If your idea of a rat brings to mind images of a dirty alleyway and a damp, musky rodent, you're not alone. This is the image that comes to many people's minds when they think of these animals, but it's all wrong when it comes to domesticated rats. A pet rat is far different than the wild version you picture and likely fear. Pet rats are quite intelligent and sociable, making them a great choice for those who want a small animal to love.

Many pet owners are surprised to learn that their pet rat is actually quite intelligent. You can teach your rat tricks and they will learn them quickly! They're social animals who enjoy spending time with their owners. Owning a rat is similar to owning a dog, minus the need for daily walks or the constant concern of shedding hair and chewed-up slippers. Rats love companionship with a human friend or another little rat friend to keep them company.  

Another benefit of having rats as pets: They're easy to care for. As long as you provide them with clean bedding and adequate nutrition, rats do well as domesticated pets. Expect a rat to live between two and three years.

Rats are excellent companion animals for those who need a small pet but who want something a little more sociable than a hamster or guinea pig.

If you own a pet rat or if you're thinking of buying one, United Pet Group will help you with all of your pet care needs.