Rats don’t have the best reputation and many people see them as dirty, disgusting creatures with long, scaly tails and sharp teeth – however, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are 10 things you need to know before owning rats.

Rats need company of their own kind

Rats are highly social animals who need to be kept in at least pairs, however, if you have  space and the budget, you can have more than two. They are very interactive with each other, and enjoy playing, grooming and snuggling up together. Whilst you’re busy at work or school, your rat needs a friend to cause mischief with. Rats are easily bored, so getting them companionship of their own kind will help keep those ratty brains busy. They communicate through smell, touch and high-frequency sounds that humans are unable to hear. Two rats aren’t more work than one, and when you see them playing you will never want a lone rat again.

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