Welcome to Rat Care

Pet rats (also known as fancy rats) are a domesticated breed of Rattus norvegicus. Bred as pets since the late 19th century, pet rats can be trained to use a litter box, come when called, and perform a variety of tricks. They are clean, sociable, playful and intelligent animals that love human company and attention when properly looked after. They have as little in common with their wild relatives as the average family dog does his cousin the wolf. Well kept rats will live about 2 to 3 years, although the oldest rat on record is said to have lived over 7 years. In short rats make ideal pets for almost anyone and rat care is easy with a little knowledge.

What you can find here

Whether you already care for pet rats, or are considering getting some (keeping a single rat is a bad idea) rats as pets, the resources on this website will help you to find out everything you need to know about rats and rat care. Use the links on the left for information on specific topics.

Don't forget to check out the fun rat photos and videos.

If you would like to ask about something not covered or have a suggestion or feedback for the site, please feel free to use the contact form. The most common questions will make it into a rat care FAQ eventually.