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I have had a few rats and I would say they can be good pets in the right home, but they can be very bad too! They are very smart and need lots of attention. More than one male and you may have trouble... I believe one of my rats was killed by a bully that I got at the same time :..( They need lots of stimulation, and need a safe place to run around as they are very curious. These are not pets to sit in a cage all day!!! They are great for people who want a traveling companion who is friendly and super smart (and who doesn't mind the constant pee dribble everywhere ). They are bad pets for people who don't have a lot of time (with little attention these smart critters soon learn to punish the owner and they can become viscious if not given proper time and care), don't like have stinky things crawling all over them (rats are very clean, but pee everywhere) and also people who have cats or dogs... you may lose your little buddy . ALSO they are often short lived and tend to get tumors-This can be a very sad pet to keep as people who love their rats usually must deal with loss in 5 to as little as 2 years!!! Hope that helps!