Moony, Padfoot & Wormtail are our young fancy rats. Fancy rats are domestic brown rats and the most common type of pet rats. Ours came from private people who could no longer look after them and luckily found a home at the farm.
Rats are social animals that gain enjoyment and stimulation from each other’s company. Their wild counterpart – the brown rat – lives in large groups and even though fancy rats are domesticated, they should always be kept in pairs or groups, as they are not solitary animals.
Rats that live in groups will have fun chasing each other around their enclosure, wrestle over food, play tug of war with ropes and toys, sleep together in a heap and groom each other. Moony, Padfoot & Wormtail will do this, however they are fondest of spending most of their day sleeping.
Rats become active as it gets darker, so when you’re visiting the farm during the day you will most likely visit a heap of snuggle-y, sleepy rats.
Keeping rats in a social group is a great way of environmental enrichment. However rats are also incredibly intelligent. Keeping them active and interested in their environment is very important, which is why ours are given a large variety of climbing structures that they can play on and keep active with.
We try and re decorate the rat enclosure on a regular basis to keep Moony, Padfoot & Wormtail’s environment interesting for them and we give them treats such as berries and slices of apples scattered around their cage so they have to search for their food and keep active.
Compared to their wild counterpart (the brown rat) the fancy rat comes in a variety of colours, from all white over multi-coloured all the way to blue and is incredibly social and interactive with people, making for a wonderful pet for children!