May 1, 2013 by rebelwithalabelmaker
On purpose. Like, as pets.
They are the Best Pets Ever. They are very sociable. They do not require walking. They are smart. They eat almost anything. They have limited life spans. And they are absolutely adorable.
There are only two downsides:
1) The cleanliness. Rats are very clean. They even litter train. But they do chew stuff, which means we have to keep the play area very tidy. And Gary may be somewhat allergic, which means we vacuum. Also, after you play with them, when you put them back in their cage they start frantically scrubbing the human-stinky off of them, which can give you a complex.
2) The boys’ hair. The boys have insisted on growing their hair out now, because they love how the rats will snuggle onto my shoulder (rats love to feel hidden away). I tried to veto this decision, and they started singing “My body’s nobody’s body but mine… You run your own body, let me run mine!”. Thanks, Carlos. Now, my children look like unkempt ragamuffins. Eric promises to tell everyone that it is not that his mother doesn’t take good care of him, it’s just that he’s growing his hair out so that the rats can nest in it.
Best. Pet. Ever.