If they are introduced at a young age,they should be fine.
I got Hatchet (my kitty) when he was 8 weeks old.I introduced him to the rats almost right away,letting them sniff eachother and everything.He got so used to the rats,he didn't take on an interest to them.And once he got to close to a cage and got bit,so now he won't go near the cages anymore.I do have all the cages in a room where he is not allowed tho.
Also when I still lived at home with mom,the cats always didn't care about my rats...they were just used to them and knew that MY rats were part of the family and not prey.
But in MOST cases,if the cats grow up with the rats - they won't take an interest in the rats.Oh and also if the kitties do tend to stick a paw in the cage,the rats will most likely give them a good nip - which discuorages them from doing it again!
* Lisa *
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