Rats Can Be Sweet

A lot of people don’t know this, but rats can be wonderful pets. They’re intelligent and affectionate–a good combination. Playful, too. And not hard to care for. What’s not to like?

When I had to bring one of our rats to the vet, she would ride on my shoulder and never jump off. People in the waiting room shied away at first, some with horrified expressions on their faces; but those sessions usually culminated in those very same people petting the rat and saying “kitchy-koo!” and other witticisms.

Be careful! They’ll win you over if you give them half a chance.

5 comments on “Rats Can Be Sweet

  1. They are quite endearing. If I could have anything, it wouldn’t be be wealth; it would be to live a quite life where I could have family nearby, plenty of animals and music in my life. That’s it. No Mercedes, no airplane, no fancy electronics, just the ability to live as I believe God originally intended. I am convinced that we are meant to live close to the animals. Seeing that one rat lying on his back and just taking it all in is quite compelling.

  2. I do like rodents — rats, mice, and squirrels. But even the captive ones have short life spans, don’t they? I’ve been so heartbroken each time one of my cats has died after 16-18 years that I don’t think I could bear such a loss every 2-3 years.

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