Not everyone is a dog person, and not everyone is a cat person, but they aren’t the only animals that cause problems for people. Some creatures, like the rat, are more detested than others.
Now, what if someone who lives in your home doesn’t like that animal? Here are a few tips for making sure everyone in your home lives in harmony, even if one of those people doesn’t like your rat.
Keep the cage out of common areas
Some people are just turned off by rodents. It’s their loss. According to a professional veterinarian, rats are intelligent, social, and affectionate animals! But, if someone you live with just can’t be convinced otherwise, you should be respectful and keep the cage out of common areas.
Avoid placing the cage in the living room or dining room. Instead, place it in a bedroom. A basement can work too, as can a closet, as long as you keep the door open and interact with your pet regularly.
Be careful during playtime
Your rat needs to come out and play on a regular basis. That can be difficult if you’re living with someone who would rather act like they don’t share their space with a rodent.
The key is to be respectful when bringing your pet out to play. Only bring him out in areas of the home where your roommate or family member doesn’t have to worry about interacting with him. It’s even better if you can schedule playtime when that person isn’t home. That way, you and your rat can play anywhere in the house that you like!
When the weather is nice, consider taking your rat outside to play. Use a pen to keep your pet contained, or consider walking him on a leash.
Let them get to know each other
Not everyone is open to getting to know an animal they don’t like, but don’t be afraid to ask! You might be surprised to learn they’re willing to try!
You just have to start small. Invite them into your room to observe your rat in his cage, or ask them to hang out with you in the same room while you play with your rodent.
Don’t forget to ask your veterinarian for more tips!