Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Amazing Facts about Rats

Rats are the notable damaging pests within the world. They will unfold malady, harm structures and
contaminate food sources. Some individuals keep rats as pets too. Here are some surprising facts concerning rats:

  • Rats are touchy with tummies and whiskers (Keep in mind if you have got a rat as a pet)
  • Rats like to be petted in sure spots, they sometimes fancy having their ears rubbed.
  • Rats are extraordinarily sensitive to magnetism fields. You must keep her surround in a neighborhood of the house with a minimum of electronic activity.
  • Rats will sense moods. Rats will sense tension, concern and alternative negative emotions within the people that handle them and will respond in a similar way. 
  • Rats have a wild facet. Your pet rat can keep his wild, cautious nature – together with an inclination to bite -- while not frequent, light human handling.
  • Rats grind their teeth. … However not throughout sleep, like humans. Rats grind their teeth after they are feeling content. Curiously, they additionally roll in the hay once they’re feeling stressed. The grinding keeps their small choppers at the right length.
  • The average rat litter is twelve.
  • Rats have poor vision. 
  • Male and feminine rats take issue in each look and temperament. feminine rats ar smaller than their male counterparts, and their fur is sometimes softer. 
  • Rats thrive within the company of alternative rats. Rats ar social and do far better with alternative rats around. 
  • Rats don’t offer. Rats have a really sturdy wall between the muscular structure and abdomen. It’s physically not possible for your rat to forcefully expel food from his tummy. 
  • Rats will squeeze through holes the scale of a Loonie.
  • Rats urinate as they jaunt mark their path.
  • Due to rats breeding and sexual union practices - 2 rats in a very vacant warehouse with ample food offer will populate into over a thousand rats in one year.
  • Rats ar scared of new objects in their setting which may build them terribly tough to entice.
  • Rats will swim as way as 1km in open water and generally through sewer lines exiting into ground floor bogs.
  • Rats will fall from a height of fifty feet while not obtaining seriously harmed.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

About Rats

The pet rat is a domesticated breed of the brown rat (rattus norvegicus). Rats have been domesticated for over 200 years. Selective breeding of many generations of Norway rats over all those years has produced the domestic rat of today which comes in many different colors and markings. Rats are intelligent, affectionate, clean animals with lots of personality and enjoy spending time with people. They are curious and adventurous. Pet rats – like their ancestors – are very social and should be kept in pairs or more (same sex unless neutered or spayed!).


Rats live in colonies in the wild and therefore should be kept in at least (same sex unless neutered or spayed) pairs as pets. They groom each other, play and sleep (often piled up) together. Since you are part of the rat pack too, don’t be surprised if your rats start grooming you too! They might check your ears, nose, eye brows, lips and teeth. Be proud and enjoy!

Normally, male rats get bigger than females, have coarser fur and can have a slightly “musky” smell (some people describe the smell as warm corn chips). Rats reach puberty at around 5-6 weeks of age, but they reach social maturity at around 5-6 months of age. At this age, male rats in particular start to behave more aggressively toward each other. They shift from harmless play fighting into more serious adult fighting. They establish their hierarchy. This might look scary but don’t interfere unless there are injuries involved. Females have softer fur (sometimes their fur has a pleasant sweet smell). They tend to be more active, hardly sit still and always have places to go. Older rats do calm down, though. Rats don’t see well (especially pink eyed rats). You might see your rat swaying his head from side to focus on an object and to help the rat figure out how far away various objects are. They rely heavily on their nose and whiskers rather than on their eyes. Rats can hear and produce ultrasound. They communicate with each other at frequencies we humans can’t hear. Sometimes you will hear the occasional squeak. As a general rule, audible vocalizations are signs of protest, pain or stress.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Rat Food

Rat meat is a food that, while taboo in some cultures, is a dietary staple in others. Taboos include fears of disease or religious prohibition, but in many places, the high number of rats has led to their incorporation into the local diets.

In some cultures, rats are or have been limited as an acceptable form of food to a particular social or economic class. In the Mishmi culture of India, rats are essential to the traditional diet, as Mishmi women may eat no meat except fish, pork, wild birds and rats. Conversely, the Musahar community in north India has commercialised rat farming as an exotic delicacy. In the traditional cultures of the Hawaiians and the Polynesians, rat was an everyday food for commoners. When feasting, the Polynesian people of Rapa Nui could eat rat meat, but the king was not allowed to, due to the islanders' belief in his "state of sacredness" called tapu. In studying precontact archaeological sites in Hawaii, archaeologists have found the concentration of the remains of rats associated with commoner households accounted for three times the animal remains associated with elite households. The rat bones found in all sites are fragmented, burned and covered in carbonized material, indicating the rats were eaten as food. The greater occurrence of rat remains associated with commoner households may indicate the elites of precontact Hawaii did not consume them as a matter of status or taste.

Bandicoot rats are an important food source among some peoples in Southeast Asia, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated rat meat makes up half the locally produced meat consumed in Ghana, where cane rats are farmed and hunted for their meat. African slaves in the American South were known to hunt wood rats (among other animals) to supplement their food rations, and Aborigines along the coast in southern Queensland, Australia, regularly included rats in their diet.

Ricefield rats (Rattus argentiventer) have traditionally been used as food in rice-producing regions such as Valencia, as immortalized by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez in his novel Cañas y barro. Along with eel and local beans known as garrafons, rata de marjal is one of the main ingredients in traditional paella (later replaced by rabbit, chicken and seafood). Ricefield rats are also consumed in the Philippines, the Isaan region of Thailand, and Cambodia. In late 2008, Reuters reported the price of rat meat had quadrupled in Cambodia, creating a hardship for the poor who could no longer afford it. Cambodia exports about a metric ton of rats daily to Vietnam as food.

Elsewhere in the world, rat meat is considered diseased and unclean, socially unacceptable, or there are strong religious proscriptions against it. Islam and Kashrut traditions prohibit it, while both the Shipibo people of Peru and Sirionó people of Bolivia have cultural taboos against the eating of rats.

Rats are a common food item for snakes, both in the wild, and as pets. Captive-bred ball pythons, in particular, are fed a diet of mostly rats. Rats, as food items, are available from many suppliers individual snake owners, as well as to large reptile zoos. In Britain, the government in 2007 ruled out the feeding of any live mammal to another animal. The rule says the animal must be dead (frozen) then given to the animal to eat. The rule was put in to place mainly because of the pressure of the RSPCA and people who found it cruel.

Friday, 19 August 2011


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