Rat care

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.



  • Can you afford to care for a pet rat?
  • Do you have the space a rat needs?


  • What size rat cage should I buy?
  • What toys do rats like to play with?

  • How many years do domestic rats live for?
  • Do rats make friendly, sociable pets?

  • What food do I need to feed my rat?
  • What fresh foods to rats like to eat?

  • What do I need to buy for my rat?
  • Tips for handling and picking up rats.

  • How to check your rat's health at home.
  • Common domestic rat illnesses.

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