Hi, I'm Cas! I just set up my profile on here yesterday, so I'm very new to the community. However, I'm a life long rat and rodent lover. I currently own a hamster, rabbit and dog but have never owned a rat. I've always wanted a pair though. I've been researching like crazy for the past few months, and now know probably way too much about them. xD I've been trying to convince my parents, but I haven't gotten an actual answer. Both of my parents are animal lovers, but my mom isn't really a fan of all the misunderstood animals (ex: rats) so it's been kinda hard educating her. I even made a PowerPoint presentation over the summer and presented it to my mom (I don't think my dad has seen it) but I may show both of them. Before that presentation, whenever I mentioned rats, my mom would put on that same disgusted face every time and said what she thought were facts (but were not, they were actually the myths that the media and about 80% of the rest of the Earth believes). She told me maybe, but never said anything else about it. I've shown her countless cute rat photos, but have yet to actually show her a video of them in action; because I don't want to overwhelm her. My birthday is coming up and I thought that maybe I could ask for two male rats. The times that I've actually interacted with or held fancy rats, it's been absolutely incredible to hold such a misunderstood and hated creature in my own arms. I want to help educate the world on rats, and the first step would be getting a pair of my own. Since I'm already pretty educated on rodents and small animals in general (again, I currently own a hamster and a rabbit) I feel like it would be a bit easier for me to care for them as a first time rat owner than most people. This is where I need your guys' help. It would be absolutely fantastic if you could comment some good and clever ways to convince difficult parents, or even share how you got your parents to let you own rats. Thank you so much for reading and I can't wait to hear your suggestions!