Oh boy... I know, I know. I'm slightly crazy. Probably insane if you were being really honest. But yes, we got PET RATS! Oh my gosh they are SO DARN cute and entertaining. It all started a few weeks ago....
One of the hermit crabs died and Porter was heartbroken. So we headed to the petstore to get another hermit crab and I realized it was silly to spend almost $10 on a hermit crab. They don't DO anything. Ours were literally buried in the sand 24/7.
Then the rats caught my eye.
Back in highschool I remember seeing a rat at the petstore... it looked kind of mangy (now after researching rats a bit I think it was a rex) but it was so friendly and playful. I wanted to get it but my mom would never ever agree to getting a pet rat. So, I got a guinea pig. His name was Moose and he was so cute. This was after a handful of hamsters I'd had (and newts and fish and cockatiels.... I loved animals!).
I realized... HEY! *I* am the mom now! We can get rats if we want! So I started browsing Craigslist and checking out cage prices and researching rats as pets. There were a few near misses in acquiring some pet rats but none worked out. I was undecided on males or females (males being larger, calmer and cuddlier but having, ahem, big balls... females being smaller, more playful but more active). Ideally I thought I'd love to have a neutered male but wasn't about to spend $80 on neutering a RAT!
Well, my patience and research paid off. I found someone on CL that had 2 month old baby rats to rehome... 7 females. They were cute in the pictures. When I called her she mentioned she also had 2 neutered males the same age. SCORE! To top it off... she was giving us a small cage with them.
So yesterday we went to Lansing to pick up our babies. We got 2 females and 1 neutered male. The cage her son gave us (she wasn't home and turns out the son gave us a hamster cage instead of the decent sized rat cage) was a bit small for the 3 rats so we went to 3 petstores to check out cage prices. Preuss Pets had a great one for $100. Ick. Pet Supplies Plus had some great ferret cages on clearance but the bar spacing was too far apart for rats. PetSmart was our jackpot. We scored a great sized cage with 2 levels for..... wait for it.... $8.97! Less than $10 for a $50 cage! YAY!
By the way, have you EVER tried to photograph rats? Baby rats, at that... that are active and scurrying around? Oh my. I put them on the ironing board by a window and was able to get just a handful in focus. Cricket (aptly named because she scurries and hops around!) decided to leap the 3 feet from the ironing board to the chair!