How do i convince my mom to let me get rats?
Topic: I take too long to do my homework
July 16, 2019 / By Bernie Question:
I am 13 years old and am very responiable. I have owned lots of animals myself, including: gerbils, hamsters, and what not. A looong time ago i had a rat and so did my brothers.
My mom works at a animal shelter and they recently got two rats in. They are both females and one has a tumor.
I know they are gonna die soon because of the tumor and they are old so they wont last long. I just want to make their last weeks good.
Right now i also own my hamster, but i know i can take care of all three since i am homeschooled and home basically all day.
I just need help. She likes the rat without the tumor but the one with a tumor is the reason she doesnt wanna get them. I said I'll pay for them and they'll stay in my room but she said we'll talk about it later.
If you have any questions feel free to ask and ill edit this.
Best Answers: How do i convince my mom to let me get rats?
Abiram | 10 days ago
Firstly, I think it's very sweet that you'd want to take both in, despite old age and sickness! Too many older, not-so-healthy animals get overlooked. So that's great!
If she said you can talk about it later, you might want to just give her some time to think about it. Give her some time to think, then explain why you want to take these rats in, and perhaps work out a little schedule of some sort so she can see that you won't neglect other things [chores, your hamster, homework, etc.] and can see that you really want to do this and that it's something important to you.
Hopefully you will be allowed to have them :]
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Originally Answered: I have two questions about my pet rats?
*sigh* I just finished typing a really long answer, then my computer restarted. Let me try this again. XP
1. Rats have a tendency to move things around and make the cage just how they like it. They like to personalize it so everything fits their needs and wants. Most rats don't really understand nesting boxes. I put up a digging box, and my girls just stole the paper and stashed it around the cage. They enjoy doing things like this. Let's just say all rats are natural interior designers.
If you are doing this for a pregnant rat, don't worry. She'll pick a spot that SHE thinks is secure, and it might not be the same place you picked for her. Then she'll move all the bedding and other materials she needs to her spot. Most females will make themselves a safe place to have babies. Unless your females are pregnant, however, a nesting box isn't entirely required. My rats prefer to sleep in an igloo or hammock. Sometimes during the day they just cuddle up on the floor!
2. I think that's plenty! I would decrease the protein intake, however, as this can lead to various health problems. Perhaps giving them a bit of egg or a small scoop of dog food every week or so? They are probably getting some protein from their lab blocks as well.
For the lab blocks, they recommend 2-3 per day per rat. I would start with two per rat, until they get a bit bigger. For the fruits and veggies, avoid overly fattening produce. Some safe bets are common fruits such as pears, strawberries, or bananas. Don't overfeed fresh foods, as they can get health problems. If anything, I would say cut back a bit on the fresh food. I give my rats a small sliver of pear (about the size of my pinky finger) a day. For veggies, I've heard most rats love frozen peas.
There's a wonderful list of fruits and veggies that you should and shouldn't feed your rats, plus a couple ideas for more classy treats.
Remember: Just because the food bowl is empty doesn't mean it's all been eaten. Rats love to stash things for later, so be sure to check hiding spots before figuring out how much they've eaten. If they is extra food, give them less. Don't go too heavy on fresh food, and your rats will be fine. You could also supplement about 20% of their diet with yogurt treats. (Dried yogurt chips or the real thing).
Good luck with your rats! I can see you have done research, and they will love you for it!
Do some further chores. When your mother desires help. Help her. When she doesn't want help to find some thing else to do that you realize will help her. However don't tell her. Finally she'll find out and be much more suprised then she would were in case you would have told her due to the fact that movements converse louder than words. After a whilst of serving to within the equal period of time (or after a at the same time) show to her which you could control a rat by using the chores you do across the apartment and until she thinks you might be responsible ample. Tell her hoie much you've got been helping out and that you are capable to tackle the accountability of caring for a rat. That includes cleaning its cage, giving it fresh water... Ect. Additionally mention that you're going to nonetheless help out around the residence in case you get it and tell her how much you wish to have it. Inform her that you're going to ensure it would not get loose within the condominium and that you are going to take up the accountability of watching after it. If she says no are attempting again at a later time.
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try telling her how sad it would be if not only did the tumorous rat die early in a small cage, with no love, but without its friend. tell her how you feel about the subject, be completely honest. tell her that you'll do everything. just tell her how you feel about it, try talking about how the tumorous rat won't be around too long, why not make its time happy and well spent? and it won't be a bother too long, as the tumor will cut its already short time in half. if you're good with the hamsters, remind her of how responsible you are. she could also be worried that you're not old enough to take the death of the rat. tell her that you'll be fine, that you know it's coming, and you won't be too broken apart, you just want to make the rats time happier. after all, the rats life is as valuable to it, as yours is to you.
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Your mom said no. This means NO. Stop asking.
Its her house and her rules and when she says no you need to respect that.
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Originally Answered: Are rats incontinent?
"Can't control themselves" is open to interpretation, but usually spoken by those people who find rats disgusting. Some people have even gone so far as to drum up the myth that rats don't even have bladders. Most certainly untrue as rats get bladder infections, bladder calculi, bladder stones, and bladder cancer
The medical definition of incontinence
only pertains to the rat if it is very old, in which case they get the same kind of incontinence as the old dog, or the old cat.
Or there is a birth defect, or health problem, involving nerve damage, that leads to incontinence in the rat.
The reason that rats urinate so much has nothing to do with incontinence. The myth of rats not being able to control themselves came about because rats mark their territory with urine and feces as they explore their surroundings. This helps them keep a scent-marked path that they can safely use over and over again. It's a survival throw-back to their wild cousins.
Rats do have "stress urination/defecation". This is the new rat who's new owners complain about them pooping and peeing on them when they are first being handled.
Rats also have "submissive urination". When two rats are squabbling, one is pinned down by the more dominant rat and the pinned rat pees in submission.
Kudos to you for doing your homework and asking questions before you get your rats. As with any research on getting pets, if this habit is unpleasant to you, then rats might not be your best choice.
In their favor, rats can be litter-trained. In some cases a well- trained rat can be encouraged to use his/her litterbox just before he/she comes out to play with his/her owner.
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