Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Seto The Rat

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her first rat, Queen Dumbo Duncanson-Bryan, and a rat named Mouse.

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Seto the rat
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Seto, a male rat, seems a lot more excitable and eager for attention than Shellyane's female rats.

I visited my friend over the weekend. She has two male rats, one husky rex and a pink-eyed hooded fancy rat. Unbelievably, her non-rex rat is the bigger of the two. I can still remember when he was a tiny little baby, but now he is huge. The husky is called Seto, and his companion is called Katsuya.

The differences between male and female rats always amaze me. Male rats always seem so much more excitable (though not compared to Mouse, who is completely crazy sometimes) and seem to enjoy being stroked and petted a lot more than females do. Katsuya will sit quietly while his nose is stroked and even waddles over for more attention when he isn’t getting any. My female rats Dumbo and Mouse aren’t fussed about getting attention, they just want to explore.

One of the sweetest things about Seto is the way he bounds around the room. He doesn’t scuttle or run, he bounces from one place to the next like a kangaroo. He is also utterly fearless in the face of my friend’s enormous Dalmatian, Willow, who of course would never hurt a fly. She was utterly fascinated by her fellow furbag, staring intently as Seto hopped to and fro, under the bed, into the wardrobe, over mountainous pillows. The moment Seto hears the bedroom door open, he gleefully dives in that direction with thoughts of escape.

Unfortunately, Katsuya isn’t as friendly as his brother. There often seems to be one rat in a pair of two that is more reluctant to come out of the cage, and this is the case with Katsuya. He happily sits at the door and will put his little paws on someone’s shoulders, but if anyone dares to get him out of the cage, he gets stressed and upset until he’s returned. My friend mentioned that if she ever puts him on the floor to have a run around, all he does is sit in the corner and mope. I thought this very unusual. Mouse is reluctant to leave the cage, but once she’s on the floor she is as excitable as Dumbo is. I didn’t know what to suggest!

We let Seto out during the morning, too, and the little monster managed to spill half a mug of tea all over the floor. However, he was happy to clean up the mess — with his tongue! After that, he pursued a packet of biscuits and managed to get his head stuck in the box, knocked over a small mirror and attacked some coat hangers.

My friend and I later decided that Dumbo and Seto would make very good companions, as they are both sweet and rather stupid.

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I'm glad things worked out for Seto!
Mike, Columbia, TN
Posted: 8/16/2009 4:31:35 PM
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