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What pet should we get? Like a rat but lives longer

We loved our little ratty but he died after a couple years and we don't want to go through that again in a couple more years. Any ideas for another pet that shares a lot of a rat's good features but lives longer? Things we like about rats: social, loving, cute, nice to pet and cuddle, playful, fine home alone for a couple days, stays in a cage. The pet doesn't have to stay in a cage, but it should be fine home alone all day in an apartment with no yard, and it shouldn't require too much cleanup. We're considering a cat but I'm mildly allergic, so I'd prefer something else. We plan to get a dog if we move somewhere with a yard eventually.
posted by Gravel on Jan 18, 2014 - 38 answers

What do I do with a dying rat?

My pet rat has a giant, growing tumor and I'm unsure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Sep 14, 2013 - 24 answers

I think I smell a rat. Oh, I think I smell a rat.

Help! Are the rodents too smart for us? I am losing my wits and feel like poison may be the only option, but I have two big ole dumb dogs that would most likely eat the poisoned rats outside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Dec 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Who Is That Green Demon?

There's this iconic (or at least I think it's iconic, maybe it used to just be local to me?) image or logo that I am trying to find out the name of/origins of. But describing the image in Google is not coming up with the right results. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me fix my experimental setup!

What type of pump do I need to buy to remove air from an animal cage and deliver it at a controlled rate to an experimental setup? [more inside]
posted by keelyellenmarie on Apr 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Get rid of rats, leave the cat

What's the bets method for getting rid of rats in a house that has a cat and small kids? Obviously snap traps are out of the question, as ius posion and probably glue, but are tunnel like electrical traps safe? How effective are the humane traps? (I do not, TBH, care that much about about being humane to rodents, but safety is a concern)
posted by Artw on Nov 1, 2011 - 24 answers

Bellatrix, Cleoratra and Meg are gorgeous... help me keep them happy and healthy.

Should I worry about the length of pet rat claws? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Oct 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Killer kitty

Our cat, who in the previous 6 years has not brought home any animals, has brought home 3 dead rats. Ew! What's up with that? Why now? Should we put a bell on him? Is he fighting off a rat infestation? Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Sep 29, 2011 - 30 answers

Rat!

Advice needed on trapping a rat. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Sep 2, 2011 - 13 answers

I'm too susceptible to children begging.

In a moment of weakness, I agreed to adopt 2 baby rats. What do I need to know that a google search doesn't tell me? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jul 18, 2011 - 33 answers

Where mouse go?

Quick! Where do I release a live mouse (or maybe rat). I live in the city. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 31, 2011 - 30 answers

If you give a cat a mouse ...

My cats, I think to thank me for giving them extra-special stinky cat food for Easter, brought me a present. It's a (live, but obviously wounded) mouse--maybe even a small rat. Now what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by misha on Apr 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Can we smuggle this little guy on the plane

My niece is coming to stay with us for several months and wants to bring her pet rat (think small, cute mouse (picture here) but friendlier). None of the airlines seem to allow rodents in the cabin. What's the best way to get her pet cross country (NC to CA)? Can she smuggle it on board in her carryon? [more inside]
posted by metahawk on Jun 20, 2009 - 25 answers

I've killed 15 rats and now need to clean and disinfect my garage. Please help!

My garage has been a rat motel for the past year. Now that the rats are gone how do I clean it and make it usable again? [more inside]
posted by phixed on Feb 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Aww Rats!

I'm considering getting a pair of rats. My AskMe and internet searches didn't have answers to my two questions regarding cats and vacations. [more inside]
posted by deborah on Jan 22, 2009 - 18 answers

What are our options for our pet rat's (maybe) tumor?

What are our options for our pet rat's (maybe) tumor? Today we noticed a what we think is a tumor on our 3.5 year old female fancy rat. It's under her left armpit and about the size of a grape. From googling it seems as if tumors are a common occurrence in female rats, and this is probably a mammary tumor. We were wondering if any of you had any experience with this sort of thing or possible recommendations for small animal veterinarians in the Atlanta area. We are hoping not to euthanize her.
posted by goHermGO on Aug 8, 2008 - 7 answers

There are rats in the kitchen, what am I gonna do?

Several questions about rat infestations, including this one: If I use poison on the giant rats who are suddenly infesting my house, what are the chances of a poisoned rat deciding to die where my dogs can get it and then, if they do get it, will they die too? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Jul 3, 2008 - 13 answers

How can I get rid of this smell?!

A rat died in my wall (or ceiling), and it smells terrible. I'm leaving town for a week, what can I do to make sure the smell is gone (or greatly diminished) by the time I come back? [more inside]
posted by Orrorin on Mar 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Celebrate Chinese New Year, Come On!

The U.S. calendar new year sucked for my sister and me so we'd like to commemorate Chinese New Year today. How can we celebrate the Year of the Rat? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Feb 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Oops, extra "pet" rat, non-fatal expulsion options?

What to do about an extra "pet" rat. We have two domestic rats who get a bit of freedom (out of the cage for ~ 1hr per day so there is a risk of temporary escape). But now an extra rat has come into the house. Previously I've used poison to get rid of rat visitors (we live next to a creek so they're pretty common round about) but I'm reluctant to do so in case one of the pets escape. Any suggestions on how to proceed? The two pets are called "Dotty" and "Stripey" btw so we've christened the visitor "Hidey"
posted by singingfish on Mar 14, 2007 - 15 answers

What's so great about Sinatra?

What was (is) so great about Sinatra? [more inside]
posted by holdkris on Feb 22, 2007 - 34 answers

Whither the word for rat-related?

OK, so I'm sitting here with one of my buddies, talking about his research, and we realized that we know the word for "of or relating to mice" (murine), and the word for "of and related to cow" (bovine), but have no clue what the word for "of or related to rat" is. And after what we thought of as a pretty comprehensive web search (including this very good Google Answer), we're no closer to an answer. Anyone know what the word we're looking for is?
posted by delfuego on Sep 16, 2006 - 14 answers

Toilet Rat

A rat just swam up into my toilet. Can I flush it back down?
posted by Felicity Rilke on May 22, 2006 - 43 answers

Where's my ratty?

How do I kill a rat? [more inside]
posted by asok on Sep 20, 2005 - 45 answers

Huge Moth

Oh my god - is that a moth or a flying rat? [MI][moths][uk (possibly)] [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jul 24, 2004 - 26 answers

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