Pet rat

the rat

Friendly and curious, rats are popular pocket pets who thrive under proper care.

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facts about rats

A fancy rat is the domesticated form of the house rat. Due to their size, pet rats are often seen as the ideal "beginner pet" for children. While keeping rats as pets is rewarding, but these delicate creatures do not belong in the hands of small children.

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10 Facts about Rats

What do you know about this little rodents? 

Rats as pets

Rats as Pets

Intelligent, playful, curious – rats can make great pets if kept in the right conditions

Prejudices against rats

Prejudices against Rats

What is true? Do we underestimate this little rodents?

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Appropriate nutrition for pet rats

Appropriate Nutrition for Pet Rats

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Rats laugh when they are tickled?

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