Read About Care of Pet Rats

Care of pet rats, and everything you need to know to take the best care of your pet is included in this article. Rats are intelligent, affectionate, inexpensive, and do not require expensive setups.

Care of pet rats - Health

  1. Inoculations:

    Pet rats do not receive inoculations.
  2. Vet Visits:

    Your pet mice should see a vet annually for a checkup.
  3. Grooming:

    Pet rats generally groom themselves. If you have a pair of rats, they may also groom each other.
  4. Pet Proofing Your Home:

    Be careful when allowing your pet rats out of their enclosure. Remember that although they are usually not as small as mice, rats can fit into very small spaces.
  5. Environment:

    Pet rats do well in wire cages with solid bottoms or glass tanks. Make sure there is plenty of room for the rats to move about and play. Since they like to climb, tall enclosures are best.
  6. Exercise:

    Rats enjoy exercising in wheels or balls, and by climbing.

Care of pet rats - Food

  1. Type:

    Specialized pellet food is best for your pet rat, along with leafy green veggies and fruits.
  2. Variety or Always the Same:

    Your pet rat will enjoy a variety of foods, but be sure her diet is well-balanced.
  3. Bowls -- Fancy or Plain:

    Rats need a bottom-heavy dish that will not tip easily, and a water bottle.
  4. Treats:

    Your pet rat may enjoy treats like plain popcorn and dry, low-sugar cereals (like puffed wheat).

Care of pet rats - Temperament

  1. Pet Temperament:

    Rats are intelligent and affectionate animals.
  2. Pet Socialization:

    Rats are very social animals and often thrive when kept in same-sex pairs.
  3. Playing With Your Pet:

    Pick your pet rats up gently, cradling their bodies. Rats are very playful pets and will enjoy a variety of toys.
  4. Behavior Problems:

    Rats may occasionally bite, but this is usually when they are very frightened. Taking proper care and handling your rat carefully can prevent this.
  5. Training:

    Pet rats can be trained to eat from and climb into your hands. Rats can also often be taught to respond when their names are called, complete mazes, sit on your shoulder or in a pocket, and other "tricks."

Care of pet rats - Supplies

  1. What You Need:

    Your pet rat will need a cage with a smooth floor, heavy food bowl, water bottle, and nesting area.
  2. What You'll Want:

    Your pet rat will enjoy toys like ladders, tubes or tunnels, and a wheel.