enoch says... you would love em. i say that because when me and my girlfriend first got together she had rats and i have to be honest,i was fairly ambivalent.when she moved in with me i got to understand them a bit better and have grown to love them. in fact just tonight sweet pea (my favorite) was hanging out on my shoulder while i cooked dinner. they are very social and smart (not as smart as a squirrel) and are super easy to take care of.they eat what we eat. you just have to socialize them is all,spend time to build up trust..and of course..there is that poop pellet problem.they poop everywhere,though i was able to train ours. they do pee spritz a lot though,but thats just means they like you and are marking you as family. we have 3 dumbo rats:sweet pea,monkey balls and piglet.(cuz that fucker is getting fat). if you are able..give them a shot.they cost at most around 5 bucks,because pet stores hold em mainly for snake food.