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My dad has two white rats with red eyes People think that rats r awful but they can be great pets.
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Three rats—Kalua, J.R. and Dixie—"J.R. was our first rat; he is a pure albino. He got his name for an HBO show called ‘Dead Like Me.’ One of the main characters names all their animals by the animal (Just Dog, Just Frog; it is loving, don't get me wrong). J.R. was just ready for a home when we got him. Kalua was our second rat; she looks like a light mudslide. That is how she got her name. Dixie was our third and final rat. Technically she is my best friend's pet but her mother won't let her keep her. My friend is a Southern gal, I hope that explains Dixie's name. Also Dixie is black and white. We got all three of them one month apart. Kalua was medium sized when we got her. J.R. and Dixie were small, but all three get along great. J.R. loves to roam around the house but neither Kalua nor Dixie are allowed to. Two days after we got Kalua, she disappeared. I closed up the cage and went to bed. The next morning I woke up and the top door was open on the cage. J.R. was curled up in his blanket inside the cage, but Kalua was gone. I found her in a swivel recliner, and had to cut it open to get her out.... Now she only gets supervised visits. We've only have Dixie two weeks and she is still too skittish."
My favorite pet rat was also black and white. He was incredibly smart, though did not get along with other rats. Just with humans!
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Some of the more exotic colors and markings in Rats are Siamese, Blue, Silver Black, Silver Fawn, Lilac, Cinnamon, Black-eyed White, Cinnamon Pearl, Lynx, Silver Agouti, Silver Lilac, Blue Point Siamese, Capped, Variegated, and Blaze. Rex rats have a curly coat, Tailless are born with no tails, and Hairless have no fur! Most rats that you find in the pet shops are Hooded, Self (all one solid color), and Irish/Berkshire (solid color top with white on the belly) in Agouti (brown, the color most often seen in the wild rats and mice), Fawn (looks orange with dark eyes), Beige (tan with dark eyes), Black, and Pink-eyed White (albino). If you've been around pet rats, you are probably familiar with the “white rat”
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Basis/Reality: I believe this stems from the fact that the wild urban rat lives in sewers and junkyards and slums. The reason rats do this is because they are crafty scavengers who've learned how to take advantage of human culture. Man-made sewers and trash piles provide shelter, darkness, and often food in the shape of not only discarded human things, but in the bugs too, which rats prey on. Rats themselves are far from filthy. Pet rats do everything they can to keep themselves and their environment clean. (This includes the habit of pushing soiled litter into a corner or through the bars of their cage. Your house may be dirty, but they're cleaning theirs.) Rats make it a point to wash themselves thoroughly and incessantly, more than a cat. In fact, my rats' white fur is almost always a shade whiter than my cat's.The history of domestic rats in the United States is not very clear. Most likely people did catch and keep wild rats as pets, and unusually colored ones probably were found. Unfortunately there are no written records (that we are aware of) documenting this. Scientific laboratories are responsible for most of the fancy rats found in the U.S. Early pet care books dating from the 1920s suggest contacting a local laboratory or university to obtain a pet white rat. If this was not successful, they recommend asking a pet shop keeper to contact their animal supplier and see if they could provide one. Apparently many people who bred animals for pet shops also supplied them to laboratories.Basis/Reality: I really doubt it. Rats are domesticated animals that lack an essential fear of humans and human things and are used to recieving their food and water daily with no work. Many would not know how to scavenge or hunt. Many have lived with other animals and grown comfortable with cats and dogs. A domestic rat is naïve and vulnerable, and many are white or other non-camouflaged colors, so are easy targets for predators. They probably couldn't compete with their wild relatives either and may be quickly killed in a territory dispute. Varieties such as hairless and double-Rex were bred for looks and may not be able to handle exposure to a natural environment, especially in cold weather, and tailless ones or overweight rats are very susceptible to heat stroke.Rats are highly social, intelligent rodents who make good pets for kids. Colors include albino, chocolate, buff, white and multicolored. Both males (bucks) and females (does) can be purchased from reputable breeders at 5 weeks of age. They do best living in same-sex pairs, preferably with littermates. Rats live about 2 years.