So I have three boys now, all wonderful. I also have dog and have had birds In the past. I live in a house I rent fro my parents and the strict rule is no cats. The dog was with me when I moved in and the birds came in without permission. But I haven't told my dad about the rats. He has rat poison outside the house and has set up mousetraps for me before. I briefly mentioned to my mom that I wanted rats and she advised against it. Never said no though. Tomorrow my dad is coming over with contractors to look into better insulating the upstairs of my house. No real reason to go in my room. I asked my mom what I should do about the "mess" in my room and she said to just cover it with sheets. So the plan is to do that and if he finds the boys anyway to say I was just worried about strangers scaring them and possible dust and argue that I had birds without clearance and this is just another small caged animal. I keep their cages clean so the don't smell. Any advice?