by Kenneth
(Severna park. MD USA)

Lucky was a white feeder large rat that I originally got for squish the snake. At first I called him rattsafarian and the snake was in shed and didn't eat the rat for a few weeks. My wife finally saw the rat in container in garage and started cryin for the poor thing. So rattsafarian's name was changed to lucky and we kept him as our pet and even eventually got rid of the snake. Well Lucky was amazing. He loved me the most and would lick and explore me and never go far. Loved being held and stroked and became huge from all the food and fun. We have 2 daschounds who even tolerated our new pet rat. After a very short time lucky would never have accidents on me as he was "comfortable and happy". He passed this summer and I have to have another. Can't believe it but I really miss lucky. I was very lucky to have had him for the time I did.

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Oct 08, 2012
saving rats NEW
by: Anonymous

as i well became a rat owner due to saving a little female white albino, who i named Leuka, from a snake. as i was a new owner i soon found out they do better in pairs so i went to petco and got a second for a cage mate who is Betty. i have had much enjoyment the last two years with them. my albino however has had many health problems. she has had a cyst, a broken back foot, respitory problems, bumble foot as well as now developing mammory tumors. she is a little over 2 and the vet has had her on antibiotics a number of times however she does not tolerate taking them well. in fact she absolutely hates it. at this time the vet has basically said to let nature run its course as she is considered a senior rat. oh and did i mention an outbreak of mites from bedding i got from stop n shop. i have definitly learned alot about rat care and treatments for various rat related health issues. now betty on the other hand has never been sick since the day i got her other than the mite episode which was no fault of hers or mine. even with all the problems leuka has had she is still a very wonderful addition to my life. never in a million years would i have thought i would have enjoyed them so much. i am currently looking into to adopting an older rat for betty when leuka does in fact pass. i am now hooked.

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