It is impossible to stay angry at your rat.
I am a very grumpy person. I am also very territorial. When the rats cause things to break, when the rats chew on furniture, when they eat overpriced shoes that have never been worn, and when they bite me, I just want to kill the little turds. I mean mangle them and rip their itty bitty little teeth out! Heck, even strangle them if possible. This feeling washes away in about 2 seconds though. What a bummer.
I swear they have no idea what they've done wrong, and what's worse is they hang around to mock you. They also seem to think that's the greatest time in the world to give you a lick or a kiss. ARGH! What's worse is that they seem to know what is expensive and what is not. We have purchased many chew toys for the rats and have given them many old socks and t-shirts to tear apart. What do they do with those things? Just pee on 'em. It's absolutely infuriating, and you know what? I'd probably give them another shot at tearing apart those shoes that were truly ugly anyway, that furniture that really looks that much more natural with the teeth marks, and the sexy scars they make. And if they want to tear their overpriced powder-coated cages apart and turn it into a slip n' slide, why not!
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Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not
one of them. These are merely accounts of our experiences with rats, our perceptions of these experiences, where we've failed
and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes: