Some parents think cats and dogs are the only option. However, once you’ve completed all the preparatory work outlined in this article, there’s a good chance they’ll come around to viewing rats as the perfect pet. Here are three (not-so-easy) steps to convince your parents to allow you to have pet rats. Each section is designed to help you create a powerful presentation to demonstrate how much you know and how well prepared you are.
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The following items need to be purchased:
ASK YOURSELF: Do you have the money to cover these costs? If not, will your parents be willing to cover these expenses? Write down each item you’ll need to buy along with how much it costs.
The following tasks and responsibilities take time:
ASK YOURSELF: Do you have time to do all of the above for your pet rats? If you’re in school, have lots of after-school activities and spend a lot of time away from home except for when you sleep, getting pets of any kind may not be the right choice for you. Write out a sample weekly schedule of the time you’ll be spending your rats as well as cleaning their cage.
ASK YOURSELF: Do you have answers to all of the above questions? Once you do, write down your plans for cage placement, a rat sitter and transportation to and from the vet. Also include what experience you’ve had with rats as well as any plans to get more acquainted with pet rats before adopting.
As long as you have all of the above figured out, let’s move on to Step Two and find out exactly WHY your parents may object to your having pet rats.
Do your parents…
…think you won’t take care of them? If so, let them know how thoroughly you’ve researched pet rats and create a presentation to show them exactly how you plan on taking care of them. (More on this below.)
…not like their tails? Let them know rats’ tails are used for balance and sometimes even as an additional limb. Besides, the rest of rats’ bodies are so incredibly adorable, so who cares if there’s no fur on their tails?!
…think they’re dirty? Let them know pet rats groom themselves just like cats. It’s us humans (when we don’t clean up after our pet rats) who are the dirty ones.
Whatever your parents’ objections are, you can easily give them evidence to the contrary. To do this, it helps to create a presentation demonstrating how much you’ve researched pet rat care and how well-prepared you are to take care of your own pet rats. Your presentation will need to address anything your parents are fearful of or disapprove of as discussed above.
Your presentation might be in the form a notebook filled with pages you’ve printed from your online research. Or maybe you’ll decide to bookmark different web pages before sitting down with your parents to show them just how great pet rats are and how well you’ve prepared yourself to be able to care for them. You can even create a PowerPoint presentation if you think that will be the most effective for your situation. Yet another alternative is to create a video.
Here are some ideas on what to include in your proposal:
Then get down to the nitty gritty:
Finally, a “live” presentation is extremely helpful. Do you have any friends who can bring their rats over for a quick visit with your parents? A teen friend of mine reported “My mum was terrified by their tails too but when I gave her two cute baby girls to hold in her arms, she was in love instantly. Their little hands and noses, awww! Sometimes the live presentation really is the best 🙂
I have to agree that live presentations do create the best results. People who haven’t been around rats before are especially enchanted when they see rats eating. Their tiny hands holding their food are unbelievably cute and then there’s the way they groom their faces….
Finally, if you’re living with your parents, (and they’re the ones who pay for the place in which you live,) you have to keep in mind that your parents do have the final word. Your chances are much improved, however, if you take the time to create a great, persuasive presentation showing off your preparation, research and just how cute pet rats are.