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They could, but like any other creature they prefer to be wild. They need to hunt for their food (although I am sure you provide that) and keep warm. When the cold weather comes rats looks for places such as cellars, chimneys to keep warm. They love insullation in homes. Rats are one of the most misunderstood creatures. Of course years ago they did carry diseases and still can (but only depending on the environment they live in.) Most rats in small towns will hang out around railway yards for scraps of grain, etc. Rats are constantly grooming themselves, and if one takes a look around when they are out I've seen dirtier people than rats could ever hope to be. Still, the stigmatism is there. My brother and I each had a rat and we'd teach them tricks (highly intelligent.) They eventually got away on us and in some ways I was happier for it because I can't stand to see caged birds, rodents, etc. Rule of thumb, if wild, leave them in peace and buy a dog, cat or fish. Marcy _________________ Not sure what's meant by "prefers to be wild" pet rats being domesticated they would prefer your companianship. Being kept oustide are good on the conditions 1) They're protected from the elements, can't be too hot or too cold 2) protected from predators. Mesh must be small enough so raccoons can't put their hands through, and plenty of places to hide or make a proud stand 3) Must must must not be forgotten. They need attention everyday. 4) Must be prepared to take them inside due to any reason, incuding infestation (fleas lice, ect, don't say they can't get them, I had to personally treat my rats because of that)

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Q: Is it okay for rats to live in an outdoor cage?
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