Newest Review: ... are quick rodents- probably not suitable for very young children because of this! Rats are a rewarding family pet with a bad rep... more
A wonderful, bright, fairly low maintenance animal
Member Name: Vicstar84
Advantages: Clever, cheap diet, fairly clean
Disadvantages: Short life span, expensive initial pay out for cage
I have kept rats since I was a student at university. I had Guinea Pigs in the past but wanted a different rodent. Someone recommended a rat and I was sold!
Rats are clever animals, they eat a diverse, fairly cheap diet. They are quite concerned with their personal hygiene, particularly females and therefore cleaning out the cage can be quite easy. I trained mine to a litter tray. Boys tend to smell more than Girls. You can teach them tricks, you can show them even! Girls tend to be more active than boys- boys tend to be bigger, lazier and cuddlier! I've always kept girls. You should always keep rats in pairs, and because they have a 'friend' they aren't a 24-7 drain on your time. If handled early they will be gentle animals- lack of handling and socialisation can make them quite aggressive and believe me, a rat bite hurts. They clamp down and don't let go! I once saw a child get a bite on the face from a poorly handled Rat.
They need a big cage. And this can be a very big layout.
In order for them to be socialble they need to be handled every day
They don't live long- i've had one live to 3 before but they tend to go quite young
Vet bills- very prone to tumours- I had one rat cost me over £1000 in vet bills
They are quick rodents- probably not suitable for very young children because of this!
Rats are a rewarding family pet with a bad reputation because of their wild counterparts. Look beyond that and you'll have a good family pet!
Summary: Excellent pet for a teenager/adult with limited space