Contrary to popular belief, rats make very good family pets. They are very curious and intelligent animals and thrive on human interaction and become tame with regular handling.
Rats are actually extremely clean animals, spending approximately 40% of their time cleaning themselves. They can live from 2-4 years old, however the oldest living rat and lived to 7 years old.
Your rat will need to be handled and fed daily. Don’t be fooled by their size they are still a big commitment and you must ensure you can take on the responsibilty of providing a home to your new family member.