Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rats in my closet!

Time to venture into the rat side of my closet lol. Yes I did say rats which may send some of you scurrying for the table. But actually domesticated rats are wonderful pets-trust me I used to be part of the table scurrying crowd so I understand. And actually for me the mystery side of my closet and the rat side are now connected as my main character in the new series will end up befriending an adorable blue dumbo rat against her better judgement-but that's a whole other story.
I'd like to take a moment and share with you my introduction to rats as a pet. Like many I was scared to death of all rodents and would have screamed had any come near me. However when my daughter was in 4th grade her class had rats and she begged to have some of her own. After much arguing I gave in with the stipulation that she and her father would take care of them and I would not have to have anything to do with them at all.
Well this lasted all of maybe 24 hours. We brought home a pair of baby female rats and one of them quickly became ill. Somehow any creature in your home that is ill immediately becomes the duty of the mother in the house-I'm not sure why. I took a deep breath and forced myself to care for the ailing creature-within a couple of days I was hooked. This tiny tan baby was so sweet and loving and her fur so very soft she drew me in and made me fall in love with her. Perhaps rats are magical in some way lol. My love for rats was sealed though when I had to return her to the pet store to be put down :( That broke my heart so much that I brought home a replacement and fell immediately in love with a white rat named Hermione.
Hermione was the best example of a rat anyone could ever find and the best first rat anyone could ever have. Not only was she as friendly and loving as a puppy she was smart! She quickly learned her name and if you let her out to play she would come running when you called her and never got into any trouble.
Now keep in mind if you should venture into the rat owning world that just like people each rat is different and most will get into things and chew them and only a few will come running whenever you call. Many tend to have more cat characteristics in them and are very stubborn looking at you when you call them like they're saying to you "what me? Um I don't think so." I'd say rats are an interesting combination of cat and dog traits-they also clean themselves just like cats.
I'm sure I probably haven't sold most of you non rat people on rats yet, but beware if you ever let them in the door you may be won over by their magical powers :)
If you would like to learn more about rats as pets there are many wonderful websites you can check out one of my favorite being RMCA
One of my favorite rat related movies is Ratatouille! I would never let my rats cook but come on isn't he cute?


  1. I got my first rat back in the 80s by accident. I was living in an apartment in Hollywood and the manager's son had one. He used to bring it around and show me how friendly it was. When he had to get rid of his pets he gave him to me. That rat was not only intelligent and would come when called, but he was also extremely playful. He would jump up on the bed and I would play hide and seek with my hand and he'd pounce on it, tussle for a minute then run away behind the blanket and wait for me to do it again.

    One time my boyfriend stepped on his tail and he squeaked in agony -- and came running over to me crying. I used to take that rat everywhere -- out on the street he'd ride on my shoulder and I'm sure freaked a few people out.

    I always recommend rats as pets over hamsters any day. Much friendlier and yes, very clean.

    I have tons of rat stories including the time my Doberman adopted one and made it his pet. I've even had them get along with cats.

  2. This is definitely one of the most unusual blog posts I have ever read! If you can keep up this level of uniqueness, Lori--wow!

    Still...I might not adopt a rat any time soon. (Mice, however, I have always had a fond spot for.)