would you own a rat as a pet?!

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  1. patride71

    patride71

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    the buddy i am staying with right now...his girlfriend has a pet rat. keeps him in a cage, but i think its still nasty. its a rodent for god's sake. plus rats and mice really freak me out...
     
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    Does it look like Wob's avatar?
     
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    mine was nasty. huge and ate cat food and liked to bite. it escaped and lived in our basement for quite a while surviving on old carpet. didn't have the courage to tell my mum it was loose but she found out the hard way. gave it to a pet store as python food but the python couldn't get it. at that stage its fate gets hazy.
     
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    they are great pets. Very loayal. Extremelly intelligent. Will come when you call their name. Can do tricks. I think they are smarter then most dogs. Plus they wont kill you like a Pit Bull. ;)
     
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    yeah what makes this one worse is its as wide as it is long...it is a fat fawker.
    supposedly its nice, but it just gives me the creeps.
     
  6. macneill

    macneill Rollin’ on 33s

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    Sure, a nice brown rat, why not.

    A sick ass New York City rat? No thanks.
     
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    a rat? no
    a rabbit, which i reffer too as the rat, yes.
     
  8. NorCalDoug

    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

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    I used to feed those to my burmese python...when I had one.

    Some critters make poor pets. Anything that can be defined as an indescriminate deficator makes for a poor pet IMO.

    After my farily recent battles with mice in my garage, I'm not much of a rodent fan in general anymore.
     
  9. Trollhole

    Trollhole THC Supporting Vendor Moderator

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    hhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Nope no rats the screaming would get to me. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHA!

    Bats maybe.
     
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    Rat would be cool. Plus you have the added bonus that it won't claw you to pieces when you beat it to death in your bathtub!



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    no,

    but there was a cool show where they were using rats in africa to clear minefields. they work better than dogs cause theyre light enough that they dont blow the mines up. also, they were riding in a landcruiser.
     
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    rats are to be shot on sight... well maybe not in sight of your girlfriend...

    rats are the devils pet...
    i would dump the girlfriend, too creepy for me...
    cheers
     
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    As long as the cage is clean then who cares?

    Rats are absolutely the best rodent to keep as a pet. They are very intelligent and if raised from very small can be more loyal than a dog. I have had several rats as pets over the years. I would recommend to potential rat owners to get a very young one from the litter.

    Handle them frequently and let them out to explore some. We used to clean the cage twice a week and used torn newspaper. I've never been bitten by a pet rat either.

    We fed them table scaps, mostly bread, vegies, and small amounts of fruit. Occasional protein such as nuts and eggs.

    Don't get me wrong. The reason my buddy and I originally kept the rats was for snake food, but we soon realized the rats made much better pets than snakes:doh:

    Mice are filthy and stupid. Hamsters are filthy and stupid. Guinea Pigs are filthy and stupid. Rabbits are just plain stupid. Rats are the high point in rodent evolution.

    So if you are considering getting little sally or tommy a pet hamster DON'T do it. Get them a rat instead. They only live 2-3 years anyways.
     
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    Had rats when I was young. Forgot to feed them once, they ate their young. Otherwise they are a lot of fun.
     
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    Just like humans:D
     
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    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr....That's south of luke warm for sure

    As for rats? There's a rat in the kitchen what I'm a gonna do?
     
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    wasn't there a cool rat in "wind and the willows"?
     
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    Rats are clean, intelligent, entertaining, and will perform all kinds of tricks for the right reward.......













    And wifey is quite rewarding......... :grinpimp:
     
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    One of my favorite pets was a rat. I have a picture of him on my desk right now. He was as smart as a dog, could do tricks, loved to ride in my pocket and just chill out, and he liked to be chased. When I was studying (I was in medical school at the time) he would run out and nip the edge of my sock, then run away, and would repeatedly do this until I chased him and caught him and gave him a treat. He was very gentle and never bit any one. The only bad thing he ever did was chew on stuff occasionally - I had no dresser at the time and would stack my folded clothes on shelves, and he loved to play on those shelves. One time I found a small hole chewed into the same spot on 6 T-shirts, as he had chewed out one corner of each folded shirt in the stack. I miss Leonard, he was a great pet. Unfortunately they don't live very long, about three years.
     
  20. TJDIV

    TJDIV Back in The U.P.

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    Had one when I was ...oh.....9 to 11 maybe.

    It was pretty cool come to think of it. They aren't "dumb" that's for sure.....sounds a lot like Yooper's deal. They'd play, etc. But we had dogs and cats too.......different atmosphere for sure.


    I got him a girlfriend and he ate her. Everything but the bones. That freaked me out and I let it go.
     
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