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5 Useful Reasons To Own A Pet Rat For The First Time!

5 Useful Reasons To Own A Pet Rat For The First Time!

Pet rats are great first time pets that are becoming more popular. Being low maintenance and easy to find, pet rats are easy-going, bursting with character and are perfect for children. 

In this article, we’ll give you 5 practical reasons why owning a pet rat is a good idea and why you should choose them over other low maintenance pets. 

Remember, when referring to pet rats we are not talking about the traditional common brown rat. The "Fancy Rat" is a more domesticated breed that is suitable for bringing home as a pet. 

Every new pet rat owner should find the best rat cages, simple rat toys and good quality rat bedding to keep their new friends, safe and warm. 

If you want to branch out and embrace a new fun-loving pet then here are 5 reasons to give pet rats a chance. 

1. Rats are low maintenance

Rats are very low maintenance pets to own. They are very comfortable in their own environment and can go long periods of the day without much attention. If you are the type of owner that is away for long periods of the day then pet rats may be a good choice for you. 

Make sure you leave them lots of food and water out and if you can afford it, try to buy another pet rat to keep them company as rats are very sociable animals. 

2. Rats are budget-friendly

Rats are very affordable small pets to own. If you have a cat or dog you already know that they can rack up high bills every month with food, toys and Veterinarian bills, just to name a few.

Rats, on the other hand, don’t cost too much to buy and won’t bust the bank.

After you factor in the usual cost of a cage, food, toys and accessories you’ll be almost or set to go. Keep a small amount set aside for health checkups, but as you’ll see below rats don’t need to go to the vet many times.

3. Rats rarely get sick

A practical reason to get a pet rat is that they very rarely get sick. This means you will spend less time at the veterinarians and more time playing. Rats are naturally immune to many illnesses and disease which means they stay healthier for longer. 

Some females can suffer from mammary tumours, but most rats stay relatively healthier for the duration of their lives. 

Rats average lifespan is around three years which is enough time to bond with your new special friends. 

4. Rats are surprisingly clean

Fancy rats are very clean pets. In comparison to the common brown rats, the domesticated version prides itself in keeping clean. Rats like to groom themselves and enjoy being brushed and petted to keep clean. 

Male rats do mark their territory when in a cage with two or more other rats and this can leave a distinctive smell. This will usually only happen when you first introduce a new rat and will only last for a few weeks. 

A regular weekly clean of the cage and accessories will be enough to keep any sour smells away.

5. Rats can be trained

Rats are notoriously easy to train and within a few weeks, you can get them to follow simple commands. These basic tricks include responding to their name, standing on their back legs and even jumping through hoops!

They are a fun easy going pet will delight you and your friends for hours on end. 

We love rats and think that more people should open their hearts to these friendly pets. Most pet stores stock all things rat related and you can pick up a pet rat in many different shapes, colours and sizes. 


Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat, and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences on my blog.