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Few animals elicit such strong and contradictory reactions as rats. Those who keep rats as pets know them as highly intelligent and social animals who clean themselves regularly and thrive on regular interaction. Yet millions of rats are used each year in research experiments and the vast majority are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act. Learn what makes these animals unique.

  • Rats can be great companion animals when given half a chance. Abby Roeser

Inside the Rat Pack

They can run obstacle courses and spin, fetch, and roll over on cue. Pet rats are an underrated species full of undiscovered charms.

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