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A better MINIMUM cage size for two rats would be 24X18X24. I say for two because rats are highly social creatures and keeping one rat alone is like solitary confinement for a deathrow inmate. They need the company of their own species no matter how much time you spend with them. Two or three rats make for much happier and healthier rats than one lone poor baby. So, bigger is better when it comes to cages as rats are highly intelligent and very active. Don't forget to put all kinds of fun stuff and toys in the cage for them. Also, commercial pre-packaged rat food is not nutritionally sound for rats. They are mostly low quality junk food full of fillers like alfalfa that rats can't even digest. Ideally they should be fed a homemade diet of lowfat, low protein dog food, as well as grains, and fresh foods like fruit and vegetables. There are many rat diet recipes available on the web. I use one called SueBee's mix (google it) that I adapted my to my rats tastes and the nutrition info I researched on the web. There lots of info out there on how to make a healthy varied diet for rats. Initially it may seem overwhelming to make up your own diet, at least it was to me, but it will be worth it in the end since your rats will love it more and be happier and healthier. If a homemade diet is out of the question, a high quality rodent lab block supplemented by fruits and veggies is the next best thing. Above all, rats are fabulous smart and adorable little creatures. I'd describe their personalities as a mix between a cat and a dog. Every day I'm amazed at these precious little creatures. I have five boys and wouldn't trade them for anything.
For anyone who is a bit warey of having a rat as a pet, like i was a first. Don't be put off by what people say about them, they are one of the most loving pets you could have. I had a rat named Max. He was gorgeous, i took him everywhere with me in my hood on my coat. He would just crawl upon my shoulder and into my hood and sit there looking out whilst i went shopping or anywhere. He was the most well behaved and easiest pet i have ever had. Sadly when he was 5 he died. But I will definitely have another oneday. They are great!
Commercial rat food that you can buy in pet stores is not an appropiate diet for any rat, lab block excluded. I have had almost all of my rats live past the age of 4 not using commercial diets.
rats are probably the best pets living. they are so sweet! my rats are very very nice. I love rats!
i work at a pet store and i was not quite sure about the rats. but now i love them. i have 2 hooded one is blk and white the other is tan and white. they are so cute my kids just love them. my 5yr old daughter's daycare class named the one shamrock because i brought it home on st patricks day. and the other is named estes after the company my husband works for. i think rats are great pets and i recommend anyone to get one.
I have just got new Rat and we named her SuSu and I put her in the cage with our other rat that we had (Ling-ling (a girl). Well I had thought that they would get along and at first Ling-ling started to smell her and then i walked a way and she started to pick on her. I put Ling-ling in her ball to give SuSu time to get to know her new place. I got on this site and read about they habbits. thank you so much. without you i would not have known what to do and expect.
i've got 2 rats. One is albino and one is black and white. The albino ones name is Shazzia and the other ones name is Dream.
thank you, this information helped me alot!
I have owned a couple of rats over the past few years and I will admit that they both have proven more inteligent than my yellow lab. If you spend a couple hours with them everyday out of the cage, they can be trained to be free in a room or even a house (with consideration to hazards,) to roam free. I had much more time with my first, I let him roam free on my desk at work, and he would try to wrestle my fingers and pencil when I was doing my homework. Very personable, very playful.
I love my raties. most people think that they bring diseasess and they think of sewer rats. If you are a person looking for a pet, it is perfect pet. Rats are dogs in a mini package!