18 of the Cutest Pet Rats You Have Ever Seen
The video below features a collage of the cutest pet rats you’ve ever seen. Trust me. If you’re not familiar with pet rats, or have an aversion to them, I share with you now some information about them to ease your mind.
About Pet Rats
The fancy rat is a domesticated brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), which is the most common type of pet rat and comes in a wide variety of colors and coat types. Domesticated rats are physiologically and psychologically different from their wild relatives, and pose no more of a health risk than other common pets, if bred by reputable breeders. (I urge you not to buy your rats from a pet store. Adopting from a rescue center is even better, if you can find one.) While wild rat populations could introduce pathogens like Salmonella into the home, domesticated brown rats are not considered a disease threat.
Fancy rats are typically easy to care for and are quite affordable, which adds to their popularity among pet owners. Domestic fancy rats are quite independent, loyal and easily trained. In fact, fancy rats are considered more intelligent than any other domesticated rodent.
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Fancy Rat Behavior
Domesticated rats are quite sociable and function best with at least one cage mate. It is generally not a good idea to keep a single rat unless there are severe behavioral problems, such as those that can be seen in some older males. The earlier rats are introduced to one another, the better. A good breeder will encourage new owners to take two or more rats of the same gender from the same litter for starters.
There can be some fighting in the beginning among males, but once an alpha rat has been determined, the rats should get along well. Within two weeks to a month, the rats will most likely have adjusted and become friendlier with each other. Rats are generally very friendly to other cage mates, particularly with females. They will even sometimes help or take care of other sick rats.
Generally, two or more rats from the same litter and of the same sex can live together with no disruptions, except for an occasional friendly tussle and play fight. Although it is possible that rats from different litters can be integrated together, the integration process can be easy or hard. Several measures have to be taken to provide security for both rats. Techniques for integration include bringing them to neutral ground so they do not become territorial. The process of integrating is easiest with two young rats, generally less than six months old. The process of integrating is most difficult with two or more adult male rats, as adult males are the least likely to accept new cage mates, especially after an alpha has been established. Unless there is an issue integrating rats together, owners should always keep them in a group of at least three, as rats live in packs and a pack starts with three animals. (Source: Wikipedia)
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I hope you agree when I say that this video featured 18 of the Cutest Pet Rats you’ve ever seen, and that you’ve learned a thing or two about domesticated pet rats.
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