Do you like rodents?

@maximax8 (30066)
United Kingdom
February 20, 2008 9:55am CST
I had gerbils when I was a teenager. I had a gray one called Nod and a brown one called Wink. I liked the way they dug tunnels in the large glass tank they lived in. I still like gerbils and also like hamsters. They look so sweet but most of them have to be kept on their own. I think pet rats are quite intelligent and I saw a program about a rat that was sniffing out dangerous land mines in Mozambique. I like mice but a cage of them in a house can really smell awful. Do you like rodents? If no why not? If yes which is your favorite and why? Thanks
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
20 Feb 08
gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and a brief encounter with mice for a school project - I guess we've run the gambit of the average rodent pet owner.... but no rats. our favorite thus far has been the deju! oh what a delightful creature he was... sadly the cat found him delightful too. :/
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@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
Yes, it is lovely to look after school pets during the holidays. I looked after some rabbits and guinea pigs when I taught a class of nursery children. I saw the deju in a pet shop once and think it looks a bit like a very large brown gerbil. Cats are often interested in small rodents rather sadly.
@ellie333 (21018)
20 Feb 08
I personally love hamsters and used to keep mice, but unfortunately my elsest daughter has a phobia, she can't even cope with the guinea pigs I have, rabbits are the smallest creatures she can cope with. I have to install rodent deterrent plug ins at her house she shares at university. She will literally freeze. If we go to the zoo she will not got anywhere near anything that is like a mouse or rat. She has had to face this fear when she was travelling in Australia, there was a rat under her bed in a hostel they were staying at, she survived but is still just as terrified, bless. She even left home for a month once cos she thought we had mice. Ellie :D
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@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
I am sorry to hear about your eldest daughter's phobia. It must have been scary for her when she saw a rat under her bed in Australia. A rodent deterrent in her house that she shares whilst studying at university is a good idea. I have a friend that is scared of bees and wasps. If one comes near her she runs off screaming. Yes, hamsters are so cute and mice are adorable.
@shoumik12 (176)
• Bangladesh
20 Feb 08
I like rodents because their furs are so soft that I feel like I would squish it. My favourite ones are hamsters. They are also very soft.
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@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 08
I like your description of rodents. I looked after my friend's hamster whilst she was on holiday. He looked so cute, like a tiny bear. His soft fur was a delight to touch. Thanks for your response.
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I have had gerbils and rats. They fun pets to have, but you do have to clean their cage often so it doesn't smell. I really liked my gerbils.
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@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb 08
Yes having gerbils and rats is enjoyable. I cleaned out my gerbils tank often and it didn't smell too bad. Thanks for your response.
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@Jemina (5779)
21 Feb 08
I never liked rodents. Whatever they look like they are still rodents and they are a pest. I used to like rabbits and hamsters but one time my classmate's hamsters escaped from their cage and they did some damage. They maybe small damage compared to the ones caused by rats and mice but still they are not pleasant.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Some rodents have sharp teeth and if they get out of their cage they can cause some damage. My gerbil Salt chewed through my telephone answering machines wire. Luckily she didn't do anymore damage and didn't harm herself.
@Jemina (5779)
13 Mar 08
I'm glad your gerbil didn't get harmed. However cute they are, it's still their nature to chew that's why I'm hesitant to make them as pets.
• Canada
21 Feb 08
I absolutly adore rodents! My Parents have a guinea Pig named Don Juan it is the third guinea pig for the family. The first was named Chum and the second was named Piglet. Two years ago I recieved a hamster named Buckley for christmas but he has since passed away. I am now the proud owner of a rat named Nosie and a mouse named Whisper. I love the rat the best, but shhh don't tell my mouse. My ratty is very affectionate and likes to curl up with me. She is young and still pretty adventerous and she likes to explore my bed and try to escape. My guinea pig just sits in my lap like a big warm fuzzy lump but I love him just the same. My mousie is very anti social and doesnt really like people very much. But she is way to cute to dislike
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
Don't worry I won't tell your mouse that you like your rat most. Whisper and Nosie are lovely names. Your dear ratty loves to explore by the sounds of it. Your little mousie sounds really sweet. Thanks for your excellent response.
• Canada
21 Feb 08
I am glad you liked the names I picked out, my sister named my hamster. I forgot to mention in ym initial reply that rodents are very easy to care for. They have to be fed about once a day (for the smaller rodents my guinea pig gets fed at meal times) and I clean their cages about once a week. They also need toys to play with (whisper has a wheel and somewhere to hide) or have to be played with which is no chore if you love your rodents. I highly reccomend rodents as pets but for someone with small children I would not reccoment a smaller rodent (like a mouse) for fear of getting lost. Guinea pigs are mild mannered but can sometimes bite. My ratty has never ever bitten me or anyone else so rats, if you can get over the tail, make excellent pets for children.
• Singapore
12 Mar 08
Oh gosh, no no. Not me definitely. Rodents are just not my kind of pet... I mean, they are rodents!!
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Thanks for replying. I so like to hear different opinions. Perhaps you like larger pets? I have two dogs and am looking after my mum's parrot.
@tamzcat (68)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I love all animals. I have had gerbils, hamsters, rats, and mice. Rats are my favorite. They are the most intelligent of the four listed and the love to hang out with you and on you. Mice are my next favorite. Female rats and mice don't smell as bad as males.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
I love all animals. I have two dogs now in my life but I will never forget the adorable gerbils that I have owned. Rats are so intelligent and friendly. It is interesting that male rats smell far worse than female rats. Thanks for your very good reply.
• United States
10 Mar 08
I do not like rodents. I am scared of mice and rats and think they they are very dirty creatures. They are know for spreading disease and just being a nuisence. I don't have anything against gerbils and such I just could never own one because they remind me of mice.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Yes, you associate mice and rats with disease. Gerbils are really sweet and are larger than mice. They go well in pairs and are very friendly to their owner.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
9 Mar 08
We had mice and gerbils growing up. My son has had a hamster and a total of 3 gerbils. It is kind of funny how we keep some rodents as pets, but if we see one running across our floor uninvited we freak out.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Hamsters look adorable I think. Gerbils are lovely little animals that are friendly and sweet looking with they dig and stand of their hind feet. Yes, it is funny how most people that like pet rodents get freaked out if a wild one runs across the floor. I had wild mice get into my old cottage so I got a pet catcher from a pet shop and I let them go in a field far from houses.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
6 Mar 08
My kids used to have two gerbils, when they were younger, and we had to get rid of them. One of them got sick and attacked the other one. It went crazy and sucked the eye balls out of the other one and ate half of its face. We didn't notice right away, till the smell told us something was wrong. The poor thing was still alive so we had to kill it, and since the other one went nuts we had to kill it too. I called the vet to ask why this happened and she told me that it probably got a brain tumor and went nuts. She said that is common if they have a brain tumor, they get very aggresive and will do something like this. After this incident we never got anymore. We threw out the tank, fish tank, and all the toys and the kids never wanted any more ever again. They are now adults and they remember this as we just were talking about it not that long ago.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
This is a very sad story. What strange behavior! I think he or she must have been a brain tumor. Gerbils are usually very friendly animals. Thanks for sharing.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
3 Mar 08
I love rats! I used to have rats. I was especially close to Lucca my rat. He was my buddy. They are very smart creatures and I think that the rats that are sniffing out land mines are absolutely amazing! They're so lovable and adorable and i love how soft they are. My rat used to play chasey with me. I'd run up to him then run away, then he'd chase me, nibble on my foot and wait for me to run away again. He chased me around my bedroom for ages-he was so cute! I miss my little Lucca. However I would like a pet ferret, althoughI hear that they can be quite cheeky. I also don't think we're allowed them where I live, not without a permit anyway.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Thanks for your excellent response. Lucca must have been the most adorable rat, so intelligent and playful. What you say proves that rats are intelligent and they can make excellent pets. Ferrets can be quite cute so you might look into getting a permit. When I was in Queensland in Australia rabbits were not allowed to be kept as pets.
• United States
2 Mar 08
Yes, I love all animals actually I have two Rats - they are the sweetest!
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
I love all animals but I am not keen on insects like mosquitoes. It is lovely that you have two rats. What color are they and what are their names?
@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
I like mickey mouse but i hate rats. I hate it. I'm afraid of Liptospirosis a disease from this rodents. good luck to the year of the rat.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Yes, that is a disease that some wild rats can carry. The pet rats are usually quite healthy, some are quite tame and all are quite intelligent.
@megumiart (3780)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I think mice and rats and hamsters and stuff are cute, but I hate it when they scurry around. I'm afraid that they'll crawl on me or something. xD
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
I think hamsters especially look cute and I think mice look so sweet. Yes, they are so small that if let out of their cage they can disappear underneath furniture and they might crawl on you.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
I love gerbils, but my mum when I was young refused to have rodents in the house! So It wasn't until I was 23 that I got my first pair of gerbils, I was living with an ex at the time and I even remembered their names, Jake and Robbie LOL! Bless. Well my ex did something stupid and unforgiveable, when he took them out of the cage to clean it one of them escaped, we never found Robbie. A few months I left him and sadly I couldn't take Jake back to my parents so he stayed with my ex. I never had any rodents after that episode.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
It is a shame that your mum refused to have a rodent in your house. One of my friend's had this same problem so when I was holiday she looked after my gerbils in her garage. Her mum liked them but still didn't want to get her any. It is lovely that you got Jake and Robby when you were 23 but your nasty ex let Robbie escape. I am sorry to hear that. Thanks for your excellent response.
@peavey (16906)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I have to be the odd one out and say that I don't like mice or rats... too many encounters with the wild ones, I guess. Hamsters are cute, though, but I don't like cleaning cages so I don't have one. I like rabbits, either wild or domesticated, too. Guess it depends on what rodent.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Wild mice and rats are quite different from pet mice and pet rats. Yes, the wild ones are not appreciated by many people. It is wise not to have a hamster if you don't want to clean out the cage. Rabbits are such sweet animals and I have had many in my lifetime. Sally was my most memorable rabbit and she was very good at digging holes.
• United States
21 Feb 08
I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to say NO! I had a very bad experience with them when I was a kid. I grew up in Hawaii, and since there are no snakes in Hawaii... there are a lot of rats. Huge kitten sized rats. Every place that we lived in, harboured them. I'd hear them crawling around in the attic and sometimes when I wake up, I'd see them crawling away from my face. There was this one time when I was 7 years old, I was napping on the couch, and I awoke because I felt a big fat rat crawled up my leg and it ran across my body over my face. I could feel the rough fur, the shap claws, the long wrinkly tale, and the nastiness of the rat all over me. Just typing it out right now, is giving me the chills. I am literally shuddering right now. So from then on, I do not like anything that is in the rat family. All rodents remind me of rats. Now that I live in Florida, I don't see as many rats, but I do see a lot of squirrel, and that alone gives me the creeps. When I see them, I go the opposite direction, because they look too much like the rat that crawled over my body. Sighh......
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
I understand your fear of rats and think that given your scary experience that is understandable. I have heard one person describe squirrels as tree rats. I like them and feed them nuts sometimes. I love most animals but I am not keen on insects like mosquitoes and cockroaches.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
Some people loves to keep rodents at home. I like them but you should know how to maintain them as it is hard to let them go anywhere else.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 08
Yes, before buying a rodent it is a good idea to read a book about their care. It is nice to buy the largest tank for gerbils or cage for hamsters, mice and rats that you can afford.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
I just don't know why... but i have this distinct fear of rodents, mice, or any animal that resemble them... i can't stand being around them... i remember when i was working in GTMO Cuba... there were Banana Rats that were bigger than cats... these creatures were not at all harmful... they sleep during the day and come out at night... but i still fear them everytime i see them sleeping up a tree...
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
I am sorry to hear of fear of rodents. I think that it would be scary to see huge rats if you don't small ones. Rats came in different sizes. I saw a program that had a Gambian rat sniffing out land mines in Mozambique.