- Why pet rats should be released outside.

Rats get a bad rap! They are some of the friendliest and easiest to train pets available.
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Of course you'll need to provide your little guys with something to eat. Dumbos are omnivores, meaning they can eat a wide variety of foods. A pellet diet formulated for rats is a good baseline—don't feed seed mixes formulated for other rodents, as rats have a much higher protein requirement than other species. Your pets will also appreciate a variety of treats to round out their diet. They'll love apples, carrots, cooked chicken or cooked eggs. Offer these treats in moderation to prevent your pals from getting too chubby. And of course make sure fresh water is available at all times—rats also need more water than most rodent species.
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday that pet rats are the source of an outbreak of Seoul virus infections in Illinois and Wisconsin. The virus has been confirmed in eight patients in an ongoing investigation. Please consider this before you take on rats as pets.
Photo provided by FlickrSome pet shops do not help this situation by continuing to sell cages marked as suitable for rats that are miles too small.
Photo provided by FlickrOnly becoming popular as pets over the last century, rats have actually lived with humans for thousands of years.
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Rats are one of the smartest of over 1700 rodents and have been kept as pets for hundreds of years. They have long bodies, long tails with little or no hair, long pointed noses and are larger than mice. They have poor eyesight but have excellent hearing and a strong sense of smell. Rats As Pets
Rats make wonderful pets. They are inexpensive, love to be held and played with, quiet, and don’t require a lot of space. They are very social and do better if kept in pairs. Rats love children, are very clean, intelligent and loyal pets.A child can play a role in the care of the animal, but never get a pet for a child expecting that you can then wash your hands of it and leave it totally up to them. I see far too many rats given up to rescue with the tag-line 'my son/daughter got bored'. It makes me angry, and makes me wonder what the parents thought process was in getting the animal in the first place.If you are taking on rats as a child's pet, please choose the rat carefully. Rats all have different personalities, and some are more suited to being children's pets than others.Another thing that puts rats way above most other small furry pets is the fact that they are robust. Hamsters are delicate, not to mention clumsy, and are easily dropped or injured due to their small size and delicate bones.If you're choosing a rat specifically as a child's pet, it is more important than ever that you choose rats that are bomb-proof, well socialised and outgoing.Some children only have to be nipped once to become scared of that rat forever more, and the result is a rat that gets further and further ignored as no-one wants to handle it. Sadly, I've had a number of rats in the sanctuary who were just poor choices as a kid's pet from the start, nipped once through fear or mis-handling, and were from then on shut in their cage and ignored. is a classic example of this. She was booked into the vet to be put to sleep for 'biting' a child before I rescued her. She has ever once bitten me, or even attempted to. But she is a timid rat, and not a good choice for a child's pet.Rats and mice in the wild can be one of the worst pests for mankind, notwithstanding their indispensable part within the ecosystem. Domestic rats and mice, on the other hand, contributea great deal to the advancement of research for the benefit of man. Domestic rats and mice are not the same as their wild counterparts, having been domesticated for over 100 years. Rats and mice AS PETS suffer from bad “press” with much prejudice and misunderstanding directed toward them.