Cookie MonsterIn my last post Serena commented, "... I've heard rats are very clever...but they seriously know their names?? That's so cool!" And although I was a wee bit on the grumpy side today, thinking of this lifted my spirits a bit and I thought I'd talk a bit more about rats.
The set of sisters we had previously were Cookie and Peanut. Each knew their own names respectively and would only come out if you called for them specifically. One of Four would take them out each evening to watch t.v. or read with her in our big leather chair in the livingroom. Cookie was the more curious and friendly of the two, anxious to meet any new person to visit the house. Particularily if they didn't like rats. This made them both even more eager to visit with the newcomer.
Cookie would stand watch on the arm of the chair. That was her job. Peanut was (and still is) the cuddler who just likes so soak up the love and loves to sleep curled up beside you.
Our two new rats, Squeekers and Sugar, learned their names within the first week or so of moving in. Sugar seemed to learn hers slightly quicker than the other. Our other two ladies were refined, friendly and quiet from day one. Our two new rats are silly, hyper, friendly and mischievious!
These two new rats like to play games. They love to wrestle with your hand, play tag and hide and seek. First you grab at them while they run away, then you pull back and make scratching sounds on the surface they are on. Kind of like you'd play with a cat if you like getting scratched up. They run and hide then turn and pounce on your hand. You chase again....etc.... They realize it's play and not a threat to them so they don't scratch or bite.
Rats do make a good pet if you can keep them from figuring out how to escape their cages, and they're much better company than many of the people I know. Probably smarter too;-)