Pets

Keeping a wild rat as a pet?

  • Last Updated:
  • Sep 1st, 2017 3:35 pm
Tags:
[OP]
Deal Expert
User avatar
Jul 22, 2006
21157 posts
2128 upvotes

Keeping a wild rat as a pet?

Can you tame them?

If I captured a few instead of killing them. Will they survive inside a cage and calm down?
11 replies
Deal Addict
Jan 28, 2014
2952 posts
438 upvotes
Your dog might consider them to be prey.
Sr. Member
Apr 25, 2011
786 posts
336 upvotes
British Columbia
No you can't so please do not try. They are wild animals and not the same as a fancy rat.
Deal Addict
User avatar
Apr 7, 2012
2542 posts
610 upvotes
Toronto
Rats as a species are super intellegent and affectionate.
I wouldn't keep a wild one, as you have no idea about what parasites or diseases the thing is carrying.

I've had a few pet rats, and they were all amazing! Very trainable and definitely great pets!
Deal Addict
Jan 28, 2014
2952 posts
438 upvotes
Of course the other posters are correct, but my first thought, george, was your dog. I remember being in a big box pet store a few years ago and a woman came in carrying her purse-sized, hairless pup - she wanted to buy her dog a toy.

Every single dog in the store was surrounding her since they considered her dog prey. It was so bad that a store clerk had to tell her that she should come back to the store without her dog and that she should be looking for toys in the cat department.

Our dog was not with me, thankfully.
[OP]
Deal Expert
User avatar
Jul 22, 2006
21157 posts
2128 upvotes
What's a cheap humane way to kill them?

I made DIY glue traps using corn syrup bought in bulk.. It's kind of gruesome :|
Deal Addict
Sep 22, 2009
1706 posts
379 upvotes
Markham
Release them in a park....
Deal Addict
User avatar
Jun 17, 2012
2007 posts
253 upvotes
In another world
They're wild. Be careful when feeding them.
Then put them on a leash and take them out for a walk :p
Deal Guru
User avatar
Apr 16, 2002
14941 posts
11013 upvotes
Toronto
sure. you can get more and more of them to do your bidding too!

Image
Rex, eat the salad.
Banned
Feb 8, 2017
25 posts
3 upvotes
Be careful with those rats lol they are wild don't keep them
Deal Addict
Sep 30, 2006
1301 posts
226 upvotes
omg, just go get a feeder rat and have that as a pet......
Support the #LENOVOSUCKS Social Media Campaign! Tweet @Lenovo & @Lenovo_Canada #LENOVOSUCKS + Post at facebook.com/lenovo
- Part of the 2014 - #LENOVOSUCKS movement -

Top