Julie has always liked pet rats, but after she had three female rats that died at a young age from cancer, she decided not to get any more.
Rats don’t live for nearly as long as other pets such as cats, dogs or even rabbits.
A “class pet” has been a popular idea in the USA for some years, and it is increasingly catching on in Ireland.
Animal A&E continues to highlight animal issues across Ireland.
Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, was born on this day in 1759 - two hundred years ago. A query came in from a Telegraph reader.
Emma Murphy, aged 13, has a dog, a cat,a rabbit, guinea pigs and hamsters. Last weekend.