I bought my rats from a locally owned pet store too but so far so great! The only problem were they weren't socialized very well but they're making progress!
I don't think it's a bad thing to get them from a pet store, if you're like me, I live in a small town with no rat breeders or shelters close. So I got them from my pet store and saved them from being eaten.
Anyways I hope you find this forum helpful, it's helped me a lot
My first rat is Juice, I adopted her from a lab. They'd only let me take one though, so her sisters had to stay at the lab
I got my second rat Chibs this week from Petco.
The difference is Juice has been completely healthy and Chibs is sneezy and has loose poops that get everywhere :/
I adopted my first pair of rats back in 2006 from a rodent rescue. Their names were Ella and Bella and they were hairless. Then a few months later I rescued an Albino and Himi pair they were going to be snake food. Their names were Scully and Reyes. I have been rat-less for at least five years now. Yesterday I rescued three males from a woman who could no longer keep them because her child was allergic.
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