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"A better MINIMUM cage size for two rats would be 24X18X24. I say for two because rats are highly social creatures and keeping one rat alone is like solitary confinement for a deathrow inmate. They need the company of their own species no matter how much time you spend with them. Two or three rats make for much happier and healthier rats than one lone poor baby. So, bigger is better when it comes to cages as rats are highly intelligent and very active. Don't forget to put all kinds of fun stuff and toys in the cage for them. Also, commercial pre-packaged rat food is not nutritionally sound for rats. They are mostly low quality junk food full of fillers like alfalfa that rats can't even digest. Ideally they should be fed a homemade diet of lowfat, low protein dog food, as well as grains, and fresh foods like fruit and vegetables. There are many rat diet recipes available on the web. I use one called SueBee's mix (google it) that I adapted my to my rats tastes and the nutrition info I researched on the web. There lots of info out there on how to make a healthy varied diet for rats. Initially it may seem overwhelming to make up your own diet, at least it was to me, but it will be worth it in the end since your rats will love it more and be happier and healthier. If a homemade diet is out of the question, a high quality rodent lab block supplemented by fruits and veggies is the next best thing. Above all, rats are fabulous smart and adorable little creatures. I'd describe their personalities as a mix between a cat and a dog. Every day I'm amazed at these precious little creatures. I have five boys and wouldn't trade them for anything."

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