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The decorative rat is a mammal of family of mice (group of rodents). A decorative rat – quite interesting small animal, clever, cheerful and intelligent. They can be tender and perfectly give in to training so communication with a decorative rat will deliver a lot of pleasure.
Decorative rats are sets of versions and colors.
Choosing a decorative rat, first of all pay attention to how it looks. A healthy rat – inquisitive and bright, but at the same time quiet. Wool has to be smooth and brilliant, eyes and a nose – without allocations. Do not take a rat which sneezes or makes the gurgling sounds.
is better to take a decorative rat at the age of 4 weeks and is more senior.
If at you there live other rats, do not forget that new "lodger" has to spend at least 10 days in a quarantine – it is desirable in other room.
Do not leave unguarded two unfamiliar adult rats at all – they can cripple and even to kill each other.
First of all, for keeping of a decorative rat it is necessary to equip "apartment".
Aquariums and the more so glass jars – improper option as in them the humidity of air is increased, and the small animal will quickly die.
One more unsuccessful option – a cage for a bird with a wooden framework: the tree badly transfers urine, besides, rats with pleasure gnaw it so such cage will quickly become useless.
The minimum size of a cage for 1 decorative rat: 40х60х40 cm. However if the rat contains in a cage, it has to walk every day!
On a photo: decorative rat. Photo: bluecross.org.uk
Remove a cage in process of pollution.
Good option of a laying for a cage of a decorative rat – filler for cat's toilets. However it is possible to use only cellulose, straw or wood filler, but not mineral or selikogelevy, комкующийся. It is possible to use sawdust of trees (only deciduous!), however they hold a smell quicker become soiled worse. It is impossible to use for a laying of vatu, the newspaper or fabric.
In a cage for a decorative rat have to be feeding troughs and a drinking bowl. Water has to be in continuous access so the best option of a drinking bowl – automatic nippelny.
Also in keeping of a rat an important role is played by toys, hammocks for a dream and ropes for a lasagna.
Remember that it is impossible to support animals of a different floor in one cage – they will constantly breed.
The cage has to stand far away from a window and where on it direct sunshine do not get – decorative rats are afraid of overheating and drafts. In kitchen to a cage with a rat also not the place – products of burning cause diseases of airways.
As a rule, decorative rats carry out care of wool, however in need of them it is possible to wash, using children's or special animals shampoo. Do not forget to dry up carefully a rat after bathing!
Care of a rat is inconceivable without regular communication, rats are social animals and alone miss and wither. If the rat lives alone at you, it is necessary to talk daily to her, to release from a cage, to play, train.
You remember, however, that walking of a decorative rat has to be safe. Make sure that she will not reach wires, sharp objects, drugs or poisonous plants.
On a photo: decorative rat. Photo: buzzfeed.com
The decorative rat is omnivorous, however it does not mean that she can be fed with waste from a table.
It is impossible to feed a rat with the following products:
With what to feed a decorative rat? In continuous access there has to be a grain mix for rats and water. Water changes daily.
Food to a decorative rat is updated by 2 times a day (to pregnant females – 3 – 4 times a day).
The rat can also give boiled meat, porridge on water, vegetables (crude and boiled), fruit, fermented milk products, crackers, nuts, lettuce leaves and a dandelion.
Juice can cause an allergy in rats.
Average life expectancy of a decorative rat – about 2 - 2.5 years. And that how many there live decorative rats, depends on the correct contents and leaving including prevention of diseases.
On a photo: decorative rat. Photo: instructables.com
Remember that the increased metabolism of decorative rats – the reason that processes of activity happen quickly and if in time not to help a small animal, consequences will be sad.
Signs which have to force you to carry as soon as possible a rat to the veterinarian: