What do I need for my pet rat?
Now that you have decided on a rat as a pet you should have all supplies necessary before bringing him home. Having the right supplies is the best way to have a happy healthy pet. This care sheet will guide you in having everything you need.
Cage & Habitat
You will need a properly ventilated, chew proof cage with a solid floor that is at least 24″ x 12″ x 12″. Remember, a bigger cage is always better when it comes to your pet’s home.
Bedding or substrate for the bottom of the cage. You want to avoid cedar and pine shavings.
A stoppered chew proof water bottle that attaches to the side of the cage.
A food dish that can be secured to the cage or a dish that is heavy enough to not be easily tipped over.
An exercise wheel. Make sure you get one large enough for your rat.
Rat, cat, or bird toys and untreated wood for chewing. Get extra toys if you pet’s home is an aquarium instead of a cage.
Paper towels, paper napkins, hay, or straw for nesting.
Food & Supplements
Commercial rat food.
Fresh vegetables, fruit, and occasional table scraps.
Treats to add variety to your rats diet and for use in training.
A supplement to make sure your pet gets all the vitamins he needs.