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#382210 - 21st Jan 2010 7:51pm Pet Rats !!
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Has anyone any pet rats ?? Have been told they are quite intelligent little critters and despite the bad press, are very clean in their habits.

Just wondering if anyone has any hands-on experience of them.

Been told to get two of similar age and same sex. Advice welcome.

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#382211 - 21st Jan 2010 7:57pm Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: ]
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Yes, they are pretty cool. Unfortunately you have to clean their cage/habitat every two days as they stink to high heaven. I got rid of mine after two weeks of ownership as I could smell them when I walked through the door, just got sick of cleaning them out!
I'd get gerbils or Degu's, they're very clean and intelligent.
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#382218 - 21st Jan 2010 8:54pm Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: DavidB]
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Yeah they do tend to smell a bit but they are incredibly smart and curious creatures.
If you do get a pair make sure they are both female as males will tend to start fighting and they can get extremely vicious.
Just make sure that the cage is VERY secure as the clever little buggers will try their damndest to escape wink
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#382542 - 23rd Jan 2010 2:08pm Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: scoops]
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Had 2 some years back, great pets and loving too.

Miss them and they also dont live to long.

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#382894 - 25th Jan 2010 12:51am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: dizdazdoz]
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I have 3 rats Pinzgauer and I must say they dont bite and mine are all female and truly don't smell much, or sould I say the cage doesn't need changing more than once a week. The rats themselves smell according to where they lay. if you buy a plastic tube or a hammock to sleep in then they dont tend to smell as much as those that sleep in bedding. Females have a lot less smell than males and are more placid.

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#382897 - 25th Jan 2010 1:59am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: bobi1]
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I've had a few friends with rats as pets, apparently they love to sit on your shoulder and watch television with you.
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#382898 - 25th Jan 2010 2:05am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: diggingdeeper]
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They drink ya wine, sniff ya beer and try and find the quickest route from A to B in yer tee shirt, while sniffing your pits along the way. Gotta luv em

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#382902 - 25th Jan 2010 6:21am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: bobi1]
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My favorite rat was Ben.

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#382918 - 25th Jan 2010 9:39am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: SUExx]
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I had a few rats when I was a kid.

Very placid, and not as frigile as hamsters / gerbils etc.

Think I used to clean them out once a week......
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#382921 - 25th Jan 2010 9:44am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: StuyMac]
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Can we get gerbils? grin
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#382928 - 25th Jan 2010 9:55am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: MissGuided]
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No!

...have you been discussing this with the cat? She only wants to eat them you know... think
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#382949 - 25th Jan 2010 10:21am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: StuyMac]
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I was thinking we could have habitrail pipes going all over the living room and the cat could watch them shoot round them grin
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#382961 - 25th Jan 2010 10:29am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: MissGuided]
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Im not sure who would be entertained for the longest - cat? Kids?


.....me? raftl
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#382968 - 25th Jan 2010 10:36am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: StuyMac]
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I'm kidding - I couldn't go through all the sadness you get when they bite the (saw)dust. Especially if the cat was responsible for their sudden demise... no
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#382970 - 25th Jan 2010 10:37am Re: Pet Rats !! [Re: MissGuided]
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Thanks for all the advice folks. Yes bobi1, other folk have mentioned that two females are better from the pong point of view. A little unsure about them sniffing my pits - or anywhere else on their travels !!! A tender, loving nip in the wrong place could bring tears to the eyes ! (There's a gift for someone there!).

Might keep my eyes open for a suitable cage. Average price anyone ?

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