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12/23/11 12:19 P

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I learned to appreciate rats when I was in college. We had to do labs with them and yes, some went to our resident snake (he had to eat too, after all). The rats were so smart and friendly (mice were the opposite, mean and stupid). I had one that would ride around the lab on my shoulder. I did have a rat as a pet who lived to be almost three. He was great. (It seems rats are suppose to represent self-interest which I think some would say is selfish but I disagree. There's nothing wrong with being interested in your own welfare.) Anyway, I would love another but it would have to be the right animal under the right circumstances.

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12/23/11 8:16 A

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Rats can be bitey and aggressive that's for sure. Mostly that has to do with socialization, which if they are going to be super sweet has to start very early in life. You just have to handle them and be gentle and let them get used to being handled.
That being said there are always the rats that are just mean no matter what, but hopefully that's not the kind you have.

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12/22/11 12:06 P

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Well, I had two of them who refused to be snake food. I kept them alive, reluctantly, until one of them bit me. I still don't know whether the one who bit me is the one who succumbed to the freezer or the one I still have, so I'm afraid to get involved with him. I'd love to find someone who wants him and knows what to do... but I'll do my best to keep him alive.

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12/22/11 8:36 A

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Rats are the greatest pets! We had two that lived to almost three years old. They are so smart and they were super sweet. We're hoping this summer to go to a rat rescue in Indiana and adopt three rats.
No familiar for me either, though I've always had a cat and absolutely love felines. Sometimes I feel as if my cat Isabel is still with me in some ways. I had him for sixteen years and he was an awesome cat.

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12/21/11 7:57 P

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Rats make great pets, actually -- friendly, intelligent, and social.

No familiar for me at the moment, but I did a house blessing with a friend once at his new apartment, and as soon as we had cast the circle one of his cats came over and laid down right on the line we had drawn -- we think she liked the feel of the energy.

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12/20/11 11:56 P

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I think his tail got frostbit, I noticed he chewed it off over the past week or so... I don't know beans about rats as pets, so I just keep him fed and watered, sometimes change the litter...

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12/20/11 8:18 P

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HEEHEEE!!!!! I think the rat is trying to tell you something. emoticon

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12/20/11 7:05 P

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I don't practice much, so I'm not sure whether any of my animals is my familiar, but I do own a lovely back cat (female), a beautiful Royal Python (female), and a rat (who refused to be snake food, and even survived a week in the freezer (trying to turn him into frozen snake food)).

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12/20/11 4:49 P

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Familiar? Mine is a lazy but handsome long haired black cat. I'm a vet tech and I got him in a highly acceptable way. He and his brother were five days old when their mother got mastitis. She could not nurse them so the doctor asked if anyone would be interested in bottle raising them for a few weeks. I volunteered. I tried to find homes for both babies but every time I did, it fell apart. The people were moving after all to a place that didn't permit pets, they found another cat at the shelter they liked better blah blah blah. So here we are, nine years later. Now I know the point of the familiar is to provide a tie to the natural world. My guy here is such a bum though. He sleeps on my bed on a very cushy pillow all day, only waking to eat. He wouldn't know how to act like a "natural" cat if he had to. I just love the symbolism of the cat: independence, wisdom and self assurance. Anyway, anyone else out there have a Familiar story? emoticon

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