Rat Care for Beginners: Feeding and Housing
Adopting My Rat Baby
It was a cold day in November or December when my fiance got a message from his sister saying that she had caught a fat white rat running through her yard. She let us know that it came right to her and gave her an inquisitive sniff, which is when she trapped him under a basket. We decided to adopt him.
His fur was full of mites, so I took him to the closest animal clinic that was willing to care for him. They gave me medicine, and now he is 100% mite-free. It has been about half a year now, and he is even fatter and happier than he ever has been.
Feeding Your Rat
When we first got my little buddy, all we had to feed him was tortillas, chips, and other junk. Once I got the ability to get some food, I picked up some Chunky Gourmet Diet Food for Rats and Mice by Kaytee. He just goes absolutely nuts for it. Of course, it is not the only thing that he needs to eat. Treats and snacks are super important. I usually give him small pieces of fruit or yogurt chips designed specifically for small pets. I learned that he doesn't really like strawberries, but he absolutely loves mangoes.
Foods To Avoid
Raw Brussells Sprouts
Green Potato Skins and Eyes
Cuddle Bones (for Birds)
Raw Red Cabbage
Raw Sweet Potato
Raw bulk tofu
*Raw* dry beans or peanuts
Sweet feed (For horses)
Little ratties need a lot of space to run around in. So when picking out a cage, make sure you get a multi-level one. Make sure the ramps connecting the levels are solid and not slatted to avoid bumblefoot. The bedding needs to be paper, absorbent, and low dust. Preferable don't get scented bedding, seeing as the little things can get really bad allergies that may turn into a sinus infection if not taken care of.
Would you be willing to adopt a rat?
Does a Rat Make a Good Pet?
Yes, yes they do. I understand why a lot of people are kind of skittish about adopting a rattie into their family, especially those with smaller children, but in this, throw caution to the wind. Rats are the nicest pets you can have. They just want to be loved.
Mine has never even gotten close to biting me out of anger or fear. As long as you don't smell like food, you shouldn't have to worry about it. Even then, the rat will just give you a little nibble to see what you are. I suggest you do buy them in pairs, because they can get lonely unless you get them out and play with them for long periods of time every day.
What kind of pets do you have?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.