Is it the common Norway rat that is sold in pet stores as a pet? Ive always wondered. And do they have to be innoculated for rabies, etc? Do they make good pets or are they sort of the buy it and leave it in a cage and look at it variety?
The rat sold in pet stores is the Domestic Rat. They are awesome pets because they are very docile from the beginning. They can also be trained to come to their name, play fetch etc.
The drawback is the short lifespan of about 3 years. I have had many, my favorites being the hairless. Those require more care as they can get cold.
Norwegian rats are a whole other ball game. They are huge. I have never seen them as pets but that doesn't mean they aren't out there. I do know that the monkey pox scare has put a limit on the exotic rodents one can acquire now. I have always wanted a door mouse but they are no longer legal.