Rats are a rarely chosen but fantastically rewarding furry friend. They can be everything you want in a companion; cuddly and affectionate, playful and unique, independent and just plain easy to love! As a veterinarian, I’m actually surprised that more people don’t have more pets from the Muroidea family (which includes rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, and many more little mammals). Each rat that I meet has a unique personality with quirks and traits that make them a wonderful addition to your home. They provide excellent companionship and only take in return what you are willing to give. Having a busy time at work? No worries; give your little ratties some food, water and a fun new toy and they will self-entertain for days! Want someone to cuddle on the couch and watch TV with you? No problem; Cute little rats to the rescue! Just watch out – they love to “share” your snacks.
Just as little as 10 years ago, rats and rodents were considered pests and “dirty”. We have come leaps and bounds with what we know about these lovely little mammals, and they are far from dirty… Although some can be little pests when they want to steal your breakfast. Just like any animal that you bring into your home, fecal evaluations with corresponding routine deworming is recommended, but rats are actually very clean. You can litter train these little guys to make your life easier. They are very food-motivated, and positive reinforcement training can get them to do some pretty awesome things.
The only downside is that their life expectancy is still approximately 2.5 years, but medicine is advancing every day. Cancer is the number one concern for aging rats, but just like in human medicine, we are working on it! Although their size makes it more challenging to get samples and necessary medical equipment has to be specialty-made, we are now able to provide high quality and complete care for all our little rodents. Anything from neutering to cancer surgeries; we can do it all!
I really believe the only reason people don’t own these little guys is because they don’t know what they’re missing. Have you ever considered owning a pet rat?
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