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Post by Oakley on Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:35 pm

Rats have been great pets for quite some time despite having a bad reputation. They have a lifespan of 2-4 years with a body 8 inches long and a hairless tail of equal length. They are very social animals that prefer not to live alone. Be sure to house rats of the same sex together as they reproduce very quickly! Rats can become quite tame if handled often and seem to enjoy their human owners company, learning to do tricks and even sleeping in a sleeve once and a while.

They do require large cages, the larger the better with a minimum size of 24"x36" of floor space. Multiple levels create a perfect environment for rats and a substrate such as shavings, shredded paper, or other commercial bedding should be used. Rats should always have a wheel to play in as well as other toys and supervised time outside the cage.It is very simple to feed rats as any commercial feed can be used. Treats should be fed sparingly. Being rodents, rats need to chew. You can buy them many things to chew on that will prevent them from chewing their cage, wheel, and other toys.

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