I'm considering getting a pair of rats. My AskMe and internet searches didn't have answers to my two questions regarding cats and vacations.
So, I have cats. What do I do about the cats hanging out around the cage? I can, and will, watch during the day (the cage will be about three feet from where I spend most of the day), but what about night time? Should I consider a cover? Will the rats ignore the cats or be too intimidated to move around?
Also, what do you do about going on holidays/vacation? Cats can be left for a few days, can rats? Do I need to get someone to come rat-sit? Or take them to a rat-sitter?
I've never owned rats and my last experience with rodents was hamsters about 20 years ago. However, I've already done quite a bit of online research, but any other information and advice will be greatly appreciated.
is the cage I have in mind. Per a "rat per sq. footage" calculator, it is large enough to hold 3.25 rats.
Sites I've gotten a lot of info from are the Rat Fan Club
, Pet Rat Info
, Rat Guide
and various other sites.
I don't know yet whether I'll get males (larger, slower, cuddly, large testicles) or females (smaller, faster, more curious/less cuddly, prone to tumours). Or, really, even if I will get rats. Answers to this question will help with the decision. Thanks in advance!