Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1165 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1848 times:
I´m seriously thinking of getting a pet. Trouble is, I can´t decide between a rat and a rabbit. So I am considering getting both (don´t worry, I would certainly take care of them equally). If I did this, they would have each other´s companionship. But would it be safe? Would a rat and a rabbit be able to be friends in the same cage, or could they harm each other?
Gordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2236 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
I kept rats and rabbits as pets when I was younger.
However, I've never kept both in the same cage, though I did have a rabbit and guinea pig which co-existed very happily for many years.
The main problem I believe would be with the rat, rats tend to be either one of two types, they're either really tame or really vicious. If you ended up with a vicious one they would probably end up killing each other since rabbits too can be quite vicious if provoked.
The other main problem I would forsee is the relatively short time which rats live. Most tend to die of cancer after 2 or 3 years, whilst the rabbit will easily live for 8+ years. The rabbit might not be too chuffed about losing it's 'best friend' and could decide to pop off as well.
[Edited 2005-10-14 13:07:17]
Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.
Xr8FordGirl From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
I've owned two rats and both have been good pets. I loath rabbits but for the most part they're feral pests here and legally in some Australian states you're only allowed to own one so they can't breed. Rats on the other hand are trainable and you can take them anywhere if you get one young enough (8 weeks onwards) and they'll go anywhere. Plane spotting included if you train them. I used to take mine trainspotting all the time and she didn't flinch when a superfreighter woud thunder past
I agree that keeping them together will prolly have problems down the track since rats have such a short life span but they are worth it individually. And male rats tend to be less highly strung than their female counterparts. Can't say that for rabbits though cos I've never owned one