Rats — Transport

Transport

Rats must be transported using appropriate cages that allow them to lie down, stand up and change position during transport and should always be covered, keeping light to a minimum.

 

To prevent escaping, rats should always be transported in solid, small animal transport crates that are extremely secure. Never transport rats in cardboard or cloth sacs or bags, as they will chew through these quite easily. Always line the cage with a thick layer of newspaper and add some straw or hay for comfort. For long distance trips provide the rat with pellets and vegetables to keep them hydrated. Check the animals regularly and observe them for signs of stress. Always keep transport times to a minimum and never leave animals in a hot car unattended.

Unless being transported to the vet, sick or unhealthy animals should not be moved. If an animal is showing any signs of illness or disease, they must not be moved to where other animals may be at risk of contracting the illness or disease.

It is important to have good knowledge of the disease status of animals prior to bringing them to the school. New rats should be quarantined for four weeks and need to be closely monitored for any signs of illness or disease. It is common for rats to harbour diseases without showing any signs of illness.