Rats General Health Care
Caring for your pet rat
Tamed rats are generally friendly and can be taught to perform selected behaviors, like using a litter tray. Rats love interaction with their owners but you need to gain their trust first. When you get a new rat, first let it get use to its cage and new environment, before offering it some snacks to gain its trust. Once the rat gets more confident with you, try to pick it up gently using both hands. This will be the beginning of a great friendship.
The normal lifespan of rats ranges from two to five years, and is typically three years.
Pelleted or block type diets are available for rats, and are formulated to be nutritionally complete. Choose a rat block that is low in fat and calories, and has soy meal high on the ingredient list rather than corn. Rats have a bit of a sweet tooth, but resist the temptation to feed sugary foods or junk food, including chocolate.
Avoid feeding any of these items to pet rats: chocolate, raw beans , raw sweet potato , cabbage, brussel sprouts, green potatoes, sweet sugary treats, any other “junk food” , caffeinated beverages or carbonated drinks.