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Rats-tales – Why you should consider a rat as your next pet

Rats-tales – Why you should consider a rat as your next pet

Rats suffer from bad press, but these intelligent little rodents actually make delightful pets, as celebrities from Paris Hilton to John Cleese can testify.

Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films fell in love with the two rats who played Scabbers and asked to adopt them when filming ended.

They are clean creatures and groom themselves frequently and diligently. They can even be trained to use a litter tray!

They’re smart and empathetic too. Rats are intelligent, highly social and inquisitive little animals. They spend lots of time exploring and playing, and form life-long bonds They recognise their owners and respond to their voice. They will choose to hang out with their human family members on the couch or riding on their shoulders.

They have an uncomplicated diet. Commercial ‘rat blocks’, which are nutritionally-complete pellets available at pet stores can be supplemented with vegetables from your kitchen.

The only thing better than one rat is two rats! They do better in pairs because they keep each other amused.

 

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