Taking Rats Outside
*Why It Is NOT Recommended*


During the summer season, when the weather is pleasant and inviting, many of us enjoy spending time outdoors. It's common to see people taking their dogs, cats, and even ferrets or rabbits outside for some fresh air. However, when it comes to our pet rats, I strongly advise not to take them outside. Let me explain why:


1) Predators: The outdoors is home to various predators, depending on your location. These predators can include birds of prey & snakes, foxes and domestic predators such as cats & dogs. Rats are small and vulnerable animals, making them an easy target for any such predators.


2) Disease and Parasites: The risk of diseases, (Leptospirosis, Bordatella, Parvovirus to name just a few) and internal and external parasites (ticks, snail/slug parasites) is significantly higher in outdoor environments, even in your own garden. Unlike dogs and cats, there are no preventive treatments for rats, making it challenging to protect them from such risks. 


3) Sensitivity to Weather Conditions: Rats are crepuscular creatures, which means they are most active during dawn and dusk. They are sensitive to extreme temperatures (sun & snow) and bright sunlight can be harmful to their delicate eyes and skin. Additionally, rats are prey animals and are naturally cautious in wide open spaces. Being outside in such an environment can cause them extreme fear and stress, potentially leading to them running away and getting lost.


Considering these factors, the risks and negatives associated with taking pet rats outside far outweigh any perceived benefits. It is best to provide them with a safe and secure indoor environment where they can thrive without exposure to potential dangers.


As a responsible pet owner, it is crucial to prioritise the well-being and safety of your pets. Ignoring advice to not take rats outside shows a disregard for their welfare and suggests a lack of understanding or knowledge about the specific needs and behaviours of rats.

By subjecting them to potential predators, diseases, and stress, you are putting their lives at risk and compromising their overall health and happiness. 


I will explicitly decline homing any of my rats to anybody who insists on taking their rats outside.