A query I get requested loads is whether or not it’s potential for many who already personal a cat to undertake pet rats. There are a variety of things to think about earlier than making this choice. While there are these few individuals who say that their cat poses no menace to their rodent friends and fortunately put up pics of their cat and rat getting alongside properly it is a very uncommon case and shouldn’t be handled because the norm.
I ought to level out at this stage that I stay with my 2 pets rats, Pea and Mingles, my dog, Charlie, a Maltese x Shitzu and my cat, Dylan, a Ragdoll x Persian. All of my animals are rescues and they’re all fantastic in several methods. Nonetheless regardless of his Ragdoll bloodline, Dylan most positively has the searching intuition and I’d by no means let the rats run round out of the rat cage while he’s within the room. It is very important keep in mind that even for those who select a mild breed like a pure Ragdoll cat and have them from a kitten, they need to nonetheless by no means be unnoticed along with your pet rats.
It’s potential to maintain pet rats you probably have a cat, though it is best to weigh out the professionals and cons earlier than adopting your new pets. Listed below are some issues to think about:
1. Separation – You’ll need to have the ability to simply separate your cat and rats whenever you need to let your rats out. This might imply utilizing a spare room as a ratty room. That is what I do. The spare room is free from rat risks like wires, sharp objects and small issues they might choke on. It’s also totally sealed. There are not any little holes within the wall that the rats might escape from. I attempt to spend an hour a day in there with my rats. We will play collectively and I can do some training with them safely away from naughty cat claws and tooth. I even have lots of enjoyable tubes, bins and even a rat swimming pool for them to discover. Cats are often high-quality with this day trip and so long as they’ve loads of room to roam and their meals, water and litter tray (and in our case a doggy companion) they are going to be high-quality.
2. Safety – You’ll need to be 100% certain that your rat cage is safe. In fact you would want to do that anyway, since you would not need your rats to flee and get into hazard. After we first adopted our two rats Pea and Mingles the outdated house owners gave us their cage and it had a gap in. It was a small gap and I blocked it with plastic bins and duct tape, however I had the scare of my life when I discovered Pea operating across the ground with Dylan the cat about to pounce. Fortunately I picked Pea up in time and the rats have since moved to a 100% protected (and big!) cage, however please do not let your pets get into this example. Rats are infamous escape artists. You could assume that the house is simply too small for them to squeeze out of, however they are going to shock you. Make sure that the rat cage is sturdy (can’t be knocked over) and that there are many areas for the rats to cover from prying eyes.
3. Frequent Sense – You recognize your cat higher than anybody, however even you probably have the gentlest cat on the earth who seems to need to be pals along with your rats, please be very cautious and by no means ever depart them unsupervised collectively. I can have my rats sit on my shoulder while Dylan is sitting subsequent to me on the couch, but when he’s sitting on prime of the couch I’m very cautious. The rats’ tails are irresistible to most cats.
You probably have a cat and you’re prepared to place in some further effort to make sure the security of your rats then there isn’t any cause you should not have rodent pets. Nonetheless, just be sure you have multiple rat. That is at all times greatest because the rats can hold one another firm when they’re of their rat cage. Even for those who can spend lots of time along with your rat, when you’re away, or asleep the rats can snuggle and play collectively and groom one another. It is going to make all of the distinction to their lives.
Rats could seem fearless at occasions, however you probably have multiple cat, maybe it is best to take into consideration whether or not a rat can be a good pet for you and your loved ones. Think about how the rats will really feel as all of the cats examine the cage and check out to determine methods to get in.
You probably have determined to undertake some rats, make sure you take duty for his or her welfare. You probably have a baby who has begged you for rats they might be taught some duty, however in the end it’s the grownup who ought to make sure the animals’ welfare and ensure the cats don’t pose an issue. It’s also essential to make sure your cats are getting simply as a lot consideration as they used to, earlier than the brand new additions.
I hope this text has helped you’re employed out whether or not preserving rats and cats collectively might work for your loved ones.