Quoting can111:" Aww, your kitty is so cute! I love rats too! I used to have them all throughout high school, a lot of ... [snip!] ... (he didn't hurt them, thank god, but after that he wasn't allowed to pick them up and only allowed to touch with one finger)"
Agreed! It's so amazing how the behavior of rats are shaped according to the way you treat and raise them! I was going to get mice but when my friend bought one, I took him out of the box and he bit me so hard he drew blood. Mean little bugger.
My friend had gotten a litter of rats to feed to her snake, but she wanted some to find homes so she gave me two. They turned out to be male and female. They were babies, the mother was extremely nervous and scared of everything, but the male was very curious and learned that I meant him no harm, he licked me and ran up to the cage whenever I went to open it. Eventually after a few months, the mother followed suit and was happy to see me, ran up my arm and down my shirt to cuddle, and licked my hand. Once she had her babies, they thought my fingers were food so they would nibble on my hand. The mother would quickly correct the behavior by pushing them aside and licking my hand furiously. They followed suit. She taught her babies to be nice to me, and even they anticipated my arrival and they run up to the cage door as I open it. Never once have they bitten me. I love that such small animals can recognize love and affection and give it back to me
it reminds me that I'm doing a good job with them!