One of my daughters friends got a pet rattie and the rest is a blur.. We now have 2 ratties named Dottie and Muffin. I have to admit, they are super cute and I have grown attached to them now too. My daughter is doing a great job with the responsibilities of taking care of them both. I think it will be a great experience for her and I both. I have referred to this website a lot over the last month for information which has been really helpful!