Who We Are

Our love for Rats gave way to the creation of Fancy Rat Lovers Community. We desire to help them and their owners who are in need of tips to properly care for them. In the beginning, we weren’t always fond of rats. Read the story below in order to find out how we came to love rats.

Rat Rescue

It is our mission to find forever homes for domestic rats, to rescue them, and give them love and support. Any time of the day, we work to help save these little rats.

Rats are such intelligent and social creatures. They deserve to feel what is like to be loved and cared for. Every time we rescue a pet rat, we help it socialize and learn to trust a human. Some of them had tough histories, either raised to become snake food or just abandoned because the owner didn’t want them anymore.

It’s quite sad to welcome our home to rats who were abused, who bite, and who are scared of humans. However, we are happy that they were able to become a part of our temporary family because they’ll have no reason to be afraid anymore.

CARE AND WELFARE OF RATS AS PETS

Keeping Rats as Pets

Despite having negative stereotypes, rats are actually clean, social, and smart animals. They like human company. Rats generally need companionship…

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Rat Cage

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Healthy Diet for Rats

Rats require:

A healthy and balanced diet that meets any nutritional need they have

Most commercial pellets are packed with nutrients and roughage to keep your rats full and healthy. However, avoid overfeeding them. An obese rat is prone to health problems.

Variety

Rats may get fed up with the same type of food. Offer them with treats and occasional variations such as fruits and vegetables. Rats are omnivores, it’s fine to feed them either plant-based or meat products as long as they’re not toxic to them. Cooked eggs and seeds can also be part of their daily rations.

Clean and fresh drinking water

As with all animals, rats also require constant hydration. Keep their drinking water fresh by supplying clean water every day. Make sure your rats are never thirsty.

Non-stale and fresh food twice a day.

Replace uneaten food with new ones. Remember to avoid overfeeding them.

Eating their own feces

Don’t panic when you see your pet rat eating their newly excreted feces. It’s totally natural and this allows them to absorb the necessary nutrients and minerals. Preventing them from doing so may lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Foods placed in open bowls

Heavy and shallow ceramic bowls are preferable to avoid tipping over.  Also, metal bowls produce ultrasonic waves, which can disturb their sense of hearing. Placing food in open bowls allows your pet rats to carry their food or handle it with ease.

The Behavior of Rats

Rats are very social and highly intelligent animals. They are also quite active. To be able to take care of your rats in the most optimum way, you should know what they need. These are the following:

Sleeping without disturbance. Rats can be stressed if they have a noisy sleeping environment. Avoid placing their cage in a location where there is a lot of noises and activity during the daytime. Also, do the usual handling routine at night. Whether it be feeding, cleaning the cage, or interaction.

Places for exploration in their cage. Rats are active animals, and they require an hour worth of daily exercise. Keep their home cage entertaining. You can do this by giving them chewing ropes, ladders, or cardboard tubes.

Opportunities to forage or play. The young ones can be very active and quite playful. Allow them to explore a room with no dangerous or fragile obstacles. You can also let them free in your house as long as they are under supervision. Make sure there are no tiny gaps and holes for them to escape or get stuck in.

Options. Don’t force your rats to do anything. Allow them to do their thing at their own pace. You’ll know they are frightened if they urinate and defecate in new environments. If you noticed their distress, return them to their cage.

Kindness from their handlers. Never torment or punish them. If you are training them, avoid hurtful or negative reinforcements. Rather, reward them with treats if they have done something good. Rats have a great memory span. They’ll remember, and they learn from experience.

Avoidance of trimming their whiskers. Rats use their whiskers to sense objects and to maintain a sense of balance.

Mental Stimulation. Rats are clever, and they get bored easily. Provide their cages with toys and safe obstacles. Also, keep them entertained by playing with them regularly.

Companionship for Rats

Rats require:

Companionship

Rats are social animals. They can easily get lonely if they live alone. Rats are nocturnal, and they are most active during the night. Even if pet rats have human companionship, they’ll be alone once humans sleep. Rats need the companionship of other rats.

If they have been left alone for a long period of time, abnormal behaviors may arise.

Dominance

If two unfamiliar adult rats are introduced and placed in the same cage, aggression may arise. Once they establish a dominance hierarchy, the levels of aggression may drop. Take note that fighting between rats who live in the same cage is a rare occurrence.

Protection from Predators

Rats are often the prey in the animal food chain. It is imperative that they have protection from any sound, sight, or smells of predator species – cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, etc.

Proper Handling

Gentle contact on a regular basis allows rats to bond with their humans. Give them treats as often as possible to reward them for their company. With good handling, rats can also trust their humans enough to be trained. Avoid handing them into other unfamiliar people since this will stress them out. Do remember also that rats are nocturnal; it is best if they are handled when they are awake.