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.
You’d think it’d be hard to find scenes like this, outside of The Wind in the Willows. But here are a rat and a cat playing together–with the rat even getting underfoot on the cat, just like cats enjoy doing to us humans.
By the way, rats make smart and affectionate pets. We had two of them and they were just as good as gold–except with each other, of course.
Don’t worry, it’s not one of Violet Crepuscular’s recipes. It’s just somebody’s three pet rats trying to tackle a hard-boiled egg. Note how they frequently appeal to the stupid human with the camera, who finally gets the idea and helps them.
We’ve had pet rats, and they make wonderful pets. Quite affectionate, and very, very smart! Although our two girl rats were siblings, so every time you turned out the light for bedtime, they would fight: thump-thumpety-thump-SQUEEEEEEEK!!! Then you put the light back on and they’re just standing around looking innocent.
Just like our freakin’ cats.
While you’re waiting for the lion and the lamb to lie down together (it’ll happen: God has said so), you might get used to the idea by watching these cats and these rats play and cuddle together. To anyone who’s had pet rats, this won’t be surprising. They’re very affectionate, and smart as paint.
True, one of the rats in this video is obstreperatin’ at the cat’s expense, but it’s nothing that the cat can’t handle.
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.
Rats make truly lovable pets. They’re very, very smart: if they lived longer, they’d be composing symphonies. They’re affectionate, adaptable–just think of them as small cats with hairless tails.
I have seen videos of cats opening someone’s purse and taking the money–to do what with, who knows? In this video, you’ll see a rat do it. I suspect a cat put him up to it.
Actually, it’s two rats that follow this cat all around the house; but only one of them cuddles up to the cat every chance she gets.
As pets, rats are affectionate, playful, and very smart. Sort of like cats. This is the first time I’ve seen this kind of relationship; but having known and loved both cats and rats, I find I’m not surprised.
You should’ve seen the people in the vet’s office, who at first made faces and sort of cringed, gushing over my rat as she sat so well-behaved on Daddy’s shoulder. Didn’t take her very long to win them over!