Found 5th Jan 2010
I wonder if anybody can advise me on keeping pet rats.

On a sad note our Hamster died yesterday, after 3 years so not too bad but after having 3 off them now would like something different and always fancied having a rat.

so my questions are has anybody got them, are the friendly and do they do stuff instead of hamsters sleeping all the time

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I used to have a white one. I'd say they're a lot smarter than hamsters (I used to have 7)! Mine interacted more than hamsters and would often just sit on my shoulder and not move where as hamsters tend to be scatty and run around! They're very clean, despite what people who clearly know nothing about them will say! Mine used to claw itself up the cage if you went in the room because they love attention! Go for it!

Had 2 about 10 yrs ago,kids loved them,they played with them a lot.We looked at the best pet to get for small children and they were tops but remember they slept most of the day

i had three (sammy,dean and frank) now got two they are friendly but when i first got them they bit alot and sore need alot of handling etc but fine now , their poo smells alot not far off the smell of human poo so be warned lol

Sorry to hear about your hamster! :-(

I used to have a pet rat. They're very friendly, but don't think they spend the night knawing at the bars of the cage (which used to drive me nuts when I had a hamster). I seem to remember that they were slightly more lively during the day; but if you want something that's going to "do stuff instead of hamsters sleeping all the time" DON'T get a nocturnal pet!! Rats can be trained a little bit to stay awake during the day, but you won't change them from nocturnal creatures altogether.

Perhaps you need a budgie or a goldfish?!

They breed like wild fire and can change sex while young etc. Bear this in mind...!!!

get a black gerbil

/thread.

Get a ferret...........always wanted a ferret,dunno why :-D

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baffledsalmon;7432604

I used to have a white one. I'd say they're a lot smarter than hamsters … I used to have a white one. I'd say they're a lot smarter than hamsters (I used to have 7)! Mine interacted more than hamsters and would often just sit on my shoulder and not move where as hamsters tend to be scatty and run around! They're very clean, despite what people who clearly know nothing about them will say! Mine used to claw itself up the cage if you went in the room because they love attention! Go for it!



ettam123;7432619

Had 2 about 10 yrs ago,kids loved them,they played with them a lot.We … Had 2 about 10 yrs ago,kids loved them,they played with them a lot.We looked at the best pet to get for small children and they were tops but remember they slept most of the day



shedboy66;7432621

i had three (sammy,dean and frank) now got two they are friendly but when … i had three (sammy,dean and frank) now got two they are friendly but when i first got them they bit alot and sore need alot of handling etc but fine now , their poo smells alot not far off the smell of human poo so be warned lol



Trogglescow;7432631

Sorry to hear about your hamster! :-(I used to have a pet rat. They're … Sorry to hear about your hamster! :-(I used to have a pet rat. They're very friendly, but don't think they spend the night knawing at the bars of the cage (which used to drive me nuts when I had a hamster). I seem to remember that they were slightly more lively during the day; but if you want something that's going to "do stuff instead of hamsters sleeping all the time" DON'T get a nocturnal pet!! Rats can be trained a little bit to stay awake during the day, but you won't change them from nocturnal creatures altogether.Perhaps you need a budgie or a goldfish?!



shauneco;7432643

They breed like wild fire and can change sex while young etc. Bear this … They breed like wild fire and can change sex while young etc. Bear this in mind...!!!



Thanx all some interesting info there will have to pop along to a pet shop and see what they say, dont do budgies

black gerbil1;7432719

get a black gerbil/thread.



Dont like gerbils

muckypup;7432726

Get a ferret...........always wanted a ferret,dunno why :-D



i always think ferrets smell

UB40 used to have 1 in their kitchen :whistling:

I found this care sheet

66.102.9.132/sea…=uk

I like rats but I don't have the space to keep them. My friend has 3, she says they are very clean and easy to handle.

girbils are better don't smell for a start! Great fun if you get a few of them in a big tank and give them lots of sawdust they make tunnell.

transit;7432811

UB40 used to have 1 in their kitchen :whistling:



theres a rat in my kitchen what am i gonna do theres a rat in the kitchen what am i gonna do

lol couldnt resist :roll::whistling:

aww sorry to here about youre hamster,

you could always get a pair of mice there very cute i have 2 baileys & guiness but there is a dpwnside they smell !!

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aah96;7432901

aww sorry to here about youre hamster,you could always get a pair of mice … aww sorry to here about youre hamster,you could always get a pair of mice there very cute i have 2 baileys & guiness but there is a dpwnside they smell !!



I didnt think about mice right im going to venture out in the snow and go the pet shop

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Deek43;7432829

I found this care … I found this care sheethttp://66.102.9.132/search?q=cache:BRx6TdpNU00J:www.freewebs.com/ffpetshop/Rat%2520Care%2520Sheet/Rat%2520Care%2520Sheet.doc+rat+care+sheet&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ukI like rats but I don't have the space to keep them. My friend has 3, she says they are very clean and easy to handle.



Thanx for that just read it and is very imformative

muckypup;7432726

Get a ferret...........always wanted a ferret,dunno why :-D



Nah, Polecat...

http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.co.uk/IMAGES/proj_polecat_left.jpg

Rats are ok, white ones tend to be a bit more vicious in my experience. How about a Chinchilla? Hours of fun..... trying to catch the damn things if you let them loose :lol:

http://www.gopetsamerica.com/small-animals/chinchilla/chin.jpg

Or a Degu....

Chinchilla's wee really stinks! I looked after my friends when she went on holiday and I was changing the litter every day - wow it was stinky.

Deek43;7433392

Chinchilla's wee really stinks! I looked after my friends when she went … Chinchilla's wee really stinks! I looked after my friends when she went on holiday and I was changing the litter every day - wow it was stinky.



Pretty sure mine didn't. The rats did though. Chillas are well funny though, chuck a sand bath in the cage and watch all hell break loose :w00t:

I'd always go for guinea pigs myself. Easy to handle, not a lot of smell and they have a permanent smile.

Susannah;7434011

I'd always go for guinea pigs myself. Easy to handle, not a lot of smell … I'd always go for guinea pigs myself. Easy to handle, not a lot of smell and they have a permanent smile.



Yep, must say gps are the easiest to care for - Patrick (my sons gp) will be 7 in February. All our hamsters died between 20-24 months.

Maybe my friends chinchilla was eating the wrong food - it is chinchilla food but maybe it just doesn't agree with her.

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Susannah;7434011

I'd always go for guinea pigs myself. Easy to handle, not a lot of smell … I'd always go for guinea pigs myself. Easy to handle, not a lot of smell and they have a permanent smile.



i have had a gp before and they are lovely but dont have room or garden atm so would rather have something a bit smaller.

didnt make it to pet shop as roads to bad here will have to go weekend.

Thanx all for advice gotta go tell my daughter now the hamster is dead, i dont like doing this

If there anything like mice then get a female as the urine doesnt smell as bad as males.

Everyone thinks ewwww RAT... Their very clean, extremely intelligent and also great fun. Unfortunately their vunerable to human disease such as common cold which can kill them off quite easily. Great pets and take up little room They have a right nip tho.
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