Rats

Highly intelligent & very friendly, we love rats

Just because they’re small, don’t go thinking that you can give a rat any less care, commitment and love than you’d give to a bigger pet. In this section, we show you how to give your pets the time of their little lives – which usually last around two years.

Caring for you pet

Caring for your Rat

The more you get to know your rats (Latin name Rattus norvegicus), and get to know about them, the better.

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Feeding for you pet

Feeding your Rat

Rats are omnivores – which means they’ll eat almost anything. Not that you should let them. In the wild, they’re scavengers and get all the nutrients they need from a varied diet.

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Training for you pet

Training

Rats learn quickly. Using positive reinforcements such as treats and praise will ensure that your pet rat is eager to learn.

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Foods to avoid

Companionship

Rats don’t want to be alone. It can make them bored and unhappy. So get your singleton some company – another rat to make a pair or a more-the-merrier group.

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Housing for you pet

Housing

Don’t hem your rats into a hamster home. Don’t jam them into a gerbil cage. They need a very large home, specially designed with rats in mind.

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Handling

Handling

When your rats arrive home with you, leave them alone for a few hours. They need to get used to the cage and the new surroundings.

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Health

Health

As with all animals, there are some common health problems that rats may suffer from. If you have any concerns, always go direct to your vet.

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