine had a couple aswell. Too anyone who says they smell! they only smell if they arent cleaned out regular
     
  16. ElectroBlaster

    Soldato

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    Location: The land of Cows n Grass!

    The top one had me going AWWWWWWW cute then I laugthed, its so funny how they are both in that lid lol

    Excellent names BTW, one of my mates called his rat Arthur lol
     
  17. SidewinderINC

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

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    Location: Dartford, Kent

    ive decided that when i finish uni and move out of my flat (1 year) then i'm going to get a couple. as i said a few pages back i looked after a friends and loved it to bits so kinda know what i'm letting myself in for :p

    if i asked the landlord i'd probably be allowed to have some at the flat, but i dont think they would mix well with loud music and i dont want to distress or harm them with it in any way :)
     
  18. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Sussex

    another example of how rats rule...

    I stupidly left the door to the baby rat's cage open last night - i went up there this morning expecting to have to hunt for them - but they had climbed through the bars into the big cage and were curled up with the older rats!

    a hamster or a gerbil would have been long gone
     
  19. SidewinderINC

    Soldato

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    that is actually really awesome :D

    my sisters hampster got out of its cage.. wandered down the stairs and into the living room... started to climb the curtains!!!

    the only reason we found it is because the cats were both stood round it just staring at it... they didnt want to eat it or try and kill it which was nice.
     
  20. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    ya :D

    they were due to go into the big cage when they were older and big enough not to climb through the bars, they have been in the cage before with my supervision and the older rats are friendly.

    but now I think i'll leave them there and trust them not to climb out - they can't get up to much mischief up there, its an attic conversion living room, so theres nowhere to go.