Hairless Rat Care

Hairless rats are among the most unique pets a person can have. They look like little alien lifeforms, feel like warm raw chicken when held, and are certain to start a conversation with any houseguest … [Read more...]

Rat Relationships: More Complex Than You Might Think

If you've never been fortunate enough to interact with a large group of domestic rats over an extended period of time, you may not know that rats are very similar to humans in terms of social behavior … [Read more...]

Feeding Aging Rats

As rats age, they may become either obese or thin. If your rat has a health problem, please consult your veterinarian about feeding and nutrition. However, if your rat is aging normally, you may be … [Read more...]

Should I Get Mice or Rats?

Many people who wish to keep small pets narrow things down to mice and rats for their intelligence, friendly personalities, and general appearance, but then have trouble deciding between the two. If … [Read more...]

Nebulizing Rats

Most rat owners will, at some point, own a pet rat with chronic respiratory disease. Rats are prone to infections caused by Mycoplasma pulmonis, a naturally occurring bacterium found in the lungs of … [Read more...]

Including Pets in Your Wedding

Once upon a time, including pets in a wedding would have been a massive social blunder frowned upon by the majority of guests. Now, many pet lovers can't imagine marrying without their pets present. … [Read more...]

Should You Raise Littermates Together?

It's not easy to look at a litter of puppies, kittens, rats, or any other animal and pick just one baby to take home. Should you really choose just one? Wouldn't those two littermates be happier … [Read more...]

How to Cope with An Accidental Rat Pregnancy

A friend wrote to me a few days ago asking for advice. She owns several female rats, and no males. Inexplicably, one of her females is pregnant. The only possible exposure to a male occurred when the … [Read more...]

Setting Up A Rat Maternity Cage

There are as many ways to set up a cage for a rat to deliver a litter as there are rat breeders. Everyone has a personal preference. I've incorporated advice from several breeders in creating my … [Read more...]

Feeding a Pregnant Rat

I'm hoping that my TEK Artemis is currently pregnant by SGR Fortissimo, so I've been feeding her some extra high-fat, high-protein, nutrition-packed snacks to help her grow a batch of healthy pups. … [Read more...]

How to Tell If Your Rat Is Pregnant

So maybe your rat escaped and went canoodling in the bucks' cage, or maybe you picked a suspiciously round female out from a feeder tank, or perhaps you're breeding rats intentionally (if so, I hope … [Read more...]

How to Take Pictures of Rats

Rats, like most small wiggly animals, are notoriously difficult to photograph well. Many a rat owner has snapped what should have been the perfect shot-- until the rat moved at the last second, and it … [Read more...]

Traveling with Rats: By Plane (Part Two)

In my first blog about flying with rats, we discussed choosing an airline and making a reservation. However, once your ticket is booked, there's still much more to be done before embarking on your … [Read more...]

Traveling with Rats: By Plane (Part One)

Yes, it's possible to fly with rats, but it takes a little more planning and finesse than traveling with rats by car, and it's not feasible at all times. Some airlines won't carry rats. During … [Read more...]

Traveling with Rats: By Car

Responsible, reputable rat breeders don't exist in every area. Plus, families sometimes must move long distances with pets, or take lengthy vacations while bringing rats along. Traveling with rats is … [Read more...]

Why Won't My Rat Run on a Wheel, or in an Exercise Ball?

New rat owners often purchase exercise balls and wheels and are disappointed when their rats will not use them. Sometimes, rats are even brought to veterinarians by well-meaning owners concerned about … [Read more...]

Male Rats or Female Rats?

Male rats and female rats have many similarities, but also several distinct differences. It's best to keep only one gender at a time, or to keep a mixed sex colony with all rats of one or both genders … [Read more...]

Bathing Your Rat

  Rats are naturally very tidy animals, generally needing baths only once or twice a year unless a medical condition or an owner's allergies necessitate more frequent bathing. Some male rats require … [Read more...]

Autumn Pet Shows

This fall make sure to check out the various pet shows that will be happening in the U.S. and Canada. Not only will your pets appreciate a snout full of fresh air, they will enjoy being a part of the … [Read more...]

One Rat or Two?

"Should I get one rat, or two?" That's a question I hear asked very often, and, unlike most pet questions, it's got an easy answer. Get two! Or, better yet, three, or as many rats as you have the … [Read more...]

Cure An Aggressive Pet Rat

By Catherine Smith Is your rat aggressive? Does your rats often start fights with the other rats? Does he bite, or scratch you, or the other rats? If he does, I may just be able to help you. Whether … [Read more...]

So You've Decided To Get a Pet Rat

By Scott McHenry So you've decided to get a pet rat. There are many things you will need to decide on to prepare for your new pet. We'll go over each of these items in this article. The first … [Read more...]

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