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Rat Facts


Males are called bucks.  Females are does.  Babies are pups or kittens.  A pack of rats is called a Mischief.


Rats are the most intelligent of all pocket pets.  They are very lovable animales.  Like dogs, they bond with their owners.  They learn their names, come when called and they can be taught to do tricks.  They love being with their own species group or with their humans.  They play collectively and love to sleep curled up together.  They take care of the injured and sick in their group.  When rats don't have friendship, they become lonely, anxious, and depressed.


Rats are extremely clean animals spending several hours a day grooming themselves and their group members.  They are less likely than cats and dogs to catch or transmit parasites and viruses.


A rat can go longer than a camel without a drink of water.


Rats can wiggle into spaces as small as a quarter.


Rats get into food often.  So, the US Food and Drug Administration allows a set amount of rat droppings in our commercial food productes.


Rat may be on the menu in countries like China, Thailand, Vietman and Cambodia.


A rat's bite can penetrate a toenail.  Their front teeth grow about 5 inches each year.  Rats wear them down by continuously gnawing everything around them.  A rat's teeth are harder than iron or steel and can easily gnaw through substances like lead, cinderblock, aluminum sheeting, glass, wire, and wood.


At the Karni Mata Temple in India rats are treated with veneration and respect.  The temple houses at least 20,000 rats that religious devotees visit in hopes of receiving blessings from the rodents.  Seeing a rare white rat, eating food nibbled on by a rat, or having a rat run across one's feet are all considered signs of good fortune.


The Chinese Year of the Rat occurs in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 2008 and 2020.  People born in the Year of the Rat are one of the most industrious and hardest working in the zodiac. They are meticulous, intelligent, eloquent, ambitious, and practical.  On the negative side, Rat people can be controlling, respectful, cruel and stubborn. 


The individuals putting on Barn Hunts take great care to make sure their rats are not stressed, are in a comfortable enviroment at all times, and are handled very carefully. The rats we use in Barn Hunt are treated as our companion pets.


We hope you now know a lot more about Rats than when you clicked on this page. :@)

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