I have two female rats at the moment, and I think they are great pets, but I know they will not be with me forever. I might plan on getting another pair of rats in the future for companionship, but I am not sure which gender to get. I would like to ask for advice and suggestions, should I get another pair of females, or try males instead?
I've heard that males make better "lap" pets and are not as active. I like the idea of being able to carry them around with me. But I've read that they can be aggressive, and I'm not a fan of being bitten. I'm also worried that two males will fight and cause each other injury. I've also heard that they secrete some orange substance from their skin which may not have a very pleasant smell.
My two rats are quite active, they climb everywhere and rarely hold still with me. So far they have not bitten me. I let them run around in a small room, I don't take them anywhere else in my house because I'm worried that they may get under furniture and be difficult to find. Any advice on that too? I've seen videos of rats outside their cages and I don't know how the owners trust them running around like that. Sometimes my rats aren't too keen on coming out of their cages and don't move around much, though, I have no idea why. I just hope to myself that its just something they go through from time to time.
Anyway, my question is, should I get males or females in future? Are there any suggestions, advice or experience that you can share with me?