Rats probably get an unfair press as contrary to popular belief, they are one of the best rodent pets as they are exceptionally affectionate and intelligent.
Pet rats rarely, if ever, bite their owners. Pet rats become quickly accustomed to being handled and they love human company. The average lifespan of a rat is 2-3 years on average.
Rats share many of the same requirements for housing as guinea pigs. However, the hutch or cage needs to have the top enclosed as unlike guinea pigs, rats can climb very well. Their natural intelligence also means they are more likely to figure out an escape route!
Rats are active pets so within their hutch or cage, makes boxes and tubes to crawl in available. Ferret toys are also suitable as are some exercise wheels. However, most of them are too small for rats so if you see that your pet rat needs to bend his back at all, then it is too small.
Wire wheels should be avoided as feet and tails got caught so choose solid-plastic wheels.
Pet rats need to have clean, fresh water available all the time. Their diet should also contain fibrous materials as, again similar to guinea pigs, their incisor teeth grow continuously and these need to be kept worn down.
Should you require any further information on looking after pet rats, please contact any of our team at Moycullen Vet Clinic and we will be happy to provide you with advice.