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    What I’m breeding now

    I have some lovely rats to breed later this year. Kiwi Kronk, a Russian Blue buck, will be the father of two litters! Here is Kronk as a baby next to his pal, Oscar (the rex on the left)! I have some lovely rats to…

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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.…

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    Does or Bucks (girls or boys)?

    When it comes to deciding whether to get bucks or does there is much to consider. Among rat enthusiasts, the debate on which gender is “better” makes for lively debate. Both bucks and does make great pets. I have to admit to loving both does…