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Q: Pet Rats ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Pet Rats
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: _trinity-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 20 Jul 2005 04:50 PDT
Expires: 19 Aug 2005 04:50 PDT
Question ID: 545697
I would like a list of the best resources on the web for pet rats. I
am very interested in general information about pet rats. 
introduction about rats, rat care, training rats - whats involved, rat
diets (and how to lose weight for chubby rats), how to allievate male
rat odor, how to stop your pet rat from biting, information about rat
respiratory problems.  Psychology of pet rats eg pet rat disorders eg
stess related and solutions. I'm more interested in sites that will
help me give the best care for my pet rat.

History of pet rats, care and any other interesting information on pet
rats would be great.  Equipment suppliers of anything to do with pet
rats would be great as well.  - If there are any pet rat related
affiliate programs.
Subject: Re: Pet Rats
Answered By: knowledge_seeker-ga on 20 Jul 2005 07:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi _trinity-ga, 

As a former rat owner, I can personally attest to what great pets rats
can be. When raised from pups and treated well, they are friendly,
smart, and engaging pets. Unlike mice, they have little odour, so rats
can be caged in any room of the house without being offensive. They
can be taught tricks, carried around, and eat almost anything. All in
all, they are one of the better caged pets one can choose.

Because of all these positive traits, rats have a huge fan base! There
are thousands of websites devoted to rats as pets. Rather than throw a
big pile of them at you (which you could easily do yourself with a
quick Google search), I?ve selected specific pages on reputable sites
that answer the questions you?ve asked. Even though one site might
answer all of your questions, I?ve tried not to repeat resources. For
this reason, I urge you to explore each of these sites in more detail.

I?ve also included links to some books about rats. These will provide
more depth than you might get on a website, and in some cases (see
books in the ABOUT RATS section below) a fascinating look at our
species? historical (and oftentimes hysterical) relationship with

ABOUT RATS (history, breeds, the species)

The History of the Norway Rat

RATSAUCE.COM : Photos of Rat Breeds, Colors, Markings

Rat Species, Strains, Breeds and Varieties

ASPCA: The Other Side of the Rainbow; Can Rats See Color? By Bill Samuels, Ph.D.

AMAZON: More Cunning Than Man: A Social History of Rats and Man (Paperback)
by Robert Hendrickson

POWELLS: Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's
Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan

GENERAL RAT CARE (housing, diet, health, breeding)

American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association; Rat and Mouse Essentials!
10 Things You Need Before Buying A Rat Or Mouse!

RATS RULE: Basic Rat Care

RAT GUIDE: Basic Rat Care

Pet Rat Information Sheet

PETRAT.CA: Health And Rat Care

ASPCA: Rat care

Nutrient Requirements of Laboratory Animals, Fourth Revised Edition, 1995 (1995)
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) ; TABLE 2-2 Estimated
Nutrient Requirements for Maintenance, Growth, and Reproduction of

MICE & RATS: Conditions Requiring Veterinary Attention

SPOILED RATTEN: Information on breeding

AMAZON: Rats: Complete Care Guide by Debbie Ducommun

AMAZON: Rats: A Complete Introduction by Daniel R. Schwartz

RAT TRAINING (tricks, behavior, socializing)

Aggressive Male Rats

How to train a rat to run a maze

Litter Training your pet rat

Ratty Tricks of the Trade - Tricks you can teach your rat.

PET PLACE: Understanding Your Rat

Rat Cam: movies from a rat's perspective

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry : Live Rat Cam

VIDEO: Training a rat to play basketball

AMAZON: Training Your Pet Rat, by Barbara Somerville, Gerry Bucsis

RATS & SUPPLIES (rats, cages, food, feeders, training aids) 

DMOZ Directory ? Ratteries, North America

Rat Breeders by state

WARE MANUFACTURING: Small animal cages

DO IT YOURSELF: RAT CAGE PLANS (also toys, harnesses, and diets)

Behavioral psychology rat training equipment



Rat & Mouse Club of America (and online Forum)

The Rat Fan Club

The Ratster's Ratfinder Forum

The National Fancy Rat Society





ZOOEASY: Rat Breeding Software for Pedigree Record Keeping of Rats

That should supply you with everything you have requested regarding
pet rats. If any of the links I?ve provided do not work or are not
satisfactory, please use your ?Request for Clarification? button and I
will be happy to further assist you.

Thanks so much for your question. It was fun to answer.


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_trinity-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Excellent resources.  and my google researcher also has personal
experience with the topic. How good is that!  Well done!

Subject: Re: Pet Rats
From: ferret13-ga on 27 Oct 2005 00:16 PDT
An addition: small pets like rats, mice, etc. are mostly going to
contract cancer at some point..... do your best to give them healthy
food, get exercise, etc. to prolong their lives. I give my ferret
bottled water instead of tap... he is worth it!

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