These two take the bis­cuit

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

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@ rsp­camid­dle­

To view some of the many pets we have look­ing for new homes you can visit our web­site at: www.rsp­camid­dle­ 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

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