Rat Care Guide
Food & Treats
We feed our rats a steady diet of Mazuri rat food. We also give various types of treats on occassion, including live mealworms, yogurt drops, black oil sunflower seeds, Gerber Puffs, and cereal (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Rice Krispies).
Cage Setup and Housing
Our favorite cage is the Double Critter Nation as it provides plenty of room and has large doors so you can reach every corner of the cage easily. Here is a cage size calculator - just plug in your cage dimensions and see how many rats can be housed there comfortably.
Introducing New Rats
This is more of an issue with males than it is females, but is still important to talk about. There are many great tips and tricks on introducing a new rat to your mischief. Please check out these links for great insight:
Common Medical Issues & Local Vets
Rats have a variety of medical issues that an owner should look out for. Here is a great resource for common illnesses.
Dealing with Aggression
First, take a look at this article to determine how your rat is using their teeth.
Bonding with Your Rat
Bonding with your new rat can be a process. As with dogs and cats, rescue rats come from a variety of backgrounds where they may have received tons or very little attention and socialization. Please don't give up on them! Here is a great resource with tips and ideas for bonding with your new pet.