Pet Rats for Sale
Sold in multiple color variations.
We’ll be constantly uploading new Pet Rats images as we get them. However once they are gone, chances are we will find another one similar, so just PM us and let us know what you’re looking for.
NOTE:* The youngest pet rat we can sell is a weaned rat. After they are weaned they can typically survive without their mother’s milk. So once the rat is feeding and drinking on his own will it become available for purchase as a pet. Please PM us with any questions.
Pet rats are rats that have been set aside because they fall into two categories:
- They are calm and not overly skittish
- They have some sort of unique patterns and/or colors.
For example, we have dumbo and regular, fuzzy, multi colored, hoodies, greys, blacks, whites, etc…
NOTE:* Rats grow fast so once the rat for sale is an adult, it may be pulled from the site for breeding purposes. The lifespan of a rat is typically two, sometimes three years.
Pet Rat Care Tips
General Rat Behavior
Pet rats and rats in general are typically very social and do well with other rats. They play-fight and tussle, groom each other and snuggle and seem to do better with another around. To tame a rat, however – you also need to be actively involved with it. This means picking them up, talking to them, hand-feeding, etc… There are a lot of websites* and books on this and we encourage you to do your research before you take them on.
Your New Pet Rat and You
Pet rats like other animals are a product of their environment. What this means is that if you grab them, make abrupt movements or force hold a nervous rat – they will respond defensively. This means nips, bites, scratches, running away, squealing, etc… Of course there are always exceptions but as a general rule, but if you are gentle and your environment is calm and free from sudden movements, minimal noise outbursts and non-threatening, you’ll end up with a trusting and socialized rat.
But a nervous or scared rat may be tamed, however it takes time and persistence. You can’t take it personally and need to remember you are much bigger than it is and you are not a rat, so it will fear you out of instinct. Take your time, be patient and soon enough it will relax and not mind your company at all.
The main goal is to remember that “trust” is the most important part of keeping a rat. If it trusts you, it will make you part of it’s colony. If not, it will run. Build that trust through food and hand-feeding, constant socialization including petting and holding, being patient and aware – when it has had enough and most importantly, never grab it.
Rats With Other Rats
Sometimes pet rats will try to dominate others. This is common in both males and females, but generally is more common in non-related females. Both male and females that were raised together form a bond and for the most part get along great.
Remember introducing a new rat is stressful for everyone. It stresses the new rat in that it has to get to know you as well as the strange rat it was just introduced to. This may being about pecking-order fights and some scuffles in the first few weeks. Generally they calm down, but if they don’t get along you will need to separate them as they will violently fight. Check out this website for advice on this process*
Males with Males
Males are usually pretty accepting of new males. They, for the most part are mellow and although there may be a need to set dominance, unless there’s a female around – it’s usually not an issue.
However, like in all animals, you may have a bully and you will soon notice a great deal of ruckus that comes from the establishing of dominance as they noisily fight.
Typically they can be left to sort things out, but occasionally you’ll end up with a situation where your only choice is to separate them.
Females with Females
Females can be lethal to each other if you introduce a new female into a cage with another pregnant or nursing mother. They are super protective and will kill the other female stranger.
Rat fights are very loud as they are both vocal and physical. Keep pregnant females and nursing females away from other females (and males) and you should have minimal confrontations. But it may take a bit of time till they create a bond where they become a colony and include you in it. So watch them close and interact with them often.
Males with Females
Rats are programmed to breed. So remember, in a few short months of keeping them together – you most often than not will end up with a bunch of new little new “friends.”
If you do end up with them and want to give them away, rats are very maternal and we can put them in with our already nursing mothers in our collection and they’ll be fine. Just let us know, we’ll put get them adopted up.
There’s a ton of more things to discuss like food, caging, accessories, cleaning, health, watering, etc… we’ll have more articles up so check out our blog/articles section for that. But I can’t say this enough – do your research before you get them. If will keep you calm, hopefully give you a support group online and in the end, be the best thing for your new little buddy.