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This article is for all Pet rat owners and rat lovers!
Having a pet rat is an interesting experience. Pet rats are fun, cuddly and exotic. Many people find having pet rats to be disgusting. Before knowing the characters of rats, I felt the same way. We then rescued our first pet rat and things gradually changed. Our first pet rat's name was Oreo. I will include photos to show you how cute pet rats actually are. All three of our pet rats were females. I will include pet rat facts such as: What do pet rats eat?, How long do pet rats live? Can pet rats give you diseases? and I will answer: "Are pet rats good for kids?"
What do pet rats eat?
There is pet rat food sold at most pet stores. Pet stores sell rat food that includes sunflower seeds, grains and corn. Many veterinarians will tell you not to feed your pet rat too much of the rat food that is sold in most pet stores because of how fat your rat can get from it. Rats tend to only pick out the fatty seeds that are included in the mixture of seeds and grains. You should try to feed your pet rat vegetables and fruits on top of a small amount of rat food you buy from store. Fresh watermelon, pears, bananas, cantaloupe and other fresh fruits are recommended. Pet rats usually love corn and other vegetables that you and I eat. If you have free roaming pet rats, you will probably find out that they will want and eat anything you are eating. Pet rats love sweets such as ice-cream, brownies, cakes and puddings. It is alright to give them dark chocolate and a little sweet treat every once in awhile but not too often. Too many sweets can upset your pet rats tummy.
Many veterinarians recommend a nutritional "Forti-Diet" food for pet rats. These are shaped like small wood pellets and don't contain any whole seeds. They aid in digestive health and promotes a soft, healthy coat for your pet rat. These pet rat food pellets support the rats heart, brain and visual functions. You should consider filling your pet rat dish with these nutritional rat food pellets.
How long does pet rats live?
Pet rats usually live between 1-3 years old. It is sad to see they don't live very long so you should love and care for your pet rat as long as you can. Our first pet rat lived for around two years and it was very sad to see her go. It is common for pet rats to get cancer tumors, respiratory disease and bladder infections as they grow older. Many people who have never had a pet rat believes that rats carry diseases and they become afraid of them.
Can pet rats give diseases to humans?
This has been a debate for many years and some people believe they can get diseases from rats. Domesticated rats are usually clean and healthy animals. Street or sewer rats most likely will have spreadible diseases if a human is too active with them and don't wash hands after contact with the sewer rat. Sewer rats are not domesticated, therefore they may obtain many spreadable diseases. However, pet and domesticated rats are much different. They are clean and don't spread diseases to humans. Pet rats are more like a house cat or indoor puppy. They spend a lot of their time cleaning themselves and each other.
Are pet rats safe for kids?
Many pet rats are extremely friendly to children and safe for kids to play with. They are more curious then many people would think. They are adventurous animals that have their own personalities. Some pet rats are shy and timid while others may be mean and aggressive. If you are considering getting a pet rat for your child, examine the rats attitude and actions first. Also, find out the rat's life history. Many pet rats have been abused and neglected which leads the rat to believe they need to bite and protect themselves. It is a natural instinct for rats to try to survive so they hoard food and make rats nests. The best way to choose a safe rat is to buy it from a pet store and raise it from a young age.
Pet rats are extremely social animals and should be paired with another rat if locked in a cage most of the time.
If you have any questions about pet rats, please ask them below. I will try my best to answer all questions. Feel free to share your pet rat stories below as well.