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Rats are obsessively clean animals.

Rats spend a good 20% of their day cleaning themselves, their roommates, and often, us humans. Along with eating, sleeping, and whizzing, it is their favorite thing to do. Some of them need therapy for obsessive cleaning behaviors (see "Some rats are dangerously picky!") but otherwise it's just what they do. Humans rarely need to help out with this except maybe when they are sick or old (see "Rats hate baths."). If you haven't complimented your rat's appearance today, maybe you should. After all, they do a really good job primping.

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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:

    1) To entertain.
    2) To help avoid repetition of mistakes

  Remember! Your rat is not a science project, he is your friend!

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