When People Call My Rat Diseased.... There's a big difference between pet rats and the sewer rats of New York City... aww man, i had a rat once... sweet little thing see was, i miss her...
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#1 - heroicvenom (11/18/2013) [+] (1 reply)
aww man, i had a rat once...
sweet little thing see was,
i miss her...
User avatar #40 - dapape (11/19/2013) [+] (3 replies)
And I bet your room smells just fantastic.
User avatar #43 to #40 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
My room smells just fine. Rats aren't dirty animals. I clean Castiel's cage every other day. He goes potty in one corner of his cage, which I think is the neatest thing, since I've never had another other rat do that.

The cages only stink when the owner is a piece of **** that refuses to clean the poor dear's cage for weeks at a time.
User avatar #15 - enigmaticspirit (11/19/2013) [+] (7 replies)
#68 - skylerf (11/19/2013) [-]
I get a new rat every week!
User avatar #37 - kikisu ONLINE (11/19/2013) [+] (10 replies)
I've got a gerbil and my mom's exboyfriend would always call it a rat or a hamster. He's also constantly ask stupid questions about him, like if he knew that running on the wheel would take him no where, or if I'd dissect him when he died, or if I'd eat him. It always made me sick to my stomach to hear him say stuff like that, but he'd never stop.
User avatar #38 to #37 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
I have both a ball python and a rat. When people find out, they often suggest I put them both in the same cage to see what happens. Or they ask if I have tried putting them in the same cage. I hate when people say these things. It makes me sick to my stomach, too.

Some people just don't understand that these are our babies and we love them, and just the thought of anything happening to them kills us a little inside.
User avatar #6 - cryoticshell (11/18/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Pet rats are different from wild rats though. Wild ones go through a ton of **** (literally) and catch the diseases, but pet rats don't.

Also, pet rats are adorable. I'd have one if I could keep my snake from eating it. Don't think I'll risk trying.
User avatar #24 to #6 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
I have both a Ball Python and a Rat. It's easy to keep the snake from eating the rat; Don't put the rat in the same cage as the snake... Simple stuff.
#81 - shazzshabam (11/19/2013) [+] (1 reply)
I hate it when people say things like that. Rats are actually quite clean.

My most recent ones were Stanley and Jeffrey, pic related, it's Jeff. Loved those little buggers.
#14 - Garude (11/18/2013) [+] (2 replies)
This makes me miss my chubby rat. she got a tumor and recently passed.
This makes me miss my chubby rat. she got a tumor and recently passed.
#67 - verycoolcat ONLINE (11/19/2013) [+] (3 replies)
My friend had a pet possum and a two pet raccoons... nothing is more diseased than that.
User avatar #85 to #84 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
**** off
#46 - Emerzz (11/19/2013) [+] (12 replies)
This is my girl Ariya, she just gave birth and shes still adorableee
User avatar #54 to #46 - kievaughnb (11/19/2013) [-]
Is "adorableee" pronounced the same as "adorably"?
#28 - SammieSama (11/19/2013) [+] (4 replies)
My big boy, Pepper =) One of 15, currently. We just lost Basil =/
#80 - justsomechickyo (11/19/2013) [-]
O this makes me miss my old pet rat.......so long my dear friend!
User avatar #77 - xuvious (11/19/2013) [-]
i have 2 adorable female rats, kazooie, who is 3 years old, and aurora who is just over a year old, they are such wonderful pets
#71 - stealingbikes (11/19/2013) [-]
Rodents are awesome.

Two chinchillas here. Wife named 'em Peach and Kirby. I still say they should've been Pinky and The Brain.

pic (from old cell phone) related
#66 - maetira (11/19/2013) [-]
My girlfriend has four pet rats, they're the cutest things.

They get along with my pet bunny so well, it's adorable watching them all run around together.
User avatar #61 - chuckstein (11/19/2013) [-]
I got a Hooded Rat too. His name's Tesla and he's turning one year old in a month.
User avatar #60 - dabombmanater (11/19/2013) [+] (4 replies)
TIme to try funnyjunk instead of yahoo answers for something thats been on my mind a while.

I've owned 3 rats for about 2 months now. 2 of them are amazing, they get excited, run to cage door every time I walk in the room and want to spend as much time around people as they can but the third rat is just completely anti social.

They're all female.
The anti social rat is sisters of one of the more social rats and they were bought same place/same day
When I first got her she's was noticeably shyer but I got to a point where I could at least give her food.
She gets more anti social with age and I give her at least an hour of alone time for bonding each day
When shes on my shoulder or on my bed her only goal is to get back toward her cage, so she'll always be on my shoulder facing the cage and she'll always run toward the cage if thats an option.
She gets along alright with the other rats, she's sometimes the odd one out when they're together but its not really her defining characteristic, for the most part they're all friends.
She wont accept food from me but will eat it if its near her and she thinks im gone
I've never once hurt her or made her squeak
She shivers like crazy whenever im holding her or shes on my shoulder
She doesn't bite
Because of her anxiety she wont stand still when on people
I got her from a pet store when she was 3 weeks old but her sister came from the same litter and is fine

So those are most of the facts. Can anyone diagnose my rat or give me tips on how to fix it?
User avatar #90 to #60 - SammieSama (11/19/2013) [-]
The golden rule for rats is that if they're still eating, drinking and moving around they should be alright. Between me and my friend, we currently have a mischief of 15. At most we had 18. We've had a few shy ones but none as bad as what you're saying your little girl is. I would take her to the vet to make sure there isn't anything bothering her in her body. She may be sick and just doesn't want to be handled because of it.

I would also try some trust training. That's not taking her out unless she comes to you, even if you have to use food as a way to get her to come to you. Also try letting her take some food from your hand. Do all of this with the other girls around too so she's not singled out.

I hope it helped! =) Good luck!
User avatar #10 - newbiee (11/18/2013) [-]
I've had 2 rats and they're honestly the sweetest pets
User avatar #7 - thechosentroll (11/18/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I kind of don't get why people are scared of mice and rats. They're so tiny and harmless.
User avatar #4 - whobobwhatpants (11/18/2013) [-]
I had a pet rat I named buster. he used to sleep in my hat, so I hung it up in his cage and he slept in it like a hammock <3
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