If you're living in a part of the world where you're at risk for Seasonal Affective Disorder and you're sick of logging time in front of a light box (especially since your fungal infection is cured), maybe it's time for a change. 

Maybe it's time to cash in on the psychological benefits of adopting a pet. But for those who don't want to give up on being an iconoclast just yet, maybe it's time for an unlikely pet. Maybe it's time to adopt a rodent.

Also, now that the word is out about the neurosis-inducing parasite present in many cats, maybe it's time to break the fourth wall and consider rats as equally suitable domestic companions. catmouseRats, like felines, are OCD when it comes to hygiene, and tongue-bathe several times a day. They're affectionate and playful, and will prove it by licking, nuzzling, and bruxing. 


If you're still hedging, here are some famous rat owners & their rats:

Beatrix Potter & Sammybeatrixrat

Angelina & Harry

Teddy Roosevelt & Jonathan

And for when you hit the timeshare this spring...rat hammocks