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OMG, It's a Rat: My Life With Pet Rats

Updated on May 29, 2017
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GalaxyRat is fond of rats and writing. And dark poetry. She knows that people don't like all these things together... but who cares?

Oh, the horror... it's the TAIL!
Oh, the horror... it's the TAIL!

Thanks to...

...FlourishAnyway for suggesting I write this Hub! And thanks to all who are reading!

Tails and Torture

First off, let me make one thing very, very clear. Wait, you have to tell me what your biggest fear of rats are, besides the possibility that they'll bite your nose off?

OK, I give you my permission.

Oh, it's the tail. The long, beautiful, creamy white tail... the tail that fluffing gives them superb balance, uses its blood vessels to regulate the rat's temperature and can wrap around telephone poles to hang on?

Yes, yes, yes. You argue the tail is bald. Actually, it's not, but covered with tiny hairs. You know, God actually made you with little hairs all over your body. You just don't see it, and He did the same with the rat's beautiful tail.

Now let's move on.

Now, You Let Me Speak...

Rats are not dirty vermin. Actually, we are, because they live (if they are wild) in our nasty leftovers. Yeah, Neat Freak, I'm sorry to break it to you, but all the trash you throw out? The rats live in that because you made the garbage. Oh? That's not that bad? Well, how about your niece in New York? It's jam-packed in those apartments, and rats live in those dirty, nasty, DISGUSTING messes y'all people up there make.

Anyway, rats (at least the pet ones) are naturally clean animals. Whenever they aren't playing with you, sleeping, or eating, they are cleaning themselves.

Constantly.

OMG, I have to WAIT for my rats to get done washing themselves before I can touch them!


Visible symptoms of the Black Death
Visible symptoms of the Black Death

Ring Around the Roses, With a Pocket Full of Posies...

Ring around the roses, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down...


Surely you have heard this before, and if my guess is correct, it is about the Black Death. So, let's get started on this issue before I tell you of my wonderful life with my rats: So, back in Europe, centuries ago, a supposed rat went around giving people a fatal disease. This is your argument when you say rats are bad? Sure, sure, sure... now, look at my response.

Now, today, due to brilliant tech, we have found out it was the fleas the rats were carrying. BUT, some scientists think it might have been... drumroll please...



THIS CUTE LITTLE DUDE!
THIS CUTE LITTLE DUDE!

This cute little dude.

Gerbils. Bitey little devils. Not that I have anything against gerbils (cough), but some believe they may have spread the Black Death. Maybe alongside rats, but at least the rat leader didn't say,

"Hey, fellow rats of the world: humans have mistreated us and we have decided to take action! Alone or together, we will infect humans with the Black Death..."... and even if he did, he added, "Gerbils! Come forward! Help us in our quest!"

LOL, would've been funny.

So, rats didn't spread the Black Death, fleas did. Blame them.

Now, let's get down to business.

Who Ya Gonna Call?...Ratbusters!

Here comes the Ratbusters... those fans of rats! Y'all have busted down the walls that Rat-haters have constructed, and you have proved how kind you are by giving this wonderful animals a chance!!!

Anyway, rats make awesome pets. They are curious, small, smart, trainable, and extremely sweet (if you pick the right one). Take Templeton, one of my two pet rats. Sadly, he has a chronic respiratory disease, but he's found ways to enjoy life. We could really take lessons for this little critter.

So, Templeton loves chocolate, those Cheese-Itz, and saltines. To get some, he will jump onto my bed (if I'm in my bedroom) or onto the couch (if I'm in the living room and I'm letting him roam free). He can jump up to 4 feet, and it's amusing to watch. He wiggles his hindquarters, sizes up the height of the object he wants to jump onto, and leaps. If he misjudges it (nearly all the time) he has to claw his way up an inch. Then he takes the treat, runs off, and comes back.

Same with Scabbers, my other rat who is healthy. Except he claws up my leg. Hurts a little bit, but he does it so fast you don't notice he's on your lap, prying at your fingers for the treat as you look at him absentmindedly. He usually eats it (the treat, not your leg) on my lap, but sometimes he runs off.

Gotta love his style.

Why in the Ruddy Heck Should You Own Rats?

Rats are better than no animal at all... so, if your apartmeant doesn't allow large animals (ex. dog, cat, ferret, capybara) or exotics (leopards, foxes, etc), rats make a good choice. They can give as much love as a dog or cat. Even if you live in a house, rats still can call it home! Just make sure there are no wild rats living there (never adopt wild rats!!!) and that your house is rat-proofed. If you have other animals, just keep the rats in their cage and don't let them near the other animals.

You can find 'em in shelters, pet shops, breeders... the list is endless! Just don't adopt a wild rat! There are some Hubs here on Hubpages telling you about how to own one... check those out!

Rats are like cats and dogs in one wonderful little body... they act all kingly, but when you really need somerat to lick away your tears, they're there. Perfect little beings.

— GalaxyRat

And Now, A Gallery of Some Photos of My Rats...

Enjoy!

A Rat Gallery

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Scabbers: Very cute one: "I'm too cool for school"Scabbers: The cutest, which also doubles as my profile pictureScabbers: He's like: "I'm done... let me down!!!"Scabbers: Sleepy, sleepy... can I sleep nowScabbers: I might just change this to my profile picture, and if you see this picture as my pic, then I've already acted on that impulseTempleton: A lucky shot of Tempy's attempt to jump from his cage to the chair Templeton: Alone in a box... cleaning himselfScabbers: I know, there are tooooo many of Scabbers! Why? He stays still for pictures...
Scabbers: Very cute one: "I'm too cool for school"
Scabbers: Very cute one: "I'm too cool for school"
Scabbers: The cutest, which also doubles as my profile picture
Scabbers: The cutest, which also doubles as my profile picture
Scabbers: He's like: "I'm done... let me down!!!"
Scabbers: He's like: "I'm done... let me down!!!"
Scabbers: Sleepy, sleepy... can I sleep now
Scabbers: Sleepy, sleepy... can I sleep now
Scabbers: I might just change this to my profile picture, and if you see this picture as my pic, then I've already acted on that impulse
Scabbers: I might just change this to my profile picture, and if you see this picture as my pic, then I've already acted on that impulse
Templeton: A lucky shot of Tempy's attempt to jump from his cage to the chair
Templeton: A lucky shot of Tempy's attempt to jump from his cage to the chair
Templeton: Alone in a box... cleaning himself
Templeton: Alone in a box... cleaning himself
Scabbers: I know, there are tooooo many of Scabbers! Why? He stays still for pictures...
Scabbers: I know, there are tooooo many of Scabbers! Why? He stays still for pictures...

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Do you want a pet rat? Want advice? This is the place to comment.