That's one of the reactions I get when I tell people that I have a pet rat and it happens quite alot too. I am a dog walker/petsitter so new clients always ask "What do you have at home?!" And that's when I tell people about my beloved Pipsqueak aka Pippy- Rat! The reaction is always the same it's "Eww" (Usually from my friends who eventually have their fingers tested out by the lil guy) or I get the "Confused" look. Is it really that surprising that I have a pet rat?I guess it is. People always think I have a pet dog and I would love to have one but I can't due to the fact that I have no room, time or money for a dog. I do have plenty for my little Pippy though. It wasn't always just the two of us too. We had the PEW brothers Master Splinter and Marshmelon who eventually passed on to old age. :( (RIP fluff balls) Due to the fact that Pippy started pinning down Melon when he was just a month old (Versus Melon who was a year to his senior) and constantly harassing and sassing his uncle, we decided it would be best to leave Pip as a single. Sucks but he has quite a temper! I love my pet rats and wouldn't trade them for the world!