Thinking of adopting a pet rat?
Before you consider adopting a rat, please consider these checkpoints to ensure you can give your rat the best care possible.
- Time – You should be able to spend half hour to an hour with your rats on a daily basis. If you adopt a solitary rat, you will need to spend at least 4 hours with them every day to make up for their lack of a companion. Daily time with your rats will help maintain proper socialization and good rat behavior.
- Money – Rats can be costly to maintain. You’ll need to buy regular supplies, be prepared to pay vet bills, and basic cage accessories will need to be replaced as they get old and worn. It’s a good idea to have a vet fund when you adopt, as rats are very susceptible to illnesses.
- Other animals – If you have other animals, consider whether they can live in harmony with your rats. If you are unsure, please contact us with your concerns.
- Living situation – If you’re planning on moving in a few weeks to a place that does not allow animals, right now is not the right time to be adopting a rat. Talk to your landlord and/or future landlord. Ensure that you can provide a stable living situation for your rats. We require people that are renting to provide proof of landlord approval.
- Commitment – Rats are not for a school project. They’re not for short term entertainment. They are your responsibility to care for and love. Do not adopt on impulse, and please be willing to learn what is involved in caring for a rat.