While most people will cringe at the thought of having a rat for a pet, believe it or not, domestic rats make great pets! They are not aggressive, diseased and dirty animals, but in fact are clean, fun-loving, sensitive, very social and affectionate. They genuinely enjoy interacting with people and should be handled daily. Rats are very intelligent and can be taught simple tricks, such as stay and sit and will often learn their names. They can also be litter box trained. Rats will often develop a connection with their owner, wanting daily attention. They will enjoy playing and snuggling with their owners. Rats that are well handled from birth are very friendly toward humans and very rarely bite. Children should be taught not to stick their fingers in the cage if their hands smell like food. Even the most friendly rat may be tempted to take a taste. Rats require time, interaction and upkeep. Because rats are very social animals they can get bored easily and it is a good idea to have more than one rat.
Some rat owner facts include rat have a really poor vision and they prefer to have a cage or cage mates. The male rats are proven to make better lap pets than the females. Read more at http://wererat.net/ratfacts.htm.