Why rats make great pets!
Rats have had a pretty bad reputation over the years but i hope to change your mind and explain why they make great pets.
Rats are very friendly and can create fantastic bonds with there owners. They will run to the cage door when they hear you coming. Most rats can be handled very easily and are happy to perch on your shoulder or take a nap in your hoods or pockets.
A well socialised rat is more likely to lick your fingers then to bite them. I can count on one hand the amount of times i have been properly bitten by a rat and all of these times were aggressive un-socialised rescue rats. well bred pet rats are incredibly unlikely to bite.
Rats are crepuscular which means they are most active in the morning and evenings however do get up throughout the day. I find this makes them more engaging then other popular small pets who are nocturnal and only wake up at night. I know i rarely see my own hamster.
Rats are not suitable for really young children as they can be quite quick and there claws can scratch. But they would make perfect pets for adults, teenagers and older children.
Contrary to popular belief rats are very clean animals. they can be trained to use litter trays and spend more time washing themselves then cats.
Rats live an average of 2 - 2.5 years, rats rarely make it to 3 and over 4 years is unheard of. Please take this into consideration when choosing a pet rat. It is also important that rats aren't left alone so please plan ahead. I recommend adding a new pair every 12 months or so then if one of your rats pass away they don't get left alone.
But please don't get put off, rats make absolutely wonderful and engaging pets. They are compassionate and loving. If you are want to meet rats. Please see useful links to find a local rat club show where you will be able to meet rats and there is no entry fees. If you live local to Sheffield you are also more then welcome to contact me and visit my house in advance of any commitment.
Please take note that if your circumstances change, and you can no longer look after your Galactic rats. I will always take them back this includes lone older rats if you choose not to keep any more.