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All you rat owners out there:

About how much health care (on average) does a rat need? More or less than say a cat or dog?

Are most of the procedures rats need more expensive or inexpensive?

Thanks so much in advance to any who answer...

I am a college student, and I have a small but steady income, so I'm trying to evaluate if I can afford a pair of ratties :)
 

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If the rat is healthy, then you're okay, because there's no immunizations or such. Rat surgeries can be as, if not usually more, than cat or dog (rats are exotics). Medications are likely about the same as a cat or a dog, but the exotics vets may charge more for visits and such, as it's specialized care.

Definitely be prepared to have a slush fund for vet bills, or see if your chosen vet would work out a plan with you if you did get a pair of rats. :)
 

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My vet charges 33 dollars for one rat and another 25 for any additiional. I guess it would just depend on what you where taking you're rattie to the vet for.
 

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In my neck of the woods, my vet charges a lot but she's an exotic specialist and the only one in my city.
A female will cost me on average about $500. But that includes a spay. All my females get spayed because it's a huge health benefit to them.
A male may cost $0 to $200 in his lifetime, more or less... depending if they develop tumours and such.
My mom had a rat, cost her $2000. He had multiple surgeries and a leg amputation.
 

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It really varies a lot depending on where you are and the vets in your area. So far, I've only spent about $90 on vet care for one of my rats - $70 for his neuter, and $20 for the antibiotics he had to take after.

You should call around to vets in your area and ask first if they even treat rats (some don't). They might also provide you with estimated costs.
 

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Yeah, since I posted I've started calling around and doing some research...

I have a really good exotic vet at home, who takes care of my hedgie, and they've got good prices (they don't hike up the costs just because the animal is exotic, since they see so many exotics it evens out for them)

I've got a call in to them about rat-related fees.

I've also started scoping out the highly recommended local vet out here where I'm going to school. I've dropped in randomly several times and called other times... they seem amazing. Very friendly and knowledgeable.. (I tested them out with my hedgie... shameless, I know, but it worked). They also do a rather large exotics business, so their prices aren't too bad either.




Right now it looks like standard check up/normal 'visit/exam' fees won't be too bad, and my income can handle them as long as I choose a healthy rat.

My parents would also be willing to help me out in the case of an emergency, so I'm covered there.

The only real problem I'm seeing is the expensive, one-time cost of spaying or neutering. Has anyone ever heard of low-cost spay/neuter for rats?? The rates I'm getting quoted from the vets are $80-100!! Yipes!

I know spaying females is very beneficial (albeit harder on the animal, sadly)... how necessary/recommended is it for males?? I'd love to have on female and one male, but I'd be pleased with just a pair of boys.. could they live with not being neutered, if they were litter mates?

Thanks so much for all your help, sorry I rambled on so much!
 

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I'm pretty sure that for males, there aren't really many health benefits, if any. Neutering is pretty unnecessary unless a male can't get along with others, or he's being kept with girls (I neutered my boy because I couldn't afford to spay two and then three females). Two boys, especially from the same litter, should be fine together without being neutered. I think most males don't have many problems with other males anyway as long as they're introduced properly, but you wouldn't have to worry about that with brothers ^_^ That would probably be the best way for you to go.
 

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wow - i think im getting screwed lol. everytime i take one of mine in, its over a hundred bucks it seems just for the visit and meds. BLAH
 
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