Rat Personalities

I just thought I’d make a post about the fact that rats are as individual as we are, having different tastes and eccentricities. For example, if the rats are out exploring on the floor, and I feel one pounce onto my back, I know without looking that it is Rocky. He always climbs onto my left shoulder and sniffs my ear, then more often than not he nibbles my ankle in the same place every time! I’m not sure why he does this, but my boyfriend is getting jealous! From the very beginning I’ve always worn shoes when the rats are about as they seem to be overly fond of the taste of feet!

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Rocky enjoys Cycling

Stripe is always the first to greet me at the cage bars, and when I hold him he tends to flop in my hands and tolerates me stroking him alot longer than the others. He’s probably the most submissive of my rat family, and the most human-friendly. He always runs up my chest and gives me ratty kisses on my nose which is very endearing :)

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Shy-Shy seems to have more of a wild streak in him, and squirms to get away if I hold him, although he never hesitates to run to me if I call him, and will happily climb up onto my shoulder, where he likes to be carried about. He’s the most active of all of the boys, and his ears and whiskers never stop twitching. If I have food with me Shy-Shy will shoot towards me like a rocket, and eat out of my hand.

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Shy-shy scouts out area Shy-shy getting better view

Pip, or Pipsy as I fondly call him, is a bit shy and enjoys his food, is always the last out of the cage, and first to hide if there is a funny noise or the kids are being too excitable. He tends to lounge about most of the time, or follow his brothers about when he’s feeling more energetic. If there’s a scrap between the rats though, Pip can hold his own! He’s the strong silent type. If I call him, he will come along cautiously, and creep up onto my lap via the side of me. He usually gives me a brief salutary sniff and then hides under my leg.

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Today my rats have been mostly eating small coconut pieces and grapes.

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5 Responses to “Rat Personalities”

  1. This is my favourite post!

    I have experienced the same things with my girls!

    (Audrey Ratburn, Marcelle Pencil and Genevieve Cottage)

    The pictures look GREAT by the way..

  2. Thanks! The ratties were easy to photograph when they were babies, but now they are too nosey, and I mostly get shots of their blurry noses!

  3. http://a959.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/48/m_29ff54a91b2e45531488e43de4ea6c16.jpg

    I know what you mean sometimes they are so difficult to take good pictures of. For example have a look at this one of myself and Audrey!

  4. I’ve never met a rat that doesn’t like coconut. :) I’m sure there is one out there, but I’ve still never seen a rat that doesn’t like bananas. Maybe they just love tropical food? I believe we’ve had rats who also loved durian!

  5. LOL I think they love just about ALL food ;)

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