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) [-]
aww man, i had a rat once...
sweet little thing see was,
i miss her...
User avatar #15 - enigmaticspirit (11/19/2013) [-]
#30 to #15 - allennis (11/19/2013) [-]
User avatar #72 to #30 - franklyimaperson (11/19/2013) [-]
'Old man dies... A girl lives... Fair trade' My lord do I love that segment of that film, even if it did make me afraid of what Bruce Willis was capable of

As for FfA... Thanks, I was just about over how soul crushing a read it was, I needed the reminder... oh lord why can't I meet a woman like Fay...
User avatar #64 to #30 - ilovehitler (11/19/2013) [-]
That book was probably the most depressing thing I've ever read in the entirety of my life. Just watching as this character you began to love slowly reverted back to his original mental state, and knowing it was happening the whole time.
User avatar #55 to #15 - mutantpanda (11/19/2013) [-]
Rosetta Stone
User avatar #87 to #15 - Dember ONLINE (11/19/2013) [-]
I'd be impressed if a rat could write in any language, frankly.
User avatar #18 to #15 - theoriginaltyson (11/19/2013) [-]
Hard work and dedication
#26 to #15 - redteamgriff (11/19/2013) [-]
It's Peter Pettigrew.
#13 - anon (11/18/2013) [-]
I really don't see how people think rats and mice are gross
User avatar #34 to #13 - konradkurze (11/19/2013) [-]
rats are actually better, somehow despite being bigger them smell better than mice

mice are stinky little bastards
#81 - shazzshabam (11/19/2013) [-]
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.
User avatar #82 to #81 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
How handsome!
#14 - Garude (11/18/2013) [-]
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.
User avatar #17 to #14 - Hyoukin (11/19/2013) [-]
I feel your pain. I had a sweet pet rat that looked a lot like the one in the picture who died from cancer as well. Unfortunately rats are just prone to it. Sorry to hear about it, though.
#19 to #17 - Garude (11/19/2013) [-]
Thanks, friend. Good to know these little guys get good homes.
Thanks, friend. Good to know these little guys get good homes.
#68 - skylerf (11/19/2013) [-]
I get a new rat every week!
#28 - SammieSama (11/19/2013) [-]
My big boy, Pepper =) One of 15, currently. We just lost Basil =/
User avatar #29 to #28 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
Sorry for your lost, but Pepper looks like a sweet little guy!
User avatar #31 to #29 - SammieSama (11/19/2013) [-]
Thanks! He's currently falling asleep on my pillow. He's all tired because we were just out for a walk.
User avatar #33 to #31 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
That's so cute. I just recently got a new Dumbo Rat. Named him Castiel. He's still just so damned skittish and I can't figure out why for the life of me. I've had rats before and they've been content riding on my shoulders or in my hood while I run errands and do chores. Or even just hanging out on the couch. But Castiel always seems to be trying to escape. All the time. It's like he doesn't trust me, but I've never let anything bad happen to him in his entire life and I got him from the local pet store who only buys from local breeders.
I try and take him out every day, but it sucks when I'll get to hold for a minute and he'll be fine in my hood for a couple minutes, but there have been a few times he has straight up jumped right out of my hood and to the ground. I've never had a rat do that before.
User avatar #89 to #33 - SammieSama (11/19/2013) [-]
You should be careful not to stress him out if he's skittish like that. If you stress him out too much he could get a heart problem. That's how we lost Basil. We picked him up from a pet store when he was 6 months old and he never had interactions with people or other rats for most of that time. He got a lot better, but because he had been so stressed for so long he developed a heart problem that lead to his death. With the right medications, heart problems in rats are easily treated. We just didn't catch it in time.

So if he doesn't want out, don't take him out. Castiel will come to you when he's more comfortable. It could also help if you got him a cage mate if he doesn't already have one. Rats are very social creatures.

We have a couple dumbos as well =) One of them is hairless aha
#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.
#65 - acidreign (11/19/2013) [-]
I thought he was standing in a pile of coffee beans at first.
I thought he was standing in a pile of coffee beans at first.
#63 - anon (11/19/2013) [-]
That's been pissing me off lately; I just got a Guinea Pig, and she is absolutely adorable, but everyone keeps calling her a disgusting rodent, or things along those lines. Not a rat, but same basic concept, I guess. Pet rats are really cute, too.
User avatar #69 to #63 - syntheticdoll ONLINE (11/19/2013) [-]
I had a guinea pig as well and my mother kept them since she was 10. They are cutest ******* things on the earth, especially the sounds they make.
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 #10 - newbiee (11/18/2013) [-]
I've had 2 rats and they're honestly the sweetest pets
User avatar #9 - oxYKellark (11/18/2013) [-]
Rats are the best pets!
User avatar #7 - thechosentroll (11/18/2013) [-]
I kind of don't get why people are scared of mice and rats. They're so tiny and harmless.
User avatar #8 to #7 - alstorp (11/18/2013) [-]
Dude, you know those big rats that lurk in basements, that are the size of ******* cats? They get through ******* skin and flesh with one bite, and they're not very passive either.

Also of course they are known to carry diseases.
User avatar #35 to #8 - konradkurze (11/19/2013) [-]
yeah my russian friend told me a ton of stories about the ******* huge rats in russia

User avatar #6 - cryoticshell (11/18/2013) [-]
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.
User avatar #62 to #24 - cryoticshell (11/19/2013) [-]
Alright, yeah, an excellent point. Cannot believe I didn't think of that.
User avatar #88 to #62 - Dember ONLINE (11/19/2013) [-]
I've had pet rats and snakes.
The feeders I buy are raised by a good breeder who takes excellent care of them and humanely euthanizes them prior to selling, but they aren't handled regularly like pets should be so they're very different.

This should be obvious, but it bears mentioning anyway: it's very important is to make sure you wash your hands after handling any rodents before you mess with a snake - most have incredibly poor vision and mostly navigate by scent and sensing heat, so if you're about the same temperature as a rat and you smell like one when you reach your rat-sized hand into a snake's enclosure, the inevitable can occur - certainly by no fault of the snake's. For good measure, I sometimes change clothes as well, especially if I've had a rat on my shoulder or walking around on my lap.

I've also heard others recommend you don't keep their enclosures in the same room or at least too close to each other, because if the snake can smell the rats nearby, they can go into hunting mode and it makes them more liable to strike or nip.
I don't know how true that is, but it sounds logical enough - a common feeding tip is to thaw your frozen rat near the snake's enclosure so it can smell it for a while before you offer it food, so that might have some truth to it.

Both make excellent pets. I'd choose either one over the average hamster or chihuahua any day, personally.
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
User avatar #37 - kikisu (11/19/2013) [-]
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 #39 to #38 - kikisu (11/19/2013) [-]
Exactly. It's the same as a dog, or a cat. You wouldn't say those things to people who own "conventional" pets, so don't say it to me. I just wanted to scream any time he ever brought the gerbil up. I got a lot of **** for telling him, "well how about we cut open John's (his autistic son) head, how about that?"
User avatar #41 to #39 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
When people would suggest I put my snake and rat in the same cage, I would compare it to killing one child and feeding it to his or her sibling. How could people suggest something like that?
Just because it isn't a pet that other people normally get doesn't mean we don't have emotional attachments to them.
User avatar #42 to #41 - kikisu (11/19/2013) [-]
It's the exact same. I had fish when I was in middle school and I sobbed for a good 2 hours straight when my algae eater died.
User avatar #44 to #42 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
Yeah, I had a little Teddy Bear hamster that died a few years ago and I didn't even realize it for a day or two. He slept a lot and I worked a lot, and he was just curled up in a little ball, like he was sleeping, I just figured I was missing him being active. Oh, I went to go take him out before having to go to work one day, and he was completely stiff. Oh I just held him and sobbed hysterically for a good hour and the guy I was dating had to call into work for me because I was too incoherent.

Makes me not want to ever have kids, because if that is how I react to my hamster or one of my rats dying, who know what I'll do if I had a kid and something happened to him or her?
User avatar #45 to #44 - kikisu (11/19/2013) [-]
I feel the same way. *internet hugs*
User avatar #76 to #38 - kievaughnb (11/19/2013) [-]
Welp, I clicked your profile, and you're female. Explains that predisposition to giving a special kind of **** to things smaller than you that are effectively parasitic.
User avatar #86 to #76 - coookiecrisp (11/19/2013) [-]
Wow, you're so super-duper cool for pointing out that I am a female who happens to have a heart when it comes to things that are alive. Anything else we might have missed, Captain Obvious? Perhaps you'd like to point out that I am also 23? You haven't done that yet, and that is also another obvious fact that could only be unearthed by Captain Obvious You .
User avatar #75 to #38 - kievaughnb (11/19/2013) [-]
I have a rat and I love her, but I'm not a big ******* baby about it.
User avatar #92 to #75 - kikisu (11/20/2013) [-]
It's not being a baby about it. It's a creature you love and cherish.
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