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Post by Simba on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:05 am

Don't worry, no pet shop rats for me unless something goes totally wrong*!

Seeing as I've somehow managed to totally derail my own thread, one more question: kittens or adults? I was thinking adults would be a better idea, since presumably they'd already have had more good handling experiences, more assessable personalities and wouldn't be as fragile/vulnerable.



* Like someone abandoning one. Which is incidentally why I started thinking about pet rats in the first place. I make no promises if another sad little thing turns up in a plastic box with only a stick of bird food, no water.

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Post by katherine on Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:30 am

It depends on whether you are thinking rescue or breeder? Rescues I don't think you'll have a choice as they're usually abandoned as adults, but if the choice is yours I'd say kittens, I think you can only buy kittens from breeders anyway (Zoundz will know for certain). Kittens are faster but you can ensure that all their experiences of being handled are positive ones, so they're not put off by bad or under handling like a lot of petshop babies.

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Post by Zoundz on Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:40 am

We will only sell babies under 13 weeks, though we do occasionally have adult returnees or rescues looking for homes. Kittens are usually the best option though Smile

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Post by Simba on Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:38 am

Why? Because they live longer, or they're more used to you, or you have full charge over their raising?

I'm not a big puppy or kitten person, so I was automatically leaning towards adults for rats.

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Post by Zoundz on Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:57 am

They live longer, they get used to new people much more easily as well. I mean, adult rats are fine, but it's *usual* to get them as kittens, and as breeders we usually only sell kittens, as we are not allowed by the NFRS to sell over 13 weeks of age. We can home on older rescues/rehomes though Smile

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Post by Simba on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:23 am

"A single rat is perhaps the luckiest, for there is no competition with any other rat for your attention. A single rat might also be more devoted to you since you are the only one with whom he can play... [this is] a personal choice since rats do not need to be kept in pairs." "When obtained from a reliable source, such as a pet shop, domesticated rats are as clean as any other domesticated animal"

Picked up this book recently, Rats by Susan Fox. Didn't buy it.

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Post by smokierat on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:27 am

Roll Eyes Confused Roll Eyes

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Post by Zoundz on Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:40 pm

Oh yes... that book! Laugh Roll Eyes

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Post by Simba on Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:03 am

Have you come across it before?

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Post by Zoundz on Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:59 pm

Yeah... some cute pics if I remember rightly, but pretty rubbish info.

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Post by Simba on Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:51 am

Reading a 1917 book on pets which advises that rats should be picked u only by the tail unless known to be perfectly tame, since they bite more than mice.

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Post by katherine on Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:47 am

Laugh Simba you find the best books!

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Post by Zoundz on Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:20 am

LOL! I wouldn't mind except I have always found the opposite to be true!

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Post by Simba on Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:56 am

I just love the notion that being picked up by the tail will make the animal LESS likely to bite you.

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