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Rats have depth-perception fears.

Fortunately rats aren't very good judges of heights. Consequently if you put them on a shelf they probably won't jump off, that is, unless they're Slinky. If that rat is Slinky or is like Slinky, he will happily flop off the highest things he can find and predictably land on his head. This is merely an example of a rat's ability to jump up to six feet, a quality I have read so much about!

Of course, if Slinky is already on the floor and another rat hears him, he too will gracefully attempt to jump off but will, more than likely, bang his head on a few things along the way. Don't worry, this seems to be natural.

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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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