I’m a foster home for homeless rats. When people contact my rescue regarding one of my fosters, I follow up with people regarding adopting rats. Here’s some things I would like to put out there regarding rat adoptions. This stems from my most recent adoption.
I would really prefer a lone rat . I feel I might not be able to give a pair of rats enough individual attention.
I have two boys of my own. Actually, I have 4 but I keep them in pairs and they don’t live together. Having two rats makes it easier on the owner as a matter of fact. A lone rat needs a lot more attention than a pair. You can spent 2 hours with a pair and even skipping a day wouldn’t really hurt. A lone rat’s time with you is so much more crucial since they’re fully dependent on you for all their social needs.
My previous rat did not like lab blocks so I fed her Fiesta seed mix.
Not only is a seed mix absolutely terrible for rats, the rats “not liking” their lab blocks is no excuse to give them such poor quality food. Seed mixes are full of proteins and fats and has no nutritional benefits for rats. The ingredients found in seed mixes have also been found linked to tumors and intestinal issues.
The past few days have been nothing but one adoption after another. I enjoy it. I’m meeting people that want to take care of rats and (most) of them are open to hearing about what they can change (food, bedding, cage) to make a better home for their rats.
Here’s a few things you should know before adopting a rat:
Pet store food
Most are absolute crap. They’re filled with perservatives and general ingredients that have no nutritional benefits for a rat. I recommend Harlan Teklad 2012 or 2014. It’s just as affordable and most rescues will sell for a dollar a pound. It is just as affordable (or maybe even more affordable) than most pet store brands and does wonderful goods to your rats’ overall health.
The general rule of thumb is 2 square feet per rat. However, there are rat calculators out there if you have an existing cage you’d like to house your rats in. It’ll tell you what number of rats would be appropriate. When adopting from a rescue, most will check to make sure your cage is suitable enough before even considering you for adoption.
Most rescues will not break up a pair of rats that are bonded. This is because rats need to be social with other rats. There are occasionally a few exceptions where rats don’t get along with other rats even after a spay or neuter. Solo rats generally should go to a home where the owner is available for at least 4 hours a day devoted to their rats.