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    Kiko’s little ones!

    Kiwi Kiko, one of my Russian blue agouti does, had a litter the morning of Saturday, October 26th. The buck (not mine but another Kiwi boy!) is Kiwi Cluck, a Russian topaz velvet buk. Kiko is velvet, too, but not nearly as much as Cluck…

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    What I’m breeding now (velvet rats…!)

    UPDATE: We have a litter of Russian blue agoutis and Russian topaz from Kiwi Kiko x Kiwi Cluck. They are nine days old as of this writing and I am DELIGHTED!    ———————   Well…I was all ready to breed Kronk to Saffy and Elsa…

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    Bringing Down the Cost Of Vet Bills

        I know they are cute and I know they are fun, but rats are also quite expensive. It’s not the initial cost. Most people don’t worry about paying £15 for a rat. It’s not even the cages, though a cage big enough for…

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    How To Introduce New Rats

    For years I dreaded introducing rats to one another. Or rather, I didn’t mind too much introducing does to each other — they were far more peaceable (usually), but I was scared to death of introducing male rats. I had good reason. Adult male rats…

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    Temperament Testing In Rats

    Much is made of early temperament testing in rats. Typically, a breeder will perform a number of tests including a “scruff” test, a human approach test (HAT), and a novel object test (NOT) as well as an open door test (ODT).   In the scruff…

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    Taming Baby Rats

    People get rats from lots of different places and they aren’t always the tamest of rats. There is no point telling someone who has just picked up a couple of unhandled babies that they ought to have looked for a breeder who selects for calm…

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    How Much Does It Cost To Keep Rats?

    People often imagine that rats are inexpensive pets. Who can blame them when there are articles all over the net that make such bogus claims as “All you’ll need to buy is a 20-gallon aquarium or a similarly sized wire cage ($30+), some bedding and toys,…

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    How to Breed for Good Temperament

    All breeders try to breed for a “good temperament” but not all breeders agree on what a good temperament is! Some breed for rats that are active and always on the move. Others may wish for “lap rats” that tend to be more mellow and…

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    The Closet Rat Enthusiast

    I’ve been at Oxford University this week teaching on the master’s programme for creative writing. It’s a great gig because I spend all weekend talking about one of my favourite subjects – writing fiction – with a whole bunch of people who feel the same.…