Animal names are used to categorize species. In nature, animals are classified into different orders or classifications according to their physical characteristics and behavior. The Chinese zodiac is also a Classification scheme based on the moon’s lunar calendar which assigns an animal to each year in a recurring 12-year cycle. Originating in China, the modern zodiac and all its variants remain very popular in most East Asian and Southeast Asian countries, including Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines and China.
In ancient times, a female rat could be identified as pregnant if she gave birth to a single calf during the final month of her menstrual cycle. Her pregnancy period would then be followed by giving birth, suckling once again, nursing the young once again, and then leading once again into pregnancy. This cycle continued for three and a half months. In the fifth month, the rat would be weaned and left to live at home.
Rats were routinely used as pets because they are naturally sociable, friendly and accepting of other animals. Their mellow and quiet demeanor makes them the perfect companion for the elderly. But because of their submissive personalities, they couldn’t provide protection for the babies in the case of an attack from another animal or human. Because they couldn’t support the weight of a single calf, they couldn’t carry it far from the mother. They suffered from dehydration during the early months of their life because they couldn’t drink enough water to help them gain the needed fluid to sustain them through lactation. Therefore, these cute, adorable baby animals were fed by their mothers with pieces of raw pork meat.
They didn’t have time to gain weight. Their meat intake was limited to once or twice a day to provide them with protein during the final months of their gestation. They had almost no chance of survival after weaning because they could only eat so much. Although other milk-producing species can survive this process, they generally don’t reach maturity until they’re five months old!
Rats gave birth to one baby at a time. Their litter consisted of one adult male and one baby. Usually there was only one baby because the mother always raised more than one infant. The baby who was born first became the father and the other babies were his siblings. After two years, there was only one left, which was the mother.
When you adopt a rat from a pet shop, you’re actually buying a rat’s life – literally. At the age of two, rats can already feel the bites of other rats, and they usually become aggressive toward people. At four to six weeks of age, they can already distinguish the sound of other people’s voices. By eight weeks of age, they can already learn to use a litter box.
If you’re planning on adopting a rat, you need to take into consideration that this animal is not like a cat or a dog. Before you decide to adopt one, you have to determine if you’re ready to take care of an animal. You should also consider the amount of time you can dedicate to its care. Remember that the rat will depend on you for food, as well as shelter and medical attention. If you’re not ready to take on the responsibility of looking after an animal, you can always go to a pet store or contact an animal rescue group to help you find someone who can do it for you.
You also need to prepare your home to give birth to a rat. Make sure that your home is big enough for the mother rat and her nest. It would be best to put a cage inside where the mother and her babies can live. Providing a suitable place for them to live will also make sure that you’ll be able to attend to their needs when you’re not home.