Are Rats The Right Pet For Me
I’ve already mentioned the enthusiastic interactive nature of pet rats and I think that is one of the main reasons they are such great pets. Rather than simply tolerating you like some other small mammals, rats enjoy spending time with people. They are intelligent, affectionate animals with lots of personality. Owners always form a strong emotional attachment with their rats because they are such endearing little creatures. Rats are clean and quiet animals and don’t need walks or vaccinations. They can be very active critters, always looking for new places to explore but they have their quiet moments too where they like to slow down for a cuddle or a backrub. Like any pet they also have their disadvantages. Rats are rodents and instinctively like to chew. You cannot teach a rat not to chew – it is their nature. You have to be careful about furniture and wires when they are out playing. Another drawback is their short lifespan. Domestic rats live on average 2 to 2.5 years – long enough for you to get extremely attached to them but short in comparison with the lifespan of other pets.
Something to consider is your present lifestyle. Are you able to commit to caring for small animals for the next 2.5 to 3 years? Are you certain that your living arrangements can accommodate rats? If you’re in an apartment you’ll want to examine the rules surrounding pets. Laws vary by province as to whether landlords are entitled to have ‘no pets’ rules but it’s always better to be open and honest about the rats to avoid any problems in the future. It is completely unfair to rats if you get them only to have to give them up halfway through their life because you decide to go on an extended trip abroad or your landlord suddenly discovers that you have rats and insists that either they go or you do.