• Rats have a lifespan of 2-3 years.
  • Your rats will get to know you very well. Rats form incredible bonds with their caretakers.
  • They are incredibly intelligent animals. It is important that they have free roam time and ample entertainment and enrichment in their habitat.
  • Rats should never live alone. We recommend a group of at least 3. Males can live with other males, unlike mice. When introducing a new rat, you can use vanilla extract to neutralize each rat’s scent and make the bonding process go more smoothly.
  • We recommend the MidWest Critter Nation to keep your rats in. You can use the Rat Cage Calculator to figure out how many rats will fit in your habitat.
  • ChattaRats feeds our rats Kruse’s Perfection Brand Mouse & Rat Food. We also supplement their diet with treats such as fruit, mealworms, and crackers.
  • Rat incisors do not stop growing, so it is important that they have things to chew on. Many pet stores offer safe chew toys.
  • Owning any pet comes with risks. Make sure you have thouroughly educated yourself on potential illnesses, injuries, or other hazards that can come with owning rats. ChattaRats also has pet dogs, cats, rabbits, and mice that live in our home.
  • ChattaRats does quarterly serology testing.