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Wed, Oct 31 | By Matt Van Hoven | 614

The recent popularity of the animated flick “Ratatouille” has led to an increase in rat sales, especially in France and Britain – not unlike that of the spike in Dalmatian sales following the 1985 re-release of Disney's “101 Dalmatians.” … more ›

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

Anyone that woud go out and purchase a rat just because they saw a cute movie is just plain old dumb. While it is true that rats are intelligent and do make good pets the reason for choosing to get one as a companion animal certainly should not hinge on the fact that you liked a flick!

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Brooke
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Brooke
5 years ago

i heard that this happend after Marley and Me came out too. :)

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Seeing an antimated movie about a rat that could cook then rushing out and buying a live rat is childish. Taking any pet into your home is something that should be thought about and researched, it's not a toy that can be placed on a shelf when the razzle-dazzle is over.

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

Rats do make good pets.

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Amber A.
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Amber A.
5 years ago

this is a nice movie to help clear up some misunderstanding about rats..! plus its a cute movie!!

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Dewitt G.
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Dewitt G.
5 years ago

While I also hate to people adopt animals on a whim, rats do make pretty good pets. Probably better than any of the more popular small rodents - gerbils, mice, hamsters, etc.

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Erica R.
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Erica R.
5 years ago

Rats are cute, but shouldn't be a fad because of a movie

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JoAnn C.
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JoAnn C.
5 years ago

It's sad that an animal becomes a popular pet just becuase of a movie. Some, and rats are one, need special care and are not for everybody.

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

Hope everyone does their research. Rats are for some, but not for all.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

I had a ton of friends growing up who had pet rats, and I actually would be privy to getting one myself, but not because of this movie. I do worry about the increase in a pet's popularity after movies are released, but then again maybe people were just not aware of the fact that rats can make great pets.

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

Wow, I am pretty shocked that most parents are going for this. Despite the cute factor in the movie, you'd think they'd still have that "eww" factor that most people feel about rats.

My brother has always had pet rats and pet mice. They are fun little creatures but I'm sure this will be the next big pet that's just "let go" and expected to survive in the wild.

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George H.
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George H.
5 years ago

I have never really understood why people rush to get a pet based on a viewing experience in the theatre.

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barb  a.
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barb a.
5 years ago

It doesnt matter what animal is depicted in a movie then everybody wants the animal vrom the movie and then they loose interst andthey get abandoned

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
5 years ago

Rats make great pets. The only thing, as in all animals, they must be bred responsibly.

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LycaFry
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LycaFry
5 years ago

For all those who have been comparing rats to dogs - I have had both and there are many similarities between them. My rat was very affectionate, ran to greet me when I entered the room, learned and responded to his name, was house-trained, played fetch, and was a beloved and dearly missed pet. While I agree people should never purchase/adopt any animal on a whim, when properly cared for rats make fantastic pets.

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

A Russian bread of rat just won the best small cutest pet photo contest in Gt. Britain. I must admit the photo was adorable but he was still a rat!

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Chelly
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Chelly
5 years ago

Well I suppose this is both good and bad.
Good because rats are not typically popular among animal owners.
Bad because if a rat is adopted or dare I say "purchased" during a trend-craze it is probable to assume that the rats may not be properly cared for. Especially since the targeted demographic for this movie is most likely younger children.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

This happens every time an animal movie hits the charts. Too bad people don't really do their homework before purchasing/adopting a pet.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Rats are smart, but they are not that smart --- or are they...

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natalie
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natalie
5 years ago

i like rats, but never had one as a pet

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Beth M.
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Beth M.
5 years ago

you took the words right out of my mouth!

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Melody M.
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Melody M.
5 years ago

Rats make wonderful pets. They can be trained and they are very social.

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Melody L.
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Melody L.
5 years ago

Anything but rats for a pet.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

A rat as a pet????

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

Cute movie. I fail to understand rats as a choice for pets though. Here in the states. many people go crazy if there is a rat in the house. :))

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

Good movie. Bad idea for pets.

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Elineen
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Elineen
5 years ago

Ratatouille was good.

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Elineen
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Elineen
5 years ago

..and I hope this does not cause a problem with irresponsible owners.

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

I have had rats in the past. They are a cute and fun pet to have, however for people to get them because of the movie is wrong. People need to realize they should get an animal because they are committed and know what they are doing and truley want the pet - not because it is a fad.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

Such a shame they cannot stop sales of animals that are featured in big box office movies for long enough for the 'trend' to pass.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

This is not a good trend. Would not take too much for this to spiral out of control if owners got tired of these as pets.

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Tarogirl
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Tarogirl
5 years ago

I can't believe it,but then again I can...Hope they are all forever homes. I'll take the video instead,Have too frisky a cat to even think about a rat in the house!!! No one would sleep.

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Elineen
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Elineen
5 years ago

If we just had responsible people in this world, it would all be okay.

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

Be responsible, be respectful & keep the rats welfare in mind.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
6 years ago

don't forget the st bernard after Beethoven. unfortunately people don't understand that St's grow huge and dalmations can be a tough dog. but most don't know that pet rats need everything a dog or a cat or a bird need including affection

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Chifontae T.
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Chifontae T.
6 years ago

Good situation for the rats!

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Karen A.
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Karen A.
6 years ago

Adorable movie. Rats can be adorable pets too. Like with all pets, a committment needs to be made to provide the care of the animal for life, or to locate a good home if circumstances do not allow the original owner to keep the pet. This is true about all pets.

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Mumzy
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Mumzy
6 years ago

i think that was cutest 3d movie this year!

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L S.
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L S.
6 years ago

My kids watched this movie again! It is so cute!

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Madenthe80s
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Madenthe80s
6 years ago

Rats make wonderful pets because they are clean, intelligent, and even affectionate. I have also noticed they are less nippy than other small pets. I loved my ratties! I just hope people who buy pets because of a movie actually research they needs of the animal and make sure they can really take care of it for it's entire life.

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Jumbo
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Jumbo
6 years ago

weird

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Andi  R.
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Andi R.
6 years ago

I think movies that feature particular pariticular animals should volunteer to run Public Sevice Announcements after the movies as part of the trailers to remind people the animals they see on screen are either highly trained and/or animated. Or maybe peopls should just be expected to research pets thoroughly before they rush out and get one.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

Cute movie. I hope the people don't get tired of the rats and start turning them loose like they do snakes, birds, fish, and gators.

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Sarah  K.
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Sarah K.
6 years ago

Rats are very smart, my teacher had rats in high school and I would bring one or both of them home during extended breaks. For some odd reason, my mom would never let me get one of my very own.....:-)

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

My brother had 2 rats as pets when he was in Middle School. He loved those critters- but I agree, they need care and no pet should be purchased just because it looked cute in the movies.

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M17
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M17
6 years ago

As long as people have done their research about caring for the rat, OK. Likely they do not, however, and will find that reality of pet care is not the same as a cartoon.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Interesting!!!

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Cindy Q.
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Cindy Q.
6 years ago

wow

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

It's a shame this happens with any animal that gets popular just because of a movie. There are bound to be people who don't care about them once the novelty wears off.

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EK4567
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EK4567
6 years ago

Ooo Wow.....

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Angie W.
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Angie W.
6 years ago

I wouldnt own one. Theres a big difference between dogs and rats.

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Cici H.
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Cici H.
6 years ago

That is just nasty! and dalmatians are my favorite breed of dog!!!!!!!!!!

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