Saturday, October 12, 2013

Weekly Rat Facts: Common Misconceptions

As you probably know by now, I write articles about small animal care. I write about how to care for rats mainly but I've also written articles on hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and mice. Just look back through some of my blog posts to find them. 

Too many times when I tell people that I have rats as pets they get this disgusted look on their face and say things like, "Rats? Really?" or "Don't they carry the plague?"

The fact is they are not dirty, they don't carry the plague and they make great pets.

The truth is, rats are growing ever more popular as pets. People who love them will sometimes take them to rats shows just like a dog show, where they will win ribbons and medals for the best looking rats. Rats are friendly, social, clean and very loving animals. This is Lucky and he gives kisses to anyone who pets him, just like some dogs will when you pet them. He likes to run around and come back to get petted, just like a dog and he keeps himself clean like a cat does.