anyone here with a pet rat?

anyone here with a pet rat?

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Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Thursday 29th October 2009
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Im getting 2 rats soon when me and Mrs Rat move into our own house.
I want some that will be happy to climb on me and be inquisitive but not bite, are females or males better?

sidekickdmr

4,770 posts

174 months

Friday 30th October 2009
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shirt said:
sidekickdmr said:
get a house rabbit, got one about 3 weeks ago, no noise at all, small solid poo's and it is already litter trained
i am tempted. the one for adoption is fecking massive and would be cool to have around. my sister had a house rabbit when i was growing up and they aren;t much fuss at all.

the main downside is that it would make me look like a massive bender. how do you pull it off [fnar fnar]?
because I am comfortable with my sexuality and don’t feel like i have anything to prove!

and he is a right dude!

TheCarpetCleaner

7,294 posts

170 months

Friday 30th October 2009
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Adz The Rat said:
Im getting 2 rats soon when me and Mrs Rat move into our own house.
I want some that will be happy to climb on me and be inquisitive but not bite, are females or males better?
I have been keeping rats, both male and female on and off for the past 15 years. Probably had 12 different ones at differing times. I have had more and less nervous ones, but never had one bite me before.

As long as you dont hurt them, they wont bite.

I would recommend females personally.

shirt

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20,319 posts

169 months

Friday 30th October 2009
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sidekickdmr said:
shirt said:
sidekickdmr said:
get a house rabbit, got one about 3 weeks ago, no noise at all, small solid poo's and it is already litter trained
i am tempted. the one for adoption is fecking massive and would be cool to have around. my sister had a house rabbit when i was growing up and they aren;t much fuss at all.

the main downside is that it would make me look like a massive bender. how do you pull it off [fnar fnar]?
because I am comfortable with my sexuality and don’t feel like i have anything to prove!

and he is a right dude!
how did you manage to litter train him?

Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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Bumping this back up, Ive just been into local pet shop and bought 2 male rats. A brown & white one and a black & white one. Going to pick them up when I finish work at 4pm.
These are my first pet rats so really looking forward to getting them home!

Cas_P

1,497 posts

151 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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shirt said:
thinking of getting one but not 100%, the last small mammal experience [degu's] not going exceptionally well due to the noise they made and the fact they were exceptionally boring.

so, how entertaining is a rat and what do i need to know? i am expecting to be able to let it out and have the run of the place whilst i'm in the same room and would want to be able to walk about with it perched on my shoulder like some kind of downmarket pirate.

is one ok to keep on its own? any issues with keeping a pair? i was after a fancy rat after seeing a russian blue but reckon i'll end up wit ha pet shop rat as i wasn't successful with a search in the yelow pages for rat breeder's.
It's not ok to have one rat on it's own no, they should be as paired and any decent pet shop wont sell them alone. You will need a proper rat cage with enough space for the both and things to keep them occupied, tunnels/hammock etc. They are ace pets if you make the effort to get them out and give them attention. They are extremely clever also, mine used to run around the room and come back when called.

There is some really good forums out there, which is also the best place to find breeders and buy rats, rather than your local pets at home. For bedding use biocatolet, they have weak respiritory systems so you can't use anything dusty.

If you have any other questions feel free to email me and I'm sure I'll be able to answer them smile.

EFA just read your post, awesome, what are you going to name them? smile

Edited by Cas_P on Friday 9th July 13:04

Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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Rado & Rocco biggrin

Will stick some pics up later on.

becksW

14,667 posts

179 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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Adz The Rat said:
Rado & Rocco biggrin

Will stick some pics up later on.
Cool, I found my males interacted more than the female rats my sister had. They will be good fun, they are not long living sadly, prone to chest infections and tumours but provide them with a clean, large environment, good food, lots of toys and handle then lots you will have 2 great pets there.

Avoid pine based products and do not use saw dust, large open plan cage not plastic or glass tanks.

Mobile Chicane

19,601 posts

180 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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A rat enthusiast I know makes all sorts of funky hammocks and beds for pet rats:

http://fuzzbutt.co.uk/

Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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They have a hammock like those in the pet shop, might pick one up later.

Cas_P

1,497 posts

151 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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Hammocks, tubes etc are good and little ladders with things hanging off to gnaw also willow sticks are great and really good for their teeth. I'd definitely recommend them. smile

Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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Ok, meet Rado




Rocco




And their 3 storey home




They are so active!!!
Currently running around the cage getting used to all the toys and stuff, so easy to handle too.

becksW

14,667 posts

179 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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That is an impressive set up smile
Start work on teaching their names they can learn them.

Edited by becksW on Friday 9th July 18:14

Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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£50 off Ebay that cage, brand new too.

How do you teach them thier names?

becksW

14,667 posts

179 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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Adz The Rat said:
£50 off Ebay that cage, brand new too.

How do you teach them thier names?
Perseverance and reward based training smile, it is hard with two but can be done. Have a treat ready and as they come over call their name, eventually you should be able to call them first before giving treat and then not need to give them a treat every time. That's how I've done it before, there maybe other suggestions.

Adz The Rat

10,421 posts

177 months

Friday 9th July 2010
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They are very wary of us still at the min so just trying to get them used to us by stroking them and offering them food.
Got Rado out of the cage for 5 mins earlier but he was nervous being on me so put him back, will keep trying each day, hopefully they will get used to us and be content to sit on settee with us??

Anyway, some better pics of Rado as he was out...




dudleybloke

16,631 posts

154 months

Saturday 10th July 2010
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rats are brilliant pets.
mine will sit on my shoulder when i watch tv.
they dont make much smell and are very cheap to look after.
they are the best rodent you can keep.
mine has free run of the living room most nights.

Silent1

19,760 posts

203 months

Saturday 10th July 2010
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Bah shoot the bds!
The last one I saw ended up a bloody mess up the side of the grain barn.

OllieWinchester

5,580 posts

160 months

Monday 12th July 2010
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Forgot to add, my first rat was excellent, very well trained, very clever, and lived exceptionally long for a rat (nearly 5yrs from memory! RIP Brockie) but when me and my missus got a pair of them a few years later it didn't work out so well. My girlfriend came home from work one day and one had eaten half of the other one...

hurl

vit4

3,507 posts

138 months

Monday 12th July 2010
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Used to have two rats, they died earlier this year frown

Amazing pets though, really clean and amazing fun smile Incredibly friendly as well biggrin