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I'm sorry - but I've had pet rats nearly my entire life (40 years) . Having had over 50 pet rats in my lifetime, I've never been bitten once. Even when I accidentlally dropped one then stepped on his tail - they are smart and sensitive, and he despite him squealing, as it obviously hurt, he knew it was an accident. Once, trying to give a new rat "icky"-tasting medicine, she nipped her displeasure - not even close to "a bite."And I've almost always obtained my ratties from animal shelter - where they sometimes came out of horrific scenarios and/or were not housed properly or treated by a vet at the shelters and so, had mites - which are easily treated before or after they get adopted.The first 3 disorders you lists are caused by humans neglecting their pets or just not knowing or bothering to learn how to care properly for them. An example is the painful bumblefoot (guinea pigs can get it, as well) - it is not a transmittable disease - it is ALWAYS caused by wire cage floors. I suggest you educate yourself about these lovely domesticated animals before "educating" others The Rat & Mouse Club of America has trustworthy veterinary and other care info. So does "THe Rat Lady" - Debbie Duccommun, author of several books on pet rats - including a medical guide.Cysts and tumors are not transferable to humans - a cyst, just like in a human, is most often caused by an irritant such as an ingrown hair and can easily be drained A tumor - again, as with humans - could be benign or it could be operable cancer or inoperable cancer. As with ANY pet, we must be prepared to afford veterinary care, should the need ariseIn my experience, pink-eyed whites (albinos) , as well as the fancier (ie dumbo; speciality colours; etc.) tend to be more susceptible to cancer. Do to inbreeding for speciality traits, this can lead to mallocluded teeth - an owner would have to be knowledgable and comfortable tooth-trimming) otherwise all rodents MUST HAVE hard things (such as "rat block") to gnaw, as their teeth grow continuously.I have found the black and white non-fancy hooded rats to, by far, have the least health problems. And, yes, like all veterinary treatments and surgeries, it is expensive - one vet referred to it being "micro-surgery" to justify his high pricing; but, if you can find a vet who loves pet rats and is experienced with them - (not all are!) - I've found, the charge is often less than with a vet who is nervous about is due to his/her dislike and/or inexperience with pet rats.Sometimes, the shelters can help with initial veterinary costs; sometimes the online pet rat community; some vets are open to negotiation.As with any species, connecting with other fans such as through a magazine like "It's A Rat's World" or Debbie Ducommun's Rat Assistance Teaching Society (R.AT.S) can make things easierI once encountered a distraught pet rat owner who I was put in touch with by chance encounter - her rats were gnawing their cats "desperately trying to get out" as she put it - but I discovered she had no rat-block nor other hard nuts or wood or anything for the rats to gnaw. If their teeth are allowed to keep growing, they die a horrendously slow, painful death ; she had also housed a young male and female together and "wondered why" they're were babies now ; I am a firm believer, not in getting mad but in helping people such as her be educated. When I read what was written erroneously here, I had to speak up. I hope you know understand - and will hopefully think about pet rats differently.This sight says to be nice, positive and constructive - telling people "Don't Have Rats As Pets! " with very misinformed reasons why is destructive. Going forward, I hope whoever wrote this and/or read and believed it will be positive and constructive and open their minds to pet rats: wonderful, affectionate, intelligent; super-distinct in their personalities (some are super-socal some more loner-types some jealous some not etc etc etc - just as with dogs not every rat s the right ft for you but as a social species they should never be kept alone.) They are a lot like us!All the best,Nef
I agree. I love rats but they are really prone to illness. After 15 years I decided to give rats another go and got two. So far it has cost $150 for two consultations and medication. Tomorrow I will have to spend another $70 for a specialist consultation and then maybe another 250 for surgery that is if he doesn't have to be euthanised. Both of them have had serious respiratory infections and one has had a second infection leading to necrosis of the tail a lot of pain and suffering and either surgery or euthanasia tomorrow. This is all in just 6 months. You'd think I have bad luck but this is not uncommon for Rats. Because they are so small and cheap a lot of people don't get medical attention and just replace the sick rat. They are also highly intelligent and very sensitive though so I consider that cruel. As amazing and incredible these little guys are if you're the kind of person who takes animal welfare 100% seriously and really loves your rat then sadly they are just too heart breaking to keep. There is a reason why rats breed so prolifically. They are just not evolved to live very long.
1) 62) Finnish (native language), English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic and I'm currently learning Dutch3) Finnish and English4) Finnish5) Yes, because if you are traveling or something, you can have conversations with the citizens and you can meet new people.6) Arabic, because the pronunciation is difficult and its a completely different writing system.7) I would like to learn Japanese and Korean8) I learned English, German and Spanish in school, and I learned Arabic and French just for fun9) I use English to listen to music, read, watching movies and TV series etc... I have a couple of French and German friends so sometimes we have conversations with their native languages.
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Really??!! If you don't have any intention of having emotional investments in your pets may I suggest, HIGHLY, that you refrain from having any!!
I agree with everything you've said except for "True, it is sad when they die, but they're only rats - they are easily replaced in both the cage and the heart." They are not "just" rats, they are members of the family, loved pets and are not easily replaced especially in the heart!!
I've got the same problem now. Rats haven't been domesticated naturally over time like dogs and cats have. Rats have been selectively bred and in-bred for use in laboratories and science experiments and because of this they are extremely susceptible to respiratory illness and pneumonia. I read about this 15 years ago when I was going to get some pet rats and decided never to do so. But over time I forgot all about that and 6 weeks ago got two male puppies on impulse from a private breeder. A week or two later they started sneezing and wheezing and I went "grooaan...oh nooo...now I remember why I was never going to keep rats as pets." I'm keeping a very close eye on them and keeping their enclosure super-clean, feeding them healthy stuff etc. etc. but notwithstanding I expect they will both succumb to pneumonia sooner or later. They are incredibly cute and affectionate and intelligent and adorable but unfortunately domestic rats carry a host of deadly pathogens, not dangerous to us humans but very much so to them :(
1) 32) German (native language), English, French3) German and English4) German5) Yes, because you can talk to people from other countries and meet new friends6) French, because of the proununciation and some grammar things I struggle with7) Swedish, Italian8) I learn them at school9) I use English every day for talking to English people, music, reading books, watching films etc. As my French isn´t really good yet, I only use it to listen to French music.
I recently got 2 pet rats, and very quickly learned how expensive they can be, my one rat started sneezing, I thought he was just adjusting to the new surroundings, one day I got home from work and he was making a weird noise every time he tried to breathe, I ended up taking him to the emergency vet, he had pneumonia and wasn't expected to live through the nights, so I had him put to sleep, I could not allow him to suffer, so as anyone who knows about rats knows, you should have more then one, so I got another, the very next day that rat was sneezing and so was the other one, so of course I made a vet appointment, and $311 later find out they have respiratory infections. So..these little, cute, lovable animals can be very expensive. They will find their way into your heart quickly, the one I had that had to be put out I only had for 6 days and I cried like a little girl as I held him for the last time. If you can't afford a pet, don't get one, get educated on how to care for any pet and the cost of caring for them
How can you say people shouldn't get a pet based on your experience with that particular pet. That's like saying "don't drive a car because when I did, I had an accident and you will all have accidents too!" Any animal can have a variety of illnesses and or diseases when you adopt them. They can also contract illnesses and or diseases while in your care. It's a risk with any animal on the planet. That doesn't mean it absolutely will happen. You should always have your pets checked out by an experienced veterinarian and have them vaccinated if possible. Rats are very fragile in every sense of the word. You should certainly be aware of everything there is to know about rats and their health before you adopt one. Having said all of that, rats are amazing creatures! If you socialize them properly they are extremely friendly and can be the best kind of pet. I have four female rats and they are lovely. I purchased all of mine from pet stores. In hindsight, this wasn't the best idea. Most pet stores do not take care of rats properly. I had to take two of mine to the vet in the first few days after purchasing them because they had respiratory infections. After seeing an experienced veterinarian in small animals they were given antibiotics and some TLC and were as good as new. As I said before it's important to know how to take care of them properly to avoid things like that. As long as you know the do's and don'ts of having a pet rat your rats will flourish. I would recommend having a rat to anyone. Pet rats like all other pets should be treated as a member of the family so if there seems to be any kind of health concern take them to a vet immediately. If you don't think you can afford vet care and you probably shouldn't have any pet.
I have three wonderful rats, (two which whom I haven't named yet) cookie, my oldest at only 1 month 2 weeks 4 days old, knows her name, when I call her she comes running, if I tell her to go in her bed (which is actually a candle vase thing) she will go into it, I highly recommend getting rats as a pet, IF YOU HAVE THE TIME TO ACTUALLY CARE FOR IT, get more than 1 so he/she doesn't get lonely, you can have one if you play with them daily but if you leave them be for more than a few hours, get a playmate (always the same gender if you don't want many baby rats liters 1-20 babies) if you care for your rat correctly it won't get sick so easily, I use a 30 gallon tank WITH LID for mine(14$ tank at walmart with a 6$ screen lid) as with a small fish pet carrier (5$ walmart) without its lid inside the tank use(shredded) newspaper(lay down a folded piece of newspaper first easier cleaning) and (not necessary just soaks up better) paper towels as bedding, and a heavy dish for water (if you don't use a water bottle) rabbit food works nicely they love it as with fruits and veggies (cookie is a fat baby named cookie for a reason, loves junk food) if you lovedogs, you'll surely love a rat, they are so smart and love to play and cuddle
A comment on the font used: you can search for gKreator Inside, which is really very similar to the font that Intel used on the logo (use it with Bold, 100% space between characters). With a bit of stretching you can get an almost perfect match!
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Totally anecdotal. I have two rats, and they are the best, most rewarding, and easiest to keep pets I have ever had (and I've had a lot).As far as illnesses go, the writer here lists mostly avoidable diseases, that would only be caused if you kept your rat incorrectly. Bumblefoot occurs if your rat is overweight, as this places too much pressure on it's hind legs, also if you keep it on shavings as these are too rough (the same happens in rabbits). Dermatitis would mostly occur if you do not clean your rat out often enough, or if you keep it on the wrong substrate, just like with any pet though their may be isolated cases. Mange?!?! Mange is caused by mites (mostly scabies), so if your animal has mange then it must have got it off another pet, or human. Perhaps WILD rats are prone to mange, but not pets. Cysts are benign and if your rat developed one, it would have very few potential health implications.Tumours can be common among rats unfortunately, same for many captive animals, I'm not entirely sure why this is, probably because the animals can't express natural behaviour such as reproducing, and this causes stress to sex organs often resulting in tumours.The main issue with rats that this person did not mention is actually respiratory infections - often made worse by dusty houses or too much urine left in their cages. However, if they do suffer, it is easily treated with Baytril antibiotics.In short: Rats Rock! I love my cheeky girls a lot, and I would recommend ratties to anyone :) 10 X better than hamsters that's for sure!
I have 2 pet rats, both about 2 years old now, with no health issues. This depends almost 100% on WHERE YOU GET YOUR PET FROM. Many stores don't manage their breeding well, and you end up with a lot of inbreeding. The store I got mine from, for example, did their breeding in store, weaned them properly, and kept records of who the parents were, and separated their animals by gender to ensure inbreeding wouldn't occur, and they kept breeding pairs separated from the general population. They also mixed litters together after birth to socialize them well.Neither of my girls have any tumors or dermatitis, their feet are perfect little rat feet and have healthy coats. I also keep them in a clear plastic tote with aspen bedding and one of those wire modular shelf sides (Such as: http://imgur.com/lKnZLXT) leaning against a side which i affix the water bottle to. There's no cover. The girls like it in their cage, and we even have 2 clawed cats. Then again, the rats rule the roost. The one time one of our cats got too close, one of the girls gave him a bite on the nose, and the cat decided he'd had enough of that.As with any animal, the care in breeding and keeping the animals prior to sale is what you should care about if you love pets.Rats are still the dogs of the rodent world. They are cleaner, gentler more intelligent, and have more personality than any other rodent you will find. This article is truly anecdotal and should not be taken as universally true by anything. ASK YOUR PET STORE QUESTIONS AND DO SOME RESEARCH!My favorite anecdote: I had the window cracked by their cage one night, and forgot to shut it. A cold front came in over night and made the room very cold. We had a box of tissues on a table near their cage, and one of their little igloos was outside on the same table, as I had forgotten to put it back in the cage.In the morning, I had noticed how cold it was and that the window was open and the rats were gone. I panicked, looking for them, and then i noticed the Igloo was upturned, on its back, and it was filled with tissues. The rats has climbed out of the cage, flipped the igloo, and pulled tissues out and filled it up to make a nice snug bed for themselves. When i pushed some of the tissue aside, sure enough there was a little black tail. They shuffled a bit, and when they smelled it was me, 2 little rat heads popped up. I never made that mistake again, but I'm glad I made it that time.The following morning, I noticed the rats were gone.
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