Correct terminology for male/female animals?
How do I speak about my pet rats in Spanish? Firstly, do I understand correctly that "rata" means "rat" and "raton" means "mouse"? I also realize that "rato" means "a short while," so does that mean that even male rats are spoken of in the feminine gender in Spanish? For example, would I say "tengo una rata hembra y tres ratas machas"? And if I started to speak about "mi rata Miguel" do I then switch to the masculine or continue speaking of him in the feminine? I would never say "rata macho" would I?