In recent years, many books about rats have accumulated with me. Most of them are guides to educate and support rats owners. However, there are also a few things for one no guidebook prepared and here are 5 of them.
1. Gone with the carelessness
This is certainly not just a matter for rat owners. Ever since I have my rats, I have been worried about the little ones on a daily basis. Even if they are healthy and everything runs normally. If you have already had experience with the various diseases, some of which can occur very suddenly, you react to every little thing. The alarm bells go off immediately when the rat is limp, but perhaps it is just tired from the nightly party in the cage. Unfortunately it already happened to me that in the morning I found a rat (last it was Manni), dead in the cage. When it happens that Coco and Ivy are not standing at the cage door in the morning, I immediately get nervous. There are many more points like everything is ok if I am not at home or the little ones have enough food and exercise. And, it will never stop.
2. Did I close the cage door?
This point basically still belongs to point 1, but it happens so often that it deserves its own point. Especially in the morning when everything is very routine and you don’t really think about what you are doing, it can happen that you ask yourself in the bus/car/train etc.: Did I close the cage door? Especially if you live alone, it follows you the whole day and you imagine how the rats nibble at cables, go into rooms that are not rat-safe and more. There are also rats that stay well-behaved in their cage (mostly older ones like Simba and Lou) and oversleep the whole thing, but every rat is good for surprises.
3. Never underestimate a rat
And that’s also the keyword for point three, surprises. You experience them many times and you can know a rat very well. Be it the rats suddenly doing things they didn’t do before or suddenly showing sides of themselves that you didn’t know. A good example was Ivy. She was very shy when she came to me and bit. It took a very long time until we were ready for her to leave it. Inside I had already resigned myself to the fact that she never changed. But then she suddenly began to become more trusting and except for a slight pinch (to check if the hand is not something to eat) nothing happened. It still happens sometimes that she hides in the cage or that she reacts nervously to new situations, but she has definitely changed.
4. Ok enough rats, oh look at a rat
The Internet is a wonderful place for rat lovers. Be it Instagram, Pinterest or any other site, you could spend hours clicking through pictures and Memes of rats. But also movies like Ratatouile or IKEA’s cuddly rat make your heart leap faster. To make this obsession understandable to a non-rat lover, oh …. one can forget. Maybe all these pictures and things are only a method of rats to get more cuddles, because usually you have the urge to take a rat in your arms.
5. Rats are tough
There are rats that not only eat, sleep and play, but also use their abilities to help others. And by that I don’t just mean laboratory rats. APOPO’s HeroRATs oocate rural areas and sniff out tuberculosis and the last posts about rats).
Nevertheless it makes sense especially for beginners to buy one or more books. Just because they don’t cover everything about rattus doesn’t mean they’re useless. I link here some books that can help you at the beginning.