Wild rats are found basically everywhere humans are – that’s their natural habitat. The farm, the city, the garbage dump, sewers, subways. You name it – they’re there. And while climate can play a part in where they flourish (if the weather is mild, they may stray from their human hosts), they prefer people. Free food and less predators seems like a pretty good deal to me.
But, we know that wild and domestic small animals require different living situations. So, if you’re thinking about adding a domestic rat to your family, how big should their territory be?
As we very often recommend, roomier cages are recommended. However, as a rule of thumb, these little guys and girls require at least 2 cubic feet of space per rat at minimum. If you want to give your rat additional room to live, they’d appreciate it. Especially since it’s very important for our pets to get regular exercise. Larger ages encourage this, and reduce the likelihood of obesity. And since rats generally only live 2-3 years, we want as much time with them as possible.
Overcrowding, too, can lead to medical conditions and cause upper respiratory infections. And that’s the last thing we want.
Remember, like any small pet, providing a proper territory for them is so very important to their safety and to their happiness… and their overall quality of life.
Happy rat… I like that.