Hello all! Yesterday I adopted my first pet rat. I don't bring him home until Friday, though. I want to make sure I know as much as possible about him before I bring him home. A little background story on how he came to be mine...I recently started working at Petco as a dog trainer. About a month ago we got in a baby male rat who was "wobbling" his head. They've had him at the vet twice in the last month and he's been on 2 different meds to rule out ear infection and some other disease(I forgot the name) with no improvement. The vet recommended humane euthanasia since he suspected a neurological issue and is "unadoptable". Well my boss was delighted to hear that I wanted to take him home to join our family of misfits. Since he's my pet now, I've been allowed to take him out and play with him. The more I interact with him, the more I'm starting to think he may not have a neurological issue, but may actually be blind and deaf(he's for sure deaf. He has no startle reflex to any noise at all). He's a total sweetheart and still likes to play, explore, and snuggle. Whatever his issue is, he doesn't seem to suffer much from it. So yeah...I know NOTHING about having a pet rat. I never had any interest in having one until now. The more I learn the more I wonder why I never wanted one. So anything you can all tell me will be appreciated. No matter how trivial or routine you may think it is, there's a good chance I don't know. I have kept mice, guinnea pigs, dogs, cats, and fish...so if anything carries over species to species, let me know. Can't wait to hear from you!