Let Sleeping Cats Lie

This pet rat knows the cat won’t hurt her. Rats are very smart, affectionate, and make good pets. The cat wants to take a nap, the rat wants to play. I’m guessing the cat will eventually give in.

We didn’t have a cat when we had our rats. I think Peep would have been very glad to have a rat for a cuddle buddy, but I don’t know about any of the others. All I can say from experience is that both cats and rats learn to behave in ways that might surprise you.

And that’s our critter video for today.

Kitten’s Baby-Sitter is a Rat

Don’t worry about the cute little kitten: he has nothing to fear from the pet rat, other than a rather vigorous grooming. He would like to catch hold of the rat’s tail.

Our rats were rough on each other but gentle and playful with us. This rat seems preoccupied with getting down from the chair without having to jump.

I think these two will still be friends after the kitten grows up to be a cat. It’s weird, but that’s domestication for you.

Cat & Rat: A Love Story

I’ve had cats and I’ve had rats, but never at the same time. Our rats were wonderful pets, smart and affectionate. If rats could live ten years, they’d be reading and writing and starting businesses. It doesn’t seem odd to me that a cat and a rat could become best friends. That’s domestication. Wild cats and rats–yeah, that’d be odd.

(Thanks, Susan, for sending us this video)

Kitten’s Unusual Playmate

I’m trying to figure out what’s going on in this video. The kitten isn’t sure he wants to play with the rat, and it doesn’t look to me like the rat is sure about anything. Meanwhile, this freakin’ computer is giving me fits. But that’s another matter altogether.

Our rats loved to play with us, but not with each other. Turn out the light, and the next thing you know, it’s wrestlemania in the rats’ tank. Bump-bump-bump-Thud-SQUEEEEEEEAK!!! Then you turn the light back on and they’re just sitting there like nothing happened.