Barron's "My Pet Series " titles emphasize the special relationships that normally develop between pets of various species and their owners. Rats are good-natured, intelligent, and easily trained, which makes them a fine choice for both adults and children who plan to keep a caged pet. Rats willingly learn many tricks and games, and can even be taught to walk on a leash. This book advises on all aspects of the animal's growth, health, and dietary needs, and discusses training, playtime activities, toys, cages, and related equipment. The clear text is accessible to older children as well as adults, and is complemented with attractive color photos on most pages. The front and back cover flaps feature checklists and information summaries on the care of pet rats.