IT IS ABOUT RATS.
I currently have 13 mice, five of which are old enough to probably die this year. I’m going to let my colony get teeny, then see how I do. Then I have two choices:
EITHER. I decide hells yeah mah mice, damnit, and up the colony numbers again.
OR. I let the rest die out as they get old, then have rats.
I wasn’t going to have rats until my dog (currently 6 yrs old) had died then my next dog (futurepuppy) was at least a year - because I want to clicker train them and Holly is scared of clickers, and I wouldn’t have the energy for new rats plus puppy.
BUT. I realise I can clicker train with the end of a pen that clicks and it’ll still work, and Holly doesn’t worry about those.
AND. I realised my favourite mice are always those who act the most like rats.
I love mice. LOVE them. They’re a big part of my world. But I’m craving rats again. I want something that can roam around my room, that can hang out with me without peeing everywhere, that I can maybe throw a harness on and let hang out in the garden with me sometimes, that I can leave the cage door open and just let them wander for a bit because they’re totally safe to do so.
Mice aren’t trainable like that. And while I freaking LOVE them, I want rats again. I just do. So, we’ll see what happens.
I’ve loved having craploads of mice, though, and probably will again in the future. Maybe if I have a bad patch with my illness, or when I first start trying to set up a business, or if my futurepuppy (or Holly) gets ill, or whatever… I can switch to mice for a bit because they’re less maintenance.
But ultimately, I think my heart will always belong with rats.