About Rats & Rat Care
At Furball Critters, we have various varieties and sizes of rats available. They need a good quality block style rodent food and clean water every day. They can have treats such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, dog biscuits, and dried bread. Do not feed Iceberg lettuce or onion. Dried French bread or baguette makes a great hard chew! They like to have a cage where they can climb, a place to hide, and a place to chill such as a hammock or hanging tunnel. Some rats enjoy exercise wheels as well. Terrarium cages aren't suited for rats because they need good air circulation, rats are prone to respiratory infections. If they start to sneeze, wheeze and also might have have red mucous (porphryn) around their nose you need to find an Exotic Vet right away. If it is an upper respiratory infection you need to start antibiotics such as Baytril (Enrofloxacin) ASAP. They can get sicker very quickly. Never use cedar shavings as bedding, use a bedding as free of dust and fragrance as possible such as aspen, natural Care Fresh, or fleece material. Rats live for around 2-3 years or more, so plan ahead and be sure you can care for the pet over this length of time. Be sure to have a good cage that is big enough, airy, and safe. Wire cages are preferable, and one that is taller than wide rats like because they love to climb. We sell new, used, and custom handmade cages and supplies for your pets needs. Also cage repair.