A couple of years ago I had pet rats. When I tell people about it they look at me as if I’ve lost my mind. Nope. I had rats as pets and they were some of the best pets I’ve ever had. They’re affectionate, smart and clean. If you’re a good owner they’ll love you forever.
A woman came in to the library today and wanted us to vote for her incredibly adorable rat, Snickers, who is in a rat contest throughout August on the site The Agile Rat. Rats definitely make great pets, but just like any pet, you need to keep some things in mind before adopting one (or five!).
Here’s the website for The Rat and Mouse Club of America, which has tons of great information.
Here are some books about keeping and caring for rats:
by Jean Coppendale
Explains how to choose, care for, and play with your new pet rat.
My pet rat
by Arlene Erlbach ; photographs by Andy King
Text and photographs follow a twelve-year-old girl as she learns to care for her pet rat.