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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-23-2009, 07:55 PM
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Awesome thanks for the advise guys! Theres certainly a lot to consider. I know there are different breeds of rats too, are any breeds easier to tame then others? I want quite a sociable pair that I can get out for a few hours a day perhaps even more, and hopefully that I can get out together too! Also are any breeds more hardy then others? as a first time rat owner I want to be able to look after them properly and also learn abit from doing so and gain some experience from keeping them.
There is only ONE "breed" of rat.

There are different varieties though.And no,the different varieties do not have different temperaments (unlike dog breeds) or are any easier.It really depends on the individual rat.I will add hairless rats need more warmth and do eat more then the furry guys.




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You took the words out of my mouth, Lisa. I was going to say all domestic rats are 'fancy' rats. The hardiest being the ones with furs/tails becuase they're less likely to have deformities. HOWEVER if down the road you are going to plan to breed, be very caeful when breeding blue rats. Because, aparently, the females can get internal bleeding when pregnant if they're blue. Blue is recessive though, so the only way to get a blue rat - or the easiest way is if one of the parents is blue. If one of the parents has a blue parent but isn't blue then that means the parent is heterozygous for blue, and can either throw a blue or not.


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haha ah right yeah thats what i meant the different types, cus I know some are hairless, some have fur, some have dumbo ears, some are larger and some are smaller. Im not planning to breed them as Im not really sure what I would do with the babies.


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Yeah,so really it is personal choice when it comes to the look of a certain variety! I have two rexes (curly fur),a Siamese dumbo (huge ears) and a hooded standard (which is what you normally see in pet stores).




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Some people already said Martin's Cages, which are wonderful. I have three of them now and just ordered a custom cage which I will get in a few weeks!

Many cages in pet stores labeled for rats are just way too small, it would be like living in a one room cabin with a friend. I personally believe that the cage posted by Diamond is too small and I would advise you to look for something larger. (I think she also said it was too small but I had a little trouble figuring out the text )

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As a general rule of thumb, if you're going to buy a "pet store" cage, try to buy it for an animal one sized bigger. These usually just meet the bare minimum requirements, but at least they're not way too small.

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Does martins cages deliver to the UK? If not does anyone know of anywhere else I can get a cage in the UK? I want it to have sort of a medium base and at least 2 floors maybe three? xxx


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I am not sure.
You can click a cage like you were going to order it and when it asks your country you can check that way.




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I bought my first rat cage off work, of where I work. It was actually a mouse cage, I think, but it did them fine as a first home because they were only young. The cage I have them in now I got off a friend who got it off a pet store, and its plenty big enough


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yes I did say that cage was 2 small. Although the rats are small males. I have yet to get pictures from her of the bigger cage.
Ferret cages like the 3 tower ones as in the big big ones work for rats but adult rats young ones can get out or if you have dwarf like me they can as well. I know some people that have ferret cages the big ones for their rats.
There is cages like the martins cage but you can always look on line for Rat cages that are made for rats or have one custom made like the martins.
your rats are very beautiful by the way.
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