Giant Pouched Rats are not generally classed as domesticated animals. They require lots of hands on humanisation, attention, exercise, space, time and money if they are going to be kept as a successful pet.
While highly intelligent, they are very challenging animals, far from shy or docile.
If you keep one of these animals the chances are that you will get bitten at some point, to some degree. They could destroy furniture if and can potentially make a lot of noise during the night especially if kept in the owners bedroom.
If carefully socialised at an early age these animals can make wonderful, companions, potentially forming very strong bonds with their owners.
To become properly socialised, daily handling needs to start from birth. Young rats should be regularly introduced to new people and new experiences until they have overcome their natural fears of humans.
Once a bond between rat and owner has been established it needs to be reinforced every day with extended periods of contact and play. Rats which have not become socialised or have been neglected rapidly become fearful of human contact and can often become defensive and aggressive as with any animal.
Being large rodents they are able to inflict very serious bites and a giant rat which can’t be handled is the last thing any owner needs! Even a fully socialised rat can require careful handling and management.
They are very intelligent, wilful and determined and are not easily distracted once they have decided to do something.