Rats are getting a bum rap!

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Apr 4, 2018 in Rat News | Subscribe

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — The Nebraska Humane Society‚Äôs Pam Wiese says rats make great pets in spite of their villainous reputations.

Rats are intelligent, social and surprisingly fun pets.

Contrary to their reputation, rats don’t live in filth. Domesticated rats are very clean and thrive in cages covered with hay-based absorbent bedding. Don’t use cedar! Cedar irritates a rat’s respiratory system and can actually kill your pet.

In addition to fresh food and water, your rat needs a place to feel safe. A critter hut will do the trick. Wooden toys or cardboard tubes provide fun and much needed chewing to keep a rat’s constantly growing teeth in check.

Because they love to explore and climb, they need space and some toys and obstacles like a running wheel or critter ball. Like any other pet, a bored rat is an unhappy rat.

Because rats are social critters, roommates are recommended. Luckily, NHS has several rats available for adoption right now and they are already group housed.

Trivia Break: Did you know a group of rats can be called a mischief?

Thirty minutes a day outside the cage is an ideal way to socialize your pet. Ella is an intelligent gal who loves playing with you, riding on your shoulder, and can even be taught to answer to his name, fetch toys or run obstacle courses. And because rats grow to be larger critters they are easier for families to handle.

Most people think rat tails are creepy but this is actually the way a rat regulates his temperature. When hot, more blood flows to the tail to let Charlotte lose heat. And when she’s cold, less blood flows into the tail so he can conserve heat. Air conditioning included, she could be the perfect pet.

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