Just because they’re small, don’t go thinking that you can give a rat any less care, commitment and love than you’d give to a bigger pet. In this section, we show you how to give your pets the time of their little lives – which usually last around two years.
The more you get to know your rats (Latin name Rattus norvegicus), and get to know about them, the better.Find out more
Rats are omnivores – which means they’ll eat almost anything. Not that you should let them. In the wild, they’re scavengers and get all the nutrients they need from a varied diet.Find out more
Rats learn quickly. Using positive reinforcements such as treats and praise will ensure that your pet rat is eager to learn.Find out more
Rats don’t want to be alone. It can make them bored and unhappy. So get your singleton some company – another rat to make a pair or a more-the-merrier group.Find out more
Don’t hem your rats into a hamster home. Don’t jam them into a gerbil cage. They need a very large home, specially designed with rats in mind.Find out more
When your rats arrive home with you, leave them alone for a few hours. They need to get used to the cage and the new surroundings.Find out more