MEET THE RAT
Fancy rats have been kept as pets since the 1800s. They are personable, loving, and intelligent animals who make wonderful pets for folks of all ages. Rats make great pets for beginners!
2 - 3 years
Good With Kids
Time Needed Outside Cage
Human Interaction Needs
One rat: 2 cubic ft
Two rats: 4 cubic ft
Three rats: 6 cubic ft
Critter Nation cages are easy to clean, customize, and move around. Plus, they come in both single and double sizes depending on how much room you have and how many rats you want to keep. Rat Manor cages are good for 1 - 3 rats and have several levels for them to play on.
Wire-sided cages are preferable because they provide plenty of ventilation and options for climbing. Taller cages with levels are best.
Bar spacing should be no more than 1” for adult rats and 0.5” for young rats.
All cage floors, ramps, and levels should be solid or covered with fleece since standing on wire can cause injuries and bumblefoot.
Sometimes bedding that works for one rat will not work for another as some rats have allergies to certain beddings. MNPPR strongly recommends avoiding all wood-based beddings due to the general sensitivity of pocket pets. We like to use fleece to line the cage and cover any exposed wire floors, then use paper bedding as litter placed in a litter box. When the fleece is soiled, simply throw it in the wash and replace it as needed. Most rats can be trained to use a litter box, which can make cleaning even easier.
lots of chew toys (wood or lava)
at least one shelter/hide
toilet paper tubes
bits of fabric
Always keep your rat’s food bowl full of high-quality rat/mouse kibble, pellets, or blocks such as Oxbow or Mazuri. Seed mix food should not be used because they are often missing vital nutrients and many rats will only eat their favorite tasting pieces causing an unbalanced diet. If your rat is overweight they may need fewer treats or more exercise.
There are many options for store-bought treats made for rats but fresh food can also make great treats. Be sure they are not storing anything in their nests that could rot. rats should never get more than 1 tablespoon of treats a day or they may become obese.
any citrus fruit
All information shared by MN Pocket Pet Rescue is researched, up to date, and accurate to the best of our ability. We are not a licensed veterinary organization and do not intend to present ourselves as such. All educational material contains our best recommendations for care specific to each species. However, all animals are different and some may have unique needs. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not assume any liability for the well-being of any animal not under our care. Always use your best judgment and follow veterinary recommendations whenever necessary. If you have any questions or find inaccurate information please contact us.