I am a loyal pet rat owner and the best place to get info is from an exotics vet. They are very hard to find, but they know what they are talking about!Try a rat forum or google a rat website. Here's a good rat forum-
Asked in Mice and Rats
What do you think of rats?
OK let me get this straight. Rats are animals. All forms of life are equal. People just think they are "gross" because they seek shelter in their homes and sometimes have diseases. Pet rats can quite wonderful. You can find a pet rat at a pet shop for about 5$ to 30$. Tip: Do not try to keep wild rats as pets for various reasons. ...
Asked in Care of Mice and Rats, Mice and Rats
Are pet rats vermin?
Pet rats are not vermin. Pet rats are raised in a pet store, laboratory, or adoption center and they are raised to be pets or in the case of labs, experiments. if you are thinking of buying a rat remember not to buy a rat raised as food for snakes. Rats bred to be pets are much gentler and sweeter than rats raised as food. ...
Asked in Mice and Rats, Black Death (Plagues)
Why do so many people dislike rats?
I don't know, maybe because of the wild rats. The wild rats are nasty, and spread diseases, but then people add that detail to the domesticated pet rats. I think pet rats are very clean, if you take care of them. Hope I helped ^^ ...