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    Thanks! That helped alot! I don't know of any shelters close that have rats. I have to think of a way to convince my mom to let me get them. Last time I got mice they were males and my mom HATED them. (she was the one that convinced me to get them in the first place! ) She finiall got so sick of them when I was u in New Hampshire she told my dad to bring them back to petco withen 1 month. I am gonna go with females if I can to get ride of that smell coming from the cage.

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    Mice smell WAY more than rats.
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    They do? Well thats a pro. for my mom!

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    The most important question is: WHY in the world would you want to house a filthy rodent in your home?
    There are only 2 infinite things... the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not too sure about the universe.

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    What kind of cage is the best? Ex. metal bars, no plastic
    I always preferred 20 gallon long aquariums.

    What gender should I go for?
    Males worked best for me. My females always died of cancer. Very sad.

    How freindly are they?
    Moderately to Extremely. However, I did have a couple that were quite aggressive bitters.

    What treats should they get?
    Nobody's mentioned bugs yet. They love live adult crickets and feeder roaches. Yum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vft guy in SJ View Post
    The most important question is: WHY in the world would you want to house a filthy rodent in your home?
    They are no different than guinea pigs, except way friendlier. Guinea pigs are also rodents and people get them all the time. People bad mouth rats all the time, but they are great pets and very clean. Yes, they are clean! I could ask why someone would want a snake or roaches as pets.
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    Why the hell do people have set opions on things they see in pet stores compared to the wild versions or vice versa! For example rats live in places that we see as gross or disgusting and get flees, but that is if the are in the dumpsters or something, I really dought a pet store rat has ever been in any place other then a clean cage/room! Bettas as well, just because bettas can live in tiny mud puddles (during the dry season!) doesn't mean they are happier or healthier in small containers, they still are tropical fish and need tropical fish temps. and proper tanks chosen with the general rule of thumb, 1 inch on the fish equals 1 gallon of water, and I dought any one will find one that small other then a really young female!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    Don't shop at Petco. I wouldn't even buy dry good there. Petco is where the pets go... to die. They have a reputation of neglect and selling sick animals, more so than any other chain store.
    That goes for plants from the hardware store to!
    I bought from the hardware store until I realized I was supporting cp neglect, you are not saving them you are just making dead plants sell, and if the hardware store can get away with selling sickly plants they will just keep ordering them.
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