Cute, Furry, and Oh-So-Smart: The Care and Keeping of Pet Rats

Rats haven’t had the best reputation throughout history, but the domestic variety (also called “fancy rats”) can make truly wonderful pets. Pet rats have been bred since the late 19th century, and these smart, curious, cuddly, and surprisingly clean rodents can be excellent companions for children and adults.

Rat Care 101

Caring for a pet rat is fairly straightforward, but you want to make sure to provide the right environment, nutrition, veterinary care, and entertainment. Before bringing home a new little buddy, take a moment to read up on rat care and make sure you have what it takes.

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The Smallest Among Us: Your Guide To Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet careAlthough they are unlikely to replace dogs and cats as the most popular companion animals, pocket pets have solidified their place in our society (and our hearts) over the years. Although hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, (along with others such as mice and lizards) are often thought of as being easier to care for than larger pets, this is often not the case.

Pocket pet care is not a one size fits all equation. Each type of pet has its own requirements for optimal health, safety, and comfort. Before you bring home one of these sweet little guys or gals, make sure that you can provide the type of environment that will support his or her overall wellness and longevity.

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