Tuesday, May 13, 2014
So this month and last month I was a busy writer and wrote a few more articles and now they've been published. I'd love it if you took a look at one or all and let me know what you think. I mostly write about rats and hamsters but I do occasionally write about other things. And yes, I do use pictures of my own rats in my articles.
It's not the first time that I've written an article about what to consider before adopting a pet rat or how much they cost me each month. The reason I keep writing on these topics is because people keep asking me questions that just make me shake my head in disbelief. Here's just a couple of the questions I've been asked on Twitter, FB and by email in the past couple of months.
1. Can I house my rat in a hamster cage?
Answer: No, you cannot. A hamster cage is not at all big enough for even a small rat. The tubes, wheels, beds and space pods are much too small and you run the risk of them getting stuck and hurting themselves.
2. Can I leave my rat at home alone for a week if I put a lot of food in his cage and add an extra water bottle?
Answer: No, absolutely not. Rats are social animals and require human interaction everyday or you run the risk of having an unsocial, unfriendly rat who is mad that you left them alone for so long. If you need to leave for a long period of time, you should get a baby sitter for your rat. Someone you trust to take care of your rat.
3. Can I leave the rat cage door open while I'm at work?
Answer: Not unless you want your rat to chew through all the wires to your tv, lights, cable, phone and refrigerator and probably electrocute himself.
Good grief, a little common sense. Is that really too much to ask for?
Posted by Mary Kirkland at 12:00 AM