For Natalie's birthday we decided we would buy her a pet. She is such an animal lover (not sure where she gets that) but Noah is allergic to cats (so is Brian) and somewhat to dogs (nor do I like dogs) so we had to get a small pet. We decided against reptiles, fish and amphibians because they aren't exciting plus they need a lot of special equipment. That left small mammals. After Brian did a lot of research it seemed that rats are the best small mammals to have. They are the friendliest, most hygienic and trainable pets. They can tolerate a lot of handling without biting which can't be said for other rodents. I had a hard time trying to decide if I could have rats in my house but they actually are really cute! I ignore their tails :)
We gave Natalie the cage on the day of her birthday party and then went that evening to get rats. We ended up having to go to 2 pet stores because we were not going to get white rats with red eyes. We ended up with 2 rats since they are very social. They are both hooded rats, one with a gray hood and one with a tan hood. The gray one is named Trixie and is a small rat. The tan one is named Golden and is a medium rat. We wanted 2 small rats but the store only had 3-one white with red eyes and the other one had an injured foot. Natalie named her rats after cereals. It took a long time for her to pick names. I haven't gotten good pictures yet because they don't come out of their cage.