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Jun 22, 2006

If rats could purr

They'd look as happy as "Lily", here. I think it'd sound like this too:



Right, Jenny C.?

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Omg cute rattie

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 10:58 PM

Wat! Wat! You finally put a wattie! :D

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 10:59 PM

she looks so sweet!!

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:01 PM

That is one content little rat.

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:03 PM

Happy rat! Tiny feets!

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:03 PM

Oh... she looks so sweet and content. Just the way watties should do!

Razzle! Dazzle!
Siss boom bah!
Watties, watties
Rah! Rah! Rah!

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:05 PM

I bet she tickles.

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:13 PM

Is this what's meant by wearing 'rat tails'?

Looks better than this:


 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:24 PM

Theo! Theo! He's our man, if he can't do it, no one can!

First post, first post rah rah rah First post first, first post sis boom bah!


 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:33 PM

But rats DO purr! My daughter's two do it every time we pick them up...

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:39 PM

Oh oh oh, wats wats WATS!!!
Happy anerable rat, squinchy nappy face, teeny paws.

 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:42 PM

Okay, I'll be the grinch...



J. Bo
 |  Jun 22, 2006 at 11:51 PM

Rats don't purr - they brux. They make a little grinding noise with their teeth when they're happy.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 12:14 AM

Rats are about as far from my favorite creature as can be imagined. I prefer snakes to rats and I hate snakes. The only thing that rats are good for is target practice. Ferrets are a far better animal.Rodents fear the smell of them.-Woods Walker

Woods Walker
 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 01:27 AM

I fear the smell of ferrets too: they stink! But there again I am a rodent of the mouse sort. Eak! I think the little ratling looks so cute! Look at that premium whiskerage!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 01:37 AM

I think there's a big difference between wild rats, which I fear *very* much, especially the humungus awful Norwegian Roof Rats we have in the garden occasionally, and the domestic pet rats such as sweet lil' Lily. Rats are very intelligent (also scary in wild beasts, endearing in domestic ones) and affectionate pets. Go Go Lily Wat!!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 01:53 AM

Rats CAN purr actually :)

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 03:35 AM

How about a new category:
RE: people who don't think this lil' guy is cute...any animal that looks happy and content is cute I think. He's so comfortabuls!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 03:48 AM

Yeah! Finally a wattie-tat-tat! I have 9 ratties, and they are sweet and loving and when they're happy, they make a purring sound where their eyes wiggle in their heads! It's the cutiest wittle thing! *sighs*

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 04:22 AM

awww! i miss my rats. :(

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 04:34 AM

Oh what a cutie...we just lost our 3rd Rattie, her name was Pearl...beautiful rat!! When I saw this picture...I just got so tickled...thanks for sharing the picture...by the way...as it was said...if rats could purrrr...they do sort of purr...it is called what they do is Brux....they grind their teeth...and it is reallllly cute to hear them do it!!!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 04:38 AM

Hm. Not to be off-putting, but Lily very closely resembles my python Basil's dinner. Kinda takes the cute out of it for me. Rodents. *sigh*

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 05:19 AM

omg tiny FISTS! teeny curled HANDSIES!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 05:30 AM

I wish I could get a pet rat, but they're illegal where I live *cry*

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 05:32 AM

The pinky hands leave me crying!! The sleepy face. Lily knows she's loved.


 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 05:41 AM

J.Bo- have to agree. Ish. Ever since I had mice in my house(gone now thank goodness), can't think mice or rats are cute. Except maybe Stuart Little.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:03 AM

Fight the urge to be species-ist folks. The only reason that some of you don't love rats is that you haven't really met them.

I've heard rat giggles before (miked into a speaker that lowered the pitch enough for humans to hear). It's AWESOME. Equally lovely is when my girls brux their happiness for me. When they get really into it they also boggle their eyes.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:09 AM

Look at her! She luffs her human! Ohh-- comfy cozy up there like that! Sweet girl. Rats, snakes, ferrets, what-evs.... love animals.


ps: I *do* have some issues w/ insects though... skewry (shiver)!

jenni joon
 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:14 AM

Awwww, look at the teeny pink potato chip ears! I love ratties!! Hate to be the one to break the news, but they are much more personable and intelligent than hammies. (Sorry hammie lovers, but it's true!)

If only I wasn't horribly allergic to them, I'd have one again. But I must be content with admiring ratties from afar. *sigh*

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:18 AM

I love rats. And I get upset when people post about their icky-hate for this animal or that animal, mainly because a)it's Meg's blog, and b)I don't think it's possible to have 100% approval on anything!

I appreciate that many of these photos make me see some animals I normally don't care for in a different light. I find the cute! This one was easy... that is one happy little rat. Awz.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:24 AM

That looks almost like a rat hug.

The Guy Over There
 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:27 AM

Rats are wonderful pets. I had a ratly in my dorm room in college, and he would come to me when I called him just like a dog. I would give him Doritos and he would go store them up inside the couch. Had to clean that out frequently. ;) Ah, ratty memories!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:33 AM

Some people just aren't fond of critters like rats and mice. I don't have a problem with them, though -- even when I was catching (glue traps) mice in my apartment and turning them loose elsewhere I always thought they had "cute potential".

This Lily-rat, though, goes far beyond the potential -- she turns cute potential into actual cute!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:42 AM

Happy thought for Friday: just imagine that somewhere out there was a creature as proportionately large to you as the woman in this pic is to the little ratty. And imagine that this creature loved you and took care of you and let you cuddle up on its soft, warm neck. snrrf.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 06:52 AM

When you have those bastards in your walls, and falling out of ceilings on your back at local restaurants all this picture does is make you want to hurl!

p.s. The rats in the walls...that's me

p.s.s The rat falling out of the ceiling while you are eating dinner at the restaurant that is below your apt (so you share a floor with the ceiling)...that is a friend.


Double Ew.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:11 AM

does someone need a hug??

:hugs redzilla:

(and danielle)

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:14 AM


 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:16 AM

Another thing I love about this site....besides the obvious cute rush is the fact that reading the comments makes me smile a lot and often laugh right out loud.
*curls up and snurfs my large creature's neck* *grin*

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:19 AM

Oh my! Well, here's a thought....how do you think the RAT felt when he FELL out of the ceiling....

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:21 AM

About the purring.. they do more than the Brux thing with their teeth...they vibrate their whole bodies like a purring cat and it's contentment, NOT fear! By the way, aren't rats' tails awesome... like prehensile hairy earthworms but without the icky-stickiness.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:28 AM

re: jenni joon & insects: agreed. the only thing i am afraid of is large, jumping insects, in the manner of grasshoppers and the such.
*empathetic shudder*

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:30 AM

I confess this is one of the things I luff about my hairless cats...they have ratty tails.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:30 AM

And thanks for the giant creature hug, Finn.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:31 AM

The little hands... all curled up. I had a rat that looked exactly like that one once. It died very young... I think it had cancer. Rats tend to get it a lot.

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:37 AM

Gryph -- I feel so. Very. Loved.

Arvay -- ummmm... I think dat's a labwat.

J. Bo -- I could ask Mr. Bounce whether his schedule allows consults.

Lauri -- rat rain is coming down, rat rain...

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:43 AM

Yay... more rats please!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:50 AM

está dormida!

qué guapa

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 07:57 AM

ok, theo...you're now officially a genius. 'rat rain' LOLOLOLOL

given that peter was 'standing at the water's edge in my dream,' i can even imagine rats (of the wild kind) in that scene!

and by the by, it ain't gonna be no domestic rat falling out of ceilings! rats are incredibly intellegent (secure that cage!!!!), affectionate, CLEAN and faboo pets. hammies may be cute, but they're not 'all that.'

but whatevs...there's too much hate in the world already! all you need is love! (and some critters to shower with said love)

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 08:23 AM

omg cute! i got 4 rats n none of mine do tht!

 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 08:30 AM

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