The number of domesticated rats, or fancy rats, being kept as pets has increased in the last decade all across the world because of their dog and cat like qualities, as well as their time and cost effectiveness. They have been selectively bred in captivity for generations.
You may be cringing at the thought of a rat living in your home, but the numbers of these bizarre rodents kept as pets has exploded in the past decade...the number has doubled since 2006. So why exactly have they become so popular? One of the main reasons people choose this pet is because they’re so time and cost effective. Rats don’t need regular vet visits, and the only upkeep for them is cleaning their cage 1-3 times a week, depending on the size of the cage and amount of rats living in it. They are highly recommended for first time pet owners.
Pet rats have many qualities similar to that of a cat or dog. Like cats, they groom themselves multiple times a day and can be trained to use a litter box within their cage. Some even roll over for you to pet their bellies. Like dogs, they will respond to their names and can be trained to do tricks. They may also lick you to show affection. Another great quality is that they’re hypoallergenic, so if you’re allergic, you can get the qualities of a dog or cat without all the sniffles.
Rats are very intelligent, and they are extremely social so most are kept in pairs. They are good animals if you’re always on the go because all it takes is a half and hour for you to feed them, give them some water, and take them out of their cage to explore. Rats are nocturnal, so they’re be active in the morning and evening. The last thing people are questioning is the decision to keep rats over mice. Fancy rats are becoming trendier by the minute. Are you going to join in on the half a million American families who have pet rats?