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Irene wrote at 2012-10-24 00:31:56
That poor little rattie.  I didn't want to say it, but it is a very bad sign when a rat stops eating or drinking.  It often means they are on the brink of death.  Even rats that are ill will continue to eat and drink, so I was afraid that she would pass.  I once found a baby wild rat alone in a bucket in my yard and tried to feed her and give water and she wouldn't take anything...she also died within hours.  If your rat was a mixed coloring of brownish/grayish/tannish color (called Agouti), she was likely a wild rat.  You have a huge heart to take her in and try to help her...I wish there were more people like you in the world.

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I can answer a variety of questions regarding adoption and care of pet rats throughout their lifetimes, including questions about their health and well being, temperment, diet, bedding, cages, toys, etc. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability in a timely manner and I have an abundant amount of resources to help me to help you with your pet rats. I love rattie pictures, so include pics with your question if you can. You may ask me medical questions, but please be advised that I am not a vet. I may use my resources to answer some medical questions, however, I will need to refer you to your local vet with medical questions that I feel I am not qualified to address.


I have been a huge rat enthusiast for many years. Since becoming a rat owner, I have educated myself in all areas of pet rats from every resource I could find including the internet, books, conversations with local exotic vets, as well as several local rat breeders.

I have a college degree but not in the area of animals. I have obtained my extensive experience and knowlege of pet rats all on my own because in my eyes, pet rats are the most interesting and fascinating creatures you can ever imagine to have as pets. I also am saddened by how mislabeled and misunderstood these amazing and extremely smart animals are by the majority, and my mission in life has become to educate and change as many people's perceptions of rats as I possibly can.

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