I have owned rats for over 20 years, and have been rescuing for almost as long. The information in these articles is drawn from those years of experience and research.If you'd like to help keep my ratties in food, litter, and vet care, and ensure I can continue taking on abandoned and abused rats, please click the button below and make a donation.
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. I do my best to reply promptly, and messages regarding rats in need will take priority. However, I may take more time to respond to non-urgent mail.
Often, the things I am asked are regarding complex behavioural issues, and require more than a few lines of response; its not unusual for one email to take me half an hour or more to type out. This comes out of my limited free time, so please be patient.
If I have not responded to you after a week or so, please message again as occasionally messages will get caught in the spam filter or just missed entirely.
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?
Aggression in rats- Why is my rat biting me?
Behaviour F.A.Q- Frequently asked questions about rat behaviour
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?
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!