Well first off, if you only have one rat, you either have to spend almost every second of the day with it, or else it will get depressed and can actually die of loneliness. So you would have to get two. Rats where I shop are about 7-10 dollars, so that's $14 at the least. And then the cage. Decent cages provide at least two square feet per rat and are all metal wiring so your rats' chewing habits won't damage it, and they cost at least $100, but are typically more. If you're smart, you'll shop the sales. I got my multilevel all metal cage for about $100, but without the sale it would have been $190. So now you're at at LEAST $114 if you're lucky. Food is roughly $7 a bag and you'll need a new bag at least once every two months depending on how many and how hungry your rats typically are. Bedding can be expensive. It can be between $14-$34 a bag, but you can overcome this by shredding your junk mail or newspaper and using as bedding. I recommend this because some pet bedding can be damaging to their respiratory systems. With all the cage accessories and supplies to clean the cage with (water bottles, toys, places to sleep, treats, and cleaning supplies etc) your grand total would run a little over $200 if you were lucky and got everything on sale. It's very hard to spend that little and get a happy, healthy rat, so honestly, you'll probably end up spending hundreds of dollars. You also have to keep in mind that every other month you'll need to buy new food and bedding and occasionally new toys because they chew on everything, so you'll ALWAYS be spending money on your rats. That's why if you're getting a rat, you have to take this seriously and understand that no pet is something cheap. But also keep in mind that when given the proper care, rats are very rewarding pets. They were probably one of the best investments I've ever made.
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