Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 12, 2009
When i was 15 i got my first fancy rat. He was a cinnamon hooded colouration. I called him Rodney and he went everywhere with me, riding on my shoulder even around town. Later i got a black hooded rat and called him Delboy to keep Rodney company when i was at school. My love of rats soon increased and i then acquired 2 brown hooded females and bred them. After that i kept different colours from the litters, including an all black 1 and 1 of Rodney's sons which turned out to be a half grey, half ginger hooded. But its not always been plain sailing. During my time owning, breeding and caring for rats i came across the dreaded chest infection. This inheritable and contagious infection doesn't kill the rats but instead makes its life hell. Symtoms include blood around the nose, sneezing and choking, weight loss and a dull coat, so if you see this dont buy it or put a healthy rat near it. Rats are also prone to strokes when in old age.
But other all they make excellant pets: they're clean, friendly, active and come in many colours and patterns. The most exspensive thing about them is the cage and live longer than the average hamster or mouse.