Meet Rolo and Whiskers...



























My rats. Yes, rats. I've loved animals my entire life, and rats are no exception. In fact, if you were to ask me whether I'd rather handle a rat or a hamster, I'd hands down pick the rat, as they rarely bite, and I've never owned a hamster that didn't. I've had these two for six months now, and although they were a bit frightened at first, they're very friendly. As they're females, they don't tend to enjoy sitting still and cuddling, they like to explore. But these two love to groom people. Much like dogs, they show affection by licking. 

They can be noisy during the night due to them being nocturnal, but I generally take them out of their cage (which do not come cheap, mine set me back £85!) around 9PM, so they settle down for when I'm trying to get to sleep. Obviously they don't require the amount of care that a dog or cat does, but this is as long as you house two or more together, otherwise a lone rat would require hours of attention a day. Their upkeep can be pricey at times, though. Like I said, my cage was not cheap, and they require food, toys, treats and litter (a £5.99 bag gets me two full clean-outs).

They really do make lovely little pets though!

15 comments

  1. Awww they are so cute!! I've always wanted rats!
    Had a pet mouse when I was younger, though.
    Very cute! xoxo

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    1. I also had a pet mouse, it never became fully accustomed to people though, which was a shame. It took me ages to convince my parents about the rats!

      xx

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  2. Oh yay! I have 3 rats of my own and i love hearing about other rats/rat owners. I have 3 boys, Remy and Emile are about 9 months old and recently I went and got a baby dumbo from the adoption centre. He is adorable! Your rats are such cuties too <3 love the pic of them cuddling <3

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    1. I love how you named them after Ratatouille characters! Mine are around 8 months now, but we took a visit to a local farm on Sunday and Rolo and Whiskers are tiny in comparison to the 8 month olds they had!

      xx

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  3. Awww! Soo cute! I absolutely love animals too and i hate it how rats get a bad name!!!!people think the are dirty, but rats love keeping themselves clean!!! Great post and i look forward to hearing how they get on!!

    Jen xx

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  4. They're gorgeous! I've wanted rats for so long, I fell in love with this albino one in my pet shop once. I'd have to wait until I move out though as my mum has a phobia for their tails. Please post updates on them! x

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  5. I don't know how I convinced my parents, my dad just tends to ignore the fact I have them, and my mam wasn't too impressed at first but she loves them now! x

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  6. Those guys are so cute. And I absolutely love the name Rolo, it reminds me of the candy :)

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  7. Awwv they are so cute! Xxx

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  8. They're actually really cute! We have 2 rabbits and they're adventurous little things!
    I just followed you, really enjoyed your past few posts!

    Lea x

    http://shebeginstosee.blogspot.com - - check out my blog and follow me back if you like it? :)

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  9. Awww, so cute! I used to have 2 gerbils. :)

    http://sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com

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  10. Aww they're both gorgeous! Didn't realise rats could be cute!xxx

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  11. aw they looks so cute :D
    i really like rats but i ever preferred
    hamsters XD they never bite me but at night i had the same loud problem -.-
    xoxo :*

    http://sky-full-of-lighters.blogspot.com/

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  12. i'ts so cool..
    and nice capture...

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  13. they are adorable! i use to have mice as a kid. rats are really friendly.

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