Top 50 Rat Facts

top 50 rat facts


  • 1 #DidYouKnow? RATS are very poor climbers but are just amazing swimmers.
  • 2 #DidYouKnow? RATS have got one of the best memories, when they learn a path, they actually will never forget it.
  • 3 #DidYouKnow? RATS don’t actually like cheese, unlike it is always suggested, they are actually lactose intolerant (allergic to cheese)
  • 4 #DidYouKnow? RATS like cuddles. Although if you stroke your rats face, stroke backwards, from the nose towards the ears.
  • 5 #DidYouKnow? RATS only need two seconds to mate, which means that male and female rats need to be tended to regularly.
  • 6 #DidYouKnow? RATS need to have safe cages and hutches but ensure they are not made from ‘cedar’ or ‘pine’ wood, as they are toxic to rats.
  • 7 #DidYouKnow? RATS are nocturnal and so you will notice that they make the most noise and commosion at night time.
  • 8 #DidYouKnow? RATS do get lonely. They would always prefer to have a cage mate. (Although do be careful when introducing new rats)
  • 9 #DidYouKnow? RATS teeth are always yellow and cannot be white. Their teeth also never stop growing from when they are born.
  • 10 #DidYouKnow? RATS have got their preferred hands and most of them are right handed (just like humans)
  • 11 #DidYouKnow? RATS are always shown as spreading rabies, however it is EXTREMELY unlikely you will every catch rabies from a rat.
  • 12 #DidYouKnow? RATS have poor vision. Pink or red eyed rats need to move their head side to side just to see better.
  • 13 #DidYouKnow? RATS always look out for other rats and will take care for sick rats that are within their group.
  • 14 #DidYouKnow? RATS really can get lonely and depressed. This generally occurs when they are without a friend.
  • 15 #DidYouKnow? RATS can actually go longer than a camel without having any water (Please, do not stop providing water to your rats)
  • 16 #DidYouKnow? RATS get extremely happy, just like humans and they tend to chatter and grind their teeth when they are.
  • 17 #DidYouKnow? RATS are influenced by peer pressure and will copy other rats they are around (just like humans do)
  • 18 #DidYouKnow? RATS that are fully grown still have the ability to squeeze through a whole that is as small as a 20 cent coin.
  • 19 #DidYouKnow? RATS do not see the same as a human, as they are colour blind.
  • 20 #DidYouKnow? RATS are in songs too. Michael Jacksons song ‘Ben’ was all about his pet rat.
  • 21 #DidYouKnow? RATS do not have a fused jaw bone like humans do, which means their jaw is a lot less restrictive.
  • 22 #DidYouKnow? RATS used to be considered by the romans as a sign of good luck.
  • 23 #DidYouKnow? RATS cannot vomit. However they can gag on food they have eaten too quickly.
  • 24 #DidYouKnow? RATS that are found together or in a group is called a ‘mischief’.
  • 25 #DidYouKnow? RATS have create large litters and the average size is 12 (and female rats have 12 nipples, so the maths works too)
  • 26 #DidYouKnow? RATS have a belly button!
  • 27 #DidYouKnow? RATS can eat other animals if they are extremely hungry and have eaten birds, fish & other rodents at times.
  • 28 #DidYouKnow? RATS can actually be trained to do simple trick like ‘site’ and ‘stay’ (similar to how a dog can)
  • 29 #DidYouKnow? RATS communicate to each other by using extremely high-frequency sounds.
  • 30 #DidYouKnow? RATS can bite. BUT if you always tend and interact with your pet, they will stop this ‘wild’ behaviour.
  • 31 #DidYouKnow? RATS have a small life span but the longest recorded rat was 7 years and 4 months (Guiness Book of World Records)
  • 32 #DidYouKnow? RATS use their tails to better regulate their bodies temperature, they also use the soles of their feet.
  • 33 #DidYouKnow? RATS have such strong teeth that they can actually chew through glass, concrete blocks, wire, aluminum and lead.
  • 34 #DidYouKnow? RATS can have red discharge from their nose or eyes, do not worry, this is usually ‘porphyrin’ and not blood.
  • 35 #DidYouKnow? RATS tails have many purposes from helping them to balance, allow them to communicate and regulate their heat.
  • 36 #DidYouKnow? RATS can sense your mood and replicate it, so always play with your rats when in a good mood and you feel calm.
  • 37 #DidYouKnow? RATS have been to outer space. The first rat astronaut was launched from France in 1961.
  • 38 #DidYouKnow? RATS have been found to be more intelligent than rabbits, hamsters, mice and even guinea pigs.
  • 39 #DidYouKnow? RATS actually can laugh but their laughter cannot be heard by the human ear.
  • 40 #DidYouKnow? RATS have a life span of between 2 to 3 years.
  • 41 #DidYouKnow? RATS are always seen as though they enjoy dirty drains and sewers (in the movies) and it is true, the LOVE IT!
  • 42 #DidYouKnow? RATS have a command chain (just like the arm does), the strongest and largest rats will get the best food.
  • 43 #DidYouKnow? RATS can eat chocolate, it’s not completely recommended BUT it does not have the same effect as it does with dogs.
  • 44 #DidYouKnow? RATS can dream while they sleep and it is not uncommon for them to have such dreams.
  • 45 #DidYouKnow? RATS have very sensitive senses and can be overwhelmed by magnetic fields that are generated by TV’s, phones, etc.
  • 46 #DidYouKnow? RATS are very curious creatures but are shy, they will always run away rather than confront a potential threat.
  • 47 #DidYouKnow? RATS are not always the same size. The female rats are smaller than the male rats BUT they have softer fur.
  • 48 #DidYouKnow? RATS are extremely friendly animals, although the ‘male’ rate makes a better “lap” pet than a female.
  • 49 #DidYouKnow? RATS should have a comfortable nest that is made from shredded paper, cloth and other assorted materials.
  • 50 #DidYouKnow? RATS are important to the Chinese, as they are the first animal on the Chinese Zodiac.
  • 51 #DidYouKnow? RATS actually bathe (groom) themselves around 6 or more times a day (they are just like a cat in this regard)
  • 52 #DidYouKnow? RATS are always used as pets but the most common pet rat is the Norways Rat (brown coating)

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