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(CNN)   "Mr. T began to make himself at home, confiscating mail, pens, and whole pizza slices and dragging them under the sofa, then chewing a crawl space inside the sofa itself." Enough with the kittehs, can we have a little bit of love for Raturday?   (cnn.com ) divider line
    More: Sappy, Mr. T, Hong Kong, countertops, terminal illness, rats  
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2012-10-25 07:44:15 PM  
4 votes:
Rats are adorable handfuls of love. The only complaint I have about them is that they die too soon and it is heartbreaking.
2012-10-26 12:06:25 AM  
2 votes:
Now repeat after me, "It's OK to like rats."
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2012-10-25 09:55:55 PM  
2 votes:

Acharne: I liked that article until the whole "We stopped eating out. We didn't travel, when we did we left an instruction manual an inch thick. We got a surgeon to operate on him. He was paralysed and we were cool with it."

These people didn't adopt a rat. They adopted a lifestyle as rat-caretakers.


The price of parenthood.
2012-10-25 08:03:32 PM  
2 votes:
I can never recommend rats as pets, because they're too awesome.

They are so smart and compassionate that you will fall in love with them - and then they die. They die so quickly. Anyone who really cares about animals will have their heart destroyed.
2012-10-25 07:44:46 PM  
2 votes:
I love rodents.

For some strange reason most really don't need to be bread to domesticate them - if humans interact with them (usually at a young stage) then they like humans and won't cause grievous bodily harm.

There are many instances of where larger rodents such as beavers, capybaras, porcupines, etc. can establish a "friend" relation that extends a lifetime. then again there are rodents such as squirrels that become nasty after puberty.

Rats seem to recognize people as people. Smaller rodents such as mice and gerbils don't seem to. When my sons kept gerbils they accepted handling but I really don't think that they made the connection between the hands holding them and the people with the hands.
2012-10-25 07:20:29 PM  
2 votes:
I love rats, they're so adorable and playful and quite intelligent.

Had a golden Dumbo rat in college, he was a pretty deep yellow color all over. Named him Lumine, and he grew into a big bastard, 7" without the tail. He was a sweetie, always calm and inquisitive. He'd sit on my shoulders when I was standing or in my lap when sitting, and he'd run all over the room when I let him have the run of the place. One of his quirks was to tug on my cheek until I turned my head toward him, paw and pull at my lips until I opened my mouth, then stick his head and shoulders in to give my teeth and cheeks an inspection. Maybe he was a dentist in a past life. He also adored hard-boiled eggs, eat them up completely including the shell.

Lumine lived for 2 1/2 years. Miss ya, big guy.
2012-10-25 07:19:32 PM  
2 votes:

Der Poopflinger: Pfighting Polish: /Prediction? Plague.

dont forget rabies


rats are not known to transmit rabies, and there has never been a recorded case in the united states at least of anyone ever getting rabies from a rat
2012-10-25 07:05:24 PM  
2 votes:
Very cool couple taking in a wild rat. And very brave. Rats are very cool pets, I can see no reason a commom alley rat would not be also. Our Chedder was a very smart & fun pet. She was a pet shop rat, and very lovable.
2012-10-26 01:07:20 PM  
1 vote:
Get a degus, or a chinchilla. The former last 3 times as long as rats, the latter can go around 15-20 years old. Chinchillas especially will become very friendly. Gerbils are friendly too, but again short lifespan though I had one that lasted till he was 6. Used to sit down and watch TV with us.
2012-10-26 12:33:46 PM  
1 vote:

MoronLessOff: I'd like a rat. Do males and females have different temperaments? Can they be litter trained or are they fairly clean?


Males tend to be more laid back, though young animals are more energetic than older ones.

They keep themselves clean, but if you don't clean their cages regularly, the litter will start to stink, as with any other small animal.

We used to let our rats run free, but you have to be OK with a certain amount of chewing. This might not go well with electrical cords or antique furniture. Also, if you want to put them back in their cages at night, it is a pain in the ass to play hunt the rat before you go to bed.

Our rats were litter trained. We got a couple small trays, and put some of their litter in them. We'd put them in corners. We put a couple rat turds in the tray, so they'd realize that they were supposed to poop there. We never had to clean up stray rat turds. Honestly, I'll bet they peed outside of the litter box, since as other posters have noted they tend to pee as they run about.

You should get at least two rats. They're social, and require companionship to be happy.

They don't live very long. Two years, usually, three years tops. They tend to die of respiratory disease, or malignant tumors.

This is a pretty good rat owner's manual:

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2012-10-26 10:17:11 AM  
1 vote:

Parthenogenetic: Fine, I'll start

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This one was destined to be snake food. Instead, she became the Rat Queen.

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Jupie, the mega-rat

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Jupie's second birthday party. He lets the Rat Queen and Rat Princess eat first. What a gentleman.

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The Brain, checking out the Christmas tree. His brother, Pinky, is burrowing in the couch cushions
They are Sprague-Dawley rats who served in a Naval Medical Research Unit operating at the local US Air Force base (yeah, it's kinda weird)
Had to fill out a surprisingly long and thorough application issued by the Department of Defense, probably the same one to adopt a dog or horse

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Sorry, Santa. The sign said, "Pet pictures with Santa taken here." You just assumed the pets would all be dogs and cats.


BWAHAHA! Cute pics. And everyone else also.

I'd like a rat. Do males and females have different temperaments? Can they be litter trained or are they fairly clean?
2012-10-26 03:19:00 AM  
1 vote:
I've had gerbils and rats. Rats are so much better in every aspect. Much friendlier, smarter, and, yes, they can be housebroken. Mine were. Gerbils are cute and fun to watch doing their thing in their cage, but they don't seem to enjoy petting or handling much. They're a lot more likely to bite, and they will definitely piss and shiat everywhere. If it weren't for the cat, I wouldn't think twice about getting a couple new rats. They'd be great pets for the kids, I'm sure.
2012-10-26 03:09:04 AM  
1 vote:
The rats I see in NYC are never this cute.
2012-10-26 12:09:17 AM  
1 vote:
rats are incredibly sweet and clean
2012-10-25 11:36:43 PM  
1 vote:

theorellior: I've played with pet rats, before, they seemed personable and interesting. One of my students has a rat as a certified companion animal. She's a bit tightly-wound on the best of days, I'd hate to see her if she didn't have a pet rat to commune with.


I read about a rat that worked as a certified therapy animal in a hospital. I wish I could remember is name or where I read about him. He'd be allowed to play with terminal and bed-ridden children in their beds. He'd often just let them pet and stroke him, but he'd also run around and play tag with their fingers if they were so inclined. He even visited the few old folks who weren't adverse to snuggling a rat.

He lived an abnormally (although not unheard of) long life, reaching almost 7. When autopsied, they found that he was riddled with tumors, and should've been dead for a long time. His handlers surmised he stayed alive because of his personality and positive attitude...
2012-10-25 11:00:28 PM  
1 vote:
I've played with pet rats, before, they seemed personable and interesting. One of my students has a rat as a certified companion animal. She's a bit tightly-wound on the best of days, I'd hate to see her if she didn't have a pet rat to commune with.
2012-10-25 09:33:28 PM  
1 vote:
I've had a lot of animals over the years - cats, dogs, lizards, salamanders, fish - but rats were the most awesome. People who don't like/are irrationally afraid of them are missing out on one of the most affectionate, funny, intelligent animals you can know.
2012-10-25 09:20:14 PM  
1 vote:

kroonermanblack: Real Women Drink Akvavit: kroonermanblack: They are rodents. They are vermin. They may be 'social creatures' but so are some wasps, and I won't be keeping those for a pet either.

Rodents chew holes in walls, cause destruction, spread disease and feces/urine everywhere, etc. etc.

If you want one as a pet, fine.

But they're not domestics, and they're not even partials like cats.

Do rats scare off or eat mice?

I feel the exact same way - about children. Just replace "rodents" or "rats" with "kids" and I am in full agreement with your sentiment. Especially the disease-spreading vermin part.

Yes, that's deep and profound and not at all trite. Comparing propogation of the species (and I'm sure for your next shocking societal act you'll say 'we shouldn't) with...keeping vermin in the house.


There is no objective quality that makes cats more "petlike" than rats. Rats are very easy to domesticate (if impossible to housebreak). If you don't want to have a rat, then that's fine. I don't either; they live too short lives, and they are messy and rather destructive if you aren't extremely vigilant. But they are adorable, trainable, surprisingly intelligent (more so than most dogs I've met), and have personalities as robust as most pets. They are good companion animals if you can tolerate the drawbacks. Or if you happen to see one dying in an alley and fall in love with it.
2012-10-25 09:16:17 PM  
1 vote:

kroonermanblack: Real Women Drink Akvavit: kroonermanblack: They are rodents. They are vermin. They may be 'social creatures' but so are some wasps, and I won't be keeping those for a pet either.

Rodents chew holes in walls, cause destruction, spread disease and feces/urine everywhere, etc. etc.

If you want one as a pet, fine.

But they're not domestics, and they're not even partials like cats.

Do rats scare off or eat mice?

I feel the exact same way - about children. Just replace "rodents" or "rats" with "kids" and I am in full agreement with your sentiment. Especially the disease-spreading vermin part.

Yes, that's deep and profound and not at all trite. Comparing propogation of the species (and I'm sure for your next shocking societal act you'll say 'we shouldn't) with...keeping vermin in the house.


Children ARE vermin. Where do you propose people keep them until they grow out of their vermin-like states? I vote for "far away from me until they're at least 13", but understand others like them. Doesn't mean I have to like them any more than other people have to like lutefisk (or rodents) just because I like 'em.
2012-10-25 09:15:29 PM  
1 vote:

kroonermanblack: Do rats scare off or eat mice?


They can. Wild rats have been known to eat mice. Two years ago, we had a really cold winter, and had mice coming into the house. Raph and Uriel were terrified of the little buggers. They'd climb up me to cower against my neck if they heard one in the walls nearby.
2012-10-25 09:11:07 PM  
1 vote:
He was a street rat, no more than a few days old. His life had begun in the grimy alley beside our apartment in Hong Kong, and to most people, he would have embodied filth and disease. But we saw instead a fragile, unknowable life, and in the three years that followed, we came to see him as no average soul.

He will always be a street rat, and he will die a street rat.


/no one will mourn him but his fleas
2012-10-25 08:33:02 PM  
1 vote:

kroonermanblack: They are rodents. They are vermin. They may be 'social creatures' but so are some wasps, and I won't be keeping those for a pet either.

Rodents chew holes in walls, cause destruction, spread disease and feces/urine everywhere, etc. etc.

If you want one as a pet, fine.

But they're not domestics, and they're not even partials like cats.

Do rats scare off or eat mice?


I feel the exact same way - about children. Just replace "rodents" or "rats" with "kids" and I am in full agreement with your sentiment. Especially the disease-spreading vermin part.
2012-10-25 08:32:24 PM  
1 vote:

Ashrams: That reminds me just three weeks ago I got a kitten at a pet store. There was a brother and a sister but I only let my daughter get one even though she wanted both so she got the girl one. Then next morning I got up, got my cup of coffee and went to her room to let the kitten out. The cat zipped past me and made b-line for the kitchen were my wife was serving food. I heard my wife yell like crazy so I ran to the kitchen. She told me a mouse ran across the kitchen and in less than a sec the kitten pounced and broke the mouses neck and was holding it's lifeless body in it mouse. I woke my daughter up and took her to the pet store and we got the kittens brother as a reward.

/True Story!


Similar thing happened to my folks. This orange cat kept hanging around the house but my mom wouldn't let him in. One day my mom saw a mouse in their bedroom, so my dad went outside, picked up the cat, and threw him in the bedroom. A little while later out walks the cat with the mouse. That cat was then let inside the house. I think he lived 18-20 years, he was a great cat.

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2012-10-25 07:44:24 PM  
1 vote:
I for one was mislead by the headline and hoped this about the real Mr. T.... I am disappoint.
2012-10-25 07:41:41 PM  
1 vote:

Via Infinito: Der Poopflinger: Rezurok: It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.

wow, they sure do sound like a fun pet with the pissing wherever and whenever

They leave little poop nuggets everywhere too. But I guess you're okay with that sort of thing?


They can be box trained, like a cat.
2012-10-25 07:38:39 PM  
1 vote:
That reminds me just three weeks ago I got a kitten at a pet store. There was a brother and a sister but I only let my daughter get one even though she wanted both so she got the girl one. Then next morning I got up, got my cup of coffee and went to her room to let the kitten out. The cat zipped past me and made b-line for the kitchen were my wife was serving food. I heard my wife yell like crazy so I ran to the kitchen. She told me a mouse ran across the kitchen and in less than a sec the kitten pounced and broke the mouses neck and was holding it's lifeless body in it mouse. I woke my daughter up and took her to the pet store and we got the kittens brother as a reward.

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/True Story!
2012-10-25 07:38:29 PM  
1 vote:
Glad to see all the rattie love in here. Here's my contribution to the cute rattie pics.

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Raphael

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Uriel
Yes, that is a PS3 controller, and yes, Uri was HUGE

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These snuggly boys would sleep either on me, under my hand, or pressed right up against me while I slept.

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Raph being silly

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Raph and Uri looking for jerky, along with their "uncle" Gabriel

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Enoch loved hanging out in the tomato planters when he got to be an old man.

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Grigori, not quite sure of the camera

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Me, with my first rat, Simon, and my dog, Kodiak. I'm certain Kodiak reincarnated and came back to me as Grigori. There were just too many similarities and repeated patterns in their lives. I'm curious to see if he does it again.
2012-10-25 07:24:06 PM  
1 vote:
Rats have the best personality among pet rodents. They are gentle, seem to have a sense of humor and never bite, unless its a play-bite. So there.
2012-10-25 07:22:20 PM  
1 vote:

Der Poopflinger: Pfighting Polish: /Prediction? Plague.

dont forget rabies


It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.
2012-10-25 07:20:33 PM  
1 vote:
I can't figure out why I love pet shop mice and rats, but if I see a house mouse running around my apartment I scream like a little biatch.
2012-10-25 07:10:29 PM  
1 vote:
What's the T for, Typhoid Fever?
2012-10-25 07:09:36 PM  
1 vote:
I PITY THE FOOL THAT DON'T LET ME LIVE INSIDE YA SOFA.

/Prediction? Plague.
2012-10-25 07:07:25 PM  
1 vote:
I fail to understand why you'd want a rodent for a pet, you do know they help carry the black plague right?

No fleas carried the plague, they just happened to like both rats & people.
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2012-10-25 07:07:06 PM  
1 vote:
Had a black hooded rat when I was a kid. That little guy was awesome and loved perching on shoulders like a parrot. Really cute, soft , and cuddly. Figured his hair would have been more rough and wiry. Was litter trained as well which was really nice.
2012-10-25 07:04:54 PM  
1 vote:
He did not have time for jibba-jabba. 

/stayed in school
//called 1-800-collect
2012-10-25 06:59:57 PM  
1 vote:
or as my python calls them, Dinner
 
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