10 Tips on Socializing Shy & Timid Pet Rats
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10 Tips on Socializing Shy & Timid Pet Rats

Rats are naturally friendly and curious animals and, handled regularly from a few days old, usually have no problems bonding with their owners. That’s why I recommend adopting baby rats from a reputable breeder or a well-cared for rescue litter.  However, rats bred commercially en masse don’t receive this handling and can experience several stressful…

Where to Get Pet Rats? Best Sources to Adopt Your New Pets From
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Where to Get Pet Rats? Best Sources to Adopt Your New Pets From

Once you’ve decided that pet rats are the right choice for you, and researched and prepared their cage, food and toys, there is one last step on the road to becoming a rat owner – adopting the rats themselves. Superficially, it sounds simple. Find somewhere that sells rats, pop out and buy a couple, right?…

How Long Do Pet Rats Live? Pet Rat Lifespan & How to Help Extend a Rat’s Life
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How Long Do Pet Rats Live? Pet Rat Lifespan & How to Help Extend a Rat’s Life

Rats make fantastic pets for all sorts of reasons – not least that they are adorable, smart, and love interacting with people. However, there is one potential downside that puts some owners off – while rats have massive personalities to fall in love with, they don’t live very long compared to animals like dogs or…

Do Pet Rats Smell? 5 Tips To Keep A Rat Cage Smell-Free
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Do Pet Rats Smell? 5 Tips To Keep A Rat Cage Smell-Free

One of the first things prospective rat owners want to know is “do rats smell?”. After all, these are animals that have an (undeserved) reputation for being dirty, vermin, or living in sewers. If you’re asking that question then fear not – I have good news. Not only are rats not particularly smelly animals, there…

How Smart Are Rats? Facts Backed By Science & Our Personal Experience
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How Smart Are Rats? Facts Backed By Science & Our Personal Experience

It’s generally agreed by scientists and rat owners alike that rats are pretty smart. But what do we actually mean when we say that? Are we talking about human-style intelligence with memory and forethought, or highly developed instincts? Let’s have a look at just how smart rats are. Do rats remember? Can rats remember? I’m…

A List of Safe Woods for Rats and Mice (And Unsafe Woods to Avoid)
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A List of Safe Woods for Rats and Mice (And Unsafe Woods to Avoid)

Branches and wooden toys are a brilliant way to enrich the in-cage life of rats and mice. They’re great for encouraging climbing and clambering around, and offer a really nice range of smells and textures to interact with. They are also good for nibbling and gnawing – and there are few things rats and mice…