Why RATS Make the BEST Pets
Eeek! A rat!
Did you know that domestic (fancy) rats are physiologically and psychologically different from their wild counterparts?
That’s right! We have been selectively breeding rats since the 18th century- much like dogs & cats- to be more docile, companionable and of course pathogen and contagion free!
Fancy rats are quite independent, loyal, affectionate and easily trained. They are also relatively affordable and aren’t a 15-20 year long commitment like cats and dogs.
A Rodent with a Superbrain
Rats are the smartest of the most common domesticated rodents. The Rat Assistance and Teaching Society (yes, that exists!) states that some rats are more intelligent than dogs! They can be trained to a number of tricks (see video), recognize their name and come when called, and even use a litter box!
Studies have shown that rats display many of the same emotions as humans- including empathy, helpfulness, and loneliness.
A Great First Pet
Fancy rats are one of the few pets that are good for kids. Unlike other pocket pets like hamsters, rats rarely bite. They are sturdier than other rodents and they don’t tend to make fast rapid movements.
Since rats sleep for 15 hours a day, they don’t need the same time commitment as a cat or dog. They will wake up to be handled because they love people, but for most of the day they will be fast asleep.
Rats can be amazing, interactive, trainable companions for children- comparable to that of a dog.
You will get attached to them too!
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