Rats





I have owned rats for over 16 years, and have been rescuing for about 9. I have a lot of experience with these animals. The information in these articles is drawn from those years of experience and research.
When I got my first rat, there was no internet, and information about these animals was scarce and, I now know, largely inaccurate. I would like to use my experience and knowledge to help new rat owners.
Feel free to email me if you have any rat questions that are not covered here. However, please remember, if you are seriously worried about your rat, take it to a vet. I am not online all the time and sometimes might take a day or two to get back to you.



Your first rat

Are rats for you?- Are rats the right pet for you? Some things to consider before you buy.
Buying your first rat- Where to go and what to look for
Choosing a good breeder- how to tell a good breeder from a poor one.
Male or Female?- The pros and cons of each
The importance of companionship- Why rats need other rats
Introductions- Introducing new rats to existing ones
Rats and kids- Are rats good pets for kids?

Rat behaviour

Aggression in rats- Why is my rat biting me?
Behaviour F.A.Q- Frequently asked questions about rat behaviour


Rat Care

Handling- How to handle a rat
Food- What to feed your rats
Housing- What kind of cage or enclosure is best?
Health- Common rat ailments and what to do about them
General rat F.A.Q- An F.A.Q on rats in general.
Breeding- To breed, or not to breed?


Articles

Rescue- About my rescue work, and info on adopting from me or surrendering rats to me.
Rescue F.A.Q- F.A.Q about my rescue and more details on what I do and do not do.
The problem with pet shops- Why not to buy a rat from a pet shop.
So you want to release your rat?- Why pet rats should never be released outside.
A warning about rehoming your rat via 'free ad' sites.- Do you know where they'll end up?
Vetting a rescue center/Supporting rescuers- How to tell a good rescue center from a bad one, and why rescuers rule!

My rats

Presley Ruble Taiga Kingdom Icarus Jeremy Edgar Papa Lazarou Dillinger Snape Vector Deckard Goujon Dreamweaver Brioche Crouton Vader Thor Crumb Vito Tripoli The Phantom Dali Cleo Delores Logan Ira Sacha Russell Cowboy Moloch the mystic Dr. Manhattan The Comedian Pagliacci Captain Morgan Truman Riker Geordi

Obituaries

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