pet rats make great pets...all mine are basically bred as feeders and there is a range of temperaments among them, but NONE have bitten me!!!
I have one that has nipped a few times, but she has a tail injury and is a bit grumpy and she only bit me after Id been handling my boy rats and didnt wash my hands to clean the smell of the boys off
My ratties are all litter trained and they all know their names and the names of their cagemates. They also know other words, like 'treats' and they come running...especially Bella who LOVES treats!!!
it is good you are getting 2 because they are highly social and interactive and fret if there is no other of their kind...research has proven that pet rats have shortened lives and more health problems if they are kept as a single rat...the opposite is true if they are kept in groups, they live longer and healthier
my ratties groom themselves and each other about 6 times every day...their friends get into their ears and other places they cant reach and keep them spotless...they really are the cleanest of the furry animals
boys or girls?? I have both. I love them both almost equally. I got the girls first so Im probably a bit more partial to them...ratties get more and more loving, affectionate and interactive as they age and as the girls are the eldest I am enjoying aged ratty love these days lol
boys are very sweet too. I integrated my feeder rescues with some older rats, it took weeks and weeks of patience but now they all live together very sweetly
girls are typically much more active than boys and they chew more...my boys never chew their bedding but my girls gradually shred everything...they have more of a nesting instinct so it seems
I use fleece, recycled cotton fabric, like t-shirts, towells, handtowels, teacloths, face washers (with hooks made from a wire coathanger - face washers make GREAT hammocks) - all these things are changed daily and washed in the washing machine with a gentle detergent and a good slurp of white vinegar and dried in the sun or the clothes dryer
I feed my ratties food I prepare myself -
they eat about 15% protein in the form of tofu, lentils, soybeans, yoghurt, soymilk, seeds and nuts, egg (boiled, omellette, scrambled, etc), tuna, sardines - Im a vegetarian so my ratties are about 70% vegetarian too, but must make sure they get good quality protein
they eat lots of good quality varieties of grains and cereals - virtually NO processed food. I want my ratties to live long and healthy as much as I can possibly aid in that - about 65% of their diet will be grain and cereal
they eat fresh fruit and veg - their absolute FAVOURITE!!! every veg except raw potato and onion, every fruit except orange and lemon/lime. They love fresh greens, especially off the tops of celery, and adore fresh mint and basil. they love banana, grapes, strawberries, papaya, nectarine, apple, etc...you name it and they probably love it - about 20% of their diet is fresh fruit and veg
I dont give my rats processed foods and I dont give them low quality food. If I wouldnt eat it (except for the bit of animal products I do give my ratties) then they wont be getting it
I use recycled dishes (single serve heavy quiche etc dishes are perfect), recycled lunch boxes for litter trays and carefresh recycled paper pellets for litter, and lots of stuff I find around like empty boxes for toys. They love paper!!!! so for treats I give a box of tissues, or a toilet roll, or paper bag
boys or girls??? they are both so sweet and cute. The boys have a stronger fragrance - sort of like fresh baked spiced cookies and they are slower and more likely to sit still, but they have HUGE boy bits!!!
girls are daintier but dont like to sit still much, although mine will ride on my shoulders for an hour or more , or inside my shirt
Pedigree bred ratties should live longer healthier lives and be instantly tame, but carefully tended and well and gently loved rescues from feeder bins should also be capable of have a wonderful life for up to 3-3.5yrs IF taken good care of...that means to the vet when needed!!!
if you feed junk food and dont give them a fun interesting experience - their lives will be shortened
rats are an anmal, like a doggy, that will want to play WITH you
I believe ratties are NOT for smaller children..they are fragile and can easily end up with broken bones and internal damage from being squeezed to tight
me!!! ratty mamma to girls: Sofie, Sula, Seija, Siba, Bilby, Bella, Tilly, Tansy, Teka and Max, Muffin, Rorschach, Rokstah, Nils and Noir