250+ Things Only Rat Owners Will Understand

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  1. Jan 28, 2019 #141

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    180. When you lose a heart rat and the previously defensive rat steps up to fill the void by giving endless kisses. And is now 100% positive his name is Grumpy and you have to come up with a better reason that he thinks his name is Grumpy and not Chuchule.

    181. Your heart rat refusing to leave your side until the tears have stopped and the giggling has started from his/her persistent grooming and mother henning.

    182. Getting weird looks from people when you explain you want a tattoo of your rat.

    183. That one rat who declares he must lick the inside of your nose and even use his teeth.

    184. This has sort of been mentioned, but not eating all of your food at a restaurant so you can save some for your rats.
     
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    185. Try leaving the rat play area for a second, and not having all of them follow you around like toddler shadows!

    186. Hearing a rat sneeze, and automatically responding with a "bless you" like it was a human.

    187. Talking more about your rats, than your own children.

    188. Suggesting in a store to get this or that, and ENJOYING the shocked looks you get from strangers!

    189. Explaining to people that you MEAN to or WANT have rats in your house on purpose!

    190. Then following up with educating these confused strangers on how great of pets rats make, and how they beg for attention, unlike hamsters like most people don't mind getting. But how hamsters are also in the rodent family, and are pretty much like a mouse without a tail (to me at least, and I've owned plenty over the years. I used to be one of THOSE people).
     
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    #37 Sneaking them into movie theaters and giggling whenever somebody walks past
    ( is it only me that does this? am i weird? )
     
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    That would be #191. ;) I have never done that, but to each his own I guess. :)
     
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    I've taken a very confident rat out on a walk with me before. He was chilling on my shoulder, but had the choice to hide in my pocket should he be scared.
    This rat and I had a very good relationship at this point. He had been riding my shoulder with no problem for a year at that point. He enjoyed the walk, but wasn't allowed to leave my body for safety reasons.
     
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    Yeah my rats don't get off of me
     
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    #192 Being the "person with rats" in the Biology department at college. People asking if they make great pets. Casually educating that they're probably the most lovable and great pet you've had, especially considering the heart rat<3 Also, again weird looks when you say "I want a tattoo of my rat."
     
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    Yes! I agree!

    193. Having "raintings" that my kids had the rats do for mothers day last year, hanging in my entryway, next to photos of my children.

    194. The fact that my children now get me rat related stuff, FROM THE RATS, for mother's day, my birthday, and Christmas.

    195. Having your rats as your phone screen background. I love the looks I get.
     
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    Funny thing is, the picture I use for my profile, is the same one I used for a long time. A lot of my friends were weirded out, then met him, and understood why he's my phone's background. They are quite photogenic when they want to be!

    #196. When people ask what do you want for (insert holiday or birthday here), and you say "cardboard, Puffs, extra fleece, tubes, etc."

    #197. "No, what do you really want??" "The things I just listed. I want nothing except for my rats. If you don't like that, give me an Amazon or Petsmart/Petco gift card and I'll buy the supplies myself."

    #198. Turning random things lying around the house into new rat toys. Example: Finding an old and unused paint roller tray. Clean it up with some soft soap, let it sit, wash it off with water again, and then plan to put it in the cage after the next round of cage cleaning.

    I would love to get my rats into painting. What kind of paint do you use?
    I'd love to get a trail of rat paw prints (maybe a tail smear) up my arm to my shoulder. I'd love to have my rats volunteer their little feet and tails.
     
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    #199: You have a hard time falling asleep without the sound of someone running in the wheel or chewing on a Kleenex box.
     
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    37...Freaking out when they start actually start duking it out over said egg

    38...Laughing hysterically cause all 3 of your adult rats dive into your shirt through your head hole all at once

    39...have to explain to someone why you have so many tiny scratches on your shoulders, tummy and chest...skin sensitivity to the rats but still keep them
     
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    #196 for sure!! :p

    My kids used food coloring. It has tail smears from pepper (my heart rat that passed. He was always a tail dragger), and even a few pieces of his hair. The day he died, I actually had on a pink shirt, and later went and grabbed all the hairs I could, and put in a ziploc bag with his name on it. For Christmas, my kids made me a shadow box, with a big pic of him kissing me on the nose, his name in wooden letters, his hair baggie, and a hand made clay figure of him all in it. :)
     
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    Omg Mackie takes every opportunity to climb down a shirt! It's great when I put her on someone who doesn't expect it!! Also, I have gotten some STRANGE looks for my neck and chest scratches! :p:D
     
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    Dena, I'm so sorry for your loss. *hugs*
    I love watching how rats carry their tails. Some hold them way up in the air, as if they don't want their tails touching the ground, some drag, some only halfway lift up their tails. I also love how some rats do not want you touching their tails at all, but some don't care one way or another. I always try to get them used to me lifting their tails just so I can move their tails in case I don't want them to get pinched (like in cage doors).

    Do you use diluted food coloring or just straight-up food coloring? (Question: is there organic food coloring?)

    I have VERY sensitive skin. I get hives and bumps all the time. The amount of people who go "Omg, your arms and neck!"

    #203 (? Is my math right?) When you have to reach into the cage and one rats crawls up to you, pulls down the collar of your shirt, and instantly sticks the first half of his body down your shirt.

    #204 When it's feeding time and you're just trying to get their food mixed up and poured out and you have three beggars, who won't leave you alone until you give them a special piece of food.

    #205 Going off of the previous one... They hear you preparing their food/shaking a bottle of their favorite treats. Rats come out of the woodwork then!
     
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    When you come near the cage to get something unrelated to rats, and completely forget what you wanted, because you end up playing with rats.
     
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    I do this CONSTANTLY! I go up to my room to get something for school and then I stop because someone's giving me an adorable look. Twenty minutes later and I'm like "what was I even up here for?"
     
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