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April 4th is World Rat Day!

A day to recognise what wonderful companions pet rats can be!

Unfortunately, a history of bad press from the bubonic plague and the Black Death is associated with rats. However, World Rat Day is here to bust these old myths and misconceptions. 

Rats are friendly, intelligent and engaging companions. They are not nocturnal, which means they are feeling sociable when you are too. According to PFMA, (Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association) one of our trustees, there are approximately 100,000 pet rats in the UK. There are as many rats as there are gerbils so many owners are enjoying their companionship.

If you are a rat owner, we would really love to hear the stories about your long tailed companion. We can never resist a pet picture too! Please share your stories with us at: 

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For media information, images or to speak to a spokesperson about National Pet Month please contact Taz Thornton or Asha Clearwater at Turquoise Tiger on +44 (0)7920 461 044 or email

Please note we have access to a range of spokespeople via our coordinators, sponsors and most animal welfare organisations and charities who get involved with NPM.

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