Rat info :)

March 10, 2010 | By Gypsy20 | 1 comment

I recently had two mice Pip and Squeak sadly however they both died within 12 hours of one another. I went to my local pet shop because i feel its time to bring another pet into my home and they do not carry mice. She instead suggested a rat. I have heard they can be wonderful pets. We are waiting on the babies to be old enough to seperate from their mother since we intend to buy mommy and one baby. I just need some general information about them such as what they eat, shelter, personality, general tips etc. I am an animal lover in general and have had all types including iguanas, hamsters, mice, frogs, cats and dogs. At the moment though I only have 2 dogs. I've also heard occasionally they can interact with your other pets I have a jack/chi pup and was curious since the rat would be bigger than him if maybe they could play. So if you could help I'd appreciate it Thanks :)
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5 years ago

I am not sure if you are still looking for information on rats, but here goes. Rats can be picky about certain foods but there is a lot that they will eat. As far as diet is concerned, they will eat any rat brand diet that you buy at a pet store; however, it is best to buy a diet with rodent blocks. If you get a seed and fruit diet, the rats will pick out the ingrediants they love the most and they need to eat all of the seeds or they will get an inbalanced diet. You can feed them most fruits and vegies. Examples are: grapes, berries, pieces of apples and bannanas, lettuce, carrots, and broccoli. They should avoid caffine and alcohol. I am not sure, but I think you should also avoid avacados. They need time out of the cage since they are highly social animals. If they don't get out much they need a friend to live with. They also need blocks of wood to chew on to wear down they incisors or they will grow into their scull! Also, avoid cedar and pine bedding which are harmful.

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