So you think you hate rats? watch and like his short youtube clip, your mind will be changed in just a few seconds!! Rats are incredibly intelligent,clean,happy little rodents which is why they are so popular when it comes to choosing a small pet companion. They love to be affectionate and have got wonderful personalities.
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Saying rats are sweet and clean might strike some as more oxymoronic than talking about diet French fries. But rats really are clean, sweet — and intelligent — and make for some very cool pets. We’re not talking about scouring your nearest garbage dump, wharf or sewer drain and plucking a rat off the street. That’s akin to bringing home a feral dog. But we are talking about Norway rats, the same variety you find on the street that were instead bred to be domestic, usually with the intent of feeding reptiles. You can get Norway rats at pet stores around the world, with the savvy stores knowing they can jack up the price if they happen upon one with fancy patterns and colours. But even a high price is worth it for a pet rat based on all the rewards.
5. Rats Are Clean
Rats probably groom themselves more diligently and frequently than your average cat. They don’t get hairballs, either. They also don’t roam around spreading rabies or other disease. Domesticated rats are safe to keep — and even street rats get undeserved credit for being riddled with infections. The bubonic plague, for instance, was passed on by the fleas on the rats, not the rodents themselves. Because rat tongues have a slight sandpaper texture, they are very good at scrubbing off any dirt and dust. Rats even share bathing duties with their cage mates. It’s quite common to see a rat lick and wash a fellow rat and it’s equally common — and comical — to watch a rat lick his paws and then wash behind his pointy little ears. Rats have a subtle, sweetish aroma, not unlike a field of fresh strawberries. OK, it’s not exactly like fresh strawberries, but it is sweetish and unobtrusive, unlike a cage full of guinea pigs or mice. Yes, we know sewer rats stink. But so would you if you lived in a sewer.
4. Rats Are Easy to Care For
Due to their habit of not stinking, cleaning a rat cage is painless indeed. Just scoop out the old bedding material, add new bedding, wipe the cage sides down with a damp cloth and you’re done. Do take the rats out first. Rats can also live dandily in a cage the size of a 10-gallon fish tank, or in the fish tank itself provided you use a screen cover and don’t fill the tank with water. Others have kept rats sans cages, which is best done in households that do not have cats or rat terriers, and rats can live happily on a shelf, dresser or other area as long as they have a little enclosure to make their home base. Such easy care make rats ideal pets for people who live in small spaces, such as your average New York City shoebox apartment, or for people who don’t want to walk their pets on a daily basis or regularly scoop rancid stuff from a litter box. Rats don’t puke, either, which means one less cleanup duty. They don’t puke because they can’t, actually, which is why rats are so easy to poison.