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2006-03

Dear Reggie Rat

My daughter wants a rat. Do they make good pets?

Reggie Responds

Yes, and thank you for asking.

As social creatures, we domestic rats enjoy being handled by both children and adults. We like to nap on shoulders and in pockets.
Smart, agile and sturdy, we’re easy to train. We even perform tricks when trained with food treats.

Feeding is easy, because we eat rat pellets or blocks plus some fresh fruit and veggies. Add a water bottle with sipper tube, and we’ll live two to three years.

We’re relatively inexpensive to maintain, too, because we don’t need much more than a cage with a nesting box, exercise wheel, tunnel and some toys.

Despite what some people think, domestic rats really are cute, and we come in a multitude of coat colors and patterns.

To find a healthy, socialized pet rat for your daughter, visit the animal shelter or contact a local rat breeder or rescue organization.

It’s best to adopt more than one rat, because we prefer to live with others.

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