Always Wanted A Pet Rat. How Does One Go About Getting A Good Breed?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 25, 2009 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

I want a healthy rat that will be with me for a long time. Do you reccomend pet store or private breeder? Or what? How much cage is enough and tip on keeping one healthy. I prefer a baby that is hand raised. Thanks for info..

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  • Mcgriddles says:

    I bought a rat from a privately owned pet store, I think that’s better then going to any of the big corporations.. But there was only one and he’s sadly still alone, I’ve been working my ass off to find a breeder around here but there’s none.. I wouldn’t mind buying from the pet store again but I’m afraid to put them together because I don’t want a sick one that will make my other rat sick… because honestly this is the best rat I’ve ever owned and I’ve had a lot.

  • Kermmit says:

    I got both of my rats from PetSmart because I could not find a breeder and they were both very nice. My two rats have a 6 sq. ft cage but they are spoiled. :p

  • Jessica says:

    if you want a healthy rat find a rat that has soft shiny fur no eye boogers or bald spots.i am getting my rat from a store because there are no rat breeders in toledo but get it from a breed if there are none you can find in your area get it from petco.

  • Supreme Ruler says:

    Breeder is best for longevity and breeders are far more likely to handle the rats than pet store employees. 2 cubic feet per rat of cage space is generally agreed upon. Read a book on rats, look at websites, do some research. You sound pretty lazy for wanting the responsibility of a pet.

  • Nicholia says:

    breeders are the best, but i bought a rat from petsmart and he is by far the coolest rat i could ask for, hes a dumbo rat and i got him when he was fullgrown and i have had him for about 2 years or so now. but i also bought a fancy rat from petsmart and it ended up needing a vet for an infected eye that he scratched. and after that healed he died from a tumor. going with pet stores is a matter of luck i think.

  • TessaSta says:

    If you want healthy rats, you need to look around for a good breeder and talk to people who’ve purchased pet rats from them. Pet stores keep their rats in cramped living quarters and the only attention they get is from store customers. Rats only live for 2-3 years on average, but with exceptional care they can live for 4-5 years. The oldest rat on record lived to be 7 years and 4 months old!
    For a cage, you’ll need 2 cubic feet of space per rat. 4 cubic feet is pretty much the minimum because rats need to be kept in pairs or groups. The base should be plastic, not wire. The shelves/levels should also be solid. The cage should be larger in height rather than length because rats love to climb.
    Please e-mail me if you have any more questions, or you can check out my website (listed on my profile)

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