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Rats Are Actually Great Family Pets!
Family & Kids
That's right RATS, but these aren't just "wild sewer rats"! That's like having a pet wolf over a dog! These type of domesticated rats are referred to by "fancy rats".
There are two main type of fancy rats; regular fancy rats and Dumbo rats. The regular fancy rats have the ears positioned upwards, whereas the Dumbo's have their ears on the side of their head giving them the impression that their ears are larger. Dumbo ears are actually the same size as a regulars.
After that, there are many different breeds and colors. From all white with red eyes, dark gray with black eyes, and everything in between. ( tan, light gray, curly haired, hairless,ect...) The rat in this picture is a Himalayan named "Noodle".
As far as figuring out who's a male and who's a female shouldn't be a problem! As far as personality, female rats tend to be more playful and energetic, whereas males are more content to sleep and enjoy "cuddle time" a bit more.
One of the most important thing about rats is they are VERY social animals and are best with at least one other rat. If two rats are simply not an option, one must make sure to put in extra socialization! Treats are a great way to get your rat comfortable and happy with you!
Rats are VERY intelligent animals as they are social. Just like "mini-dogs", they can be taught tricks with some time and patience. Check out the awesome tricks on the next page's video of one of the MANY awesome videos of rat tricks found on YouTube!
When it comes to cages, rats need to climb, so barred cage is a must! Rats LOVE to get them selves in to tiny tight spots! The small spots, hiding spots, and lack of open space makes them feel safe and secure. Levels and ladders are good bc rats like to be up high! Aquarium tanks only if temporary.
Never feel bad about a rat in its cage, despite the The Smashing Pumpkin lyrics," Despite all my RAGE I am still JUST a rat in a cage!", b/c sometimes my rats can't jump in fast enough! It's their comfort zone, bed,kitchen, and their CASTLE. Just make sure to add things to officially make it HOME.