The Pet Rat: What You May Not Know

We see rats and our first thought may be to call an exterminator. There is a difference between domestic rat and the feral rat, but you can say the same thing about domestic cats and feral cats. Feral animals tend to carry more diseases, that is true of any species. However, you may not want to count out the domestic rat as your next pet. There are some things that you may not know. Once you take these things into consideration, you may change your mind. You may even go out and adopt a pet rat or two.

They Are Family

Rats are used to living in large families. They love their families. Studies have shown that rats can recognize their family and will care for their family above other rats. What is more, rats have shown that they can recognize humans by sight, voice, and smell. They can develop a relationship that is similar to what a cat would. They train better with their human. They adopt their human family as they would their rat family. They become loyal to their human family. The ideal family for a domestic rat is a family where he has at least one rat sibling and human that interacts consistently with them. This means that they want to play, be disciplined, and be loved as well as have their basic needs met.

They Love To Play

Rats actually laugh, well they giggle. They like to be tickled. Yep, you can tickle your pet rat. Go ahead and try to tickle your cat. Yeah, that didn’t go so well, now did it? Also, rats can learn to fetch small things. They love puzzles. They like the mazes, but they also like toys that make them think. Put a treat in a puzzle ball and your pet rat will spend all day long trying to get it out. Eventually, they will succeed. They want to explore the world around them. They want to know what everything that they can about the world around them. It is one reason that they can be so hard to keep in a cage.

Caring For Your Rat

A pet rat is probably one of the easiest things to take care of. Taking care of your rat will mean that you do need some supplies. You can buy the generic rat block at any pet store. You can also give your pet rat veggies and fruits straight from your fridge. Peas, carrots, apples, celery, and of course lettuce all make perfect salads for your pet rat. You will need bedding separate from the litter. In fact, rats in the wild will even have a specific bathroom as well.

If you are looking for a new friend, someone who will hang on your every word, peer over your shoulder and watch you play your phone, get you a pet rat.. In all honesty, no one knows what your pet rat will be like, because each rat has a personality. Each one has its very own strengths and weaknesses. One things is certain, he will be your best friend.