Rats make great pets. Not only are they friendly (especially if you’ve been handling them on a daily basis) but they are clean and even affectionate.
Rats have a completely different personality than the mouse. They are not fearful like mice and many people feel they are much smarter than their smaller cousins. Female rats tend to be more interesting than the males. While the guys like to laze around, the pretty lady rats are definitely interested in their surroundings.
And rats like to bath! If you put it in the bathtub it’ll swim. This must be something they are born with as an ability because I’ve never heard of swimming lessons for rats.
All told, rats are fascinating pets, definitely worth looking into!