I was wondering if there was really any difference between what is called a feeder rat and what is called a pet rat/companion rat. I heard somewhere or from someone a long time ago that feeder fish are bred to not live as long as regular fish, so does the same go for the feeder rats?
Also, about.com said that the age that they reach puberty at is 6-8 weeks of age, is that about right? I'm asking because the only pet store near me that sells feeder rats, Superpetz, doesn't seperate the genders. There isn't any excuse not to, in my opinion, because rats are very easy to tell the gender of......its way obvious whats a male and whats a female, so wouldn't it be obvious by 6-8 weeks old too? I called a little while ago today, and the lady said they do not seperate the rat genders because they are feeder rats....oh well.
Thanks in advance.