I actually really want to have a pet rat. But of course, I have some beginners owners questions I want to ask before impulse buying.
A- what’s their temper like?
B- is it best to have one or two?
C- do they form bonds with their owner?
D- what extras should I have in the cage? (ex. wheel,…
I’m a first time rat owner myself, and most of what I’ve learned has come from the breeder and masses and masses of internet reading - I’m sure someone more experienced will answer as well, but here’s what I’ve found so far :)
A - It depends on the individual rat and where you got them, I think. I have two and they’re both extremely different in personality, just like two people would be. No rat that I’ve met yet has been bad tempered though - my two are very friendly :) I got mine from a registered breeder and they were handled a lot by adults and children from a very young age, so they’re very VERY unlikely to bite. Pet shop rats or ones that come from an untraced line of breeding can be more likely to have a temper, I’ve read (but have had no experience with so far).
B- Rats get lonely if kept alone, so you need to get at least two.
C- Mine have both bonded with me so far - They’re still young so they like to run around and explore, but they do also like to come and have cuddles as well.
D- I’ve read that girls usually use a wheel more than boys, so if you’re wanting girls that might be a consideration? My boys LOVE their Sputnik that hangs from the top of the cage, and they definitely enjoy hammocks. Basically, they enjoy anything that keeps them comfy/mentally stimulated, I think! :)
E- I’ve only had my two for 3-4 months so far, but I’ve had to treat both of them for crackly breathing once each. Respiratory problems are fairly common in rats, I’ve read. I’ve also heard that female rats can be susceptible to tumours, but I still haven’t had much experience with ownership so far, so I’m sure someone else with more experience can tell you more.
F- My two are little darlings XD They’re like a miniature sized cross between dogs and cats, almost - I love them a lot. They are quite a lot of work, keeping their cage clean and making sure you give them enough free range time. All totally worth it, of course!
G- You can train them, yes - there are lots of videos on Youtube of people having trained their rats to do various tricks, and you can litter train them. (My two have only half-mastered the litter tray though!). I think it also depends on the rat itself - I’ve managed to train one of mine to come when I call it, but the other just isn’t interested! XD
Hope that helps a little! And remember, there are loads of websites out there that can give you better information than me :)
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