Your intuition will guide you well when it's time to buy pet rats!

If you’ve wondered about how you should go about buying a pet rat then you’re not alone.
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Most people know that buying dogs supports , so is always the way to go. Yet there are tons of other animals living in terrible conditions similar to those at puppy mills, including rats with distinct personalities like Ricky, mice, hamsters, and other small animals. The companies that provide these animals to pet stores care more about profit than the animals’ health or well-being.
You can buy rats at any pet store really! 🙂Try petsmart. They take great care of their pets.
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I am well aware some very small pet shops may breed the rats themselves on the premises: I have worked at one. Of course a smaller pet shop doesn't need to buy in from mills, because they sell a fraction of the number of rats each year that a chain like, for example, Pets At Home sell. They can usually meet demand well enough by just breeding a couple of litters a year themselves. Consider: Is it okay to buy pet rats from a place where you can't know their history?
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Buying a rat from a pet shop is the equivalent of buying a puppy from a puppy farm, with the difference being that the pet shop acts as the middle-man, getting the animals from the mill to you.If you would not buy a puppy from a petshop or a puppy farm, then do not buy a rat from a pet shop either, as you are supporting the exact same kind of industry and careless breeding.Just as it used to be acceptable to buy puppies from a pet shop but is now hugelyfrowned upon, the same should be true of rats. Many now believe that pet shops should not be allowedto sell animals at all, but only animal feed and accessories.From bad breeders, to questionable pet shops, there’s a lot of places to buy rats that aren’t going to give you the kind of rat you’re looking for.In pet shops that provide the rats with a hiding place, its no surprise that the rats choose to be in them for the majority of the day. But animals that hide up all day aren't going to encourage buyers, hence few pet shops provide the rats with a hide-out.Rats from breeders tend to live a bit longer on average, and have less health problems, though this is obviously never a guarantee. However, as good breeders make health and temperament their top priority when selecting rats to breed from, your chances of getting a healthy, well socialised animal will be higher than buying animals from a pet shop, where there has been no selection for good health and temperament. And most importantly, by going to a reputable breeder, you'll not be supporting the horrendous cruelty involved with pet shops and rodent mills.To address the issue of "Rat-Bite-Fever" that has been in the news: NONE of our rats carry the streptobacillus Moniliformis bacteria. This illness is very rare. not all rats carry this, just like not all animals carry rabies, not all reptiles carry salmonella and not all cats carry toxoplasmosis. . We keep track of the health of all of our rats, past and present. our lines are bred for health and we have had great success with our little friends. It is sad to see what can happen when people choose to buy rats from Big pet stores- who get their rats from "brokers"- who get them from places where the rats are mass bred for a quick buck. These places could care less about the health of the animals they sell, they sure don't thoroughly inspect their rats for health issues, nor do they keep records of the animals they sell or their health. Don't buy rats from pet stores!!!! You will most likely have problems.Although pet shops should not sell animals to anyone under 16 without a parent being present, there are many reported cases where children as young as 13 have been able to walk in and buy a rat, without their parents knowledge. In one of these cases that came to light recently, the children then tried to drown the animal for fun.