While my partner has owned rats before, I have not. Since I like to do my own research I have spent a lot of time lurking around reading posts for information, but have not been a registered member until now. We had two rats, one has health issues and passed at a very young age, and since we didn't want our remaining rat to become depressed, we bought him a new friend. Rats are still very new to me, but now that I have loved and cared for them I feel like they are some of the most wonderful animals in the worl, and make sweet and loving companions. Hope to learn much from this community!