- Very social
- Ideal for children 8 & up
- Will enjoy a cage mate
- Intelligent, can learn tricks
- Lives 3 to 5 years
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Fancy rats enjoy living together in pairs. It is best to house two females together, as two males may become territorial. They are the smartest of all small pets, and can learn their names and simple tricks. They have tons of energy and are really fun to watch. Fancy rats enjoy running on wheels and in exercise balls. Calm, curious and fun-loving, fancy rats love to play and interact with their Pet Parents.
Things to remember
Lifting & handling
It's very important to handle your rat gently. To pick her up, stop her forward motion by lightly holding her tail, then slide your other hand under her body for support as you lift her. Avoid lifting her by her tail.
Fancy rats have limited vision, and rely on their keen senses of smell and hearing to perceive their world.
Fancy rats have front teeth that never stop growing -- so they need lots of healthy things to chew on like treat sticks.
Choose a fortified diet appropriate for rats.
Your fancy rat needs a well-ventilated wire home with a solid floor. It should be large enough for a food dish and water bottle, a hiding house and climbing toys. There should be plenty of room for all cage accessories, and for her to move around freely.
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