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they are basically the closest we will ever get to a pet hybrid of a cat and a dog

they can be litter trained like a cat
but they can learn almost all the tricks dogs can learn (except maybe sit because they are too fat and close to the ground XD)
they also love cuddles and shoulder rides

but rather than just telling you this
check out some videos I found endearing ^^

tricks:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhZvSo…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lHx7d…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLlEoX…

being cuddly:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E66uah…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KljVuz…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLBCgX…


and that is why I love rats to death~
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twistedpony3000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
soooooooooooooo true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my rat is soooooooooooooo super sweet, and she's totally cool with any other pet (unless it's another rat, then she gets jealous... XD)
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Brownie-12 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you keep a rat alone?? thats animal cruelty, if you do.
Please inform yourself how to properly do an integration between rats because they NEED at least 2 buddies for their social life which is usually in big big groups.
You should get rats from a shelter btw, not a pet shop...
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twistedpony3000 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
She's alone because her sisters died, and now she's become a diva
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Brownie-12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:/ poor girl.. She still needs a rattie friend..
Maybe she needs a bit longer to get integrated with other rats. But it is possible, shes still a rat.
I wish yoou and your rat luck.
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twistedpony3000 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
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B1ueM00n Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Writer
Rats are awesome!! I wish I had one, but we can't get any right now because my mom is terrified of mice and rats. Not guinea pigs though lol. I remember when I was little, I was watching a show how rats could sniff out explosives. I thought that was pretty cool.
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Knot221 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Rat's are so cute! I've been wanting one for a while, but I don't really have time for pets of any kind :(
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Metaknightrules Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i really want a rat, but we already have 9 pets.....
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firebreather2536 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i know, right
all we need to do is somehow equip them with a huge weapon then we have a house security system :3
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heartbloodrose Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the reason i love rats :heart:

[link]
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heartbloodrose Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I :heart: my rat so much he is adorable, he has a habit of resting his paw on my finger for a minute or two and staring at me while a pet his fur :heart:
And nohia is possessive of my shirt XD
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Brownie-12 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only one rat???
Please inform yourself about how to care for ratS properly.
They should be kept in groups of at least 3, to life theiir very social life how they want to, you are not replacing a rats buddy.
Thanks for reading
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heartbloodrose Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i know this very well thank you. no need to address me as a moron. the reason i cant have more is because where i live there is no way for me to get more rats. i got my rats (( I had two Nohia and Kaiya)) when i went off to the mainland and got one from a Humain pet store. however the first rat i had Nohia was a four year old rat with a large tumor and i got her because she was my friends and i had known this rat since they got her and they could not take care of her anymore, she was the rat who inspired me to make an Oc rat character named Rose. However she died a month after i had her of old age. then i was left with Kaiya who i had got at the pet store and if you want some tasty info about rats.
did you know that male rats are actually alright by them selfs they prefure the company of other rats yes but if they get the right amount of socialization they are fine. My Rat Kaiya is best friends with my cat and the two do every thing together not to mention he spends nearly 16-18 some times 20 hours out side the cage, thats right from the moment i wake up to the moment i got to bed he is out of his cage having a hay day playing with my pencils and pens fetching me my ipod & headphones when i leave it on the bed. trying to steal my tablet pen and sleeping with and grooming the two cats and chasing their tails.(( this is all under supervision of course.)) and meeting all the people who i work with. the reason i cant go off to the mainland and get more is cause its over 50$ cad just to go off to the mainland and then theres the buss fair and the fact that the fact its illegal to have animals on the buses doens't help.((when i got Kaiya and nohia my friend drove me.))
And where i live no one breeds rats, I looked every where locally for some one who does.

So maybe instead of assuming and sounding like a prick why don't you go find some thing more constructive to do then assume that someone knows nothing and treating them like a moron, or atleast thats how you have phrased your self to be.
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tadakiba Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Well also ferrets are like that too. But you prefer rats, so I guess you might disagree.

ferrets are a lot more crazy and bitty though, i think. at least more than i have seen from the rats i've met.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I do like ferrets too XD

I just find they tend to be a bit more smelly and they needs a more expensive diet than a rat

(my friend has too though and they are cute if not crazy XD)
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WoundParra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love my two rattys ~ ^ - ^ I lost one awhile ago because of a tumor hnn Q - Q
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Vumbre Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I could get a rat, I would. They're so cute :3 My cats would probably eat it though, so it's safer that I don't get one.
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ShadeShi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have four cats, and they haven't eaten my rat o:

You just have to make sure to keep your rat in a room the cats won't get into, or just shut the door when the rat is outside its cage.
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Vumbre Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still, better safe than sorry. Thank you for the advice, though. c:
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ShadeShi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess thats true x3
Np!
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czmAvery Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know that! That's cool!
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BlazeFireWolf1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish i had a rat,they look so cuddly <3 apparently im alloud to have a hamster but rats are "filthy pests that do nothing but smell and multiply" :/ Those videos..the cuteness is melting my soul ; w;
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zachariiie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't be around rats. Over the years I've been majorly allergic to them out of all other rodents. They've always been aggressive around me too and after 10+ bites from them, I was kinda tired of all it :( I have to wear thick gloves when putting them in the place to feed my snake so I won't be bitten or have an allergic reaction.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
first off
live feeding is neither good for snake nor rodent and I am highly aggressive
secondly rat of course a rat is going to be aggressive if you are talking it to be eaten by a snake, rats tend to know when they are been led to the slaughter, they can also pick up on the emotions of people too, so if you are scared of handling them they will pick up on that too.

rats will only bite if threatened or scared
plus feeder rats are not bred for any reason than to be killed so it is just like picking up a wild rat in that respect.

I would urge you to try and change your snake to frozen since feeder rats can also carry mites and bite your snake.

I am very glad live feeding is against the law here, since I find it a huge ethical issue
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zachariiie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm very gentle when it comes to animals. Even if the animal is about to be killed. When I hold tamed rats, usually pets that belong to my friends, I STILL get bitten. Which is why I tend not to hold them anymore due to how many times it has happened. I just wear gloves because the rat will be untamed, so the risk it higher.

It is impossible for me to change that. I believed we have talked about this before, but it was some time ago. My snake is about 8-9 years old now? I got my snake when she was only a month old and the shop who had her before us fed her live mice. We tried to feed her cold, since my grandmother didn't like the fact that the mice were being bred just to be killed. But after 2 months, it didn't work, and she needed to be fed. So we just gave her live from that point of time.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well it still seems very highly unusual as rats are recorded in fact as the pet rodent least likely to bite.

I don't doubt that you are gentle but I feel even a pet rat would even be able to smell the fear of another rat even if you aren't holding a pet rat till hours, days after or have washed your hands etc,
that and of course if you are handling your snake rodents would pick up on that as well.
and if you are scared to hold them, which would be natural if you have been bitten before then they could also pick up on that.


though i still can't be certain with any of this since I don't know you, though i handle my snake often and my rats are one of the animals that have never really bitten me, and I have been bitten by many rodents and birds.

I just feel there should be a reason behind why you are getting bitten so much since it seems very out of character especially for any tame rat.

and I aplogise as I spoke to a lot of people about the live feeding issue it is hard for me to remember which conversation i had with which people,
as I do not have the best of memories.

But it still saddens me none the less even if it can't be helped
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zachariiie Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've been bitten by many many rodents aswell. Being allergic to them doesn't help. I really wish they wouldn't bite me that much, or that I was allergic to them, because my crush has alot of
Guinea pigs and considers them her children and they are very precious to her and there is no way in hell I can get near them.

I've always been an animal person, so thanks for not doubting my gentleness. We always thought due to them biting me so much is due to the fact that they could smell the fear and nervousness on me. That, or that I smell like cat since I tend to be around felines most of the day. But I really honestly doubt that was the problem, but it was the fear part. I do get incredibly nervous when hold rodents.

I completely understand for forgetting about the conversation. It was sometime ago and I suspected you talked to many people about issues/topics similar to that. I do wish my snake was cold fed, but it's not and nothing can change that sadly.
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We have the same reasons, I guess! I actually just got back from playing with them! Sweetest little things ever!
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Fanoffanbo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
my rat dead like 2 years ago now but he was the best thing ever and so soft and cute, never got to train him to do a trick so :c
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TheOddSusie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Bah! I don't need videos, I'll take your word for it, you know a lot of them
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well you should check em out just for the hell of it
really cute some of them <3

but i like rat videos myself XD
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TheOddSusie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Psssshh... Okay chicken, I'll look at some for you :)
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KittyStar9 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pet rats r cool, wild rats wouldn't b so bad if they weren't so filthy & all mice r cute! <3 not many women like rats & mice
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well ALL wild animals are filthy it comes from living in the wild y'know XD

they actually aren't that bad and they are no more filthy than a stray dog or cat would be

I actually used to feed wild rats all the time I actually hand fed a wild rat as a naive child owning pet ones I didn't see the difference but i had gained the trust of this wild group at my local park, however when I tried to show my mum this neat trick I had learned , people saw and soemone reported them and the bush they were living in got completely removed along with them

thus this made me very sad :c
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KittyStar9 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THEY WHAT!? this is y i hate humans unless they're friends or family
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pacific-grim Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
that's really cool! :)
i thought foxes would be close to a dog/cat hybrid but rats seem really close too
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess foxes would be too if we fully tame them and they become available world wide as easy to get pets
but they'd be bigger and probably need walking XD
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AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
There are domesticated fox hybreeds, just like wolf hybreeds...I'm not sure how trusty they are yet, but there are some for sale..They would need A TON of walking though.
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pacific-grim Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
yeah, i've seen most people keep them outside. they're super friendly and cuddly though! *-*
i hope they become more available soon.

it's true that they probably do need walking or some sort of exercise where as rats don't need as much. XD
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beeagle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
THANK. YOU.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES!
rats need more love from people :3
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S--l--N--A--L--U Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like rats but im not allowed to get one O-O by the way flighty,i love your rats(i saw the video that you made like years ago xD) theyre so cute!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a shame they are the best small pet I think, though birds are amazing too for companionship they are more selfish about having your attention all the time while rats are sort of placid.

I get into fights over rats with people

I will take on the world for my ratty friends
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BlueRavencat9621 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I nearly smacked a girl in my Bio class because I tried convincing my friend that rats are great pets. She said they were all disease infested pests and shouldn't be allowed to be pets.
My friend had to hold me back before I actually hurt her. Poor rats get such a bad rep, it makes me so mad when they get verbally abused like that. :'(
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S--l--N--A--L--U Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
im not allowed to get anything that a cat eats....because i have one.she ate all the small pets i had before.two gerbils,a hamster,and a bird.i loved them all but the damn cat had to eat them :(
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heartbloodrose Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i had the same problem with my cats, they ate my girbils and always bring in dead rats but when i got mine as soon as they... i dont know saw how intelligent they are the cats stopped bring in rats, its been a month and 2 weeks since i got my rats and in that time my she cat has slept with the rats multiple times :heart: i think its how you intro the animals to each other. first impressions do matter.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah if i had a act I wouldn't allow it in the same room as my small animals ever
same with my dog he is not allowed in my room with my animals because of this
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Jackrabidx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fff so true <3 I had a red named Rev, she died not so long ago though :c She was really sweet and cuddly though ;-;
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww I'm sorry to hear that

its a shame rats don't live very long

(6 years is the most any rat ever lived really and that's with special diets and highest care most get to 3 or 4 )

sadly with my rats having myco I may not even get 2 years of happy living with tehm which sucks
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Jackrabidx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it really does :c I had a mouse as well, adorable he was, he was the tiniest in the litter and had a wee bit of a mohawk going down his back. But, not as great as a rat.. The first few weeks he bit really hard, my rats /never/ bit unless they thought my finger was food, in which case they'd let go immediately.
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