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skooteewu

Fancy Rats anyone ?

Hello Longtime since I've been on here. I've gone back to a Hobby that I started over 30yrs ago..... Fancy Rats, I used to show & have the odd litter back then BUT Ive just got them as Pets now. It started when I walked into P@H last October and saw a Black Stripey bottom and fell in love. Hamish is a Great little friend, a cheeky boy, very kissy & cuddly   I know they are not to everyones taste BUT I Love them.
Woodsmoke

I think fancy rats make great pets too............am I right in believing the fancy's are all ship rats?  

I used to have a couple myself, & they were never happier than curled up in my pockets  
skooteewu

Rats did get round the World via ships. Rattus rattus and Rattus Norvegicus originate from Asia. Rattus rattus ( the Black Rat ) is an arboreal species and Rattus Norvegicus ( Norway Rat ) The common Pet/ Fancy Rat are ground dwellers......Hence sewers. They make a Great Pet, small, cuddly, affectionate, intelligent, clean......Just Perfect! They didn't bring the Plague, that was the fleas that lived on their fur. I've had Many Pets and yet I've always gone back to Rats. They want to play when you do, they eat what you do, they don't take up room & Don't need walking on a cold winters night......Oh they smell like freshly baked bread  
Bazzer

Emma 42 loves them.
rose.kelis

HELLO

NICE  
Wilder

I agree, rats make wonderful pets.  My daughter started keeping them when she was about eight, but stopped when she had her first daughter.  Now that her children are 2, 4 and 6 she has just got herself four more rats!

When she was of an age to visit the village shop, and, later, the pub, she usually had a rat sitting on her shoulder or up one of her sleeves.  
sod

NO!!!!  
Rena

sod wrote:
NO!!!!  
         My DD had one for several years (no, they do not live forever) and to this day still wants another....I'm just encouraging her to wait until she has her own home first! They can be sweet...
polaris

Rena wrote:
sod wrote:
NO!!!!  
         My DD had one for several years (no, they do not live forever) and to this day still wants another....I'm just encouraging her to wait until she has her own home first! They can be sweet...


I have two at the moment, a black hooded and an agouti hooded, Loki and Anikan, we had a big black rat from my friends rattery, she has been breeding her own line for ten years now, he was more like a little bear, a huge wide head with big eyes and shorter nose. Almost looked like a teeny tiny black bear, but he unfortunately passed in unknown circumstances at a year old :( my boys are still sulking, they are incredible little things, and bond so tightly. I didn't believe it but they actually showed signs of proper depression after Sirius died, and sulked for weeks. Only now starting to get back to their normal selves.
Anikan is an explorer, and Loki is most definitely a "shoulder rat"... most often found grooming my hair and hiding behind my ear
Northern Lass

Got rats when my daughter was little, and had a succession of them for about the next 15 years. Great pets! My terrier even got used to the idea that multicoloured rats in the house were untouchable and wild brown ones outside were fair game....

I did have to vet my daughter's school clothes for evidence of smuggled rats every morning, though....
polaris

Northern Lass wrote:
Got rats when my daughter was little, and had a succession of them for about the next 15 years. Great pets! My terrier even got used to the idea that multicoloured rats in the house were untouchable and wild brown ones outside were fair game....

I did have to vet my daughter's school clothes for evidence of smuggled rats every morning, though....


My jack is the same she knows the house rats, and the outside rats are different. Same with rabbits I found this out the hard way.... When she got into a Hutch with several babies and only killed the "wild" ones :/ two very unlucky baby rabbits and one very very confused Jack Russell..... She snuggles up with the white ones! I couldn't believe it!

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