Pet Rats For Sale Sydney
While many people will cringe at the thought of having pet rats, believe it or not, domestic rats do make great pets! They are not aggressive, not diseased and not unclean animals. They are in-fact clean, fun-loving, sensitive, very social and affectionate. They genuinely enjoy interacting with people and should be handled regularly.
Rats are very smart and can be taught simple tricks, such as stay, sit and will learn their names. Pet rats will often develop a connection with their owner and want daily attention. They also enjoy playing and snuggling with their owners.
Pet rats that are well handled are very friendly toward humans and very rarely bite. Children should be taught not to stick their fingers in the cage if their hands smell like food. Even the most friendly rat may be tempted to take a taste.
Pet rats require time, interaction and upkeep. Because rats are very social animals they can get bored easily and it is a good idea to have lots of toys. We suggest keeping the in pairs as they are very social creatures. Bird toys, rabbit and guinea pig toys work very well. We have some reptile hammocks and rat hammocks in store that are very popular.
Having two rats is no more work than having only one and they can live in the same cage. Two rats will be entertaining to watch and will take some of the stress off of you in having to entertain them. Yes pet rats like to play. If you keep more than one rat be sure to either have two males or two females or get your rats spayed and neutered by a vet to avoid any unwanted breeding. Your local vet can de-sex your rats.
However if your rat is overly aggressive with other rats you may have to keep it all by itself. When you purchase your rat be sure the place you obtain your rat from keeps males and females separated. Since a rat can get pregnant at the young age of 5 weeks old. At Birdsville we do keep our males and females separate in case you were wondering. We are only human so we can find some young rats difficult to sex. So we do our best to make sure you don’t purchase a pregnant rat and end up with more rats than you planned for!
If the unlikely chance we did make a mistake with the sex you are welcome to return the rat and we will replace it. Only on a rare occasion do we get sexing wrong as it can sometimes be difficult when they are young telling boys from girls.
When choosing your pet rat, choose one that does not appear skittish or does not squeal when picked up, although very young rats can sometimes be a little jumpy. Some people think males are calmer but to be honest we haven’t found a difference between males and females. Both sexes makes a great pets, especially as they get older.
Both male and female rats love to have toys and play. Toys and accessories must be provided and available at Birdsville aka Petsville. Your pet rat will love toys such as tubes, hammocks, fruit tree branches, gum tree branches, hanging bird toys, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, plant pots and anything else that does not have a sharp edges that can be provided for your rat’s enjoyment. Keep in mind that they will chew what you give them. We supply a huge range of rat cages in store at discounted prices. Pet rats for sale Sydney visit us in store at 684 botany rd Alexandria 2015
Baby Rats for Sale
Petsville Check list of what you need to keep a pet rat
- Quality pellets 95% of the diet we recommend Vetafarm as it is the highest Quality, be wary of many super market brands as they may reduce the life span of your rat.
- Toys, rats love to play and chew we have a huge selection of discounted toys at Petsville
- Hides, places for them to hide and sleep
- Hammocks – we have rat and reptile hammocks both are very popular
- Lice and mite spray – just spray onto your rat every 3 months
- Wormer – easy to do all directions on the bottle use every 3 months
- Suitable enclosure – see staff in if unsure
- Bedding – cat litter unscented, wood chips
- Shampoo – yes, there is a special shampoo with the correct PH so it will clean your rat without damaging the PH balance ask the team in store.
- Water bottle
- Food bowl
Our rats have not just been bred for colour and temperament, but have had different blood lines from around Australia to produce a stronger animal. Our rats are not in bred. They will still have a short life span like all rats, but hopefully fingers crossed, breed out some of the common respiratory conditions and cancers. This is explained a bit more below. Our rats are also raised on Vetafarm Origin Rat pellets with fruit and veg. Young pups raised on a low protein diet are less prone to rat respiratory lung disease and thus should be healthier animals.
History of domestic rats
The Domestic Rats Latin name is Rattus norvegicus, the domestic rat now comes in lots of colours, but was once a wild brown animal living wild in southern Asia. This animal found plenty of food and shelter close to people and by 1340 had become a pest all around the world to all habitable areas in sailing ships. This rodent was not a welcome visitor and arrived in Europe in 1346. By 1846, people were experimenting with rats in France, living the easy life in cages the rats genes had mutated and the rat became more mellow and easy to tame. In 1906 a white litter was born the descendants were then sent to America and used the white rats bloodlines to develop more new strains and new bloodlines than ever before. So all the domestic rats come from this original bloodline and unfortunately with the original bloodline that all domestic rats are descendants comes some viruses and bacteria including mycoplasma which makes your rat sneeze.
What is a rats life span
Wild rats live for approximately 4 years domestic rats you are lucky to get 2 or 3 years.
Diet for the domestic Rat
A proper diet is important for your pet rat’s good health. Rats are omnivorous, which means they eat both plant and animal material. Rats love food in general and will eat almost anything you put in front of them, savoring every morsel. Rats love junk food just like us. Try to keep their diet as healthy as possible. Stay away from sugar. There are many healthy treats that you can offer your rats. Hopefully we can give you some ideas on how to add some variety in their diet, while keeping them healthy at the same time.
Many commercial rat foods are unhealthy and should not be fed to rats. They may contain harmful additives, waste foods and chemical preservatives. Some contain (whole kernels of)* corn that could even contain fungus and mold, tiny seeds and also alfalfa pellets which are hard for rats to digest and they usually don’t care for it any way. Vetafarm Rodent Origins is one Quality brand that we use, which has been formulated by experts nutritionists and vets. A completely balanced diet designed by vets. Contains a specific blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids for long-term health and general vitality. Fruit flavoured and extrusion cooked for increased palatability and digestibility.
My pet rats also receive a grain mix which includes but is not limited to:
Dry vegetable pasta twists (beet, spinach, tomato, carrot and squash)
3/4 green split peas mixed with 1/4 yellow split peas
Large natural oats
“Cheerios”, “Rice Krispies” and Corn Bran cereals
Pumpkin seeds – raw, unsalted
Dried cranberries or dried blueberries
Fresh fruits may include but are not limited to:
- Kiwi fruit
- Grapes (seedless)
- Honeydew melon
Fresh vegetables include but are not limited to:
- Mustard greens
- Collard greens
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Brussel sprouts
- Sweet potato raw
- Rice cakes
- Baby food
- Mixed baby cereal
- Chicken bones
- Dog biscuits
- Soya milk
- Fish sticks
- Cooked rice and pasta
- Cooked pasta and rice
Whole protein sources:
What not to feed Rats
- Too much cheese (use a tiny bit as a treat)
- Too much peanut butter can cause a rat to choke and they cannot vomit.
- Dried corn (can cause liver cancer)
- Iceberg lettuce (full of water and has no nutritional value)
- Orange juice or orange peel
- Blue cheese dressing (toxic!)
- Red cabbage (causes gas)
- Artichokes (causes gas)
- Raw banana, potato skins, green or starchy potatoes (not ripe all the way)
- Poppy seeds can cause neurological damage and sometimes death
- “Junk foods” (chips, and fast food products and beware of buffet foods with preservatives in them)
- Excessive candy and/or chocolate. One chocolate chip, for instance, is fine and often acts as a bronchio-dialator which helps Pet Rats with respiratory problems.
We hope this information will be of use to you in deciding what to feed your pet rat. Please remember to consult your veterinarian to determine the proper care of your pet. This list is only intended as a general reference – it should not replace the advice of your veterinarian.
Food and Water for Pet Rats
Good-quality food and fresh, clean water must be readily available at all times. These foods are available from feed stores, pet shops, and suppliers. The rodent diets containing seeds and nuts are not recommended because they contain too many fats and oils, provide inadequate protein levels, and are not necessarily balanced and can cause obesity in your pet rats.
Unfortunately like our own junk foods out there, owners see colorful boxes of food and supplements at the super markets which may stock a very low quality food.
Among these feed may be seed mixtures, seeds mixed with vitamin and mineral pellets (often ignored by the pet), hay cubes, pellet food, complete diets, salt blocks, pieces of chewable wood, and a variety of treat foods that lure the unsuspecting buyer because those treats resemble the snack foods preferred by pet owners.
Their dry food can be hung in a food dispenser or put in a heavy ceramic dish that won’t tip over. This prevents little opportunity for fecal (stool) and urine contamination of food. Fresh water is made available and kept free from contamination by providing it in water bottles available in store at Birdsville. The tubes can become clogged with food debris, so they must be checked regularly.
Food consumption varies with the quality of the food offered, the age, health and breeding status of the individual, the environmental temperature, and the time of day. Rats tend to eat more at night, but day time feeding is also common. Water is best provided in bottles with, preferably, metal sipper tubes. Large square types with wide necks can be hung on the cages and are very good at staying on and easy to clean.
Having fresh water available daily is very important, as many pet rodents presented as “sick” could actually be de hydrated.