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When I was in eighth grade, I got to take home the little mice that we had had in our science classroom. For the life of me, I can't remember why I got to keep them...I think they had been originally meant for our classroom snake. Regardless, they were fun little pets - surprisingly sweet and cute! After they died, my sister had a hamster and then a degu (named Daisy, which we all thought was an interesting choice for a rodent, haha).

Anyway, I was always surprised by what good pets they made - they always seem to get a bad rap. What kind of rodents have you had, and what's your experience with them?

Laura Hogg asked this
July 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM



3 rabbits 6 rats 8 guinea pigs 3 gerbils

Best ones were the rats. I know most people are grossed out by them, but they are awesome pets... easy to care for, eat very little, very trainable.

sprouty answered
July 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Whoa, that's a lot of rodents!

I've always been impressed by what good pets rats make. I remember reading an essay in a magazine by someone who had a pet rat, and it was a really sweet story. I'll have to see if I can find it.

Laura Hogg answered
July 14, 2011 at 7:37 AM

All of our rats have passed away now. Our last rat (Sesame) passed away this weekend, his two brothers (Basil and Baldo) back in February so now we're down to just cats, dog, and fish.

Our kids really loved their rats, so maybe later this year we'll adopt another pack.

sprouty answered
July 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I agree with you Seth! Rats are the best. My brother and I had one and we both loved them. They were very friendly and like you said easy to train. If anyone wants an easy rodent to start out with, they should try a rat.

Bri Luginbill answered
August 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The only good rodent is a dead rodent.... pertaining to the rodents that run around in my yard and destroy everything!

Beryl answered
August 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Boo!;) -----------^

I love rodents! Except for hamsters - every one I've met has been at least part evil.

We had one in our 2nd grade classroom that we were allowed to pet and hold in turns. Being a fish-only, animal-crazy kid at the time, I LOVED this. When my turn came, I picked it up, baby spoke to it, pet it and nuzzled my face against it lovingly. In exchange, it opened its adorably tiny and furry little hamster mouth and latched on to the end of my nose. I didn't cry out, because I didn't want my classmates to know I'd been rejected by a hamster. Instead, I sadly walked up to my teacher - the evil, yet adorable little hamster still dangling from my nose. Next day, was picture day. I wore an embarrassing embroidered sweater vest and two little lines on the tip of my nose.

If you're going to pick up a rodent, I'd suggest rats or guinea pigs for more involved pets, loving cuddle pets. For more low-maintenance rodent fun - we've had tons of gerbils and none have ever bitten us. They also pee and poop less than almost any other type of rodent, eat almost nothing, are not startled by living in a houseful of cats, have adorable long tails and move in a sort of hop. n.n

Erin Froehlich answered
September 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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