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Would you ever want to have a rodent (e.g. domestic rat, mouse, hamster) as a pet?

Poll Results: 3,143 votes

Related: What’s Your Rodent IQ? (Quiz)

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Dale O.
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 10:56 PM

Glynis Martin stated that "Anyone who answered "no" should never call themselves an animal lover. They're not."

Not necessarily. Some people simply have preferences. Some are goldfish people, others like hamsters to cuddle with, some are dog people, some are people who purrfer felines, there are those who have dogs and cats in their home.

Some people have a phobia of rodents, that does not make them a person that 'doesn't love animals'. There are those afraid of cats but love dogs and other animals but just are...nervous around cats.

Certainly, there are people with prejudices against rodents and don't give them a fair shake, making baseless comments about rats and other rodents being 'dirty' and unworthy of their love. That of course, is their loss, they will never know how intelligent a rat or other rodents can be. Some of it is caused by upbringing, the myths surrounding rodents in general which often causes people the reluctance to truly get to know a rat or other rodent.

Nicole W.
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 6:29 AM


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Tuesday April 15, 2014, 6:28 AM


Bev Baxter
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 3:25 AM

Ive never had one but if it was a choice between killing one and having one... i'll take the having one!

Glynis Martin
Monday April 14, 2014, 5:29 PM

Anyone who answered "no" should never call themselves an animal lover. They're not.

Bethany Bekolay
Monday April 14, 2014, 9:59 AM

Sure if I had the time!

Gia K.
Monday April 14, 2014, 9:44 AM

I prefer dogs, but the stigma that surrounds 'rodents' does not apply to me:) Some rats are very smart and I like pets with extra IQ :)

Laura T.
Sunday April 13, 2014, 9:03 PM

loving all the good press rats are getting. remember there are rats waiting to be adopted in shelters&rescues if you are thinking of rats as a pet

MJ Justus
Sunday April 13, 2014, 2:47 PM

My daughter has had hamsters and and a pet rat. I had a pet mouse when I was younger.

Ellen Vieira
Sunday April 13, 2014, 12:11 PM


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