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Since I cannot have a dog in my new apartment, and having her helped me so much (she's back with my mother now), I have thought long and hard about what pet I should now buy. It had to be small. The things about the dog that helped me were the scheduled play times, the cuddles, the routine of feeding and cleaning. If I wouldn't get out of bed for me I would manage it for the dog. Cause I had to. And then eventually because I wanted to. And I actually felt happy. And connected. So after looking at birds and fish and hamsters and small rabbits and lizards- I've settled on getting a male rat. I have decided on a male rat because they tend to be lazy and bigger. I don't mind smellyness or peeing on me. I used to have a pet lorikeet that would poop all on my shoulder lol. Loved that bird to bits. Oh and I'd probably neuter it if it got all aggressive or started dragging its ball over me. Also another deciding factor is that my partner has kept rats before and he knows what to do. And rats as tame pets are kind of known for being cuddly cute things. So yeah. Anyone here with a pet rat or someone using an animal other than a dog or cat to aid with MI?