We seemed to have missed the last two sentance's in DecayingSoul's post.
There is a world of difference between pet rats, which normally are the white rats, and the wild rats.
The three years I was in High School, I raised white rats and sold them to the University of Washington. I had quite an enterprise going. White rats are in great demand for scientific studies. They are no different in keeping and raising as are guina pigs or hamsters or gerbils.
I made harness's for my females and I pinned them to my collar [the harness's] so that they wouldn't get away and get hurt. As long as you keep their living quarters clean, they are clean. I seldom if ever took my Stud Males out for little excursions, they were a bit more aggressive than the females and nearly twice the size. Plus
they did smell, just like nearly all breeding males in the animal kingdom. Goats for one is a great example. Edited: AGene on 29th Nov, 2004 - 12:30am