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look at those whiskers by mechanicalmasochist look at those whiskers by mechanicalmasochist
A photo of my dumbo rat Loki

again with my new camera so you can see all his details.

her is a silvered Berkshire in colour but you cant see his white chest or socks here, or his li'l tail tip.
Ben has a lot more white on him than Loki.

They are both running around on my bed right now while I type this , they are such cuties :3
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David-The-Thing Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Artist
AWW ; ; LOKI IS SO ADORABLE! ; = ;
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Healehwolf Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a beautiful rat. He's so glossy!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! he is fluffy too :3
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Gl00my-Alpaca Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
I want a rat so badly but my mum always says they die of cancer :(
He's so cute <3
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
females do get a lot of tumours, but if you spay them it reduces the risk of them getting them by loads!

alternatively male rats aren't prone to tumours at all, so you could always get two males :3
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Gl00my-Alpaca Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks! That's great to know!
Should you get rats in pairs? or just have one?
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should certainly get them in pairs if you can

in the wild rats live in big social groups and more experienced rat owners sometimes keep up to 19 rats! (crazy right)
3 is often recommended to help for when one rat passes since rats will become sad without company

but 2 is fine
I only own 2 myself.

they simply need each other for grooming and play fighting and snuggling up together on cold nights, basically the companionship a human cant offer.


but don't worry two rats will still be as tame as one :3
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Gl00my-Alpaca Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Right now my mums just really convinced any rat I'll get will get cancer
also we have a guinea pig
and whats the average life span?
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay but your mum seems not very well informed
because its not cancer they are prone to?
its mammary tumors and that only effects female rats because they have mammary glands
thus upon spaying the risk lessons

and males don't have mammary glands which is why they do not get it.


guinea pig shouldn't be a problem i know some people let their rats play with their guinea pigs but I wouldn't recommend it unless you know what you are doing.

rats don't live very long with the oldest rats being 6 years and the average being 2-3


but the payoff is worth it.
unlike hamsters and mice
rats will learn to come when you all their names
they can be litter trained and can learn many tricking such as 'spin' give a paw' 'fetch' and even 'rollover' just look it up on you tube, some can learn some complicated stuff too!

they also love attention
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Gl00my-Alpaca Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you for the advice~
I may end up getting some~
btw I love your "rats in a lab" shirt once I get money I'll buy it~
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome ^^

but be warned cages can be expensive
oh I'd also recommend buying from a breeder if you can find one, since a lot of pet shop rats will be timid and often have respiratory diseases like myco I learnt that the hard way)

thanks ^^
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WindstarofWindclan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww...I want a Rat, even though I have a Hamster, he's a year old
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ViralPlague Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Aw :') What I'd give to own a rat again. I miss my babies <3
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Selenmariene Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's pretty, isn't it?
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mandythereaper Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
awww soo cute and and i love that his name is loki
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ToothyGrins Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo, he's head looks so soft! <3
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Chaosisx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
What a cute ratty :3
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DarkInsanity2359 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Aww, he's so adorable!
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shikeina Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Photographer
SO DAMN CUTE! i miss my rat its funny he was white with red eyes and for halloween we taped wires all over his head XD and that was like 2 yrs ago! its cool that you like rats
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serinity52 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'aw. :3 I hope they are both doing well.
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Brownie-12 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww they're growing big boys :333
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wolflover1451 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
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FALLEN-WARRIOR-008 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
loki is so adorable :D:love:
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol! I also have a black dumbo, berkshire with some silver named Loki! X)
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow X'D I just went and looked those are some pretty rats! Soma is such a pretty colour too.
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thanks! Yeah, Soma is so friggin cute, both as a blue and a rex XDD
It's fun to think that Loki and Soma is siblings xD
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Neko-longtail Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have 2 hamsters :3
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catzandwolves Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you should've gone as a rat for halloween! ^^ i just read you weren't going as a rat, i forgot what your going as though, sorry. xD
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keira-n Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
so adorable!! i miss my rat now..
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Belinda92 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwww
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katie0202 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
loki? are you a fan of his? also HES SO CUTE!
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Cute Rat :D it's looks so curious ^^ :peace:
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Darth-Sparrowhawk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'aww. I used to have a rat, she was tiny though, so everyone mistook her for a mouse. She didn't live very long, :iconbawsonplz:
I think because of her size she got cold easily. /sigh/ Yours looks huuuuge though. :XD: So cute! I wanna get another now...
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ShuriNinja Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Hes friggin adorable. He looks so much like my rat Smokie I was confused for a second. XD
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FenneAdaekhol Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
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ShadeShi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awww! If I may ask... I just recently got rescued a feeder rat, and want to buy her a new cage.. What kind do you use?
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought a rat cage

a simple double tier (so it has a ground floor and a 1st floor)

cages with floors that are plastic (not metal mesh as they can get their feet caught in them) with bars they can climb and lots of room are best

cages like these:
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[link] (<<<this one is like the cage I have)
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(last one is probably the best but expensive)

never get a tank as the ventilation is bad and the rat cant climb which rats love doing, also you should consider getting her a friend as rats are very social and need a lot of time and devotion getting a friend means you can leave them alone for a good few hours at a time.

also thank you for rescuing a rat! I hate live feeding and luckily its against the law to sell live feeders in the uk as its considered a cruelty offense, I hope the rest of the world catches on soon D:
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ShadeShi Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would never keep a rat in a tank because they already have such bad respiratory problems. She used to be housed in one, and now she's in a modified bird cage. I'd love to get her a friend, but I want to get her checked out by a vet first.. And then there's my mother, who doesn't even want me to have this one I have now. I'm trying my best to get her to come around to the idea, since I pay for my own pets anyway. (I have two rabbits along with Nimh, the rat.)

Thank you for all of your suggestions! I was considering getting this cage, and just lining the levels with fleece or terry-cloth so she didn't hurt her feet. I also want to make sure its not to super high because I'm pretty sure her vision is severely impaired, or she's blind. She doesn't seem to see the treats in my hand, just smell them until she finds them. [link]
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SilverFoxWhiskers Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes me want a pet rodent right now! Either mouse or rat, they're adorable!!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes they are, I'd say rat if you ever decide as rats can learn tricks just like dogs and like cuddles and playing : D
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VictoriaTheCat123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
He just so fwuffy
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pokchu101 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks so adorable and I just want to pet him he looks so soft and healthy and <3333
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its good to know he looks healthy, at least, because he isn't :c he has myco , a disease that they are born with really, they get it if they have a weak immune system and it eventually effects their breathing, he is awaiting more medicine though! :3
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pokchu101 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww ;^; , well, I'm glad he's doing great! :D
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xXlove-killerXx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're really the only person I know to love rats as much as I do. My 1st died because my bro drowned him age 1 year, 2nd, Mr. mouse died of an unknown cause age 12 weeks, then emil, (he survived getting stomped on and falling from 9 feet 2 1/2 years, Guestu, old age 3 years, Linguini, REALLY old age, 4 1/2 I MISS THEM THEY WERE THE BESTIE RATTY RATS IN DA WORLD!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah if my brother tried to drown one of my rats I think i would literally cut off one of his hands no question. I can't stand people who are cruel to animals ever, if I ever met someone in person who has killed a animal I think I might just hurt them O.o

rats are very clever creatures and they get so much hate for nothing
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xXlove-killerXx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I KNOW and peopl think mice are better! You're more likely to get sick from a mouse than from a rat, and ittion to a person because of the color or where they come from, and with rats people think they're all horrble just because of movies and because some live in sewers! If rats were humans like us, would we still treat them like homless people or would we care?

I was at practice when my brother killed my rat.. I've somehow managed to keeep myself from murdering him.. He also threw a mallet at my head..... I was able to beat him up while I was still in bitter pain.
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Stripedclaw Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
now I want a rat :D
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BlueRavencat9621 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I've always wanted to have a pet rat, or a bird. But, my little kitteh is a natural hunter, so mom won't let me have one. Plus they think rats make a lot of messes and such. BUT ONCE I'M LIVING ON MY OWN I'LL GET A RAT!!!
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