Hi everyone, My names Ali, I'm 19 and I'm from Edinburgh and obviously I'm new here! Don't have a rat (yet) but this is the main point in starting this thread. I've been interested in getting a couple of pet rats (probably females!) for a couple of months now. I have no real pet history (rabbit, gerbil, and a hamster when I was very young so my parents did the looking after!). I think I'm a suitable rat owner because as a student I have plenty of time to play with my new pets and give them the attention they need. I've made up a care sheet of things I've considered so far from various internet sources throughout the past month or so. Housing Obviously the first thing I thought about was what type of cage to house my pair of rats in. I am currently stuck between the Savic Freddy 2 and a Ferplast Furet Plus Ferret and Rat Cage. Pets at Home do a good starter deal with bedding etc for £90 along with the Ferplast cage and it's a bit bigger for my pets. The Freddy 2 would have to be ordered online. If anyone has any experience with either or these cages then any advice would be fantastic! Was thinking shredded paper with no dust for the bedding. A couple of extra climbing ropes, tunnels, hammocks etc for them to play and climb in. Food etc This is probably a major gap in my knowledge because I'm not sure where to actually go for food. I was under the impression that a rat food mix from Pets at Home would give the bulk of the rats' needs as long as fresh fruit/veg was given each day (about 20% of the rats' diet I read). As well as this some vitamins (anyone got any reccomendations?) and a chew stick as well as some treats! Obviously have a food bowl and a water bottle that I'll change daily. Can't think of anything else just now?! Obviously I'll be looking at cleaning them out at least once a week and at least an hour each day out of their cage for playtime with me! The major thing that worries me is that I have no choice but to buy my rats from a pet store. I have a friend who works there who would help me pick a couple out but obviously there's the whole issue of how they're bred etc. Surely if a pet shop is a last resort then it can't be all bad? If anyone has anything else I might have missed/things I need to reconsider then please feel free to let me know!