While a rat may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to finding your next pet, they’re certainly worth consideration. Probably more than you’d think.
There are many perks to having a rat as a pet; they are perfectly suited for it and many argue that they’re one of the best options.
Rats are intelligent, curious, affectionate, social, clean, and friendly. They are easy and extremely cheap to care for especially in comparison to cats, dogs, or reptiles (imagine coming back from the store bringing home some pellets versus bags and bags of dog food.)
While few ever get to see it, rats also exhibit individual personalities that grow just like more traditional and popular pets. Rats can be especially affectionate, lazy, or excitable. Learning your rat’s temperament is a great experience few have.
Rats are very manageable in that they sleep for large portions of the day. This means you won’t have to worry about constantly entertaining and performing tasks for your pet. If you have an hour or so in your day, it’s more than enough.
If you have children, rats are a wonderful pet option for many reasons. Rats are especially friendly, clean, and calm in comparison to other small pets, leaving them a great fit for a family environment.
Rats clean themselves regularly like cats, can respond to and recognize their names, and are always excited to interact. In many ways you can even play with a rat much like more traditional pets.
While you might not leash your rat to walk down the street, these friendly intelligent animals are still a great option as a pet.