These two take the biscuit
OREO and Cookie are two young and handsome brothers who arrived in our care recently due to their owners developing allergies.
They have settled in well in their foster home and are now looking for a new home together.
These friendly and inquisitive brothers are both rats and happy being handled.
Rats are highly intelligent, social animals and are normally active during the night.
They have an excellent sense of touch, and have a wonderful sense of smell. Provided their needs are met, rats are incredibly rewarding animals to look after and can form close bonds with their carers.
Before adopting you need to be sure you can give them enough of your time. Rats need at least an hours exercise outside the cage every day.
A suitable home for rats
The best home for your rats is a wire cage – the larger and taller the better, as rats are active and love to climb. The floors, ladders and plat- forms should be solid rather than wire to avoid a rat trapping and injuring its feet.
Rats will also need a nest box where they can rest, relax and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. A cardboard box with shredded paper or paper tissue is perfect.
They also enjoy a hammock for lounging around (who doesn’t?).
Oreo and Cookie will need at least an hour’s playtime outside their cage every day, but you must first make the room safe and secure.
Keep windows and doors closed and block up any gaps, young rats will fit through a gap smaller than an inch. Electric cables and wires will need to be protected so they cannot be chewed.
Rats and children
Rats can make good companions for children and adults. However, they do need daily social interaction and time out of their cage, so it is important that everyone in the family is keen on the idea of keeping rats as pets.
Rats need larger cages than the smaller rodents such as hamsters but, being larger, they are easier to care for too. As with all children’s pets, it is important that an adult is responsible for making sure the rats receive the attention and care they need. If you think you could offer a forever home to these boys or any of our small animals, cats and rabbits we currently have looking for a home for life then please call us on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@ rspcamiddlesex.org.uk.
To view some of the many pets we have looking for new homes you can visit our website at: www.rspcamiddlesex.org.uk where you will also find more information about the work we do at RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch and can download an adoption application form.
Borthers Oreo and Cookie are male pet rats with brown and white coats and great personalities