Animal Resources

How to keep happy rats

About rats

Lifespan: 2-3 years

Cage size: D90cm x W60cm x H60cm minimum for pair of rats (although we advocate for keeping groups of 3+)

Larger groups of 3+ rats will need a larger enclosure (such as The Critter Nation)

Time requirements: 1-2 hours daily

Must not be kept alone

Rats are incredibly clever and social animals that have complex care needs. Here are some of the things we believe are important for them to have a happy life.

How much time and money do rats need?

It’s recommended to allow at least 1-2 hours per day for play and interaction time. Cage cleaning and rearranging (which will need to be done around once per week) can also take over an hour depending on cage size and the number of rats in the group.

Rats’ dry food can vary in cost but you can make a quality dry mix quite cheaply, especially if you buy the elements in bulk. They are often happy have bits of whatever fruit, vegetables and wet meals you are having, but make sure you feed a wide variety and to leave out any foods on the rat unsafe list. 

Rats are sadly very prone to health problems such as tumours and respiratory infections. They are likely to need veterinary attention at some point over the course of their 2-3 year life span. These appointments and treatments are usually just as expensive as dogs or cats would be. 

Cage enrichment for rats doesn’t have to be fancy custom made hammocks and expensive toys. Plastic baskets from the pound shop, old cut up t-shirts, rope and toilet roll tubes can keep them just as busy if you are creative!

Adoption Process

Contact us

Contact us either by email, Facebook or by filling in a contact form stating a bit about yourself, which animal(s) you’d like to apply for and your background. 

Complete forms

If we think you might be a good fit, we will send you a link to our online application form to learn more about the home you have to offer.

Home check

If your applications look okay we will  need photos of your intended set up at this stage. This will be followed up by an in person or virtual home check.