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Yes, rats make very good pets. They’re cute as a
button and smart as a… Well, smart as a rat. In
the interest of getting things clear from the very
start, we’re talking about domestic rats that have
been bred through artificial selection with the
sole purpose of making them good pets. As you
would never take a wild wolf or a coyote to keep
as your pet dog, you would also never take a wild
or street rat and raise it as a domestic pet or
try to tame it.
Domestic rats come to us through selective
breeding, and are bred so that they are
affectionate and easy to train. These qualities,
added to their innate intelligence, make rats
better pets than hamsters, gerbils or guinea pigs.
They are easy to potty train, very social and
active, love to play around and be petted, and are
If you’re planning on getting a pet rat, make sure
you’re buying it or adopting it from a trustworthy
place that has healthy domestic rats. And one last
thing, as they’re such social creatures, they also
have a better time when in pairs, so go ahead and
get two rats if there’s nothing preventing you
from doing so.
For more information, you may want to click on one
of these guides that I wrote:
does rat removal cost?
- get the lowdown on
to get rid of rats
- my main rat removal
rat trapping photographs
- learn from great examples of rat
jobs I've done.