Pet Rat?????

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 16, 2010 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Does anybody here have a pet rat? If so, how do you like them?
thanks =)

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  • hannah says:

    used to have a rat. they make good pets and arent too much work. they are very smart and fun to take care of.

  • rattiegi says:

    i don;t just like my rats, i LOVE them to bits!
    they are smart, loving, affectionate and the endless list goes on for me.
    they all have their littler personalities and its fun to watch them during play time out of the cage. they romp around hop and race its crazy how much fun they have. also the overwhelming love they have for you. mine lick my feet and climb my pant legs if i’m standing up. sitting down they get into my shirt and crawl around sometimes find a cozy place to rest.
    owning a rat is an addictive experience, once you have your first pair, you want more.
    owner of
    Alexa (R.I.P) just recent, and still breaks my heart
    rats aren’t a ton of work, however they do need play time every day for at least 2 hours.
    hope this was helpful!

  • ilovecat says:

    i have had several pet rats and they have always made great pets but if you get one make sure it is friendly before taking it home

  • Mommycal says:

    I have three boys and I just love them. They are so interesting to watch play because you never know what they are going to do or get into. I get a serious case of GGMR (Gotta Get More Rats) ever time I go to a pet store with rats in it.

  • sproggie says:

    I have six rats of my own and I foster rats needing homes for an animal rescue.
    Rats do make good pets but they are more demanding than other small rodents. They are a bit like small dogs really. They need a good sized cage, good quality diet, they MUST have company and they must have an hour out of the cage every evening.
    They are active, intelligent and sociable animals so they need space, company and to be kept entertained. is a great site to learn more about rats

  • She's Batty says:

    i do…lover her to death

  • Angry Y!A Nerd, Meaghan Edwards says:

    I’ve been owning rats on and off since I was eight years old. They make terrific pets — all very individual in temperament but all very loving. Their only downside is their short lifespan. They do require more upkeep than other rodents but it’s worth it if you’re up to the challenge.

  • SchipMom says:

    Rats are the best pets ever, but they don’t live long enough, usually 2-3 years. It’s very sad to lose one because they have so much personality and you get so attached to them.
    You need to be willing to give them lots of attention and time out to play and be willing to pay for excellent vet care if they get sick. A high quality food and a nice clean cage will help keep your rat healthy.

  • Brandie D says:

    I DO>>>>>i have had my rat for about 5 months, I was a bit skeptical at first, due to the whole rat thing…lol…but he is so much fun!! so smart, loving, friendly, and so playful!! We bought our rat a ferret cage, I would definately reccommend that, huge area, and he loves to run all around..honestly the best pet I have ever owned!! You can teach them so much!!

  • ruinrunn says:

    Rats are AWESOME! i used to work in a pet store, and I was always trying to talk people out of getting a hamster or gerbil and getting a rat, and every single one thanked me for it later.
    Rats are very intelligent, as far as small animals go, they are clean, very social, and easy to care for. i have never had a problem with a rat biting, as hamsters are prone to do. If you do decide to get a rat, make sure you get him out of the cage as much as possible, and let him get used to you, and before you know it, he’ll be wanting to ride around the house on your shoulder or in your pocket. They’re great, I would highly recommend one if you’re looking for a small animal pet.

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