Rats

Rats are intelligent, highly social animals and make incredibly rewarding animals to look after. They can form close bonds with their human carers, but have complex needs and aren't easy to look after well.

Close-up of a grey and white rat's face © RSPCA
Here are some top rat facts:

  • There are several different kinds of rat, varying mainly in colour. 
  • They have an excellent sense of touch, and a wonderful sense of smell.
  • They're normally active at night and at dawn and dusk.
  • Rats live for around 2 years, but some may live longer. 

Although two years may appear a short time in comparison to other pets, owning rats is still a big responsibility and commitment. There's no single 'perfect' way to care for rats, because every rat and every situation is different. It's up to you how you look after them, as long as you make sure you give them everything they need.

Adopt a rat from the RSPCA

Interested in keeping pet rats? Take a look at our pet search to see all the rats available for rehoming. You can also learn more about how to keep your rat healthy and happy in our guide to rat behaviour.

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