However, just like with a child, your pet rat can have all the toys in the world – but nothing would match up to some quality time with you. So make time to play with your pet rats. Pet rats are also good companions for each other – if you put more than one of them in the same cage (if the cage is big enough, of course) they’ll be able to play with each other, and that will make their lives much better and more interesting.
Pet rat care begins with what you feed them with. Rats can eat pretty much everything, but in order to keep your pet rat healthy there are certain things you can do with regards to their diet. You can feed them ready-made mouse food that you buy in a shop, but make sure SoCal Rattery diversify it with bits of fresh fruit and vegetables (except citrus fruit which are bad, especially to males).
Trial and error will tell you which foods your pet rat loves best – like I said, rats have personalities, and each one is different. You can sometimes even spoil your pet rats with a sweet delicacy such as a dog biscuit, if you find they like it. You can also hide food in their cages for them to look for. Water should be given in a drip bottle attached to the wiring of the cage – make sure water never runs out.
A healthy diet, without overfeeding, will generally keep your pet rat healthy. But pet rat health requires attention in other aspects too. For example, pet rats are very sensitive to heat or cold. They should be given worm cloth to snuggle in during cold days, and fed cold food (such as frozen veggies) on hot days.
If your pet rat does not act like its usual self (particularly if it’s much quieter or more indifferent than usual), if it does not drink or eat normally, or if it sneezes often or shows signs of breathing difficulty – it may be sick. If you notice a lump in your pet rat’s body, that may be a sign of serious illness. Rats may also contract skin diseases or worms in their digestive systems. Whatever the symptoms are, the best thing to do is to when you notice something out of the ordinary is to take it to the vet, the sooner the better.