You can buy a pet from a variety of sources including breeders, pet shops and rescue centres.
Cost of keeping a rat
In addition to the initial cost of buying a rat, don't forget about ongoing costs such as food and equipment.
Choosing a rat
Before you buy a rat it’s wise to think long and hard about whether your new pet will suit your personality and lifestyle. Considerations should include:
- Whether you’d like to purchase a male or female?
- Does the rat you’re considering suit your home, family etc?
- Are you prepared to play with your rat and let him run around on a daily basis?
- Can you make a lifelong commitment to your rat?
- Will your new rat get on with other pets in the household?
- Lastly, whether you can afford to keep a pet.
The secret to choosing a rat is to do lots of research and it’s also advisable to find out more about potential health problems and characteristics.
There are 42 varieties of rat which include shorthaired and hairless.
Hints and tips on new ownership
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to purchase a rat, do a bit of planning so that your pet’s first days in his new home are as easy and pleasurable as possible.
Equipment for your rat should include a cage big enough for him to run around in and food and water bowls or bottles
Buy some pet food for your rat. Complete food provides all the nutrients in the correct amounts and proportions.