I’ve already got a zoo-load of pets and everyone of them has got some fantastic characteristic about them. My wife doesn’t know it yet, but it looks like I might be adding a rat into the interesting mix of creatures we keep. The boy’s mother discovered the rodent and demanded he get rid of it immediately. It’ll be due into our home in a day or two and I’m doing a bit of research on rats as pets just so that I’m prepared for our new addition. One thing is for sure, the rat is going to be kept in a cage indoors. Rats are pretty much misunderstood and are far cleaner and intelligent than people give them credit for. It seems rats make brilliant pets too, so I’m looking forward to this cool addition to our animal children.
I’ve been onto the Internet to see how having a rat as a pet is going to influence our lives, and the information tells met that keeping a rat is no problem. Its just a case of cleaning out the old bedding material, adding in new dry straw and some bedding, wipe down the cage with a damp cloth, and that’s it, you’re done. People who’ve kept rats say that they really have loads of personality and because they are so clever, you can actually train them. Anyone of you kept a rat as a pet? Let me know about what you find so exceptional about your unusual pet – I’m looking forward to welcoming our new pet.
If you remember Tweety Bird and Sylvester, then you might think that cats and birds are natural enemies like cats and dogs. Only instead of wanting to fight, like a dog would a cat, the cat actually wants to make a tasty meal out of the bird. While this might be true in some instances, this isn’t true in my personal experience. I’ve never had a cat attack a bird or try to eat it. However, I also believed that a cat might try that, so I took time to adjust my cats and birds. Here is how I did it.
The first thing I did was to make sure I got kittens and birds, not full grown cats and birds. As a kitten, I would take my cat and put him on my lap. Then I would have my wife bring the bird over, place it on my shoulder, and I would calmly pet the cat. Being curious, of course, the cat would crawl up my arm to see the bird, but I kept the cat calm and so the bird didn’t panic. I would also feed them treats at the same time. With the cat and bird close together, I would give the cat a treat, and then the bird a treat.
This helped to bond them. I don’t know what animals think, but I imagine that my cat was thinking, “Okay. So there’s no competition here. And this is what food is, not this flying thing!” Sure, there were times when the cat would just suddenly claw and swipe at the bird, but he never tried to really attack the bird.
The bird was surprisingly always calm around the cat, even when I got multiple cats. This might not be the case for your birds, however. If your bird starts panicking, leave the bird in its cage where it feels safe, and bring your cat to see the bird. As they grow up together, they will start taking to one another. This might not always be the case, so don’t hold me to it. I just know I have never had issues in this regard.