Pet rat care is wonderfully simple, low-cost & fun!
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This is going to be easy and fun. Pet rat care is an essential part of discovering the fun of owning pet rats!
- What do pet rats eat?
Keep it simple. Lab blocks, water and a few fresh veggies and fruit.Or go gourmet by mixing up your own nutritious tofu and molasses blend. It's still easy!
- What about the rat urine & rat feces?
Rats are very intelligent which means they can easily learn to use a litter box. This makes poo cleanup a cinch.
- What activities interest rats during out-of-cage playtime?
Rats are wonderfully easy to please. Almost any change of scenery perks them up. Take ‘em out for a stroll. Rats love to dig and burrow, so give them a pile of dirt with hidden yummies – peas, Yogies yogurt treats, clover.
- How do I provide rat enrichment in pet rat cages?
Creativity plus a few low-cost items are all you need. Hide a nut or favorite treat in a toilet paper roll. Pile up their shavings on one side of the cage & watch them start to bulldoze. String a rope and watch your little acrobat go! This part of pet rat care has endless possibilities.
- What about their cage?
Since rats are social critters, plan on keeping at least two buddies at a time. The smallest cage you'll want is a 10 gallon aquarium with a cage topper once they've grown up. Hang homemade or purchased toys and hammocks all throughout. Shuffle up the "furniture" arrangement weekly when you clean out the bedding.
- So I have my cage and toys, bedding and food. How do I choose my pet rats?
With a few quick rat facts in mind, you'll be able to choose the most rewarding rat pets with confidence. Check out our easy-to-read yet detailed Guide to Buy Pet Rats. It's chock full of tips! Once you have the big picture, print a quick Rat Guide Checklist to have handy when you're actively shopping.
Pet Rats by Colin Patterson
If you're looking for one resource with everything you could possibly need to know about pet rats in one handy spot, this is it. From banishing rattie sniffles to training your pet rats to use a litter box, this pet rat expert has the scoop. Check it out here.