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5 fun facts about rats


April 4th is World Rat Day and there are lots of reasons why rats have a day just for them. Mr. Orlando is here to tell you some wild facts about these super social rodents. And if you’ve ever thought about having one as a pet, check out our post on why they make really good ones!

FACT: Rats are very social and get sad if they are alone too long

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Rats are very social creatures. They like to be around other rats and even humans if they are raised as a pet. Just like humans, rats have different personalities and can be really outgoing and playful. It’s believed that if a rat loses a friend or is alone too long, it will show signs that it is sad. They will stop eating as much and look bored or nervous. Rats have feelings, too!

FACT: Rats don't see very well, but their other senses are super

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Although rats can’t see very well, their other senses are really good. They can smell, taste and touch their way around to find food. A rat’s sense of hearing is also great for detecting danger. Rats use their tails to help them keep their balance, to communicate and to keep their bodies at the right temperature. The tail works so well for balance that it makes rats excellent climbers!

FACT: Rats have great memories and can recognize people they've seen before

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Rats have really good memories. They can remember a human face and recognize people they have seen before. If you have a rat as a pet, it can learn its name and respond when you call to it. Rats also don’t get lost because they are so good at remembering their way around!

FACT: Rats take care of each other and spend hours a day grooming their buddies

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When a rat is sick or injured, other rats will look after them until they are better. Rats are very clean and will spend many hours a day grooming themselves and their rat buddies. Rats clean themselves so much that they are said to be cleaner than dogs and cats!

FACT: Rats are great swimmers and can wade in water for up to three days

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Rats can swim or wade in the water for up to three days without drowning! They like to swim and are very good at it. A rat can survive being flushed down the toilet and might even get back into the same building by swimming back in the same way! Speaking of getting into buildings, adult rats can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter to get in. And although they're great swimmers and like being in water, rats can actually survive longer than a camel without having a drink of water.