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How Much Does a Pet Rat Cost?

 
low costPet Rats: $10-$20 eachaverage costAquarium or Cage: $30-$180+
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A rat is a small rodent with a long thin tail. Pet owners prefer them for their curious, cuddly nature and easy care. Rats aren't mice; mice are their smaller counterparts.

Typical costs:

  • Rats cost between $10 and $20 each, depending on the rat's age and temperament.
  • Pairs of rats are sold for between $25 and $35.
  • Rats are social creatures and many breeders only sell them in pairs.
Related articles: Hamster, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Chinchilla

What should be included:
  • Rats usually live between two and three years.
  • Rats owners find the small pet to be entertaining, as they play frequently and, if well adjusted to human contact, can be cuddly. Especially in the beginning, it's important to hold a rat for a few minutes two or three times per day so the rat is accustomed to being handled.
  • The Rat and Mouse Club of America compiled answers to a list of commonly asked questions[1] for new rat owners.
Additional costs:
  • Cage. Rats should do well in a 20-gallon aquarium tank or in a similarly sized wire cage ($30-$180+, depending on type and size). Make sure that the wire cage has a solid, not wire, bottom or the rat could get its foot caught.
  • Cage accessories. A $7 bag of bedding will last about a month. Put one to three inches of bedding on the bottom of the cage and replace weekly.
  • Food. Most rat owners buy their pet a commercially made rodent food mix, like Kaytee Forti-Diet, sold in pet stores for about $6 a bag. A bag will last almost two months. However, rat enthusiasts recommend buying specially made laboratory pellets; they're considered more nutritional than the commercial mixes. Pellets can be bought in bulk, 25 pounds for $20, from exotic animal food supplier Mazuri.com.
  • Toys. Rats love tubes, wheels and balls. Toys range in price from $2 to $10, with the average wheel costing around $7.
  • Vet care. A standard veterinary visit will cost about $35 to $40. Tumor removal costs between $35 and $150, depending on complications. Having the rat spayed or neutered will cost between $50 and $100. RatFanClub.org maintains a vet referral list[2] .
Discounts:
  • Older rats tend to be less expensive.
  • Petfinder.com[3] may have rats at a discounted rate. In the search option on the left side of the home page, enter "Small and Furry" and "rat" along with a ZIP code.
  • Check the local animal shelter.
Shopping for a pet rat:
  • The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association keeps a breeder list[4] . Buying from a breeder is preferred as they'll meet the association's standards for quality upbringing.
  • Be attentive when choosing a rat. Pick one that reacts well to being held. Some are too nervous to be held while others are comfortable right away.
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pet rat
Amount: $15.50
Posted by: hi me 23 in bell, NE.Posted: May 14th, 2013 05:05PM
This is my first rat and I really thought it would cost less. The one I got was an adult the little ones were less expensive. Around $5 to $1o. the older ones are $15 to $25. I got my at Petco. It was sick for a while but survived. I would say your better of with a rat breeder.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.rmca.org/Resources/rmcafaq.htm
  2.  ratfanclub.org/helpinfo.html
  3.  www.petfinder.com
  4.  www.afrma.org/breederlist.htm
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