I saw them make a custom "rat cake" on a show on "The Food Network," called "Ace Of Cakes." It was for a couple from Baltimore, and it was a wedding cake. I guess that there are a lot of rats in Baltimore, so the couple felt it symbolized their home. (The rat was on top of a manhole cover, BTW.) It was a much ~fatter~ rat than this one...they said they were going for, "Templeton after the fair."
i made my rats a pancake the size of a quarter last week and they enjoyed it rather greedily. fabulous cake, but hey, we can't really help the red-eyed sewer rat image; sewer rats and pet rats are practically 2 different species.
Is that really true? I always thought that, since they were both "Norwegian" Rats, that they were pretty much the exact same thing, and that, for instance, if a young wild rat got inside, I could just as easily trap him in a live trap, and then move him into a quarrantine cage, and keep him as a pet.
Do you know what some of the differences are?
Not that I ever see them, but I guess I'd better NOT just walk up to a wild rat and offer food and love...
I just read a book (I cant remember the title or author of it now though, it was about a month ago) on rats, in the beginning of it, it said that its illegal to gain a wild rat as a pet. It also said that wild rats hold diseases and can be passed on from the rat parents to the rat childrren :? Whether this is true or not I dont know.
If you put a cake in front of me, I'm going to eat it.
Holly, I believe the difference is the same as a wild dog and a domesticated dog? You can't just take in any wild dog and expect it to make a good pet. I think the same applies for rats. The rats we own have been domesticated over many, many generations.
That makes sense. And then, I would guess that a lot has to do with the wild dog or rat. Some would probably accept domestication well, and enjoy the "luxuries" of being well taken care of, and probably others would never be "tame."