18 of the Cutest Pet Rats You Have Ever Seen

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. While wild rat populations could introduce pathogens like Salmonella into the home, domesticated brown rats are not considered a disease threat.

Caveat: Please, I urge you not to buy your rats from a pet store. Adopting from a rescue center is so much better. Do a Google Search – there are plenty.rescues sites with the cutest pet rats needing homes.

Cutest Pet Rats, American Blue Rat
American Blue Rat

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.

Cutest Pet Rats You've Ever Seen, Domestic Hooded Rat
Hooded Rat

Fancy Rat Behavior

Domesticated rats are quite sociable and function best with at least one cage mate. It is usually not a good idea to keep a single rat unless there are severe behavioral problems, such as those sometimes 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.

Cutest Pet Rats You've Ever Seen, Dumbo Rat
Male Dumbo Rat

There can be some fighting at the beginning among males until the establishment of the alpha rat has been determined. After that, 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 typically friendly to other cage mates, particularly with females. They will even sometimes help or take care of other sick rats.

Cutest Pet Rats You've Ever Seen, Siamese Rats, Himalayan Rats
Siamese or Himalayan Rats

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.

Hero Rats Save Lives – Really, Adopt a Hero Rat.”

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 blending is most involved 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, which begin with three animals.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Cutest Pet Rats You've Ever Seen, Hairless Hooded Rat
Hairless Hooded Rat


I hope you enjoyed this post and agree with me that these are indeed some of the cutest pet rats you’ve ever seen! It is my wish that you’ve learned a thing or two about domesticated pet rats.


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3 thoughts on “18 of the Cutest Pet Rats You Have Ever Seen”

  1. Great article and they are super cute! I recently bought 2 pet rats for my daughters and am looking for a nicer cage to keep these adorable pets. I see a few sites talking about some good ones. Will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing the cute images!

  2. The one hiding under the book is such a sweetie! I really enjoyed this post and these pictures. Thanks for making this blog about pet rats. I have two pet rats named Rizzo and Gonzo, and so many people freak out about them, but rats are some of the gentlest, cuddliest animals.


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