Small, prolific and extremely intelligent member
of the rodent
family. Rats make fantastic pets
and are considered to be as smart as dogs. They
and various tricks if their owner takes the time to teach them. They
are extremely sociable and bond closely to their human owner.
In the wild they
live in family
groups, much like wolves, and have a similar social structure
with an alpha, beta and omega.
The pet rat is the species rattus norvegicus, the brown or norway rat, whereas the rat associated (incorrectly, it must be said) with the plague is rattus rattus, the black rat. Domestic rats
do not carry
any diseases transmittable to humans and even wild rats
cleaner than most
other wild animals, as well as the notable
fact that it is impossible
for a rat to transmit
rabies to a person.
have a very undeserved reputation, but this is slowly changing
as more people realise what good pets they