Most people have a misconception about rats for pets. Or even rats in general. Most of the things you hear about domesticated rats are myths.
They caused the plague
Rats get labeled as dirty animals who carry diseases. These critters were blamed for carrying the disease or the “black death” onto ships and spreading the virus. Thus, killing thousands. This website shows that rats couldn’t have carried the disease and are not the cause of it.
Rats are unclean
These animals clean themselves more than your average cat or dog. Even though they make a mess in their cage they still have impeccable self grooming. The myth comes mainly from the idea that wild rats live in the sewers.
Rats can eat whatever they like
Although rats can eat a lot of different kinds of foods (you can check out my free rat pack snack sheet for food rats can eat), they can’t eat everything. I will be post a diet sheet for healthy meals and portion sizes within the next two weeks. Rats can easily suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other health issues.
Rats aren’t good pets for kids
Rats are awesome pets for kids. I have a 15 month old and a four year old. All my rats are great with them, they don’t bite, and they love to cuddle. As long as you train them and work them they are the perfect pet for kids.
Rats are smelly
It’s not the rat that smells but the cage. Like I stated above, rats clean themselves frequently and normally they don’t smell. It’s actually in their urine that the mail smell comes from. If you do regular cleaning and wipes of the cage you won’t have any problems. Another good smell absorbent is bedding that is absorbent itself.
Exotic critters hold a special place in my heart. Since I had my old rat Charlie when I was younger (and without kids) I have had a love for rats. I didn’t acquire more until just this past January.
When I got my first initial three I had already fallen in love with their cute faces and twitching noses. Within two months I had gained one more, as I felt awfully bad for him sitting in a glass tank with hardly no ventilation.
After the original family who had the three males I have now, reached out to me about the three females they had I reluctantly took them in to find them homes.
The females will be traveling up to the Aberdeen Humane Society soon to have a better chance at finding their forever homes. However, one of the little females has a litter of ten babies. Watching the babies grow and transform has been exciting.
I feel rats have a bad reputation and when people hear that someone has pet rats they instantly think of wild, disgusting rats who live in a sewer. But these domestic friends of ours are smart, can be litter box trained and have the best cuddles to give.
My main reason for choosing pet rats? They are the sweetest and smartest of all rodent species.
Do you have exotic pets? If so, what do you have?