Pet Rats For Sale Sydney
While many people will cringe at the thought of having a rat for a pet, believe it or not, domestic rats do make great pets! They are not aggressive, diseased and un clean animals, but in fact are 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 and sit and will often learn their names. Rats will often develop a connection with their owner, wanting daily attention. They will enjoy playing and snuggling with their owners. Rats that are well handled from birth 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. 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 and also have more than one rat. Bird toys, rabbit and guinea pig toys work very well. 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. 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, you don’t want to purchase a pregnant rat and end up with more rats than you planned for! 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 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. Males tend to be calmer than females. Males usually enjoy being held for longer amounts of time, especially as they get older. Males may start to mark their territory as they mature. Getting your male de sexed may help with this. Females tend to be more active than males. Toys and accessories can be provided and available at Birdsville your rat will love toys such as tubes, hammocks, fruit tree branches, Gum tree branches and hanging bird toys, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, plant pots and anything else that does not have a sharp edge to it can be provided for your rat’s enjoyment. Keep in mind that they will chew what you give them.
Male rats for sale
Female Rats for Sale
Diet for the domestic Rat
A proper diet is important for your 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. Eating the same thing every day can also become boring just as it does for people. 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:
Fresh vegetables include but are not limited to:
sweet potato raw
mixed baby cereal
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 rat. Please remember to consult your veterinarian
determine the proper care of your pet. This list is only intended as a general reference – it should not replace the advice of your
Food and Water for Rats
Good-quality food and fresh, clean water must be readily available at all times. Laboratory rodent chows (milled pellets or lab
blocks) are preferred. 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 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.