Caring for Pet Rats
May 12th 2008 15:25
Caring for pet rats is actually pretty simple once you get the basics down. Fancy rats, no matter what color pattern, are probably one of the best pets that you can have. Well, in regards to small mammal pets, that is. They're friendly, healthy, and just all-around sociable. Rats are least likely to bite when compared to mice, hamsters, and gerbils. Yes, they're a little bigger and require a larger cage, but the rewards in the long run are just so much higher than the other small mammal pets.
Ok, well discounting guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets, rats are probably one of the best small mammal pets. Ferrets are like cats on crack and require more care and a more watchful eye; rabbits are messier, on average; and guinea pigs are quite as friendly or sociable.
Pet rats are just great pets for anyone as long as you're prepared to take on the responsibilities involved in caring for them properly. Rats aren't pets that you can throw in a cage, feed, water, and never pay attention to.
Tip: Make sure that you get at least 2 rats. If you're already going to be housing 1, you might as well get two. They'll be happier and healthier in the long run. (Healthier mentally, not necessarily physically.)
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