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Rat Life

Rat Life

Rats begin their lives after just 20 – 30 days of gestation. Once born they cannot rely on their eyesight too much as rats don’t have the best eyesight in the world. Instead, they tend to rely on their sense of smell and hearing which […]

Rats as Pets?  Why on earth….?

Rats as Pets? Why on earth….?

The most common reaction on rats is one of surprise. The first word out of most peoples’ mouths after the shocked silence is “Why? The thought of rats as pets is a very strange concept to many people. This is predictable because most people only […]

Rat Diet – What do Pet Rats Eat

Rat Diet – What do Pet Rats Eat

Puppy food can be a good diet supplement in dry or wet form as well as ‘rodent mix’ and dog biscuits. It takes effort to provide your rats with such a nutritionally-complete diet but one can also use pet-shop mixes for in-between meals or as […]

Resources

Resources

Books Since anyone can write a book and go to a publisher with it, there is no process to sort the good books from the bad. If the publisher liked reading it, and they think it will sell, they will publish it, regardless of it’s […]

Rats As Pets

Rats As Pets

Rats as pets can make lovable, loyal, smart and entertaining additions to your family. Rats are clean, relatively easy to care for and can be a very rewarding pet. They can be trained to do tricks, and even learn how to use a litter box! […]

Bedding

Bedding

For years cedar and pine shavings (softwood shavings) have been touted as the most popular choice for bedding because of their pleasant scent. It turns out that the very chemicals that give cedar and pine their nice smell are chemicals that are toxic to the […]

Are Rats The Right Pet For Me

Are Rats The Right Pet For Me

I’ve already mentioned the enthusiastic interactive nature of pet rats and I think that is one of the main reasons they are such great pets. Rather than simply tolerating you like some other small mammals, rats enjoy spending time with people. They are intelligent, affectionate […]

Common Health Problems in Pet Rats

Common Health Problems in Pet Rats

Rats are normally quite sturdy little creatures but there are a few health problems that are common in pet rats. The top four are: Respiratory problems Tumours Abscesses Mites You should do a little investigating now to find a good rat-knowledgeable vet so that when […]

Sexes

Sexes

The males have large, visible testicles right under their tail from a very young age. When they get scared they can retract them inside their body, but they never do this for very long. If you cannot easily tell the difference, then a good breeder […]

Rat Adoption and Rescue

Rat Adoption and Rescue

The Toronto Humane Society always has many rats that need homes. Visit the THS adoption page here. Click on “Other Animals for adoption”, then click on “Breed”, then look at the last pages. If you aren’t in the Toronto, contact a Humane Society or shelter […]

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory Problems

Most rats carry what’s known as mycoplasma inside their lungs, and for some rats this can cause problems down the line. If this infectious bacteria gets out of control for some reason, it usually manifests at first as sneezing and if nothing is done to […]

Surgery and After Care

Surgery and After Care

There are a myriad of health problems that can occur in rats. Ideally find a vet with extensive experience with rats. Thankfully it’s not very expensive to get care and two rats can often be included in one consultation. The prices for rats is often […]

Rat Life And More

Rat Life And More

Rats are very intelligent creatures and need to socialize just like us humans do. They love to play with us as much as we enjoy it, however, to have a truly fulfilled life, they need the company of other rats to share their life with. […]

Tumors

Tumors

Tumors are another problem that frequently plagues rats, with does much more likely to get them than bucks. By far the most common type are tumors around the mammary glands that start as tiny little bumps which quickly grow and get bigger. Other spots they […]

Food & Water

Food & Water

A water bottle is definitely better than a bowl because in the bottle the water will stay clean. Use dechlorinated water. Be sure to check the bottle regulary to make sure it is working properly and isn’t leaking. Water should be changed every two days […]