Rats In Action
Pros and Cons of owning rats
What your rat needs from you
Food and Nutrition
Housing and Bedding
Fun and Games
Toys and Games
Info for Pet Shops, Feeder Breeders and Snake Owners
How to keep your animals healthy and happy
Practicing good breeding standards
The Animal Protections Act
RIA on Ground Zero
Rat care and medical info
SA Rat Communities
Pros and Cons of Owning Rats
Rats are very intelligent animals and are easy to train.
Rats become very attached to their owners and are very affectionate.
Rats are small and don't require much space (compared to cats and dogs) so are ideal for people who stay in flats.
Rats are very clean animals, rarely needing a bath (if ever). They are also quick and easy to clean up after (compared to cats and dogs)
Rats are relatively inexpensive to keep.
Relatively short lifespans (2-3 years)
Rats are prone to some health issues, such as respiratory infections and tumours (especially in females).
Some people are allergic to rats, but this is manageable as rats do not roam freely in the home.
Finding a vet that is qualified in treating exotic pets (and rats) is fairly difficult