I often wonder how people will react to the idea of keeping rats as family pets. I use the plural form here, because simply put, I have no intention of even having a single rat. Of course keeping to this intent would also mean never again being without rats in my life. I’m good with this idea, or better said, ideal.
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
~~ Charles Mackay
One can only hope that headway is being made into educating others to the benefits of pet rats. It often appears the historical poor reputation of the rat has given to, in most cases, an irrational dislike that approaches a near panicked fear in some individuals; and, as I see it we are responsible for communicating to these people that rats are an intelligent, clean, gentle pet that would rival the so-called ”traditional” family pets.
One by one, more and more people are learning about and taking a more reasoned view of rats as pets. This is thanks to all the rat communities that exist in general; and, to all the people that have, or have had, or just simply support the keeping of rats as pets.