Rats often get a bad rap, but what’s not to love about a face like Whisper’s in this photo. Today, April 4, is World Rat Day, a holiday that was “designed to recognize the fancy rat as a wonderful companion animal for people of all ages.

Rat fanciers know that fancy rats are intelligent, clean and curious animals that bond with their humans and become devoted pets. Male rats are known as bucks and females are called does; baby rats are known alternately as either pups or kittens.

Small enough to be considered a pocket pet, a pet rat can provide the same kind of intimate companionship as a cat or a dog. Rats are social creatures that need regular human interaction and often fare better with a companion rat. Same sex pairs do well together, unless you are prepared for the responsibilities of breeding. On average, rats live 2-3 years.

If you are interested in learning more about rats as pets, please visit the rat page on The Animal Store Website, or email us. Leave a comment to tell us how you plan to celebrate World Rat Day. Our gift to you is 25% off rat supplies and treats. Just mention the World Rat Day blog post.

*Offer good on white tags only and valid through April 19, 2009