Pet of the day: Give rats a chance

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on May 1, 2016 in Rat News | Subscribe



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SYLVIA MATTHEWS


Rats are completely misunderstood and undeserving of their reputation, says Sylvia.



Having had a menagerie of animals, it’s hard to choose one fur or feather baby. I’ve cared for dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, pigs, horses, rats, chinchillas, birds and more.

In saying that, I have never felt a deeper connection than to my heart-rat Leo.

Rats are intelligent, affectionate, clean, social animals and it’s important that they have at least one companion.

I had 11 rats, but because of their limited life span of two to four years, one by one they entered the pearly white gates to paradise.

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Leo would excitedly run up to me when I returned from work and give me gentle kisses. He’d rest his heavy eyelids to the beat of my heart and we were inseparable.

We went on road trips together; he would frolic in the grass and sleep on a bed of flowers.

Rats are completely misunderstood and undeserving of their reputation. Society has conditioned us to believe these fallacies.

I enjoyed taking photographs of him and he made for a fantastic wee model.

What am I asking you to do? Give ’em a chance! They’re like miniature dogs.

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