Friday, September 19, 2008

Pet Rats

A Study : Rats and Their Effect on Clinical Depression

Three and a half years ago, I stumbled upon the joy of owning pet rats.

I bought 4, two males and two females. I had hamsters growing up and those critters are known to bite so when I read about rats being wonderful pets PLUS they don’t bite, I had to try them.

I quickly found that rats are very, very sweet. The are intelligent creature and they love attention and to be held.

Pet rats have a life spam of approximately 3.5 – 3 years. My two remaining are over 3.5 years now. The remaining male, Rudy, seems to be doing okay, but not as active as he once was.

Maxine, my remaining female, she is active but is now blind and stumbles a bit. I had to take her cage down to a one level because she was beginning to fall down and I was afraid she’d get hurt if she fell from the top story.

This is my Maxine > > > > > > > >
She was my first.

Gladys, I lost about a year ago. She was the boss of the bunch. Odie, my big ole male, was the sweetheart. He loved nothing better than to be hugged on and held. He loved giving little nose kisses. Odie passed away last Saturday on my birthday. It’s funny how a rat can break your heart when they leave you, but the love he offered while he was living more than makes up for the hurt of his passing.

They truly are good pets folks…


Raine said...

I bought my 28 year old son two rats and a bi-level cage and all the nessecities for his birthday this year.

Summer said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. We love hard and strong and need never explain why.