Featured recently in the the RedEye, rats are actually nice starter pets. I often suggest rats before sometimes moody gerbils, Guenna Pigs, or solitary hamsters. Rats are actually more interactive, and arguably more intelligent. Here are 12 facts about pet rats - and a fact or two about not-so-pet rats.



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  • They can be a lot of fun to train too! Way more fun than a hamster:)

  • And, when the rats get old and ready to die, you can give them to the vet and they become food for boas and other snakes. Very 'green' pets.

  • Pet rats are AMAZING. Way more intelligent (and loving/lovable) than hamsters and the like. They will follow you around your house like little dogs and play games with you and cuddle for hours. :) *sigh*

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