Rats make fantastic pets, but they need a lot of attention and socialisation to be happy. Before you buy a rat you need to be sure you have the space, time and money needed to raise a happy, healthy rat.
Rats can live up to four years — will children become bored of pet ownership in that time? Will they leave home or go to university leaving their rats at home? Will you always be able to provide the space rats need? Think about everything and do your research before you commit to rat ownership.